The new triathlon attempting to take the crown of ‘hardest 70.3 in the UK’…
Not many triathlons can say they were inspired by wild goats, but Tri The Beast can. Set in the dramatic Valley of the Rocks in Devon, this extreme triathlon – taking place of September 19th – seeks to challenge and excite with breathtaking scenery and (goat-worthy) climbs on both bike and foot. You have a choice of three distances; ‘standard distance’ with a 0.6 swim, 29 bike and 5.3 run (miles), ‘middle distance’ with 1.2 swim, 57.5 bike and 11.5 run, or ‘middle distance relay’ covering the same distance as the middle distance.
Showcasing some of the best of Exmoor, here’s a breakdown of each leg:
Held in a beautiful sheltered bay beneath the dramatic cliffs of Countisbury Hill, there is also a back up swim location in the protected mouth of the river so the event is secured for every weather condition.
Designed to challenge and excite even the most experienced riders, the bike route will take a lot of quad strength to tackle the relentless climbing. From shore to moor and back again, you can be sure of a spectacular ride.
Following the river Lyn upstream to the waterfalls of Watersmeet, you’ll see leafy woodland and mysterious glens as the path meanders up and up before launching you onto open moorland with magnificent views of the surrounding hills and coast. *Spoiler alert* if you are doing the middle distance, mile nine is the scenic climax of the run as you are poised above The Valley of the Rocks. Then, if you can tear yourself away, there’s the final effort along the coastal path back to the finish on Lynmouth Green.
The first prize the men’s and women’s 70.3 event is a week’s holiday in a luxury Italian villa – each worth over £3,000!
The founder of Xman Events, Amer Dehaini, was born in Devon and brought up on Exmoor. He is a passionate and ambitious triathlete and is excited about sharing the jewels of the area with those seeking extraordinary sports experiences:
“We have drawn inspiration from other fantastic events such as Slateman and Brutal Triathlons, which seek to up the standard of events on offer for aspirational and adventurous triathletes – feeding the growing hunger for harder and harder events and providing extraordinary experiences for those on a quest for the ultimate challenge.”
Find out more about Tri The Best here: xmanevents.com/ttb2015