Ironman Lanzarote © José Luis Hourcade

Iron-distance races: the 11 toughest

Make no mistake all 11 of these Ironman distance triathlons are tough and not for the faint-hearted, but which is the toughest long-distance race of all? We crunch some stats to find out...

08) Ironman Lanzarote, Canary Islands: Tough Score 74/100

Next on the list is Ironman Lanzarote. Wind, heat, hills and more wind. Ironman Lanza is a long-established classic on the calendar that’s been putting triathletes through the wringer for over two decades…

"Of the 12 Ironmans I’ve done, Lanzarote is the hardest by miles, which is my excuse for why it’s also my personal worst time by over an hour," says Martyn Brunt who came 782nd in 2011.

"After a swim with more aggro than a 1980’s football punch-up, you take on the infamous bike course and its unholy trinity of heat, hills and wind that make you feel like you’ve headbutted a comet. Finally, there’s the boiling hot marathon conducted in full view of the many bars of Puerto Del Carmen with their tantalisingly out-of-reach glasses of cold beer. Somehow it’s all worth it when you shake [race organiser] Kenneth Gasque’s hand at the finish line, though."

Read three-time European Ironman champion Timo Bracht tips for dealing with the cross winds in Ironman Lanzarote


Continue reading our guide to the 11 toughest irons (5/11)


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You've missed Swissman,

Arguably harder than Norseman at the least.


There's probably a typo for the Lanza swim temp. 29C is far from reality! Maybe 19C at best.


Don't forget the new one on the other side of the pond, Project DM


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That's a new tough one.


Agree wietcth TuckandGo with Swissman. And what about Altriman, Stonemanx Xtri (ambleside).... etc

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