That’s club stalwart Amy Critchlow’s vision of this weekend’s Pembroke Duathlon, which will replace the previously planned Reservoir race due to roadworks.
Action will take place on a largely flat and quite picturesque course, where the main race consists of a three-mile run, 20-mile bike and 1.5-mile second run.
‘I think everyone’s excited to do an event that’s not a virtual event and to get together,’ Critchlow said in the latest edition of the Guernsey Press Sport podcast, which is out now.
‘Sun’s out, looks good for this weekend, so it’s the beginning of a very packed calendar for the “tri” season.’
The Pembroke Duathlon was due to open the season last month, but lockdown put paid to those plans.
The Tri Club plugged the gap with a Virtual Duathlon using self-devised routes and Zwift, and now, six months after the last live event, competitors will finally be able to face each other in person again.
‘People will probably want to have a good start to the season, see what the competition’s like,’ Critchlow added.
‘People have been training together but haven’t had a race together – we’ve done some virtual stuff and compared times, but if you’re in that competitive zone already, you’ll just go for it.’
Racing starts at 8am and a half-distance option is available.