Unique off-road Duathlon in Pajulahti
SCHEDULE AND INFO
Valtteri Bottas Duathlon will be held in picturesque Pajulahti scenery.
The Valtteri Bottas Duathon takes a gap year
The Valtteri Bottas Duathlon event will not be organized in the summer of 2023. The schedule challenges became an obstacle to the annual event organized at Liikuntakeskus Pajulahti.
Registration and prices 2024
Registration for 2024 is not open yet.
Price Step 1 (1.10.-31.12.) Duathlon 2 for 1 77€, Team Duathlon 120 €/team
Price Step 2 (1.1.-31.5.) Duathlon 50 €, Team Duathlon 150 €
Price Step 3 (1.6.-1.8.) Duathlon 77 €, Team Duathlon 210 €
FamilyDuathlon 20 € (1.10.-1.8.)
Post-registration on site is also possible on the day of the event for € 77 for women & men, € 20 for family members and € 210 for team members. Payment by cash or debit card in info tent.
Categories and start times
What is duathlon? Duathlon is an event that consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and then another running leg
Mini Valtteri Bottas Duathlon: 200 m, for children under 7 years.
Family Duathlon: 1.5 km run + 5 km MTB + 1.5 km run.
Duathlon, men: 5 km run + 20 km MTB + 3 km run.
Duathlon, women: 5 km run + 20 km MTB + 3 km.
Duathlon, teams: 5 km run + 20 km MTB + 3 km.
Mini Valtteri Bottas Duathlon
Start at 11.25 am near the Finish area, children under 7 years can participate. Running leg is about 200 meters. No pre-registration is required. A mother, father, or other adult can run the leg with a child. All participants get the Mini Valtteri Bottas Duathlon medal!
Family Duathlon competition is for teams of 2-3 people, of whom at least one must be 16 years or younger. In two-member team the other runs both shares and the other rides the bike. The three-member team everyone has a role to play. Parents are allowed to run with small children.
Team Duathlon competition is for teams of 2-3 people. In two-member team the other runs both shares and the other rides the bike. The three-member team everyone has a role to play.
Post-registration is possible on the day of the event for € 85 for women & men, € 30 for family and € 250 for team duathlon. Cash or card payment at the info tent.
The registration fee includes: timing, online result service, refreshments during the race, T-shirt, and bib number (T-shirt is not included in Family Duathlon).
Clothing appropriate for the weather, mountain/hybrid bike, cycling helmet. Note! A cycling helmet is mandatory equipment.
Men: 1st EUR 500, 2nd EUR 300, 3rd EUR 200
Women: 1st EUR 500, 2nd EUR 300, 3rd EUR 200
Family Duathlon: 1st, 2nd and 3rd – Valtteri Bottas Duathlon product prizes, diplomas
Team Duathlon: 1st team will be rewarded with Valtteri Bottas Duathlon product prizes, diplomas.
The lawn field of Pajulahti Sports Institute functions as the event centre. The start, starting new laps, the transition from running to cycling and back to running, as well as the goal area are all located in the field area. The information point will be open on the day of the event on 21 August 2021 from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. See the area map (pdf)
Competitors accommodation in Pajulahti 65 € / person / double room, single room + 30 €, includes breakfast. Contact us for room reservations: email@example.com, +358 3 885 511.
One minute penalty for those who throw trashes into nature. One minute, one trash. So let’s keep our nature clean!
Responsible organizer of the event
VB/77 / RedW Oy, Ville Ahtiainen, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 40 552 3046
The race has an online results service.
Photos by Niki Soukkio, Toni Tiainen, Petra Ruonakoski.
What to do when you arrive
General information The competition will take place in Pajulahti, Pajulahdentie 167, FI-15560 Nastola, Finland. When you arrive, follow the signs to the parking areas. Leave your car in the place designated for parking. The event centre is located on the large lawn field in Pajulahti, between Pajulahti Hall and the central courtyard. Pick up your own competition materials from the information point. The information point is open on 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, 6th of August at the event centre. Study the course well in advance of the start. In particular, pay attention to the stadium area functions. Leave your equipment in the designated area at the transition zone well before the race starts. After the race, shower facilities will be at your disposal in Pajulahti Hall. Sauna is marked with an asterisk.
The large lawn field of Pajulahti Sports Institute functions as the event centre. The start, starting new laps, the transition from running to cycling and back to running, as well as the goal area are compactly located in the field area. Changing rooms, bathrooms and toilets are located in Pajulahti Hall. It is located approx. 200 metres from the event centre. See the area map below.
