Dec. 2, 2017

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM BIKE RUN TRANSITION -

in the Cam­bridge dic­tio­nary and it makes it easy to de­fine our search terms for this fea­ture: Ex­otic, ac­cord­ing to the learned folks who pub­lish the world’s most pop­u­lar English dic­tio­nary, is: “un­usual and ex­cit­ing be­cause of com­ing (or seem­ing to come) from far away, espe­cially a trop­i­cal coun­try.”

We added a cou­ple more re­quire­ments for our ex­otic races – our cho­sen events had to be ones we had not re­ported on ever be­fore and must take place through the win­ter, pro­vid­ing some much-needed an­tic­i­pa­tory light at the end of the Cana­dian win­ter tun­nel. So here you have it, four des­ti­na­tion races that are sure to be both un­usual and ex­cit­ing and, hope­fully, as ex­otic for you as for us. An is­land just north of Mada­gas­car off the coast of Africa, Re­union (re­ferred to as the “Hawaii of the south­ern hemi­sphere”) has been host­ing a triathlon event since the mid-’80s – even six-time Kona champ Mark Allen com­peted at the 1986 event. The 4 km swim, 120 km bike and 23 km run event takes in much of the is­land’s spec­tac­u­larly rich and di­verse trop­i­cal par­adise.

The swim takes place in the 28 C wa­ters of the St. Pierre La­goon. The epic bike ride takes ath­letes through a series of long climbs, fin­ish­ing in the heart of the is­land near the Plaine des Rem­parts. The fi­nal leg of the race in­cludes a 23 km trail run that in­cludes 2,400 m of climb­ing and run­ning near the Pi­ton de la Four­naise vol­cano.

“With its ex­traor­di­nar­ily var­ied ter­rain, Ocean Lava Réu­nion is a new dream des­ti­na­tion for lovers of chal­leng­ing triathlon race courses,” says Ocean Lava founder Ken­neth Gasque. “There is a trop­i­cal cli­mate with palm trees, warm wa­ter, coral teem­ing with colour­ful fish, but also plenty of lava rocks, leg burst­ing climbs, scenic views, tech­ni­cal sin­gle track, river cross­ings, beach sand and of course a very en­thu­si­as­tic lo­cal triathlon com­mu­nity.”

Ocean Lava Re­union Is­land

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