IRONMAN has announced the launch of a new race – IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque Country of Spain, which will join the IRONMAN European Tour in 2019 and takes place on July 14, 2019. Race registration opens on September 24, 2018.
IRONMAN adds that the new race addition in the northern region of Spain now means IRONMAN is well represented throughout the country, with IRONMAN 70.3s Barcelona, Mallorca and Marbella already in place, as well as IRONMAN Barcelona and Club La Santa-sponsored IRONMAN Lanzarote, plus EDP Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Marathon and Half Marathon.
“I’m confident that Vitoria’s tradition in the sport of triathlon, coupled with the excellent work of the team on the ground, will make it a thoroughly-memorable race for all athletes competing,” said Race Director Eduardo Martínez. “It’s a dream come true to hold an IRONMAN in our region. It’s very positive for the race, for the city, for the Alavés sport, and the country.”
The Basque Country offers visitors natural landscapes, rich architecture and, ‘above all, passionate and vibrant people’. Participants should also expect a warm welcome and enthusiastic support from the local residents of Vitoria-Gasteiz, all the way to the Finish Line at the very heart of the city.
“Spain has a renowned tradition for producing some of the sport’s greatest triathletes, and with new races such as this one in Vitoria-Gasteiz, hopefully that will encourage even more people to take up the sport,” said Stefan Petschnig, Managing Director of IRONMAN in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
He continued, “We have sold out all events in Spain this year – two IRONMAN races, three IRONMAN 70.3 races as well as Rock ‘n’Roll Madrid Marathon. The number of athletes have therefore somewhat outgrown our event capacities so adding a race further up north will help us accommodate the demand to participate in IRONMAN events in the future.”
Vitoria-Gasteiz is considered one of the greenest and most sustainable cities in Europe. Athletes at IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz will start their 3.8km swim in the waters of Ulibarri-Gamboa Lake, the biggest reservoir in the Euskadi region.
From that point, athletes will bike 180km through the most scenic towns of Álava region, surrounded by the Elguea Mountains. To finish, participants will tackle the 42.2km run course in Vitoria-Gasteiz’s old town, which will be ‘packed full of passionate supporters cheering on the athletes as they look to complete the race.’
IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz 2019 will offer 40 qualifying slots for the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Race registration opens on September 24, 2018.