New full iron-distance triathlon from the organisers of the Wasdale Tri coming June 2015
The organisers of the Wasdale Triathlon – self-billed as the “worlds hardest traditional half iron distance triathlon” – have launched a new extreme full-iron course for 21 June 2015, in the shape of the Wasdale X-Ultra Distance Triathlon.
The race will take place in the Lake District and features several of the UK’s most punishing climbs, you’ll be taking on ascents of 33% over the notorious Hardknott Pass before grinding your way 112 miles (181 km) over some of the hardest passes in the Lakes, including Wrynose, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter and Kirkstone Pass. It might help to know that the latter is also known as ‘The Struggle’. 14 of those miles will be at over 20% gradient with a total elevation of 10,974 ft (3,300 m).
The event kicks off with a 2.4 mile (3.8 km) swim in Wastwater, England’s deepest lake. We’ve already mentioned the bike leg and the following 26.4 mile (42.2km) trail run looks just as cruel taking in Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, as well as the Wasdale Screes and the Corridor route, all covering an elevation gain of 6,020 ft (1,835 m).
There’s a 200 competitor limit on entries, with 100 of those reserved for Wasdale-Tri competitors and you’ll need to register in advance if you want to take it on as the opening time and URL for public entries will be kept secret until the day they go on sale. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Public entries go on sale on 20 June, almost exactly a year before race day and reserved entries will open on 1 October.
You can register or check out the route and race information here, with full details to be confirmed on 1 April. If you didn’t spot it straight away, click on the small ‘eye’ icon on the right of the screen.