In the On your bike series we aim to shine a spot light on all disciplines of cycling and profile individuals in the WA Bike Riding Community and explore how riding a bike contributes to their quality of life.
In the first edition of On you bike we’re going to learn a little more about the sport of Duathlon and catch up with WA’s Matt Smith.
For those of us not overly familiar with Duathlon (sheepishly raises hand), it’s essentially Triathlon without the swim leg, so concentrates on the running and bike disciplines. Competition format starts with a run leg, then hitting the bike, before returning to a final run leg.Duathlons are conducted at sprint, standard and long distances. Sprint distance duathlons are a 5 km run, a 20 km bike, and a 2.5 km run. Standard distance duathlons are a 10 km run, a 40km bike, and a 5km run. Long distance duathlons have not been standardised but the Powerman Zofingen course is a 10km run, a 150km bike and a 30km run.
WA’s Matt Smith is 20, and recently competed in Aviles in Northern Spain. Matt raced in the 20-24 Age Group in Standard Distance (10-40-5km) and blew away the Europeans with a winning break of over 4 minutes – setting up the win in the cycle leg.
Last October he won the 16-19 Duathlon World Champs in Adelaide, off the back of being twice National Champion – having only raced half a dozen times in total in the sport. Matt ran second in the recent Perth State Half Marathon and 8th in U23 Cross Country Nationals in Canberra for WA.
You can see Matt and other WA Duathlete’s in action on October 2nd at the Nationals at Champion Lakes.