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    Sunsmart Ironman 70.3 Busselton
    Sat 4th May
    Busselton, WA, Australia
    AUD $360 - AUD $415
    1 review
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    Sunsmart Ironman 70.3 Busselton

    44 Causeway Rd, Busselton WA 6280, AustraliaView event
    1 review
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton event, formally the WA Long Course Triathlon Championships, found a new home in Busselton in 2002 after 17 years on Rottnest Island and a year at Margaret River. Over time the event has grown in stature and the number of participants each year. The Media profile of the event continues to expand annually with the event broadcast national and strong media partnerships facilitating significant exposure both locally, nationally and internationally.

    SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton is one of the largest events of its type in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Many spectators line the foreshore of Busselton to cheer on the athletes.

    Busselton itself offers an endless amount of activities, from shopping to surfing to whale watching - there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Busselton Town Center is home to a variety of restaurants, wine bars and local pubs that all offer a unique dining experience. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner overlooking the picturesque Geographe Bay from many of the restaurants in the Town Center. There are endless amounts of water activities such as the Underwater Observatory, HMAS Swan Dive Wreck, scuba diving and the Nautical Lady Entertainment Park. While visiting, head to the Ludlow Tuart Forest, which is the last tuart forest in the world!

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    • Did the event in 2011

      Brilliant organisation, fantastic holiday location and a fast, flat course. Definitely favours strong swimmers and bikers whilst the run loop is great for supporters.
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    Ironman 70.3 Cairns
    Sun 9th Jun
    AUD $405 - AUD $475
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    Ironman 70.3 Cairns

    54 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns features a course memorable for the swim in the warm waters of Tropical North Queensland, the bike leg that travels up arguably the most scenic coastal roads in Australia towards Port Douglas and run that includes the Cairns boardwalk before finishing in the heart of the city of Cairns.

    IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns was launched in 2011 and takes athletes along the same course as the renowned Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns from reef to rainforest. The bike leg takes athletes up the Captain Cook Highway where the coastline views are spectacular.

    IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Qualifying Race. There are 30 qualifying slots to the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

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    Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast
    Sun 8th Sep
    AUD $405 - AUD $475
    8 reviews
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    Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast

    33 Smith St, Mooloolaba QLD 4557, AustraliaView event
    8 reviews
    About the event
    From the organiser

    A world class course taking in highlights of the region from country to coast. Competitors will take in the best that Mooloolaba has to offer, starting with a swim off the surf beach followed by a fast bike course. The run will tie up the days exciting events with a two lap course around Mooloolabas Esplanade cheered on by spectators.

    A spectacular location with everything you need just steps from the beach, including an amazing surfside transition. Enjoy the experience of finishing on Mooloolaba Esplanade then wander to recovery on the beach to relax after your big day.

    The perfect sunny escape with great restaurants, beaches and attractions. Perfectly located in the heart of Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba Beach offers the perfect year-round climate and is an ideal location for a sporting event, a relaxing family vacation or just a great place to escape to. The relaxing atmosphere of the Sunshine Coast, the friendly people and the endless scenic beauty of Mooloolaba Beach make it a hugely popular destination to visit. IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast provides a fitting warm-up for those athletes heading over to Kona to take on the IRONMAN World Championship.

    IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast will offer 30 slots to the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

    Reviews
    • Did the event in 2016

      Raced this as part of the 70.3 World Championships and loved it. Tough but great course and whole set-up was set to impress. Apart from ridiculously long registration queues (it was a world champs so high volume of athletes - had to delay registration by a day), it was well organised.The welcome banquet and briefing was a bit congested and not very well thought-through - it was table service food which meant that if you didn't get a seat at a table (which I didn't, due to lack of space), then you didn't get any food. I think it should have been a buffet as this would have worked much better given the volume of athletes.Transition was huge and well constructed but unlike normal 70.3 races, you didn't have access to the bags on race morning. Not an issue for me but can cause issues if you are used to racing the 70.3 circuit and they suddenly change the regular rules (at least for us Europeans).The course was beautiful - a choppy sea swim in warm water, a largely flat bike course (far too much drafting - again they probably didn't think through the volume of athletes here) apart from one massively steep but short hill and a few other lumpy bits, and a hilly tough run which took its toll on the legs!Maybe just me but I felt like there could have been an extra aid station on the run as after the 5k turnaround point there wasn't one for a while.Finish line was good but not as impressive as some other non world championship races I have done, becvause it was in quite a confined area in the town.Other than these small points it was a great race. The location is absolutely mind blowing - an hour from Brisbane, the Sunshine coast is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and the nature is incredible. The beaches are some of the best in the world. This region of Australia in general seems like it has a very high standard of living.Would definitely recommend but make a holiday out of it if you are travelling from Europe!
    • Did the event in 2016

