There’s noth­ing like the ex­cite­ment of an in­au­gu­ral race. Add an un­usual name, tough course and good cause and we’re sold.

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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 the­bi­ 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.

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