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STIRLING TRIATHLON CLUB will host the city’s first aquabike event next month.

The swim and bike adult-only race will run alongside the club’s usual autumn aquathlon competitions on Sunday, October 8, at the University of Stirling.

The Stirling Aquathlon, a swim and run race, is established on the Scottish Racing Calendar and is running in conjunction with the Scottish Student Triathlon (SST) Aquathlon Championships.

There are races for adults and children – all set within the university grounds.

For the aquathlon, adults will race over 750m in the Scottish Swimming Academy pool followed by a three-lap course making up a 4.5km run section.

The junior aquathlon races, which are part of Triathlon Scotland’s 2017 Legends Ranking Series, cover various distances depending on age group.

Meanwhile, aquabike competitors will complete a 400m swim before heading out of the university grounds to race a single 14k bike loop.

The route goes out towards Tullibody along the Alloa Road then back through Menstrie and Blairlogie along the Hillfoots Road.

Stirling Triathlon Club race director Shaun O’Donnell said: “We decided to try something different this year and host an aquabike in addition to our traditional October events.

“It’s a great option for anyone who prefers cycling over running and we’re very excited to be giving people a chance to try it out.

“The Aquabike and Aquathlon are a chance for everyone to enjoy a final race before the triathlon season closes and we’re looking forward to a great turnout and a fun day.”

The closing date for race entries is Friday, September 22.