The Ocean Lava Planet triathlon series is expanding its reach with its latest event in Greece – Ocean Lava Rhodes. Now under the Ocean Lava banner, the triathlon – which takes place this year on 30 October 2016 – has been developed in Rhodes over the last 20 years and is reported to have grown in popularity year on year.
Heading up the race organisation team of the newly branded Ocean Lava Rhodes is Nikos Hatzinikolas. He said: “With less than four months to go before the Ocean Lava Rhodes Olympic distance triathlon race on 30 October 2016, preparations for hosting this great triathlon race in Rhodes Island, located at the SouthEast Aegean Sea, are progressing well.
“The last 5 years, Rhodes Island has been the host for more than 30 triathlon races, organised by Apollon Triathlon Club, and we now have the privilege to announce that it is part of the great family of Ocean Lava Planet.
“We are certain that the Ocean Lava Planet triathlon series will provide us with the opportunity to gain vital lessons that will be carried forward to all of Ocean Lava Rhodes’ future races; and these lessons will enable our triathlon club and the local governors of the island to provide the best possible triathlon experience to the athletes and their families that will choose Rhodes as a triathlon destination.”
Founder of Ocean Lava Planet triathlon series, Kenneth Gasque said “For the love of triathlon we are proud and honoured to present the newest destination in Ocean Lava Planet – Ocean Lava Rhodes in Greece. Ocean Lava Planet’s commitment is to provide unique triathlon experiences in iconic destinations.
“Rhodes’ unique history will give the events and the participants a wonderful day and Ocean Lava Rhodes welcomes athletes of all levels. We congratulate the organisation Apollon Triathlon Club Rhodes for this wonderful event.”
Ocean Lava Rhodes will take place on the following dates:
- Olympic Distance Triathlon, on 30 October 2016
- Sprint Distance Triathlon, on 29 April 2017
- Middle and Sprint Distance, on 8 October 2017
Race organizer of Ocean Lava Rhodes, Nikos Hatzinikolas added “Our mission is to organise a ‘technically excellent’ triathlon race and to provide a unique triathlon experience. This will only be achieved with the continued advice and support of the Ocean Lava Planet team. All triathlon races will take place inside the city centre. Public and private transportation will be closed throughout the event.”
The transition area will be located on the square between the building of South Aegean Region and the Nautical Club of Rhodes. It is the same transition area that was used for the Island Games 2007 triathlon race. The swim will be located in the central beach of Rhodes City. The race start will be at the point of the beach facing the local Trampoline landmark, a well-known and popular spot on the central beach area.
The bike part of the race sees athletes follow the coastline towards the Rodos Palace Hotel, situated on the east side of the island. After a turn-around, they then bike through the central marina of the city centre towards the port and then to T2.
After transition, the run course sees athletes run towards the port, over the wooden port pavement. They then enter the medieval city and pass around local landmarks such as Fountain Square and Socratous Street.