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The 2013 Ironman Triathlon World Champion, Frederik Van Lierde, has confirmed he’ll launch his bid for a hat-trick at the 2014 Abu Dhabi International Triathlon season opener on March 15th.


Frederik’s win in the emirate earlier this year – his second after his 2011 victory – paved the way for a tremendous season which saw him scoop four victories before clinching the World Champion title at the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Hawaii, toppling six-years of Aussie domination.


With the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon set to be Frederik’s first event since his spectacular 2013 season finale, all eyes will be on the Belgian triathlete to see if he can continue his winning streak and successfully defend his title.

“Abu Dhabi holds a special place in my heart as the event was the springboard for me to go on and become World Champion. The event, the city and the people always welcome me with open arms and the support we get is fantastic.


“Next year, I hope to claim my third victory in Abu Dhabi. The event is never easy, as the elite field is always so strong, but I know that a win in Abu Dhabi can push me to new heights, so I will be fully prepared for the event on March 15th .”


Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon is a key fixture in the triathlon season, attracting the world’s top triathletes and competitors from over 50 countries. This year’s triathlon saw a record breaking 2,000 contestants descend on the dazzling capital of the United Arab Emirates and, with 2014 marking its fifth year, its set to be the biggest event yet.


With a record number of entries to date, and 50% of places already snapped up for 2014, The Abu Dhabi International Triathlon is now one of the UAE’s most illustrious and successful sporting events and has a growing reputation for being the most glamorous on the global triathlon circuit.


As a key fixture in the triathlon calendar, participants have the opportunity to compete in long, short or sprint distance routes while taking in Abu Dhabi city’s breathtaking scenery.


Starting in the shimmering turquoise waters off Abu Dhabi’s Blue Flagged public beach, the course will weave its way along the stunning Corniche to the spectacular Yas Island and around the Yas Marina Circuit, home to the annual Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, before returning to the heart of the city.


The Abu Dhabi International Triathlon offers three course distances; the 223km ‘long course’ (3km swim, a 200km cycle and 20km run), the half-length ‘short’ course (1.5km swim, a 100km cycle and a 10 km run) and the sprint course (750m swim, a 50km bike and 5km run). Both the ‘short’ and the ‘sprint’ can be run as a team relay.


Organisers, TCA Abu Dhabi have frozen athlete registration fees for the fifth year in a row. Athletes interested in entering should visit and, after clicking on the ENTER NOW link, simply follow the instructions. Entry fees for the long and short distances are US$190 (AED 695) and US $130 (AED 475) respectively, while Sprint course rates are US$75 (AED 275) for individuals and US $120 (AED440) for a team. The fee for the team relay is US$280 (AED1,022).


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Ironman Triathlon

Sebastian Escola-Fasseur of France lies on the ground after finishing the Ironman Wales triathlon on September 8, 2013 in Tenby, Wales. Photographer: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

World Triathlon Corp. will stage its first half-Ironman distance race in New Jersey next September, two years after canceling the New York City Ironman after one edition because of logistical problems.

The 70.3-mile (113-kilometer) race — the first Ironman-branded triathlon held entirely in the U.S.’s most densely populated state — will be held at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey, on Sept. 21, according to World Triathlon Corp., the owner of Ironman. (more…)

Chrissie Wellington, MBE, four-time Ironman triathlon World Champion and world record holder, spoke to a rapt audience in the Wills Memorial Building last week about her involvement in sport, her ‘life without limits’, and achieving things we never thought possible.

Wellington is one of only three women to have achieved three consecutive victories at the Ironman World Championships, and holds the four fastest times ever recorded by a woman over the ironman distance (a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a marathon).

University Registrar Robin Geller said: ‘Chrissie is an inspirational figure and her lecture to a packed audience in the Great Hall lived up to expectations. She speaks from the heart; her passion for the triathlon and her drive to excel in her chosen field are evident in all that she says. The large audience was spell-bound and Chrissie was happy to answer questions that ranged from the philosophical to the very practical about her discipline and her future.’