Course of the race
The start of the running leg is at the western end of the lawn field, where the competitors will go to 5 minutes before the start. Make sure that the timing tag is fastened around your ankle at the time of the start. The running leg is marked with plastic ribbon and pennants. In addition, there are traffic controllers at crossings to make sure that the competitor runs in the right direction. A new lap starts by running through the start area. When entering the field area, turn left as seen from the direction of arriving. When coming to the transition zone (from running to cycling) or reaching the goal, turn right when entering the field, going around the lawn field counterclockwise. To turn to the transition zone, follow the signs at the road-side end of the field, to reach the goal, keep on following the goal lane. The time of the first running leg ends when entering the transition zone. The time of the second running leg, and also the total racing time, finishes when crossing the goal line. The 5 km running leg takes place as three (3) laps, 3 km running leg two (2) laps.
Family Duathlon: change from one competitor to another takes place in the transition zone. If the team has two competitors, the runner stays in the transition zone. The three-person team´s first runner must leave the change area and the second runner waits for his turn in transition zone. Bicycles and any other required race equipment are left in racks located in the competition centre before the race. The racks are numbered. Note that every other bike is placed on the left and every other on the right side of the rack. This way, the competitors will have more room for their own gear. The number fastened on the bike must be fastened to the front of the bike before the start of the race. Cable ties are included in the gear bag. Cycling is prohibited in the transition zone due to safety reasons. Please remember – a cycling helmet is mandatory equipment! The cycling leg takes place as four (4) counterclockwise 5-kilometre laps. The course follows the hiking trails of Pajulahti. There are two more challenging ascents along the route. See the race routes. A new lap starts by going around the event centre. When entering the lawn field, turn right and go around the field. A new lap is started by going up at the eastern corner of the field. After the final lap, enter the transition zone, from where you will begin the final running leg. The course of the cycling leg is marked with plastic ribbon, pennants and arrows. Lap times for the cycling leg are always available when arriving at the event centre. The total time of the cycling leg finishes when entering the transition zone.
Content of the gear bag
T-shirt, timing tag (fastened around the ankle before the start), racing number for your bike + cable ties (4 pcs.). ( T-shirt is not included in Family Duathlon).
The competitors will be given timing tags for the race. The tag should be fastened around the ankle with the included velcro tape. If you wish, you can strengthen the adherence of the tag with adhesive tape, for example. The tag will be fastened to the ankle throughout the race. Family and Team Duathlon: 1 timing tag / team. A fee of EUR 50 will be charged if the tag is not returned.
Real-time online results will be available throughout the race; a link to the results can be found on our website. The results will be displayed on the website after the event.
Photos will be taken during the race and uploaded to the image gallery. The photos can be used in marketing the event. If you wish to prohibit the use of photos of you, please inform the organiser in writing at email@example.com
Family duathlon price giving ceremony will take place approx 1.30 p.m. The price giving ceremony for teams and individuals will take place after the competition approx. at 4 p.m.
The first aid point will be located in the event centre.
Food and all kinds of refreshments can be bought at Kanresta Restaurant.
Lakeside sauna is open for competitors on Sunday 11 am 6 pm. The sauna is located by the lake.
WISHING A BRISK SPORT SPIRIT TO EVERYONE!
The running leg runs primarily on a jogging trail and gravel road. At the end of the 1.5-kilometre lap, the route follows the same course with the cycling leg, with the course being narrower than the rest of the course. There are few elevation differences in the lap, and it is a very fast one. The 5 km running leg takes place as three (3) laps, 3 km running leg as two (2) laps. Family Duathlon = 1 lap each.
The cycling leg runs along the 5-kilometre jogging trail of Pajulahti Sports Institute all the way. The width of the cycling leg course is approximately 5 metres throughout the course, so there is room for overtaking. At the very end, there is a short section shared with the running leg, at which point the track is narrower. The course is fast and easy to cycle. There is no technical mountain cycling. There are two more challenging uphills along the route. The cycling leg takes place as four (4) laps. Family Duathlon = 1 lap.
Important to remember!
The competitors are not insured by the organiser, everyone is responsible for their own insurance coverage.
Registration is binding. The registration fee is non-refundable.
A cycling helmet is mandatory equipment! It is not possible to take part in the race without a helmet.
Pajulahti Sports Institute provides accommodation options for all needs. There are almost 800 beds there in all. Competitors accommodation in Pajulahti 65 € / person / double room, single room + 30 €, includes breakfast. Contact us for room reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 3 885 511. For additional information, click here.
Lost and found
Lost property can be enquired about from the event centre during the race. After the competition, lost property can be enquired about at the reception of Pajulahti Sports Institute. Lost property is transferred to Suomen Löytötavarapalvelu shortly after the event. Telephone number: +358 600 033 90 (The price of a call is 1,97€/min + local call charge).
Photos and video
During the competition we’ll take photos that can be used for event marketing and advertising. If you do not want your picture to be used please email us beforehand: email@example.com
The organiser reserves the right to make changes.