The highest level triathlon returns to Pamplona after two years of pandemic.
the XNUMXth Half Triathlon Pamplona Iruña will bring together 1.450 athletes this Saturday, in an edition that has taken a leap in quality, as the test is also presented as Spanish Championship of Half Distance Triathlon.
The test has also been chosen as test scoring for the ranking of the Professional Triathletes Organization (PTO), in addition to putting places at stake for the MD Triathlon European Championship that will be held next September within the framework of the European Multisport Bilbao-Bizkaia 2022.
One more year, the Pamplona Iruña Half Triathlon will start from the Alloz reservoir and after 1,9 kilometers of swimming, 85 kilometers of cycling route to Pamplona, 19,5 kilometers of running through the city, through the river park, Aranzadi and the Old Town.
The goal returned to the Plaza del Castillo, after a last edition, that of 2019 in which it was located in the Antoniutti park.
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Eneko Llanos returns to competition
Among the elite athletes who will take the start are, the long and medium distance champion of Spain on several occasions, Eneko Llanos, Emilio AguayoAlbert Moreno, or in female category Helene Alberdi, Judith Corachán y Laura Gomez.
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1.450 triathletes will be in the test
The 1.450 people registered They come from all corners of the Spanish geography, with 80% of triathletes from outside Navarra, and even more than 40 foreigners, from countries such as France or Italy.
An influx of public directly related to the participating athletes of about 8.000 people is also expected.
A demanding journey
The swimming test, in the Alloz reservoir, consists of a 1,9-kilometre route delimited by three buoys, which are compulsory.
The elite men's and women's start will be en masse; then there will be rolling star starts for GGEE, open, aquabike and mixed relays.
The start will be at the moment they cross the line that determines the start of the competition and will have a time record taking.
The 85 kilometers of the cycling section will start from the Artzaleku campsite and will arrive at the Antoniutti park in Pamplona.
A fast route, with a few steep slopes, but without ports or large slopes to overcome.
It will pass through Lerate, Lorca, Villatuerta, Oteiza, Larraga, Mendigorria and Puente la Reina complete the fastest area.
The longest and hardest slope of the circuit is located in Artazu. From there, after the descent, you reach a false flat for about 12 km, where you can ride very quickly to Echauri.
Through Ororbia and Arazuri to Pamplona you can also go quickly, with some steepness, finishing before reaching Antoniutti through San Lorenzo.
Three solid and liquid supplies have been established along the route.
They are self-service supplies in which the triathletes themselves must collect the food and deposit what they are going to discard in the containers.
Already in Pamplona, last effort with the 19,5-kilometre race, with three laps of a 6-kilometre circuit.
From the Antoniutti park you will run through Taconera, Paseo de Ronda, Santo Domingo, Estafeta, Plaza del Castillo, Juan de Labrit, Ronda Barbazana, Paseo del Redín, Vuelta de Aranzadi, river park and along the Cuesta de Santo Domingo, again to Estafeta and finish in the Plaza del Castillo when the three laps of the circuit are completed.
Refreshments are planned at two points along the route in the three laps.
The Half Triathlon will begin on Saturday, May 14 at 13:30 p.m. and it is expected that the first triathletes who will fight for first place in this test will arrive in Pamplona around 16:XNUMX p.m.