Ever wanted to take part in the Laguna Langco triathlon?
Published 26/08/2014 | 02:30
The Laguna Lang Co Triathlon is still in its infancy, having run for the first time in 2013.
This inaugural event was a raging success and has already become one of the foremost triathlons in southeast Asia. Largely based on the Laguna Phuket Triathlon in Thailand, which has had its fair share of success and has grown in popularity with each passing year, the objective of the Laguna Lang Co Triathlon is to emulate the success of the Laguna Phuket Triathlon and to offer a great event experience.
Lang Co is located in Hue Province on the north central coast of Vietnam. It borders Quang Tri province to the north and Da Nang to the south, Laos to the west and the South China Sea to the east. Laguna Lang Co is the first and largest fully integrated world-class hospitality development in Vietnam. The destination itself consists of a 280 hectare grounds near Lang Co Bay, framed by a 3km beach in the Chan May region overlooking the East Sea.
The Banyan Tree and Angsana branded hotels and resorts are on site along with championship golf courses, award-winning spas, resort residences, convention facilities and a broad range of recreational offerings, making the location a dream holiday village destination.
Three UNESCO world heritage sites lie within close proximity to the race site, allowing for a host of sightseeing to be done without an excess of travel.
These sites include the ancient capital city of Hue, the warm and welcoming age-old city of Hoi An, and the relics of My Son, a sanctuary consisting of a variety of relics, temples and monuments with intricate carvings. The triathlon itself consists of a 1.8km swim, followed by a 62km cycle, and a 12km run to finish.
A triathlon team relay, a duathlon and a bike-race also take place over the course of the weekend, which is full of variety to suit everybody.
When: March 2015
Course: The race begins with the swim, with the start line located at the beautiful Laguna Lang Co beach with a 1.8km point-to-point swim.
After participants emerge from the water at Angsana Lang Co beach, they begin the 62km cycle leg of the race. The bike course is a very scenic, time-trial course, with a difficult initial climb to really build up some fatigue in the legs. However, after the initial climb, the course then takes entrants onto open roads, through rice fields and quaint villages. There is one further small climb over a mountain pass between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
At the top of this pass, the beautiful view of the Lap An Lagoon comes into sight on the horizon. Athletes ride along the lagoon to Lang Co town, from where they head back towards the Laguna Lang Co, with one final climb before the transition before the running leg of the race.
The final 12km of the race consists of a run. This takes place exclusively around the Nick Faldo-designed Laguna Lang Co golf course in a truly magnificent two-lap course.
How to get there
Lang Co is easily accessible by air via Da Nang, which has an international airport and connecting flights from the likes of Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
Where to stay
'Go Adventure Asia' is the official travel partner of the event, and the race site recommends booking accommodation through their official website. The Banyan Tree and the Angsana branded hotels are the most popular among athletes.
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