TRI THE BEAST
Wild mountain goats are the inspiration for these gruelling race
WHEN IT COMES to dramatic scenes of nature, the prehistoric Valley of the Rocks in Exmoor, complete with wild, scrambling goats on coastal scrubland takes some beating.
So you can see why Amer Dehaini, founder of Xman Events, thought it the best location to launch two of the toughest triathlons in the UK.
Tri The Beast (full distance) and the newly named Tri The Goat (standard distance named after the local woolly wildlife) made their debut last year, and received rave reviews. Now, it’s back with a day devoted to each race.
The course features a sheltered sea swim in clear Devon waters beneath the dramatic cliffs of Countisbury Hill and paved but remote bike and run routes.
Tri The Goat comprises of a 1k sea swim, 54k bike and 14k run on Saturday 3 September. Then the following day, Xman events unleash the full Beast – 1.9km swim, 92 km bike and 18.5km run.
What really sets these races apart is the heady, relentless climbs. The bike elevation on the Beast is an ear-popping 1,239 metres (the Tour of Britain came through this part of the world in 2008), followed by a 237-metre elevated run.
Prices are competitive (£65 for the Goat and £112 for the Beast) with a free children’s duathlon, The Kid, on the Saturday (for 8-14 year olds).
Medals and technical T-shirts are awarded to all finishers with age-group winners and kit “spot prizes”.
Organisers promise a vibrant event village packed with stands from Zone3, Stolen Goat, Jersey Pocket, Exmoor Bike, Fatyaks, and Massage Clinique with local food and fun activities for all visitors.
Entries are open until mid-August or until race capacity (200 for each race) is filled. Visit Xmanevents.com (with live webcam links and a video overview of the bike course). Amer Dehaini, triathlete, founder of Xman Events We are really excited about this one-of-a-kind event; we believe it sets a new standard and offers a unique experience for athletes looking to challenge themselves in an extraordinary setting. As well as being an amazing race it has really opened up Exmoor as a destination for triathlon. There’s epic scenery, an amazing sea swim and a beautiful bike route too.
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