Thursday 25 December 2014

Ever wanted to... attempt the Barcelona Triathlon?

Published 15/07/2014 | 02:30

Catalon cycle: A 20k bike ride forms part of the Olympic course of the Barcelona triathlon.  Photo: Getty
Catalon cycle: A 20k bike ride forms part of the Olympic course of the Barcelona triathlon. Photo: Getty

Barcelona is an attractive holiday destination for a variety of reasons. From the beautiful architecture and beaches, to the many tourist attractions including the famous home of Barcelona CF, the Nou Camp.

What better excuse to visit the famous capital city of the autonomous Catalonian community than to take part in the Garmin Barcelona Triathlon in October. The second largest city in Spain, Barcelona has a population of over 1.6 million people; over five million people live in its greater metropolitan area.

It is one of Europe's most attractive tourist destinations, and with good reason. The Barcelona Triathlon is one of the world's largest triathlons, and offers competitors the opportunity to enter over three varying race distances depending on their personal preference i.e. an Olympic distance, a sprint distance, and a super-sprint distance.

More than 6,000 athletes enter the race annually from over thirty countries, while it is also an attractive event for professional athletes, as they are catered for in an elite-level race, attracting some of Spain's top triathletes, and many of the leading triathletes from across the globe.

The coastline and streets are completely transformed over the race weekend, creating a unique sporting atmosphere and scene in the city and its completely urban circuit.

Teams are entitled to compete in both the Olympic and sprint events, however the super-sprint event is for individual entry only. The event debuted in 2008 and has been a big hit ever since, attracting swarms of race entrants and droves of spectators to what promises to be a fun and exciting few days.

The Olympic triathlon involves a swim over 1.5km, a 40km cycle and a 10km run; the sprint triathlon involves a 750m swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run; the super-sprint triathlon involves a 400m swim, a 10km cycle and a 2.5km run. Barcelona really is an attractive city, with its plentiful museums, beaches, parks, historic buildings and sites, architecture and, of course, plenty of events such as the Garmin Barcelona Triathlon.

WHEN

October 5, 2014

HIGHS

Competing in an event in one of the most attractive cities in the world.

LOWS

The unpredictable nature of the weather at this time of year.

COURSE

The entire course is set in an urban area, with the swim taking place in a point-to-point fashion in the Mediterranean Sea, while the cycling and running takes place in and around the city and the Barcelona greater metropolitan area.

HOW TO GET THERE/ WHERE TO STAY?

Barcelona is an easily accessible city. Return flights from Dublin currently sit at €160 for a week's stay in October. Accommodation is easily attained with a huge variety of types and in prices to suit everyone's preferences.

CONTACT

Web: www.garminbarcelona triathlon.com

Email: info@barcelona triathlon.com

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