The Castle Triathlon Series have added three new events to the Bastion iron-distance triathlon weekend on Sunday 10 July 2016, including the middle-distance Gauntlet race.
The long-distance Bastion challenge will be joined on the July calendar by the Gauntlet middle-distance triathlon, the Hever Long Swims and the Hever Long Aquabike.
The full list of races are:
The Bastion (3.8km swim/180km bike/42.2km run)
The endurance challenge kick-offs with a 3.8km lake swim before a 180km bike takes competitors around the Kent countryside. A 42km marathon run completes the Castle Tri Series’ only long-course race.
The Hever Half-Iron Gauntlet (1.9km/90km/21km)
The 1.9km swim is a single loop taking in the main Hever Castle lake and a tributary of the River Eden. The 90km cycle winds its way through the stunning High Weald of Kent and the Ashdown Forest. The 21km run course follows largely off-road tracks and bridlepaths between Hever Castle, through the historic local village of Chiddingstone, and the grounds of Chiddingstone Castle itself.
The Hever Long Distance Swim (1.9km or 3.8km)
The swim course leaves from the Italianate loggia taking competitors down the length of the main lake and heading into the scenic river section. This tributary of the River Eden wraps around 16 Acre Island allowing spectators to watch and cheer competitors on from only a few metres away.
The Hever Long Distance Aquabike (1.9km swim/60km bike or 3.8km swim/120km bike)
After the swim you’ll head out on the bike course with supported feed stations. This circular cycle route will take competitors out of Hever Castle, up through the High Weald of Kent before passing through and over the Ashdown Forest and into the village of Maresfield. Competitors return to Hever via the Evillages of Groombridge, Fordcombe and Penshurst and have the option of finishing with a 4km run.
After the unique swim (1 or 2 loops), competitors will embark on the 10k/21km run course, which follows largely off road tracks and bridle paths between Hever Castle, through the historic local village of Chiddingstone, and the grounds of Chiddingstone Castle itself before finishing right in front of the Castle.