Changes to the IRONMAN Portugal 2024 cycling circuits

El IRONMAN Portugal-Cascais, which will be held next 19th October 2024, has announced changes to its cycling circuits, both for the full distance and for IRONMAN 70.3.

These modifications seek to improve the athletes' experience, offering safer and visually spectacular courses.

Cycling changes IRONMAN Portugal

The IRONMAN Portugal cycling circuit covers 180 km distributed over two laps. This year, competitors will be able to enjoy the stunning views of the Portuguese Riviera, Guincho Beach and the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.

One of the highlights of the tour is the stretch along the Estrada do Guincho, which leads to Malveira and the Serra de Sintra, passing the Blue Lagoon and heading to the iconic Estoril Formula 1 Circuit.

new IRONMAN Portugal 2024 cycling circuit
new IRONMAN Portugal 2024 cycling circuit

The changes introduced will allow athletes to pedal on improved roads, ensuring a smoother and safer surface.

In addition, the tour passes by some of Lisbon's most emblematic monuments, including the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, even passing under the 25 de Abril Bridge.

With a total elevation gain of 1465 meters, this circuit promises to be as challenging as it is beautiful.

Check the complete circuit here: https://www.ironman.com/im-cascais-course 

IRONMAN 70.3 Portugal route

For those competing in IRONMAN 70.3, the bike course will be a 90km loop that also offers stunning views of the region.

The athletes will travel the same initial route as the full IRONMAN competitors, enjoying Guincho beach and the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.

new IRONMAN 70.3 Portugal 2024 cycling circuit
new IRONMAN 70.3 Portugal 2024 cycling circuit

As in the complete circuit, it will include an exciting passage through the Estoril Formula 1 Circuit and the historic landscapes of Lisbon, but with a total gradient of 708 meters, being a more accessible option for many triathletes.

Check the complete circuit here: https://www.ironman.com/im703-cascais-course 

Qualification Opportunities

Both distances at the IRONMAN Portugal-Cascais will offer qualification spots for the 2025 VinFast IRONMAN World Championships.

The full event will provide slots for the World Championship in Kona, while IRONMAN 70.3 will provide slots for the World Championship in Marbella, Spain, which will be held on November 8 and 9, 2025.

Cascais: A Sports and Tourist Destination

Cascais, in addition to being an ideal place for triathlon, is a first-class tourist destination.

Visitors can explore its charming old town, enjoy beaches such as Guincho and visit the impressive Boca do Inferno.

What to see and do in Cascais?

  • Hell's Mouth: An impressive rock formation where the waves break strongly.
  • Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum: Located in a 20th century palace, it houses a collection of art and furniture of great value.
  • Cascais Citadel: An ancient fortress that offers panoramic views of the city and the ocean.
  • Beaches: Guincho (ideal for surfing), Conceição and Rainha (perfect for relaxing).
  • Cuisine: Don't miss the fresh seafood and fish from the area.

Open enrollment

Registrations for IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 Portugal-Cascais 2024 are still open.

For more information, visit the official event page:

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