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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?

1. Uberman

California, USA

 

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With Uberman, event founder Daniel Bercu wanted to create the most uncomfortable adventure possible for endurance athletes. The first leg is a 33.7km swim in the Pacific Ocean, from Catalina Island to the shores of Palos Verdes – itself considered one of the world’s most gruelling and dangerous tests for endurance athletes, due to strong currents, ocean freighters and cruise ships, plus the chances of sharks and jellyfish.

"Most of the course is off the grid with no cell, internet or GPS," says Bercu. "There's no official support or aid stations. The 644km bike ride has 5,000m of climbing with technical descents. The 217km run is the Badwater course (the toughest foot race on earth) and starts at 60m below sea level in Death Valley. The loneliness and emptiness are soul crushing. The course ends at Mt Whitney trailhead, which is often snow covered."

The 51-year-old Italian, Giorgio Alessi, became the world’s first solo Uberman finisher in 2016 with a time close to 200 hours.

* Unlike the other races, the course record here includes rest as the clock runs from when the athletes cross the start line until they cross the finish line and it's up to the athletes when and how long they sleep for. 


 
 

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