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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:52 am    Post subject: Iconic Independent Races - Recommend Here! Reply with quote

I thought with the omnipresence of certain brands in Triathlon, certainly over the long distance, it would be useful to highlight to people the good Independent races on offer at home & overseas. Call them the 'Monuments' of triathlon.

The list below is not a list I've done (I wish!), but iconic events, and it would be great to hear from people who have done them....

Laguna Phuket Triathlon (Thailand)
Escape From Alcatraz (USA)
Embrunman (France)
Wildflower (USA)

On the home-grown front, for me, the Perranporth Extreme Surf Tri is an iconic event that's been going since the 80s. That swim can be an event in itself.

Others please.....
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

perhaps adding why the race is iconic may be useful...


Norseman - an epic and ever changing theatre for one of the most challenging of iron distance races...
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't fdone nay of these, but the Celtman and Swissman get a good rep (from the same stable as Norseman?). also the 'X' events up in the lakes.

I think it's generally the 'tough' one that will seem to fit the criteria of this list, as they can rely on the sufferfest or at least scenery elements to negate the [i]lack[i] of brand ... though obviously some have developed into a brand in themselves.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, all the ones I initially mentioned are very long-standing events, so in that respect they are also iconic.

St Croix is also iconic, but is now 'branded' so doesn't meet the independent requirement. Is the 'Tug's Tavern Swim/Run' still going Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both full and half X are in for me. Full because it's so ridiculously long to complete and goes across some severe terrain on bike and foot. It makes you wonder why the hell you signed up, and then when you take time to look around you know why.

The half has easier run but the bike is hard. Like, really hard. Toughing it out I'd say the half is harder than the full due to less respite.

And while scenery is about as good as it gets, they were however both more iconic when run out of Wasdale. That location was pure fantasy land for a triathlon and getting there was a journey in its own right.

For shorter distance Slateman is high on the iconic list. Freezing swim, bike ok but the run is amazing.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the wolverton 5 has been going a long time...but is hard to consider iconic...
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me I'd add,

Helvellyn - one of the original tough races
Alpe d'Huez - primarily the iconic status of the climb

Done both, got a love\hate relationship with Helvellyn, never really felt like I've had a good day and that water is cold.

ADH was my first real taste of a longish distance race, and although there wasn't masses of support on the course it's good seeing everyone go up the mountain.

I'd maybe add a couple like the Slateman? Which I'd like to do next year.

A mate did Celtman this year and said it was really good.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swissman.

Like Norseman but with a nicer swim and a much harder bike.

Also, I like the idea of starting on one side of the Alps, cycling up and over them, then turning around and running back up.

Was lucky enough to do it in good weather.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JeffB wrote:

Helvellyn - one of the original tough races
Jeff


I finished off this season with an epic trio: Wensleydale Full Cheese, Helvellyn then Ambleside Triathlon X half.

Harsh weather and a 4-mile hilly bike ride to Semerwater made for a tough swim at Wensleydale. Superb bike ride through the Dales then a fell run; perfect.

After that Ullswater didn't feel cold at all to me. On the bike ride many complained about the wind but I was loving it on my P2, gaining places throughout. Alas Helvellyn summit was out of bounds due to conditions but the route was spectacular all the same, as was the fast downhill return.

Triathlon X may be the newcomer, but Mark Blackburn puts on a helluva good race. Windemere swim is good, shame we can't use the superb Wastwater any more. Bike ride is the hilliest of any half anywhere, even more extreme than TriX full as it traverses Wrynose/Hardknott from both east and west. Full-on fell run again to finish, a great way to end the season.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wensleydale has always been on my todo list, and it's fairly local but always clashed, but will get to do it one day.

I think it's been taken over by Epic events now and they've dropped the shorter version of it.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wimbleball, I believe immortal events are putting a 70.3 on the same course!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would certainly endorse Laguna Phuket. I did the race 2 weeks ago and it was amazing. Itís iconic because:

It attracts World class Athletes- Michael Raelert won this year

You swim in 2 bodies of water - the clear blue sea and a slightly murky fresh water lagoon.

The bike takes you through several villages and all the residents are out on the road giving great support to all competitors.

Itís a very honest bike course with several monster climbs

The run is hot hot hot Sun but very scenic around the Golf course.

If you get the chance I would definitely recommend. A great holiday destination too Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mad Mike wrote:
You swim in 2 bodies of water - the clear blue sea and a slightly murky fresh water lagoon.


I saw it on Eurosport in the 90s, it looked awesome.

IM70.3 St Polten has a run between two lakes as well; that's a great event with a stunning bike course to-boot. Not iconic, but one of the best bike courses going imho.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whilst not an independent race as such, I'd put Windsor in the iconic category...
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SidSnot wrote:
Whilst not an independent race as such, I'd put Windsor in the iconic category...


I was talking about non WTC really, as that's the biggest brand in the sport; the Apple of Triathlon.
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