Event Of The Week: #supbikerun
Traditional triathlon got flipped upside down, with the addition of standup paddleboarding, trail running and off-road mountain biking
What is #supbikerun?
None of that pesky swimming business, the first leg is a 3k Standup Paddleboard
It’s a triathlon, but with a difference. None of that pesky swimming business, the first leg is a 3k Standup Paddleboard (SUP) across a lake. How very 2015 eh?
The concept, which originated in the US and Hawaii, is definitely one for outdoorsy types and adrenaline addicts. #supbikerun events are held in some of the UK’s most beautiful national parks, and they make the most of the stunning surroundings with a bit of action sport.
The bike leg is around 30-35k of off road mountain biking amid some pretty darn gawjus scenery
The bike leg is around 30-35k of off road mountain biking amid some pretty darn gawjus scenery, and there are more lung-busting exploring opportunities with a 5k trail run to finish.
How fit do I need to be for #supbikerun?
You definitely need a good fitness base. Three disciplines one after the other is going to take it out of you, and the terrain can be unpredictable and hilly in places. You certainly need to train before entering.
Any tips for #supbikerun?
There are fantastic camping facilities so you might as well make a weekend of it
If you don’t have a SUP board, don’t worry, you can hire one as part of your entry. And if you’ve never tried SUP before, have a few lessons first – most watersports centres around the UK now offer training.
If you’re entering the event in the Peak District National Park in July, take a tent. There are fantastic camping facilities so you might as well make a weekend of it.
What do people say about #supbikerun?
The first #supbikerun was held last summer and was so popular it topped the poll for the largest SUP event in the UK. The first of this year’s was held in Exmoor in the spring and people seemed to love it. Here are just a handful of social media posts – err, note the mention of Jaffa Cakes!
How do I sign up for #supbikerun?
Easy, through the #supbikerun website.
There are two more events this year, the Peak District on 12 July and the South Downs on 20 September. Entry starts at £59 and includes a goody bag, t-shirt, medal, water bottle and other treats.