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Review of Camarillo Duathlon Series #1 by

Posted by: on October, 3 2013

I’ve done this race three times this year and will be doing it again in October. One of the nicest things about the Camarillo Duathlon is that it’s offered multiple times during the year, so you can track your progress on the same course; it’s inexpensive if you register early, and there are frequently discounts and free race entries available through racegrader. The race organizer (Bill Escobar of Elite Sports) is friendly, approachable, and helpful. Parking is free, easy, and available close to the race start & transition area. Friends & family can get really close to the action to cheer you on. Technical -shirts and medals are high quality and the swag is quite generous for a smaller event. The run takes you around the grounds of Camarillo Airport (two loops for Olympic distance, one loop for sprint); it’s not pretty but it’s flat and closed to traffic. The bike course goes out along the strawberry fields; it’s flat and fast, except for strong headwinds in sections. It’s well-marked and police do a great job keeping cars off of the course. Stick around after the race for awards and giveaways. I look forward to triathlons more than duathlons now, but I view this race as a great addition to my training/racing calendar. The olympic distance (3 mile run, 19.5 mile bike, 3 mile run) is a challenging brick workout and a perfect tune-up for future races. And you’re finished early enough to go out for breakfast and enjoy the rest of your day.