Simon Hinks, Director of Sport, added: ‘Chrissie has an amazing, inspirational story to tell and she told it wonderfully. Her almost unbelievable sporting journey, from someone who had hardly ever run, ridden or swum other than recreationally, to World Ironman Champion four times within such a short time, is interwoven with her “can do” attitude and willingness to push boundaries. She is an outstanding example of someone who set her sights on achieving something, delivered and was grateful to all those who inspired her. She is now doing the same for others.’

The lecture, organised by the Public and Ceremonial Events Office in association with the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health, raised £1,100 for the Elin Rose Appeal.

Chrissie Wellington

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The superstars of Triathlon continue to make their way to Abu Dhabi with reigning Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee and his brother Jonathan, 2012 World Champion both confirmed to open their seasons in the Emirate on March 15th.

Now entering its 5th year on the calendar, the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, has firmly established itself as the chosen opener for the world’s leading Triathletes, a must do event for age group athletes. The event offers participants the opportunity to compete in long, short or sprint distance routes while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the UAE capital. Frederik Van Lierde’s win in the long distance wave at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Triathlon set him up for a tremendous season, culminating in his victory at the Ironman World Championship in Kona last month, while Melissa Hauschildt scooped the title in the women’s discipline. (more…)


UK athletes are the best-represented nationality at the Ironman 70.3 Mallorca race happening next May, according to the organisers.

The sell-out race is now the world’s largest Ironman, with 3,800 athletes committed to covering the 1.9km swim/90km bike/21km run required on 11 May.

Of this total, over 1,000 entrants are Brits – more than double the number of German (465) and Spanish (363) athletes.

Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of Ironman UK & Ireland, said: “It’s fantastic to see a continual rise in UK athletes wanting to race on both home soil and abroad.”

Ironman revealed yesterday that a European city will be hosting the 70.3 World Champs in 2015 – more info here.

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Lake Taupo

It seems to me that people who take on extreme sports are drugged up, heavily addicted.

Virtually none of them will fail a drugs test because their drug of choice is their obsession to challenge themselves.

Maybe it is also the endorphins (endogenous morphine) which are released in exercise, and in mating by the way, which induce feelings of pleasure and keep them keeping on for long hours. (more…)

IRONMAN New Zealand, the world’s original international IRONMAN race, will boast record numbers when it celebrates its 30th anniversary in Taupo. Organizers have closed registration at 2000 entries which reflects an increase of more than 300 athletes for the March 1, 2014 event.

There will be 58 nations represented for the race which include more than 1,000 New Zealanders, while organizers are thrilled with the overall response that includes a record of 487 women.


Gordon Ramsay Shirtless at Ironman Triathlon
    Gordon Ramsay Shirtless at Ironman Triathlon

 Wow. Gordon Ramsay may be in the business of helping chef hopefuls s perfect their lamb Wellingtons on MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen, but he’s clearly not eating too many of them himself. At 46 years old, the cooking competition host and world-famous restaurateur just completed the Ironman triathlon competition in Kona, Hawaii — and he’s got the body to prove it!

Posing on the beach in nothing more than a pair of black Spandex bike shorts, Gordon tweeted, “Wish you were here.” Well, we wish we knew your secret, Gord. Actually, it’s no secret. Healthy eating and plenty of physical training have helped the chef maintain a killer set of abs, despite working in an industry that basically requires you to eat all day.

We know Gordon’s got all that going on, but how did he do in the triathlon? Not too bad. “3.86km swim, 180.25km bike ride, 42.2km run & just over 14hrs later-it’s DONE! #IRONMAN” Gordon tweeted. The average finish time for Gordon’s age group is actually 13:31 according to RunTri. He may be below the average, but we think even completing a triathlon is an amazing feat.

Congrats to Gordon on being an Ironman triathlete with an iron physique!


The amateur entrants at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii wait for the race to get under way. Just a 2.4 mile swim, 100 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run left to go, guys…

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…and several hours later, at the other end of the race, this is what it feels like to cross the line before thousands of cheering fans. We’re guessing he won’t be smiling when he wakes up stiffer than a Vinnie Jones acting performance – although the bronze medal that Sebastian Kienle is about to win in this photo will probably help ease the pain.

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