The team at Ocean Lava Planet has announced two new additions to the Ocean Lava Triathlon calendar for 2018 – starting with a journey to Puerto del Rosario Fuerteventura, the neighbouring island of Lanzarote, Spain. The second new addition sees the Ocean Lava series head north to Belgium.
On 6 May, Fuerteventura became the latest destination for the series – with the inaugural Ocean Lava Fuerteventura event. This kicked off with a 1500m swim from the beach of Playa Chica, where the natural bay helps to protect athletes in a calm and clear ocean setting. The 40km bike ride took competitors deep into the hilly countryside and back, before finishing with a 10km run next to the beach.
Kenneth Gasque, founder of Ocean Lava, said “With our new friends from Puerto del Rosario Fuerteventura, we are pleased to celebrate the adventure of human spirit – that is, to celebrate our physical ability, and to never give up.”
The second new event addition sees Ocean Lava head north to Belgium. On 9 June, Ocean Lava Planet will join forces with the former BelMan International Triathlon in Robertville, which Kenneth Gasque has stated as “a dream scenario of mine – to welcome the country of Belgium into the Ocean Lava family.”
The Belman full distance is an already well-established event, with experienced organisers, Arnaud de Meester and Vincent Daelemans, ‘ensuring the race will be a fantastic celebration of triathlon’. Arnaud de Meester’s team initially founded BelMan as the only Belgian full-distance triathlon, earning a Belgium Championship and international recognition.
The event has built a following and a solid reputation ‘due to the team’s professionalism and the amazing venue, which snakes between a super-slick Formula 1 circuit and pine forests with gentle hills.’ The swimming lake is described as ‘the cleanest in the country’, and the locals come out to support in full force, helping to build the atmosphere and a memorable race experience.
Ocean Lava Belgium will remain true to its own strong core values, in support of Ocean Lava ethics. According to Ocean Lava Planet, these are:
The provision of an infrastructure to ensure that athletes can get the best support to achieve their potential on race day
Families and supporters will have the means to enjoy the event whilst supporting their athlete
Ocean Lava leaves a clean environment and plays fair. No littering; no drafting.
Ocean Lava celebrates athletes’ achievements: every competitor is invited to the after-party with an all-important local touch (a neighbouring brewery provides the beer).