9Bar Chilly Duathlon race report
DBMAX ‘CHILLY’ DUATHLON – Sunday 23rd November, Castle Combe, Wiltshire.
Report by James Coleman (2013 AG British Champ bronze medallist, AG 25-29 World Champion, 2014 World bronze medallist and British Champs Silver)
Last Sunday saw nearly 1000 competitors tackle the aptly titled Chilly Duathlon at Castle Combe, with a 2 mile parameter run followed by 10 miles on the bike and a final 2mile run. With 500+ university athletes vying for BUCS Champion title, coaches lined the car park, banners were aloft and face paint was aplenty. It may have been cold and overcast but the atmosphere was alive.
I signed on and did my normal pre-race routine of ‘’I don’t really know what order to do things and ‘oh god where’s the time gone’ panic.’ I racked my bike and was greeted by a photographer with the words ‘apparently you’re the one to watch’ which I’ve not had before.
I was going into the race unsure of my form as I’ve done no speed work or structured training and wasn’t too sure of the competition. A few of the heavy weights like Lee Piercy, Ben Price and Alan Murchison were absent but that doesn’t guarantee an easy race.
I lined up with the other competitors at 12.35 which was the second wave to head off and from the klaxon the run went off like a bullet and once we turned the first corner I soon realised I needed to kick it up a gear and get to the front before anyone got too far ahead.
Bert Leach who was in the relay team (who I ended up in a sprint finish) never left my sight and once T1 happened I knew it was my race to lose. The laps flew by on the bike, clocking up a PB, and with more athletes filtering in on the left I had to do a bit of weaving.
I entered T2 alone and left about 40 seconds up on the competition. Cramp in my left leg meant I had to be a little cautious but knew I had no-one behind me after a glance behind at 1 mile, so could ease up a tad.
I ended up clocking a time of 44 minutes and 23 seconds and securing my third successive win. If I had been in with the BUCS lot I would have finished 13th which is pretty respectable.
Great atmosphere and organisation, precise timing as always from the DB Max team and a nice little end of season jaunt.