Falling somewhere in between the rigours of an Enduroman Olympic triathlon and the Herculean test of Lanzarote Ironman, the Tri122 triathlon, which is due to be staged in Costa Teguise, on the 17th March 2012, is not for the faint hearted. Covering 2km in the water, 100km on wheels and 20km of running, the Tri122 is a good training workout for Ironman athletes and a tough competition in its own right for any triathlete.
TheTri122 is staged in the pretty, family resort of Costa Teguise where wind surfers, cyclists, runners and swimmers join ranks of holidaymakers to take advantage of Lanzarote’s year round temperate climate and unique landscape to combine sporting endeavours with relaxation.
The swim section takes place off the beach of El Jablillo Bajo and consists of two laps, each of 1km duration, with an exit from the water to sand in between the two laps, just to add an extra bit of muscle draining to the proceedings. With wet suits shed and salt still on the lips, athletes will set off on the cycle section which will take them on a 100km circuit taking in Arrieta, Punto Mujeres, Orzola, Subida a Tabayesco (an 11km and 8-10% gradient climb), Los Valles, Teguise, Tahíche and back to Costa Teguise. The circuit includes a climb of some 618 metres in total and some of Lanzarote’s most spectacular scenery.
Dismounting on wobbly legs, the final run takes place over three laps, each approximately 3.3 km, along the seafront of Costa Teguise to the finish line where another incredible Lanzarote sporting event will end on a podium for the super fit few.
Last chance to participate
Registration for Tri122 is limited to 300 triathletes and will close at midnight on 4th March 2012 so if you haven’t already done so, apply online without delay. Registration fee for individuals is €125 plus €10 for a day’s licence for those who don’t hold one. For teams of up to three persons, registration is €190 in total with the €10 daily license fee applying to each individual team member. Athletes will be categorised into male and female and by age: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over.
Organized training sessions for the event are being held over the next two weekends with cyclists meeting on Sunday 4th and Sunday 11th March and swimmers meeting on Saturday 10th March to get some test course familiarity under their belts before the big day.
The Tri122 takes place over the full day of 17th March 2012 beginning at 9am on Playa El Jablillo and everyone’s welcome to come along and lend their support to athletes on this tough test of mental and physical stamina. With Sands Beach Resort in easy strolling distance, it’s the perfect place to base yourself, whether competing, supporting the athlete in your family or simply being a spectator on the day.