What is it?
With a different course and changes to the bike and run leg distances each race, the RIAK E-duathlon Series challenges participants in new ways each time they step up to the start line. Some races emphasise cycling capabilities, some emphasise running. If you’re a climber, you will get your chance to show a clean pair of heels and those time trialists will also have an opportunity to demonstrate their penchant for suffering! The point is, the series will test you from a number of angles and only the most well-balanced athletes will come out on top!
The RIAK E-duathlon Series is all about keeping the competitive beast lurking inside of you well-fed. We don’t necessarily mean competitive in the sense of looking for the win every time but that competitive urge to keep improving. That is why there are time bonuses for achievements other than placing. For instance, for taking the KoM/QoM on the bike course or for the fastest run leg. There should be an inducement for everyone to keep pushing!
How does it work?
The Bike Leg
As with our coached turbo sessions, the bike leg takes place over immersive virtual training platform, RGT Cycling, so make sure you have at least a free RGT account. Races run bi-weekly utilising one of the following courses:
- Borrego Springs
- Canary Wharf
- Cap Formentor
- Dirty Reiver
There are time bonuses on offer for bike related performance, including fastest bike split overall and King/Queen of the Mountains.
Once you have finished the bike course, transition skills come into play and we’re off onto the self-planned run course.
One of the few rules for our E-duathlon series is that the run leg must take place immediately after the bike leg. Otherwise, it’s not really a race!
Therefore, each competitor will be allowed a maximum of 7 minutes between the end of their bike leg and the beginning of the run leg. This should hopefully allow those living in high-rise buildings or those needing to cross dangerous roads etc. enough time to get to the start of their self-selected run course safely.
The Run Leg
Each week, there will be a specific run distance set and in order for your results to be registered, you will need to have completed the full distance.
Whilst the run distance is set, all participants are responsible for planning their own run course to match the designated run leg distance.
To be clear, we decide the length, YOU DECIDE THE ROUTE. So make sure you plan a flat and safe course!
Registering Your Results
We will collate all the results from the bike leg from the race results on RGT. So nothing to worry about here!
We do not collate results for the transition as everyone has a maximum of 7-minutes from the end of their own bike leg to get out on to the run. So again, nothing to worry about here!
This is is the only leg that requires any positive action from you. To relay your data to the RIAK team for calculating the results, all you need to do is:
- Join the RIAK Club on Strava and ensure your data from the run leg is uploaded and made public with the name ‘RIAK E-duathlon run leg’
- We start collecting the results at 2pm on the day of the race, so your run needs to be uploaded and visible in the RIAK Strava Club by then
If you have any issues with the upload of your data to Strava, don’t stress! Let the RIAK team know by emailing them at [email protected]
How To Sign Up
It’s nice and straightforward, click on the event links below using the device you have the RGT app downloaded on and they will take you to straight to the event sign up page.
The rest is up to you!
|Event||Course||Category||Time bonuses on offer|
|6 March 2021 @ 10am||Paterberg – 16.8km bike, 3km run||Biker’s course||
|20 March 2021 @ 10am||Borrego Springs – 15.4km bike, 6km run||Runner’s course||
|3 April 2021 @ 10am||Canary Wharf – 20km bike, 5km run||Sprint distance||
|10 April 2021 @ 10am||Cap Formentor – 22.4km bike, 2km run||Climber’s course||
|24 April 2021 @ 10am||Dirty Reiver – 17.7km bike, 4km run||All-rounder’s course||
|8 May 2021 @ 10am||
Pienza – 41km bike, 10km run
Olympic distance – Series finale
Series Results System
The series works with a general classification system, so each race your total time will be added to that of the previous race and the male and female athlete with the quickest time overall wins! It goes without saying that to be in with a chance of winning the series, you need to participate in every race!
There are also time bonuses available at each race. Below is a round up of the time bonuses on offer for each category (please note, not all categories of time bonuses are available in every race, see Race Calendar above):
|Points Category||Time bonus||Explanation|
|Fastest bike||30 seconds||The fastest male and female bike leg|
|Fastest run||30 seconds||The fastest male and female run leg|
|King / Queen of the Mountains||10 seconds||On selected courses, there will be a designated climb segment for which the fastest male and female participants will receive time bonuses.|