CAN YOU TAME THE ‘BEAST OF BEDFORDSHIRE’?
There’s nothing like the excitement of an inaugural race. Add an unusual name, tough course and good cause and we’re sold.
THE BISON IS the UK’s newest and apparently toughest duathlon – launched by Tri One in conjunction with the Triathlon Trust (the official charity of British Triathlon) and The National Trust.
A crisp fiver from every race entry will go directly to the Trust to inspire future generations to take up the sport.
Rav Dighe of Tri One says: “This venue is considered a haven for gliding and kite flying, which tells you how hilly it is. The race HQ and transition area will be at the Gateway Centre, which sits on the highest point in Bedfordshire.”
Choose from the Bison (13k run, 30k bike, 13k run) or the Baby Bison (6.5k run, 10k bike, 6.5k run). Both events involve a challenging mix of off- and on-road action over Bison Hill and through the beautiful countryside.
The Bison kicks off with two 6.5 km off-road run loops on picturesque National Trust land taking in a steep ascent up the trail steps adjacent to Bison Hill.
The bike section then becomes hardcore with three 10km paved loops incorporating the infamous 1.6 km Bison Hill climb, which at its steepest is a 1:4 incline.
Competitors will then face two more run loops to finish.
Entry fee is £63 for the Bison and £47.50 for the Baby Bison. All finishers receive a medal and goodie bag with prizes for the top three male and female winners and age-group winners.
Racers can also quench their thirst with a Bison Beer brewed especially for the race by sponsors Tring Brewery.
Entries are limited to 500 across all events. To enter and access free training plans, see thebison.co. Tri One is organising a mega-duathlon which, in my opinion, is one of the hardest in the country. It has the potential to become a classic race in the UK calendar. £5 from every entry is going to the Triathlon Trust, the official charity of British Triathlon to help us work with more children.