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Cross Triathlon

The cross triathlon is a variation of the traditional triathlon of swim, bike, and run. In this competition, there is a three-stage race with a swim stage, mountain-biking stage and a trail-running stage.

Traditional triathlons are performed on paved roads and groomed trails. It is a sport that requires high speed and endurance. On the other hand, the cross triathlon forces an athlete through rough and rugged terrain. It requires a high degree of technique in order to navigate the course.

The bike portion of the race may be shorter than the traditional since athletes must climb steep hills with varying pitch and sharp turns. Added to the difficulty, the athlete must navigate through trees, logs, streams, rocks and other natural obstacles.

The running portion of the sport also takes place in a similar setting as the bike. Athletes must run up and down the slopes of hills or mountains through similar or other man-made obstacles. Typically the running will be between 5 to 10 kms.

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The only portion of the cross triathlon that remains the same as a traditional triathlon is the swim. The swimming stage may take place in a lake, river, or ocean with a distances ranging from 800 to 1500 meters.

Interesting Fact: Predicting a finish time for each stage based on distance is difficult to determine due to the innumerable obstacles throughout the bike and running stages.


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