What is it about Lanzarote that produces athletes made from girders? Is it the stark, volcanic terrain that transfers its rugged nature to the island’s inhabitants or perhaps the near constant breeze that instils a spirit of man pitted against the elements? Either way, Mother Nature is certainly to be held partly responsible for producing an island whose terrain and weather create such a perfect setting for athletes to train and compete 365 days a year. The rest is down to the friendliness and warmth of the participating athletes, organisers and spectators that make Lanzarote such a unique sporting venue.
Home to the extraordinary rigours of the annual Lanzarote Ironman competition, Lanzarote is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s foremost triathlon venues and the first triathlon of 2012 is just around the corner.
Organised by Enduroman in conjunction with Lanzarote Cabildo and officially registered with IUTA (International Ultra Triathlon Association), the Second Enduroman Lanzarote will be held over the weekend of the 4th and 5th of February in the island’s southern resort of Playa Blanca. Four individual events will be held simultaneously over the weekend allowing athletes to choose which distances suit them best. The four categories are:
Double Enduroman: 7.6km swimming; 360km cycling; 84km running entry fee €285
Enduroman: 3.8km swimming; 180km cycling; 42km running entry fee €190
Half Enduroman: 1.9km swimming; 90km cycling; 21km running entry fee €110
Olympic Enduroman: 1.5km swimming; 40km cycling; 10km running entry fee €40
Athletes competing in the triathlons will each receive a race bag, gels and isotonic during the race, a finishing T shirt and medal. Winners will get prize money of:
Double Enduroman €350
Half Enduroman €150
Olympic Enduroman €100
The swim section will be held from the resort beach in Playa Blanca with the Double, Enduroman and Half Enduroman swimmers completing eight, four or two laps respectively around a 950 metre circuit. The Olympic Enduroman swimmers will complete 2 laps of a 750 metre circuit.
The cycle segment will take riders around a 15km return circuit beginning in the centre of Playa Blanca along the coastal road to Charco de Los Clicos.
Runners will pound a 2630 metre circuit from the town centre, heading along the promenade towards Marina Rubicon and will complete 32, 16 or eight laps according to their category. Olympic Enduroman runners will continue the circuit for a further 700 metres and will complete three laps to make up their 10km distance.
The deadline for registration for Enduroman Lanzarote 2012 is 31st January 2012 and you can apply online.
Sun, sea, sand and sports
Whether you’re an athlete, a support crew member, a volunteer or a spectator, Enduroman Lanzarote is a chance to enjoy one of the island’s newest resorts and experience the warmth and friendliness of its world class sports facilities and competitions.
Just 5 nautical kilometres from the neighbouring Canary Island of Fuerteventura, Playa Blanca has regular ferry crossings between the two islands. Its long, golden beach was the site of the first Europeans to invade the Canary Islands at the beginning of the 15th century and changed little over the ensuing years until the 1980s when it was developed for tourism.
Very much Lanzarote’s quieter resort, Playa Blanca provides the perfect setting for Enduroman Triathlon and is in easy distance of Sands Beach Resort.
Photos Bob Foy