The bike route for the Outlaw Half Holkham in North Norfolk has been updated for 2017. The event organiser, OSB Events, the company behind the popular Outlaw long distance event brand, has ‘listened to feedback, and improved the route for this summer’s middle distance event’. Due to popular demand, an elite wave will also be included for the first time.
The second outing for the Outlaw Half Holkham takes place on 2 July 2017 at Holkham Hall in Norfolk, East England.
The inaugural event in July 2016 reportedly received 99.5% positive feedback, but there was concern voiced by some athletes about a particular roundabout near Fakenham. A diversion to avoid this has been signed off by the local council and will be incorporated in 2017 to improve the experience for all competitors in 2017.
For the first time, an elite wave will be included this year. Athletes will have the option to apply to be part of a small elite group that goes off first, enabling them to race head-to-head against each other. Details of how to apply for the elite wave will be released soon. Athletes can take on the elite wave, rather than compete in their age group, as long as they have achieved minimum time standards.
The North Norfolk based race was launched last year. It is based at the Holkham Estate, which boasts acres of parkland and wildlife, and its own beach. The event is aimed at all levels of triathlete, from those racing at the top level, to those aspiring to complete the distance for the first time.
Entries are open and early-bird pricing is in place until the end of January. As well as the middle distance race, there is also a 10km run and 2.5km kids dash event.
Outlaw Half Holkham bike route:
Distance: 56.5 miles (91K)
Elevation gain: 645m
Fastest bike time in 2016, male: 2:19:53 (Simon George)
Fastest bike time in 2016, female: 2:30:02 (Cat Faux)
Interactive map: ridewithgps.com/routes/17122839
Overall winners 2016:
Men: Reece Barclay, 4:17:18
Women: Catherine Faux, 4:32:14