Ironman 70.3 Marbella
28th April 2019
Event: Ironman 70.3 Marbella
Date: 28th April 2019
Marbella (or Marbs for those in the know) is located in the world-renowned Spanish Costa del Sol and is a triathlete’s paradise. Famous for its crystal-clear waters and spectacular scenery, the Costa del Sol is one of Spain’s most beautiful regions. Perfect not only for the sport-lovers of the world, Andalusia has plenty to offer to spectators and families too so this event is ideal for anyone who wants to make a holiday out of IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella.
The swim kicks off with a beach start and a pretty simple L-shaped course. The 2018 course was shortened to 1,500m due to high winds and choppy waves but the water conditions are usually quite calm and suitable for newbies as well as veterans. Once out of the water, there’s a short, sandy run across the beach to T1 which is well-laid out and shouldn’t pose any big problems.
IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella’s bike course starts out flat and fast but gets pretty hilly as the course turns inland. The road surface is generally good and the descents aren’t too technical so the focus is on speed and staying aero wherever possible. The course itself is beautiful and well-marshalled which, coupled with the hills, works well to prevent drafting. One point to be aware of is the sharp turn just before T2, race officials are there to warn athletes of the turn but it can bring you up short and disrupt your transition if you’re not properly prepared.
Apart from the unconventional entry point, T2 is pretty standard and leads easily onto the run course which is largely flat with a lovely stretch out to the lighthouse. Some sections have sand and gravel on the ground but not enough to cause serious problems. The run is quite linear with only a few sharp turns as it follows the coastline out to the lighthouse. The aid stations are well-placed and the finish line is a welcome sight at the 21.1km mark, just a few metres from the swim start point which give a great sense of symmetry to the event. IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella is a really great event that poses enough of a challenge to experienced triathletes while still being accessible to newcomers. It’s also the perfect place to work in a few days off as the beaches around the town are really spectacular and offer a good spot for some post-race rest and relaxation.
As always, the bike transfer experts behind Bring My Bike will be there to look after your bike while you’re taking in the sights and sounds of Marbella and all it has to offer. We’ll get your bike safely back home in its own Polaris Bike Rug and take the hassle out of your event planning.