It’s just over a week until Ironman Lanzarote race day, Saturday 21st May 2011.
The Ironman Lanzarote Canarias Triathlon official press release from the Cabildo was held on Thursday 12th May confirming that almost 1,500 athletes from 40 different countries will be competing in the race this year, the biggest one yet and on the 20th Anniversary.
There are 20 male and 8 female professionals participating in the event this year, ones to watch out for include Lanzarote’s Gregorio Caceres (#3)and Nicholas Ward(#4)as well as the German Timo Bracht (#2) amongst the men and German Nicole Woysch (#22) from Germany and Aroa Merino (#57) from Lanzarote in the women. A participants list with dorsal numbers can be downloaded below.
Club La Santa Director Jon Diderichsen confirmed that Club La Santa had renewed their contract with Ironman until 2014 bringing the “toughest Ironman" in the world back to the island for three more years. President of the Cabildo, Pedro San Ginés said that “Lanzarote is a top level sports tourist destination with Ironman as the flagship. There was an amusing moment when Race Director Kenneth Gasque invited Pedro to the awards party on Sunday after the race, which is also elections day, where he could celebrate if his party won their race.
Accuweather hour by hour forecasts for race day are showing a cloudy start clearing to sunshine in the afternoon, temperatures of up to 23 degrees with a real feel of up to 28 degrees and wind speeds of 11 –16 during the afternoon.
Windguru only shows the forecast for the week up until Friday at the moment.
It’s a 7am start for the triathletes with a 3.8km swim on Playa Grande, please come down and support them, it’s a fabulous moment when the sun is rising and these sportsmen and women pour into the sea to begin their race. The first triathlete is expected to finish the swim section in around 45 minutes, they have a maximum of 2 hours and 20 minutes in which to complete this leg of the race.
The Ironmen are then off around the island on a 180 km bike course, with a loop to El Golfo, through Timanfaya to Tinajo, Famara, Teguise, Haría, Mirador del Río, Tahiche, Monumento Campesino before dropping down through Tías back into Puerto del Carmen. The first bike is expected back to the start / finish line transition area around 12:45.
And if that wasn’t enough, these men and women now have a full marathon to run! The course takes them along “The Strip" in Puerto del Carmen towards the airport, the road is closed for the event. The first loop stretches along the coast to Playa Honda, the second and third loop turn at Matagorda with spectators stretching along the length of the course to cheer them on.
The first finisher is expected at around 15:35, which is 8.5 hours after they started at 7am. The clock stops at midnight for the valiant few still on the course still moving after 17 hours of gruelling grit and determination to finish.
Miguel and I are very happy to have been selected by Ironmen to run all of the live updates on the www.ironmanlive.com website. We have a team of spotters who will be feeding us information throughout the day from various locations.
We are determined that the live online coverage of the 20th Ironman Lanzarote will be the best ever and we’d like as many people as possible to participate either “watching" live or contributing information not just about the professionals and age groupers but the special interest stories, groups of supporters and more.
Look out for our post in the next few days where we will explain how all of this is going to work and how you can be a part of it.
We look forward to seeing you on race day, in the meantime you can contact us with any Ironman related information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous information relating to Ironman Lanzarote 2011:
Ben Harper - Racing for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research
Ben Warner - Racing for SARA animal shelter in Lanzarote
Ironkids Friday 20th May
Ironman Volunteers - Get Involved On The Marathon Section