Are these the 7 hardest triathlons in the world?
It's time to bring out the big guns – the big ultra daddies of all triathlons – but which have we named the toughest triathlon in the world?
We named the single Brutal as our toughest long-distance triathlon in the world back in 2015 and it still nestles at number two. But obviously the mere 226km distance of the single seems like child’s play to some, with both double and triple options also on the weekend’s menu of leg-sapping and lung-busting specials.
The 11.4km swim takes place in the bracing waters of Llyn Padern, with athletes required to exit every two laps for some warm water down the wetsuit and a swig of tea. The 540km bike goes through the foothills of Mount Snowdon, and boasts close to 10,000m of elevation gain, with temperatures dropping to the low single figures in 2017 and athletes seeing frost form on their bike frames.
The final challenge is a 126.6km triple marathon run, including a haul all the way to the summit of Snowdon and back. This race is so extreme that you are required to bring a support crew with you to keep you safe during the night sections and on the mountain stage.
The course record is the ultra legend Anthony Gerundini – a man with over 120 iron finishes to his name – who won the race in 2015 with a 54:15hr time. After a year off in 2018, the Triple Brutal returns in 2019
Continue reading our guide to the toughest triathlons in the world (5/7)