The Durban Ultra is no doubt, SA’s most esteemed and prestigious Half Distance Event with a history dating back to the eighties. All the best triathletes that been produced in South Africa over the last 30 years or so have at some time or another, found themselves on the start-line. The format and distances may have evolved slightly over the years to what is the current 1.9km swim/90km cycle and 21km run distance, but the course partly remains the same
This year will see the Durban Ultra take place on Sunday, the 3rd March down at Country Club Beach on the promenade.
Attracting both Ultra Distance Athletes (1.9km swim/90km cycle/21km run) as well as Sprint Distance athletes (600m swim/20km cycle/5km run), the city of Durban will be a buzz with some of the fittest athletes all descending on the host city to compete both for podium places as well as just for fun and the challenge.
Events will get underway at 7am from the Bike&Bean Precinct where the bike transition and swim start are located.
The Organisers have once again taken pre-emptive steps this year to ensure that the swim does go ahead, regardless of the sea conditions which are generally at the mercy of the climatic elements.
Should the surf conditions remain calm, like it was 2 years ago, the swim will take place directly I front of the bike& bean clubhouse. Sprint Distance athletes will do an out-across-back in swim loop of 600m while the Ultra Distance athletes will pretty much follow the same routing with their starting point much further down the beach to ensure they get in the correct race distance of 1.9km.
Should the surf break at the starting points be deemed to be to challenging for the average entrant, a contingency plan to move the start and finish of the swim down to North and South Beach respectively will come into play. Athletes will start at North Beach (Sprint Distance) and South Beach (Ultra Distance) and then run from this point (1.2km) back to the transition at Bike&Bean. This contingency plan was fully tested at the last Tinman Event for 2018 and was a huge hit amongst the athletes. Whilst some ran barefoot back to their bikes, others put on their running shoes to make the run trip back to the bike starting point. A scenario like this is highly un-likely but the organisers do understand that athletes want to swim, after all what is a triathlon without the swim part?
The bike leg for Sprint Distance is an out and back 20km loop with a fast and flat road surface that will ensure athletes enjoy the cycle which heads along the M4 towards Virginia Airport and back. The Ultra Distance athletes will head onto the M4 North towards Umhloti where they will make the turn back into Durban to complete the 45km loop. This will be done twice before the athletes head into T2. The bike course is one of the fastest and most scenic in Africa with bike times expected to be fast all-round as athletes vie to beat their PB’s on this super-fast race course
The run leg is as flat as it will ever get with athletes completing a 5km loop for the sprint distance and 2 loops of 10.5km for the ultra-distance along Durban’s famous promenade stretch. With thousands of fans in attendance, the atmosphere will be electric with the athletes expected to all claim some super-fast run times.
Entries are open both for individuals and teams but are limited so get your entry in fast. If you want to race for fun but on a course that is the fastest in the country, then sign-on and become part of history as you compete at this iconic race.
Entries are strictly pre-entry so don’t delay, the entry numbers are limited and done on a first come first serve basis. Entries can be done at www.championchip.co.za
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