SACW Director takes on a new challenge for the NSPCC by taking on the London Duathlon!
Posted on: 22nd May 2014
So, what does this challenge entail???...
The first Classic run involves a steady climb up from Roehampton Gate to Richmond Gate, following the road south turning left at the Ham Gate junction, cutting through the Park on the road between Pen Ponds and Isabella Plantation. At Pen Ponds Car Park it turns left, turning just before White Lodge, down the hill to Robin Hood Gate and finally climbs gently back to Roehampton Gate and Transition. The first 250m of the route is an undulating grass section adjacent to Roehampton Car Park, you will then join the Park Road travelling on the anti-clockwise carriageway around the perimeter of the Park.
The Classic bike route is the clockwise carriageway of the main Park road, travelling in the opposite direction to the run and is quite technical involving several climbs and descents where care is needed.
On leaving transition it heads south past Robin Hood Gate, at which point the whole width of the road is available to cyclists. There is a short, steep climb up Broomfield Hill and then a steep descent down past Kingston Gate. As the route climbs gradually up past Ham Gate, the carriageway is again shared with runners, to Richmond Gate. From Richmond Gate the route descends back down to Roehampton Gate.
The second Classic run leaves transition via the run out, to join the run route. Please be aware there may be competitors starting their race coming from the left. The route heads up the hill towards Richmond, but turns left after the rugby pitches towards White Lodge, cutting through the middle of the Park via Pen Ponds and Robin Hood Gate. To return to the Race Village, come under the pedestrian bridge and look for signs to the Finish on your left.