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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...

07) Norseman Xtreme, Norway: Tough Score 85/100

Long fabled as the hardest race on planet tri, the Norseman is so tough you’ll need a support crew throughout. And with a 15:35hr median finish time, the stats don’t lie... 

"The Norseman is an adventure. I could prepare for Kona," says Tim DeBoom who is a two-time Ironman world champ and won here in 2011, "but this one is a lot more abstract as you have to train on the course descriptions. The swim and the bike were what I expected, but the final 20km of the run caught me off guard. There’s a 12km section with a gradient of 10% called Zombie Hill, and that’s a good description. The finale is a 1,500m slog up rocks and scree – it was like power hiking – that ends at the top of Gaustatoppen. Put simply, it’s the toughest race I’ve ever done.

THE STATS

Continue reading our guide to the 11 toughest irons (6/11)


 
 

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TuckandGo

You've missed Swissman,

Arguably harder than Norseman at the least.

ekynoxe

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

drossaz

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

Projectdm.org

DkSteffensen

Take a look at www.Thorbeachtriathlon.com / https://www.facebook.com/Thorbeachtriathlon

That's a new tough one.

tom.stokes69

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

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