Ironman 70.3 Pays-d’Aix
May 12th 2019
Event: Ironman 70.3 Pays-d’Aix
Date: May 12th 2019
IRONMAN 70.3 Pays d’Aix is one of the world’s most popular IRONMAN events and for good reason. Aix-en-Prvence is one of France’s most beautiful towns set in a really spectacular part of the country but as with all things, beauty comes with a price! The event is really well organised but it’s a tough one – the bike course in particular is pretty challenging!
Before you get to the bike though, there’s the swim to contend with. The rolling start leaves a gap of about 8 seconds between groups. The water is generally chilly but not too cold as the water will have absorbed the start of the summer heat. The swim route is a simple loop out and back but the ground underfoot at the swim start and exit is rough and stony which can slow things down a little – nobody wants to start off with bruised or cut feet!
There’s a distance of 125 metres from the swim exit to the first transition zone but the cheers from the crowd help with this and the transition itself is well-organised and pretty painless. The bike route is challenging, there’s no doubt about that. The climb at Mont Sainte Victoire is a tough one and the descents throughout are technical with little margin for error but the scenery is spectacular – if you can take the time to enjoy it!
The run is a half marathon that winds its way in and around the centre of Aix en Provence over 3 loops and an elevation of 130 metres. As always, the crowd really comes into its own on the run, and even moreso in Aix en Provence as the course is nearly all city-based. The section of the run course that takes in La Torse Park offers welcome respite from the sun and is a good distance marker to use for refuelling. The finish line is on Cours Mirabeau, a long stretch lined with spectators and plenty of music and celebrations as the athletes cross the line and get ready to soak up their accomplishment.
And while you’re doing that, Bring My Bike will make sure your bike is properly loaded into our special transfer vehicles for its trip back home. It’s time for you to enjoy yourself and rest those aching muscles, we’ve got the rest.