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It’s time for the run-bike-run sport to take center stage in Spain this weekend, at the 2011 ITU Gijon Duathlon World Championships. Reigning European Duathlon Champions Benoit Nicolas (FRA) and Sandra Levenez (FRA) are considered the pre-race favorites to take the titles.
The elite men’s and women’s titles will be decided in Gijon over a 10km run, 40km bike leg and then a 5km run. The elite mixed team relay will be run across parts of the elite course, but with each athlete completing a 2km run, 7.6km bike leg and then a 1km sprint before tagging the next athlete. The course has a few hills and technical turns in the bike lap, which is sure to make things interesting as the world’s best duathletes battle it out.
As well as the elite men’s and women’s world duathlon championships, this Spanish coastal city will also host the junior, U23 men’s and women’s races, age-group sprint and regular distance, as well as an elite paraduathlon in an action packed weekend.