With a total of almost 17,000ft of ascent over 140 miles of gruelling Lake District mountains, the X is the World's toughest extreme triathlon. Swim around the head of Windermere; tackle the famous Fred Whitton bike ride - Struggle, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott, Wrynose - at over 12,000ft of ascent this is the hardest bike section of any 'Iron man' event in the World; run a marathon to the top of Scafell Pike, climbing over 5,000ft to England's highest point, and back. It's not just the total ascent, it's the severity of the climbing that distinguishes the X as the World's toughest.
How to enter the Triathlon X – Full X
- Triathlon: Swim 2.4mi, Bike 112mi, Run 26.2mi
Triathlon X – Full X route
DISTANCE : 2.4 MILES (3800m)
2 LAPS TRIANGULAR OPEN WATER SWIM AROUND WATERHEAD BAY AT THE NORTH END OF LAKE WINDERMERE
BIKE : ENGLISH LAKE DISTRICT, OPEN ROAD
DISTANCE : 112 miles (180km)
ELEVATION GAIN : 12,000 ft (3,700 m)
START : T1 WATERHEAD, AMBLESIDE
FINISH : T2 WATERHEAD, AMBLESIDE
THE STRUGGLE (25%)
112 MILE OPEN ROAD ANTI CLOCKWISE CIRCULAR CYCLE AROUND THE ENGLISH LAKE DISTRICT ROUGHLY FOLLOWING THE FAMOUS FRED WHITTON SPORTIVE. INCORPORATING ALL SIX MAIN ROAD PASSES AS WELL AS A MOST OF THE SECONDARY CLIMBS, THE FRED WHITTON HAS ESTABLISHED IT'S SELF AS THE PREMIER BRITISH SPORTIVE SINCE IT'S INCEPTION IN THE LATE '90s.
RUN : SCAFELL PIKE MIXED ROAD AND MOUNTAIN
DISTANCE : 26 MIES (42km)
ELEVATION : 4,923 ft (1,450m).
START T2 WATERHEAD - AMBLESIDE
FINISH WATERHEAD - AMBLESIDE
RUN 26.6 MILES OUT AND BACK FROM T2 AT WATERHEAD AMBLESIDE ALONG THE GREAT LANGDALE VALLEY THROUGH ROSSET GHYLL TO THE SUMMIT OF SCAFELL PIKE, AT 978 metres (3,209 ft) ENGLANDS HIGHEST MOUNTAIN. RETRACING YOUR ROUTE BACK TO THE FINISH AT WATERHEAD AMBLESIDE
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