In a variation to the common Duathlon, the Glen Clova Extreme Duathlon is a 27km bike ride; a 14km mountain run/walk, taking in two Munro’s; then a 6km bike ride to the START/FINISH Line at The Glen Clova Hotel, all in under 8 hours!
Glen Clova is the best known and most popular of the five Angus Glens.
With constantly changing landscapes and magnificent scenery, there could be no better place to enjoy the tranquility and beauty that Glen Clova is so famous for.
Arguably the loveliest of the Glens, Clova is a botanist’s paradise with its blanket of rare alpine flowers, where every season offers its own programme of sights and sounds.
At the head of the valley is the rugged and remote Glen Doll, a popular and challenging spot for outdoor enthusiast’s. The end of the Glen is dominated by the Cairngorms with footpaths leading to Braemar via Jock’s Road, Ballater and the Capel Mounth, and to Glen Prosen via the Kilbo Path.
Glen Doll and Glen Clova is the ideal venue for the Extreme Duathlon – challenging, yet charming; demanding, yet beautiful.
Please be aware the mountain element of the 2018 event will not be marked/flagged. Maps will be provided in the Race Pack and an overview map with the route marked will be on display in the Registration Area. A good standard of navigation will be required to complete the course safely. Competitors must appreciate the potential seriousness of being in the mountains in bad weather/poor visibility. Volunteer marshals will be strategically placed around both the bike and mountain element, in the event of competitors becoming injured or getting into difficulty. A kit check will be undertaken before competitors are allowed to compete. Any competitor who does not have the minimum kit will have an opportunity to purchase items from the Tiso pop-up shop. The minimum kit MUST be taken on the mountain element – this maybe checked and anyone found not having this, will be subject to a time penalty.
The Glen Clova Extreme Duathlon 2018 Route Details
The 2018 Event will be chip timed.
The Bike Element
Setting off from The Glen Clova Hotel, competitors will be started in groups of 15 riders at 5 minute intervals. The route will be anti-clockwise following the B955 to Gella Bridge, then the B956 to The Glen Clova Hotel. Passing the Hotel, the competitors then take the 6km B road to the Transition Area at Glen Doll Car Park.
Statistics: 27km; Height Gain 580m
The Transition Area is situated at Glen Doll Car Park in the bottom Car Park. Bike racks and a water point will be available for all competitors. The Transition Area also houses the Tayside Mountain Rescue Command Post where medical staff will be available.
The Run/Walk Element
From the Transition Area at Glen Doll Car Park, competitors make their way through Glen Doll Forest to Corrie Fee. Following the path up beside the waterfall, competitors will then make their way over open hill side to the summit of Mayar 928m. Following the plateau, and after summiting the second Munro of the day, Dreish 947m, competitors descend the Kilbo Path, back to the Transition Area.
Statistics: 14km; Height Gain 1000m
From the Transition Area, competitors again complete a Bike element. The final stretch is a 6km ride to the Start/Finish post at The Glen Clova Hotel.
Statistics: 6km; Height Gain 108m