The Ocean Lava Planet series of triathlon events is continuing the internationalisation of the Ocean Lava brand. A second event in Portugal, Ocean Lava Portugal, has now been confirmed – taking place on 26-27 August 2017. This builds on the Ocean Lava Madeira event on the Portuguese island of Madeira in the Atlantic ocean, which gets under way on 26 March.
The new Ocean Lava Portugal takes place in the Douro Demarcated wine region of mainland Portugal. The Douro valley is described as a ‘majestic wilderness’, and is one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world. The Douro valley was established as a wine region for the production of the well-known port wine in 1756.
The Ocean Lava team points out that the Douro valley is ‘the perfect destination to merge sports and tourism in a perfect momentum for Portugal and the Ocean Lava brand’. Kenneth Gasque, founder of the Ocean Lava Planet triathlon series added, “Ocean Lava Portugal will provide a great opportunity for triathletes to come and race in the great landscape of the Douro Valley and its surrounding countryside.
“Portugal is very important for us, especially with our already existing Ocean Lava Madeira island event, which will be held on March 26th this season. Ocean Lava Douro welcomes triathletes with open arms and provides all the unique ingredients for a memorable race day experience.”
“We are pleased to be hosting the Ocean Lava triathlon in Portugal,” said Francisco José Jerónimo dos Santos, Race Director at Ocean Lava. “Ocean Lava is synonymous with high quality events and I am sure that the Portuguese triathlon community will pick this up very well. With Ocean Lava Madeira island, the Douro valley is a perfect location and starting point to introduce more of the Ocean Lava brand in Portugal.”
The Douro Valley is home to the River Douro, the third largest river in the Iberian Peninsula, which runs for 897km from the Spanish town of Duruelo de la Sierra to Porto. For 112km the river forms part of the border between Spain and Portugal. Today, this landscape is protected by the authority of the Douro Internacional Park. In 2001, a portion of this 250,000-hectare region was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in honour of its ‘evolving and living cultural landscape’.
During the new Ocean Lava Douro Triatlo Portugal, athletes will swim in the River Douro in the city of Peso da Régua, the ‘capital’ of the Douro Valley. The bike leg includes a pass on the Pedestrian Bridge built by King D Luis I. The cycling route includes the N222. As noted by the Ocean Lava event team, this has been awarded as ‘one of the world’s best roads’. The road encompasses miles of views through twisty hairpin corners. A stretch of 27km includes a ‘heart-stopping 93 bends keeping athletes on their toes and allowing them to experience their bike handling skills… whilst offering frequently changing viewpoints and jaw-dropping scenery.’
26 August 2017:
Douro Triatlo Ocean Lava Portugal Sprint Distance
Douro Triatlo Ocean Lava Portugal Olympic Distance (Open Event)
Douro Triatlo Ocean Lava Portugal National Youth (National Youth Championship)
Douro Triatlo Ocean Lava Portugal Super Sprint Distance
27 August 2017:
Douro Triatlo Ocean Lava Portugal Super Sprint Aquathlon (Open Competition)
Douro Triatlo Ocean Lava Portugal Half Distance (National Age Group Championship and National Club Championship)