The low­est tem­per­a­ture dur­ing last year’s race week­end was 26 C – the place is warm.

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restau­rant and a de­cent-sized pool that would serve a triath­lete well for train­ing if he or she chose to take a break from the non-stop re­lax­ing that seems to be the norm for vis­i­tors.

The Nevis Triathlon, started 14 years ago, fea­tures three events: The Nevis 73, or the “long course” race (1 km/62 km/10 km), the Nevis 37 (500 m/31 km/5 km) and a Try a Tri (100 m/10 km/2.5 km).

You will find pretty much ev­ery­thing to be ex­tremely re­lax­ing, tran­quil and re­lax­ing in Nevis un­til you fin­ish the swim course in the 80+ de­gree, clear, flat wa­ters of Gal­lows Bay and start the bike. It’s not long be­fore you are into the 5-km hill af­fec­tion­ately known as “Ana­conda,” which has some steep sec­tions, but is mostly dif­fi­cult be­cause it is so long. Once at the top of the climb, there’s a long de­scent fol­lowed by a rolling ride around the is­land (the long course race does two loops). For the most part the roads are in rea­son­able shape, but do get a bit rough for the last few miles of the loop. The run course is a rel­a­tively flat out and back from the race site in Charlestown to the en­trance to the Four Sea­sons re­sort, again done twice for those in the long course race. The big­gest chal­lenge of the run is the heat, which, even shortly af­ter 8 a.m., is over 30 C. (The low­est tem­per­a­ture dur­ing last year’s race week­end was 26 C – the place is warm.)

Get­ting to the is­land isn’t as easy as some other Caribbean des­ti­na­tions be­cause the air­port in Nevis can only ac­com­mo­date smaller planes, but there are lots of op­tions to get there. There are reg­u­lar flights di­rectly from San Juan, but it’s also pretty easy to fly to St. Kitts and take a wa­ter taxi over to the is­land. If you don’t want to travel with your bike you can rent one from Win­ston Crooke from Whool­world bikes. He’s the orig­i­nal Nevis Triathlon race di­rec­tor and a mem­ber of the ITU Board, rep­re­sent­ing the Caribbean. While not ex­actly state of the art, the KHS bike Crooke pro­vided for me did a great job of get­ting me through the course.

Tak­ing place on the se­cond week­end in Novem­ber, the Nevis Triathlon of­fers the ul­ti­mate op­por­tu­nity to com­bine a unique triathlon event with one of the most in­ti­mate and pris­tine va­ca­tion spots in the world.

OP­PO­SITE

Lo­cal triath­letes Win­ston Crook and Romel Gaskin

ABOVE

Win­ners re­ceive hand­carved tro­phies

RIGHT

Sun­shine’s Beach Bar in Nevis

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