29 September 2016 – Nordic Ways is happy to announce a brand new event to take place on 4 June 2017 in the famous tourism city of Shangri La in Yunnan Province: the inaugural Shangri La Duathlon Challenge following China’s Dragonboat Festival holiday! Organised with start and finish in the Old Town of Zhongdian, duathletes will run 10 kilometres as a start, followed by approximately 50km of road biking around the beautiful lake outside of the city, and another 10km of running at the end. Given the high altitude of just over 3000m above sea level, the Shangri La Duathlon Challenge is definitely a mouth-watering event for endurance and ultra athletes! Duathlon, also sometimes called Run-Bike-Run, is an official sport recognised by the International Triathlon Union. Worldwide it is gaining in popularity as people seek new sporting and exciting challenges. The new event in Shangri La will feature an individual and a team competition. Whereas the individual will be required to run and bike by himself, the team competition will be consisting of two runners and a cyclist. As such, the new event also makes for a great corporate team building experience in the beautiful surroundings of Shangri La. Strategy and tactics will be just as important as physical strength! We are looking forward to seeing numerous brand teams competing against each other for the trophy of best duathlon team. Important from a technical point of view is that the cycling part will be non-drafting. This means riders should ride by themselves and not sit in the wheels of other competitors. Zhongdian, centre of the Shangri La region, nowadays has an airport making it much easier to get there. We recommend all participants to fly in on the 2nd, and enjoy the whole Dragonboat holiday in the town. Moreover, it is helpful for your body system to adapt to the high altitude. There are accommodation options of every kind: backpacker guesthouses and luxury five-star hotels. Apart from the race, there are many sightseeing possibilities, as Shangri La is also one of the gateways to Tibet.
All event details and online registration will become available in due course. The website for the event is www.shangrilachallenge.com .