The location is unique and beautiful. This year, due to the heat it was no wetsuit swim. The organisers should have warned us by text and communicate the right water temperature, in place of 19 degrees! The course is not very simple and a little tortuous, but it was nice to have only one lap and to be able to swim along the river in the very narrow part. Personally, maybe becuase I just came from beautiful clear waters, I dindn't like all the mud and grit going through my body. Also the water was practically brown from beginning to end. In summary, a nice experience, all levels welcome and good one can then go to visit the castle and the beautiful gardens. Finally, it woudl have been probably better not to start both swim, 1.9 and 3.8km, and Aquathlon, but keep them separate. Thanks to the Coke at the end... hopefully it killed all the bugs..
Posted on 10.07.18
Beautiful scenery, but extremley tough course, impossible, at least for me an average marathon runner, to run all the way! The uphills are very steep, and the downhills feel even steeper. And one after the other. This includes up and down many many steps. Personally, I prefer to have more stretches to run instead of practically have to walk for most of it! Feed stations are a little weak, only water, and in a hot day one should have carbo-electrolytes, especially considering that some of the runner had a full marathon to run, and jelly babies. Bananas would have been appreciated too. All together, a nice experience, but a very unusual "run" that might need a lot of practising up and down!!
Posted on 10.07.18
This was a stunning location. Friendly environment, not too many participant and most of them Italian.. The lake is huge and it almost felt like swimming in the sea, and this also because in certain sections of the course (I did the long route, 3.2km) the water was relatively wavy and rough. The best way of orienteering is probably to jsut follow the coast on the right side (or the swimmers in front of you, if you trust their directions...) since the buoys, despite being very big, are only 4 and very distant from each other. Great location, great event, and a good excuse to jump on a "gelato" for recovery nutrition!
Posted on 27.06.18
This was my first swim-run experience and I found it amazing. The Island is stunningly beautiful, the water blue-green and clear. The support from the local people is great. The whole athmosphere is frienfly and welcoming.
Event in iteself is extrmely well organised to the details, the course is easy to follow, the feed stations are well timed. My suggestions woudl be to:
1) practise swiming in cold/choppy waters. Even if we only had a short choppy swim, this is an island in the middle of the Ocean and anything can happen on the day.
2) practise exit and entering the swims with few big rocks and stones, and this in the waves..
I can't wait to go again!
Posted on 12.06.18
This is a lovely course, a little hilly, but with good views on thwe countryside and to the sea. Few participants make the whole process of registration, going to the toilet and starting very easy and stress free.
The course is out and back, most of it on quiet roads, with feed stations every 3 miles and the opportunity of leaving your personal drink to be collected at each feed station, at registration.
Local support is great, the last hill, at mile 23 never ending. All together a very pleasant and well organised event.
Posted on 23.10.17
Lovely one loop course, few narrow parts, so if you are super fast start on the front. Multiple surfaces and luckily part of the course is in the shade. Very frienldy event, perfect feed staions and beautiful scenery. This year was very hot, apparently the hottest day of the year, so it will be essential desptie the frequent feed stations to bring own hydration support.
Posted on 19.06.17
I ran London in 2003 and found that 2017 was much much better organised. Not as many queues anywhere, not for registration, not for the transport to get there, not for the toilets, or to drop the luggage. Everything went smoothly and was extremely well organised.
Posted on 03.05.17
This is a beautiful event, in town, most of it along and inside (swim) the Danube river. Swim is fast, only one loop linear and perfectly signed by frequent buoys. No real current sicne it occurs in a side bay of the river. The rolling start might work for some, like me, as long as one positions him/her self in the right wave time. Transition is fast, close to swim exit and to bike exit. Bike course consists of 2 loops of a pancake flat course, along the river with a little uphill to the castle. The scenery, if one manages to look, is beautiful and historical. Very fast T2, and the run consist of 4 laps of a back and forward along the river, completely flat. Very HOT this year, and hard to run in those temperatures, but it might vary from year to year. Plus there were showers and cold sponges and drinks twice per loop!
One has to plan how to get to the start in the morning since all roads are closed and the cars can only drop you 1km away. I strongly reccomend this race.
Posted on 01.08.16
This was a great race, where friendly triathletes of all abilities participated, and with a lovely challenging course.
The distances are not the classic Olympic ones, but slightly longer in both bike and run. The swim is in a welcoming lake, a little weedy this time round, but probably caused by the bad weather we recently had. The bike consisted of two laps of an undulating course in a beautiful countryside practically traffic free. For me, the best part was the run, along countryside path, soft under the feet in a scenic park. I didn’t mind at all the exit from T1 with the bike uphill a bumpy muddy road, since the organizers made every effort to make it smooth cutting the grass and using matts.. Overall: a great event.
Posted on 04.07.16
This is a hard but beautiful race. Hard because of the wind and climbs (Tabayesco is a 10km climb!) on the bike, and heat on the run. Beautiful because of the scenic bike route along the coast, up Tabeysco with magnificent views. The swim course is linear and good, but a mass start funneling after only 100mt creating some competition for space! Transition is super easy and fast and well organised. The run consists of 4 uneventful laps on a mainly flat course but with lots of support. The athmosphere of this race was really great, with all levels of competitors. I strogly reccomend it!
Posted on 13.11.15
Great race, but spoilt by the weather, freezing lake and pouring rain.
Swim: very well signed with frequent buoys.
Bike: relatively flat, not great surface
Run: fast, flat, soft surface, too narrow at times.
Posted on 11.06.15
Lots of participants, but amazing course and organization. Swimming in the sea, with beach start, different waves for age groups. Females all together, simple one loop very well marked swim, gorgeous bike only one loop including a 10k climb, and less exciting run 3 laps flat on very hot tarmac.
Posted on 16.06.14
Warm lake, super flat bike course only one lap, almost no traffic and flat run in open fields. Quick transition, a little muddy if it rains.
Posted on 16.06.14
Already wrote a full race report..
Posted on 25.07.13