1.9km / 90km / 21km
Lough Cutra Castle - Sunday 28th May 2017
On the 25th May 2014, 120 competitors took on the first Gauntlet at Lough Cutra. With a swim around an island on the largest privately owned lake in Europe, a stunning 96k single cycle lap through the outstanding area of natural beauty that is the Burren National Park (taking in the infamous corkscrew hill) and a 3 lap run around a 7K course entirely on the beautifully manicured Lough Cutra estate and surrounding forest trails, what’s more to want?
Stick around for the after party for some renowned West Coast hospitality in the castle grounds.
See the Lough Cutra Run elevation here
Click here to go to the Lough Cutra Tri Page.
Cholmondeley Castle - Sunday 25th June 2017
The 29th June 2014 saw over 140 racing around the first Gauntlet at Cholmondeley Castle. A 2 lap swim in the Deer Park Mere will swiftly see you heading off out of the estate on a 3 lap 30K undulating course around the length and breadth of the Peckforton Hills. Some 20K in you will climb the Cheshire cycling mecca of Hart Hill before circumnavigating the National Trust’s Bickerton Hill en route back to the estate.
The 10.5K looped run takes in all the best views of Cholmondeley Castle and the Bankhouse Stables where Red Rum once trained! A canter down the castle lawn sets arguably one of the best finish photos of the Series.
Click here to go to the Cholmondeley Castle Tri Page.
Castle Howard - Sunday 23rd July 2017
A 2 lap swim of the Great Lake in view of Castle Howard itself sets up the grandest race of the Series. A short run up the North Lawn, pitches competitors out onto the hilly 45K cycle which circumnavigates the 10,000 acre Howard estate, passing through the equally stunning Hovingham Estate before touring most of the remainder of the Howardian Hills.
Probably the best of the Gauntlet cycle routes, this is one for the two wheel kings. A 2 lap 10.5K circuit awaits on the run taking in all the key landmarks and monuments including the Castle South Lake and Lawn, The Atlas Fountain, the Temple of the Four Winds and the Mausoleum. Not for the feint hearted this is a true test of grit but in an absolutely magnificent setting.
Click here to go to the Castle Howard Tri Page.
Château de Chantilly - Sunday 27th August 2017
At Château de Chantilly the course has a strong off road run element but is kinder than the Hever Castle course to competitors with a flatter cycle and run. The 1.9km swim in the Grand Canal offers the ultimate backdrop of the Chateau.
Once out of the estate grounds the cycle course circumnavigates the Foret de Chantilly and Forêt Domaniale d’Ermenomillean with an equally stunning 45km loop. Culminating in a two 10.5km lap run course competitors will take in the vast estate park designed by Le Nôtre for the Grand Condé at the end of the seventeenth century and the contemporary gardens including castle Jardin de Anglais.
See the elevation profile here
Click here to go to the Château de Chantilly Tri Page.
Hever Castle - Sunday 9th July and Sunday 24th September 2017
At Hever, the 1.9km swim will involve a single loop taking in the main Hever Castle lake and a tributary of the river Eden (being dredged in Autumn 2012 & 2013). The 90km cycle will involve a 2 loop course which is an extension of the Olympic distance, previously offered at the Hever Castle Triathlon, taking in the high weald of Kent and the Ashdown forest.
The 21km run course is 2 loops of 10.5km, will take in the existing 5km Hever Castle Triathlon course but with a 5km extension via tracks and bridle paths though the historic local village of Chiddingstone.
The course includes a strong off road element which allows a highly inspirational setting often praised and welcomed by the elite triathletes taking part in the Olympic distance.
Hever Castle Gauntlet can be used as a Qualification race for consideration for selection to the 2018 ETU Middle Distance Triathlon GB Age Group Team, in line with all the criteria being met as outlined on the BTF event page here.
Click here to go to the Hever Castle Tri Page.