If you want to test your endurance, then competing in a triathlon is one of the best ways to see what you’re really made of. Read on and check out some of the top destinations for triathlon competitions!
Triathlon Destinations For The Athletic Outdoorsman
Triathlon is a sport consisting of three extremely challenging events: swimming, cycling and running. This activity is not for the faint-hearted, rather it is for those people who are willing to test their endurance. So if you’re a triathlete or just a great enthusiast of the sport, below is a list of some of the most adrenaline-pumping destinations for you to indulge the sport in. Choose a place, travel, and find out if you have what it takes to finish the race.
Escape from Alcatraz, San Francisco, U.S.
Escape from Alcatraz is a world-renowned triathlon competition in the U.S. It all started in 1981 and from then on, triathlon athletes from every corner of the world converge in San Francisco every year to compete in this iconic event. The race starts with participants jumping off a ferry into the chilling waters of San Francisco Bay then swim 1.5 miles to the shore. After that, athletes will ride their bikes through an 18-mile out and back route. The race will conclude with an 8-mile run into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
AJ Bell London Triathlon, London, U.K.
This competition is the biggest triathlon competition on the planet with a myriad of onlookers and athletes gathering each year. The race will begin at the ExCel Centre, Victoria Docks, and will run through London’s well-known landmarks like the London Bridge and Westminster Abbey. More often, this event is associated with various foundations triathletes can raise money for. Participants of all abilities will undoubtedly have a wonderful time with this race’s fantastic atmosphere and backdrop.
Alpe d’Huez Triathlon, France
The Alpe d’ Huez Long Distance Triathlon is set in the stunning Central French Alps and considered as one of the most remarkable and taxing races in the world. The race begins with a 2.2-kilometer swim in the clear waters of Lac du Verney where the temperature is ordinarily freezing. Then participants will embark on the 115-kilometer bike ride through the Alpe du Grand Serre and Col d’ Ornon. And then a 22-kilometer run through a combination of paved roads and tracks to finish the grueling race.
Ironman Cairns, Cairns, Australia
Of all the triathlon destinations, the bike course here is regarded as one of the most striking circuits in the world. The race is held in Captain Cook Highway, located beside the ocean, and it offers stunning views throughout the whole 112-mile bike race. Not only that, the peaceful cove swim and the race along the Esplanade make this competition worthy of tremendous recognition from every triathlete who participated in this event.
Ironman World Championship, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
This competition occurs in the breathtaking Island of Hawaii. Athletes who lived by the Ironman’s maxim, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE” are the only ones qualified to join. This torturous competition is acknowledged as one of the toughest in the world. The race includes a 3.8-kilometer swim, 180-kilometer bike ride, and to end it, a strenuous 42.2-kilometer run.
Jewel Gold Coast Triathlon, Australia
The second leg of the World Triathlon Series found its home on the stunning Gold Coast, Queensland. The venue of the ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast is on Broadwater Parklands which is a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Surfers Paradise. And when we talk about sun-soaked fun, no destination comes close to Australia’s Gold Coast. The race includes a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike ride, and a 5-kilometer run to finish it off. Participants will definitely have a marvelous experience as they test their endurance on one of the most beautiful places here on earth.
Leeds Castle Triathlon, Kent, England
Test what you are really made of around the “Loveliest Castle in the World,” the Leeds Castle. The race includes a 1500-meter swim in the stunning moat surrounding a 900-year old castle, a 40-kilometer bike ride, and a 10-kilometer run around the iconic castle estate.
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Before you embark on this challenge, you have to be prepared. It is not enough to have a physically fit body but you also need to possess a sound mind. A triathlon is a very exhausting pursuit but this is a great way to test your endurance. To succeed in this grueling and enervating race is a testament to your unyielding and tenacious spirit. It is a long, hard road to the finish line but it is one of the most rewarding feelings an individual can obtain. So if you have a heart of a true warrior, push yourself far beyond your limits and never back down on the challenge!
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