POWER OF THREE

From alpine climbs to trail rides, test your­self in Europe’s best triathlons

Men's Fitness - - Need To Know -

CAS­TLE HOWARD TRIATHLON YORK­SHIRE, 25TH JULY

Part of the Cas­tle Triathlon Se­ries, this race takes place in the 13,000-acre grounds of the stately home. Swim the Great Lake, ride through the Howar­dian Hills and fin­ish the un­du­lat­ing run in front of the pic­ture-post­card cas­tle it­self. castle­triathlon­series.co.uk

LON­DON TRIATHLON DOCK­LANDS, 8TH AU­GUST

This flat race starts and fin­ishes at the ExCeL Cen­tre – the ride snakes around Ca­nary Wharf, the run skirts the wa­ter­front and the swim dis­turbs the wa­ter of the dock it­self. The cheers of the 30,000 spec­ta­tors will keep you go­ing. th­elon­don­triathlon.com

TRIATHLON ALPE D’HUEZ FRENCH ALPS, 29TH JULY

One of the most beau­ti­ful, ac­ces­si­ble and high­alti­tude Euro­pean triathlons. The ride see­saws over three moun­tain passes in­clud­ing the Tour de France-famed Alpe d’Huez climb, while the swim is in the crys­tal-clear Lac du Ver­ney. alpe­triathlon.com

ST MARY’S LOCH TRI SCOT­LAND, 20TH SEPTEM­BER

This full triathlon with an off-road twist is one of the most grip­ping and gru­elling races of the year. Af­ter a deep-wa­ter start, you swim St Mary’s Loch, switch to a moun­tain bike to hit the rolling hills and end with a 10km off-road trail run. dur­tyevents.com

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