Duathlon Takes to Speedway

Duathlon Takes to Speedway

By Peter Holmes on 23/09/09 at 5:05 pm

With the ITU Duathlon World Championships being held at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in North Carolina, the two sports of duathlon and motor racing will come together on the oval banked track as the elite competitors slipstream each other as if battling in the Indy 500 or NASCAR Series.

The smooth paved 1.5 mile loop provides an unique technical aspect to the bike course which is unparalleled to any previous world championship venue. In addition the speedway’s infield features a smooth twisty road that is incorporated into both the bike and run sections of the event. With transition taking place in the pitlane it’s as if duathlon has its own Grand Prix, although competitors will be hoping they don’t need the assistance of a pit crew to help them!

The weekend will feature more than 750 age group competitors and 150 elites racing on a 10k run, 40k bike, 5k run course in and around Lowe’s Motor Speedway as the USA hosts the ITU Duathlon World Championships for the sixth time in its history. With home hopes resting on the shoulders of Hamburg Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series winner Jarrod Shoemaker, the athlete from Concord, Massachusetts will be relying on the support of people from the town with the same name come Saturday afternoon to propel him onto the top step of the podium.

Find more details about this event - 2009 Concord ITU Duathlon World Championships