Pippingford Park to host TrailX Cross Triathlon

Brand new Off-Road Triathlon from Eventrex

If you’ve ever wanted an excuse to try an Off-Road Cross Triathlon, then check out this new race from Eventrex.

Pippingford Park in Uckfield, East Sussex will be the host to the first TrailX Cross Triathlon from Eventrex Sports Events on Sunday 9th September. With two distances on offer, a course that has been specifically designed to accommodate both first timers and experienced athletes – plus what appears to be an absolutely stunning venue, what’s not to like?

Given the increasing traffic on the roads – not to mention the pot holes – it is surprising that the off-road format of the sport hasn’t captured the share of the market that all logic suggests it should. This looks like a great option – and clearly the organisers have put in lots of thought and preparation for the event (a point-to-point, three lake, ‘uphill’ swim (!) for example), and the short video above gives an excellent insight into what you can expect on race day.


Pippingford Park to play host to the inaugural Eventrex Cross Triathlon

Eventrex Cross Triathlon / Trail X Cross Triathlon

Eventrex Sport Events are proud to announce the TrailX Cross Triathlon hosted at Pippingford Park on the 9th of September 2018. The course is totally off road; an open water swim followed by a mountain bike and run course full of challenging climbs and fun descents that will have you grinning from ear to ear!

Details

Pippingford Park covers nearly 1000 acres of woodland and heathland with three long lakes hidden in the bottom of the valley providing a perfect playground for off road multisport.

We’re offering two distances for 2018:

  • Full Fat’ – 1000m point to point swim / 24km mtb / 8km trail run
  • Sugar Free’ – 500m point to point swim / 12km mtb / 4km trail run

Eventrex Cross Triathlon / Trail X Cross Triathlon

Swim

The arrangement of Pippingford’s lakes enables us to have a point to point swim along three of the lakes, there will be three short carpeted runs between each lake and up to transition – this does allow us to have the world’s first uphill triathlon swim (approx. 12m of elevation!) The shorter distance will cover just two of the lakes.

Eventrex Cross Triathlon / Trail X Cross Triathlon

Mountain Bike

Pippingford Park has previously played host to the Southern XC MTB series, the Southern Enduro series and the National MTB Marathon championships, so we have plenty of singletrack available! However, we want the course to accommodate everyone, from first timers to world champions; we’ve designed a rolling course to entertain everyone, the faster you go the more technical it’ll get! We’re aiming for around 50% singletrack, 25% double track and 25% gravel track to make overtaking opportunities stress-free and plentiful for everyone. The longer distance will cover two laps of 12km, with the shorter distance just one lap.

Eventrex Cross Triathlon / Trail X Cross Triathlon

Trail Run

From transition, competitors will climb steadily through a twisty woodland path, before heading over the open meadows towards the Manor House. From there racers will head down the hill into and out of the woods towards the finish. ’Full Fat’ competitors will complete two laps, with ‘Sugar Free’ completing one lap.

All finishers will be rewarded with an Eventrex medal.

All Category winners will receive some excellent prizes from our supporting sponsors.

 *** Entries are already open, with an earlybird saving offer available until the end of June *** – CLICK HERE

  

About Eventrex – We live life off-road!

Whether it’s Triathlon, cycling or running, all of our events take advantage of the amazing trails and countryside that we have access to in the South of England.

When you join us at an Eventrex event you will be assured of an organised, well run event on courses that are technical but attainable. Everyone is welcome at an Eventrex race. We pride ourselves on being accessible to all and have a passion for offering these sports to all ages and abilities.

For our Cross Triathlon we have enlisted the help and knowledge of Professional Cross Triathletes Doug Hall and Nicole Walters to assist in ensuring that our event is held to the same standard of those across Europe and beyond.

“I’m super excited to help deliver the Eventrex Cross Triathlon, as someone who only races off road these days, the more opportunities to race triathlon at home, rather than travel into Europe the better. The course at Pippingford is excellent, the guys have done a fantastic job of ensuring the course is accessible and fun for all abilities.” – Doug Hall.

For more information and entry information please visit:

Pro Bike: Doug Hall’s Charge Cooker Titanium 29er

How do you build a bike for off-road triathlon?

Take a look at what Doug Hall did…

When I posted our last Pro Bike feature on Twitter (the Giant Trinity Advanced Pro 1 of Kimberley Morrison), Great Britain Elite Off-Road athlete, Doug Hall asked “fancy doing an MTB one for the off road fans?” Great idea I thought – and threw the job right back at Doug!

And here were are, with a detailed look at Doug’s Charge Cooker Titanium 29er.

For full details on the bike, scroll through the image gallery above

Away from the Elite circuit for a couple of years, Doug will be back this coming Sunday at XTERRA Malta, the first event of the 2017 XTERRA European Tour.

Aside from something a little different to many of the TT bikes we have previously showcased, Doug’s choice of frame and components is all driven by personal choice, preferences (and budget…), in the absence of current sponsorship commitments.

Given that, how do you build an off-road triathlon bike, and what would you choose? Well, this is what Doug Hall did…


After a few years away from the XTERRA circuit, I’m back on the European Tour for 2017.

Challenging myself to race at a high level whilst holding down full-time employment can be a struggle, but the upside of this (other than resting 9-5), is that I can be picky about my bike tech and just purchase product without having to scrounge about for sponsorship deals like the old days!

Doug Hall Charge Cooker Titanium

Frame

Charge Cooker Titanium, 29er obviously. I spent a while searching for one of these. I’m quite particular about bike set up, I like a long reach but a short headtube and the Charge is spot on in the medium size. Whilst I love carbon bikes there is something about a Ti frame. It is super lightweight but offers a bit more flex resulting in a smoother ride and better traction on rough surfaces.

Doug Hall - Charge Cooker TitaniumFork

Rockshox Reba RL, a pretty basic unit but nice and light. It did come standard with a 100mm travel, but that meant the stack height being just that little bit too high. A quick hacksaw and thread tapping job reduced the travel to 95mm, voided the warranty but placated my fussiness.

Groupset

Shimano XT/XTR. I’ve been a late convert to 11speed on the mountain bike, but after testing it, I simply had to buy it. Crisp precise shifting across a frankly massive 11-42 range cassette, paired with a single 34t ring up front, renders the front derailleur obsolete and cast to the spares bin. Stopping duties are covered by Shimano XT brakes. I’ve found them to be as good as XTR but without the price tag and the constant worry of breaking a £40 carbon lever on a tree!

Wheels

Stans No Tube Grails. The grails are really meant to be used for cyclocross and gravel duties. Initially I slapped them on the mtb due to a spoke failure on the regular wheels but I found them to be great. Lightweight, wide internal width (bulks out the tyre) and I’m especially fond of these wheels as I hand built them myself onto dependable Hope Pro4 hubs.

Tyres

Vitorria Mezcal Graphene. Go to any mountain bike event and the pre-race discussion is all about tyre choice. I’m no different, I’m heading out to XTERRA Malta at the end of the month and the dry, rocky conditions require a particular tyre. A quick call to Jon Heasman at Vittoria and I had a new pair of boots for the bike, perfect for going fast and standing up to the abuse they’re likely to receive on the limestone trails. ThEese tyres are the first mountain bike tyre to have the super material graphene in them.

Doug Hall Charge Cooker Titanium

Finishing Kit

Easton carbon bar with Shimano pro Atherton grips, Fizik Gobi sadde atop a Shimano pro post, shimano pedals – I’ve had these for years and they are showing their age, but they just work!”

Doug Hall - Charge Cooker Titanium