Duathlon: 8 mile Run, 24 mile Bike, 8 mile Run
Relay Duathlon: 8 mile Run, 24 mile Bike, 8 mile Run (Limit 20 Teams)
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Welcome to the UK’s toughest duathlon – the RG Active Winter BallBuster!
Set in the picturesque setting of the Box Hill National Trust site, the now famous BallBuster course takes you up and down the undulating hills of the North Downs and round the loop used by the 2012 Olympic Cycling Road Race.
The name ‘ballbuster’ is well earned with the course and conditions posing a stern test to everyone from elite athletes through to first timers and those raising money for charity. The first leg of the duathlon takes you on a 8 mile run starting at the summit of Box Hill. As you work your way round the loop you will pass breathtaking views of the great british countryside with wide vistas of the south of England on your right. Once you have worked your way out towards the village of Headley you will then loop back round to the foot of the challenging Zig-Zag Road. With its steep gradients and sharp bends this part of the course is no picnic and as you’ll see from the photos taken at the Spring edition of the event, it’s one of the most beautiful parts of the course too!
After making it back to the top of Box Hill, it’s on to your bike for the second stage of the duathlon. This time you’ll tackle the loop no less three more times, completing 24 miles on the open road in total. After racking your bike in transition you have one last push to the end, the final 8 mile lap on foot. This is where the race is traditionally won and lost at the front and can be the difference between an enjoyable blast to the finish and a painful trudge up the hill – judging your pace is everything at the BallBuster!
Is the RG Active Winter BallBuster for you?
The RG Active Winter BallBuster is an iconic race that is now firmly on the ‘must do’ list of every multi-sport athlete in the country. It’ll test your fitness, stamina and pace judgement to the max! That said, the field is always varied with people of all abilities and from all walks of life taking on the challenge. No matter your ability or speed you’re guaranteed a whole load of encouragement from the crowds at the top as you work your way up the hill.
NEW IN 2013! The addition of a relay entry type (limited to 20 relay teams). 2-3 members per team.
Claim your FREE RG Active Winter BallBuster hoodie!
Everyone who finishes the RG Active Winter BallBuster is awarded with a free event hoodie that you can wear with pride after the event. Shown to the right is the 2013 RG Active Winter BallBuster hoodie. The 2014 design/colour will be different.
This can be your badge of honour to show that you took on the infamous BallBuster... and won.
What equipment will you need?
Our traditional November date always has the possibility of unpredictable weather so make sure you dress accordingly. One of the features of the race is the mist that greets the start at the top of Box Hill and although in most years it clears well before the bike leg, it is always a good idea to have a rear light on your bike just in case.
The course is all on road but its technical and extreme care must be taken in all aspects of the race. Our expert crew, marshals, First Aid and support back-up services will be there on the day but please do take care and remember, punctures always claim a few victims at the BallBuster so come prepared!
How do you train for an event this tough?
There’s one short answer to this – get those hills in! The BallBuster is a great event to build strength in the Winter and the best way to prepare to do your best is make sure you practice going up and down hills, both on foot and on your bike. If you need expert help, the team at RG Active have BallBuster specific training plans and coached sessions to help you out all year round. Remember, its never to early to start preparing for an event like the BallBuster!
PROVISIONAL START TIME: 8am
AGE REQUIREMENT: Minimum Age 18 at 31 December, 2014
CUT OFF TIME: The cut-off time for the 3-lap bike course is 11.00am. If you have not completed the bike section of the race by this time then you will not be allowed out to do the final run.
ROAD CLOSURES: Please note that the roads are not closed for this event.
BRITISH TRIATHLON FEDERATION: Human Race triathlons and duathlons are governed by the British Triathlon Federation. All entrants are required to abide by all applicable British Triathlon rules and regulations.
The relevant rules and regulations can be read in the BTF Rulebook.
BRITISH TRIATHLON FEDERATION MEMBERSHIP FEE: If you are not a current member of Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland or the Welsh Triathlon Association, you will be liable to pay a £6 day membership fee at registration (£3 for Youth & Juniors). Regret cash only, no credit cards. Please show your race licence at registration.
MP3 PLAYERS ETC: British Triathlon Rule Number 8.1 states "Any equipment that acts as an impediment to hearing or concentration is prohibited from use during an event (including transition). This includes, but is not limited to, mobile telephones (which should be switched off if stored in transition), personal stereos and MP3 players."