Wild moun­tain goats are the in­spi­ra­tion for these gru­elling race

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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 Xman­ (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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