Gernika Duathlon, Spain

Duatlon de Gernika

(5km-20km-2.5km)

Time of year: April

Value for money: 5

Location: 3

Crowd support: 3

Organisation: 4

PB potential: 3

Course: 2-lap run, 1-lap hilly bike course and then 1-lap run

Competitors: Approx 100

Locality: The race is held in Gernika, a place of historical interest and famous for being bombed by Hitler before the war, and for Franco allowing him to. There wasn’t much left of the town but luckily some of the main buildings survived.  

Getting there: The best way to get to there is by Euskotren (Topo), because of transporting the bike but it was a long journey. The bus would only take 1 hour from San Sebastian

Webpage:  http://www.duatlongernika.com/ (Page is only in Spanish)

My experience: This was my first duathlon. It started at 16.00, and having to travel on the ‘Euskotren’-or Topo from San Sebastian meant a 3 hour journey even though the bus could get there in 1 hour! We left nice and early because we looked around and then I did the race. The cycling was horrible as the way back was hilly and wind was in our faces all the way back. To make matters worse it seemed that everyone overtook me!

Then it was back on the train for a 4.5 hour journey home courtesy of of the ‘Topo’ again, and this time accompanied by a full train of drunk teenagers. Just what we both wanted!!

Despite all this we had a nice day, if not very tiring…

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