On July 14 the capital of the Basque Country will host the premiere of IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz, which will be run by 2.100 athletes from 53 different countries.
The authenticity of northern Spain, unique for its environment and natural beauty, has been an important claim for athletes and for the IRONMAN franchise itself. And it is that the spectacular circuits of the test will be a perfect excuse to discover the best corners of the territory.
Athletes will start at the lake Ullibarri-Gamboa to swim 3.8 kilometers, and from there get on the bike to complete 180 kilometers that will take them to Vitoria-Gasteiz. The foot race sector will consist of four laps through the medieval quarter and pedestrian walks of the city before crossing the finish line in a Plaza España that will be set up to make it an unforgettable moment for the public and athletes.
Many professionals with victory options
Among the athletes who will be part of the first edition will be a select few who will fight for victory. The store Eneko Llanos, an expert from the IRONMAN circuit, starts as one of the favorites with the Australian Josh Amberger, the French Antony Costes and the also Spanish Alejandro Santamaría y Miquel Blanchart o Peru Alfaro, among others
In the female category the local resident will be present Ruth Brito, who will see the faces with the also Spanish Judith Corachan, the North American Heather Jackson, the Switzerland Nina Derron and the British Natalie Seymour, Among others.
All finishers will choose to take home any of the 40 qualifying slots that will be in play for the IRONMAN World Championship, to be held next October in Hawaii.
It can be followed live
In addition, the historic first edition of the IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz will have worldwide coverage through Facebook Watch, which will offer 10 hours of live testing.
On the eve of the official start of the competition, more than 1.600 people between the organization and volunteers go to work these days so that everything turns out perfect and the athletes can enjoy an unbeatable experience.