The Castle Triathlon Series launches the ultimate challenge for long distance triathletes in the United Kingdom with the launch of its first full iron distance race at Hever Castle. The new event will be hosted on a weekend in July of 2014 (official date will be announced on Monday 4th November). The new race suitably titled, The Bastion continuing the well-known castle theme, was created on the success of the inaugural Gauntlet triathlon, a half iron distance race this year at The Hever Castle Triathlon in Kent.
The new 140.6 mile course is designed to offer the ultimate challenge for long distance triathletes whilst taking in the picturesque countryside around the High Weald of Kent and Ashdown Forest. The course will loop sections of the existing Gauntlet route deemed as 'tough but stunning' by many competitors together with new course features.
The Bastion was the final stronghold of a fortification and represented the greatest challenge for anyone wishing to defeat it. Drawing on that analogy the Hever Bastion will be the ultimate test for long course triathletes in the UK.
Former Royal Marines Commando Brian Adcock is the Race Director of the Castle Triathlon Series and the brainchild behind The Bastion. Adcock, not one to shy away from extreme challenges, explains: "Since conception The Hever Castle Triathlon course has been heralded as iconic with such a stunning setting and countryside that motivates competitors. The Gauntlet was a huge success this year attracting a wide spectrum of competitors from world class elites to relative novices, and it is a natural progression to increase the race distances available at Hever for those wishing to compete in a full iron distance in 2014."
He continues: "It's a challenging course with the bike ride for The Bastion taking in over 2000 metres of ascent but it's not impossible and will be a fantastic opportunity for triathletes of all abilities to undertake a serious conquest whilst battling for the prestigious title."
The Gauntlet, half iron distance, has been a successful addition to the Castle Triathlon Series portfolio of events (ranging from Children's, Junior, Sprint to Olympic and new long distance courses) and will be offered at all five of the castle venues next Summer.
The Castle Triathlon Series is offering a hefty prize pot of just under £10,000 for those bold enough to take on the Bastion challenge on top of the already large £20,000 annual Series prize offering.
Full course maps and details will be provided shortly and in the meantime interested competitors can get a taster by viewing details of The Gauntlet course here or watching the event as broadcast on Channel 4 here.
To register interest in the event before official registration opens please complete the form at this link.
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