Short-course triathlons: the 11 toughest in the world?

Ironman racing may grab most of the ‘toughest triathlon’ headlines but short-course racing still throws up plenty of challenges to triathletes across the globe. Here are what we think are the toughest short-course triathlons (under 60km bike leg) in the world - do you agree?

Putsborough Beach, Devon

The Croyde Ocean Triathlon has only been going since 2015 but it’s swiftly established itself as an Olympic-distance toughie, with a sea swim in the surfer’s honeypot of Putsborough Beach kicking things off.

The hilly road bike heads towards Ilfracombe and ticks off the glorious sites of North Devon, before the 12km run hugs the coastline and takes things off road, including a leg-sapping beach run at Croyde.

Continue reading our guide to the world's toughest short-course triathlons (8/11)


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