Middle-distance triathlons: the 13 toughest?
Ironman 70.3, Half Iron, Middle-distance. Whatever you want to call it, 113km racing is on the rise. But which is the world’s toughest course? We crunch the stats to pick our 13 hardest from around the globe…
Israman began life in 1999 and remains the only long-distance triathlon in the Israel's dedicated multisport scene. Hosting both 113km middle and 226km long-course races, the Israman starts in the southern holiday resort of Eilat, nestled between the mountainous terrain of Jordan to the east and Egypt to the west.
Race report: Israman 2014
The race then heads north after a swim in the salty Red Sea for the unforgiving Negev desert, starting with a 12km climb straight out of transition up to 600m above sea level. The temperatures in the desert can vary from freezing to 30C, with 60mph crosswinds adding to the gruelling mix.
If the run elevation gain looks small, that number is deceptive (so we'd added a few marks), with the course unique in middle-distance triathlon in that it’s sharply downhill for the first 12km before a coastline finish.