      General pointsHaving travelled to the other side of the world I expected a little more from Ironman than what they delivered.  Maybe my expectations were too high for the 70.3 World Championships in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. As is always the case, Ironman charge more for this race because it is the World Champs.  Being charged more for the event does tend to elevate your expectations for race organisation and race experience. To add to this I was emailed two weeks before the race and notified that I needed an Australian licence - an extra £10.  I now know that this was not true and that my membership of the BTF was sufficient. However I bought it at the time as the email said I couldn’t race without it.  I suspect if I asked for a refund it would not be forthcoming.I was disappointed that the race was not clearly marked out before the event.  In most European races it is possible to ride the course stress free, knowing the roads are all clearly marked usually with little M Dots on the road.  While some of the route was marked – it was not easy to follow.  I did try to ride some of the route but the section of the course which leads out of the town is very busy.  I would not recommend riding this part of the course while the roads are not closed. It is also not possible to ride the motorway section of the course prior to the event for obvious reasons. In short – if you want to do a bike recce and decent ride prior to the race you will need a car to ride out to the quieter roads and a good map.  Wave startsThe wave start system they used at the race was a bit convoluted and not in AG order. My AG (40 – 44) went at 0715 with the slower female (50 +) athletes starting 15mins ahead of us.  This meant we caught them pretty soon in the water, not great for us, but worse for them as they were swum over.  It also meant transition was very congested when you ran through.  Some of the athletes did not start until after 0800 – so they had to wait nearly 2hrs for their start as transition had closed at 0600hrs – not great. Transition area.This was the worst transition area I have ever seen at an Ironman event.  It was long and thin (around a 1km in length) and the space for racking was too tight. In addition to this there was limited room to manoeuvre your bike from the racking area and then run with it to the mount line. The area was just not large enough for the large numbers involved and they didn’t have enough racking.SwimThe swim was a deep-water start with a well-marked 750m swim to the first swim buoy and left turn – all very easy to navigate with no real issues with other swimmers of the same AG.  That said the slower swimmers from previous waves did become an issue in the latter stages of the swim.  Luckily on race morning the water was flat and pretty easy to navigate, with lots of buoys and surf boards in the water.  It was noticeably a lot rougher with big swell in the days leading up to and after the event. In future events here I expect they may get rough water which would make the swim quite a challenge.BikeThe bike course was well marked and marshalled. All the roads were fully closed and I didn’t see one car during the whole race.  A large majority of the bike route was on a flat section of motorway, which created massive packs of riders in the big AG waves.  This will always happen when you have 3000 athletes racing on flat roads but they could have staggered the start more to break this up.  The second section of the route was more interesting with a short sharp hill and a double loop configuration.  This double loop did create issues as riders had to cross the line of other athletes. Furthermore if not recced the laps could have been confusing and Slowtwitch have reported that over 50 athletes missed a loop.  Not a particularly easy 2 lap system, as a former event coordinator I would have been nervous about this route.  Athletes are too busy racing hard to be thinking about a complicated 2 lap system within a 90km bike course and the chances were high that some would get it wrong. As it transpired many athletes will be disappointed to have a DNF on their CV.  That said – in previous years the route had simply gone up and down the motorway and I do think the hillier section of the route provided much needed interest on the bike and served to break up groups of riders.Aid stations where good, but I don’t really use them on a short race. RunThe run took you out on a double out and back along the beach and was very well supported especially at the Mooloolaba end of the route. It was reasonably flat for the most part with a small hill in the first 1km. It was also very well marked with lots of room to overtake.  Or should I say be overtaken!  Aid stations provided good nutrition and were really well manned and supported.  My only concern was  the taste of the water on a couple of the aid stations. A spectator later told me that they were using water directly from the hosepipe and as such it needed to be treated with sterilisation tablets.  It didn’t taste great and I was worried about the quality, but have had no side effects yet.The Aussie volunteers were great and always happy to help throughout the day.  Even picking up the bike after the race, sometimes a bit of a nightmare, was a pain free experience. So in summary, I can’t really put my finger on it but this race lacked a little razzmatazz and the excitement that I normally associate with Ironman events.  The race location in the heart of the Sunshine Coast is beautiful and has fabulous accommodation and family attractions – and of course Australia is a great place for a holiday. However – as a race experience I would not recommend this as an event to travel to the other side of the world for – even if it was the World Champs.
    • Did the event in 2016

      My first one: very high level
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    Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney
    Sun 24th Nov
    AUD $365 - AUD $440
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    Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney

    Sydney International Regatta Centre, Gate A, Old Castlereagh Rd, Castlereagh NSW 2749, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Opera house, the Harbour Bridge, stunning beaches, the Blue Mountains, fun nightlife, koalas and a Worlds Best IRONMAN 70.3 race!

    Voted NUMBER 1 for Overall Athlete Satisfaction by thousands of athletes around the globe, IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney has everything going for it. Come and experience the race everyone is talking about for yourself.

    Explore amazing Sydney and race the Worlds Best IRONMAN 70.3 at the iconic Sydney International Regatta Centre.

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    Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie
    Sun 5th May
    Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
    AUD $405 - AUD $440
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    Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie

    Hastings rural sales, Shop 22, Peachtree walk, Port Macquarie NSW 2444, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Taking place concurrently with IRONMAN Australia,, IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie is sure to not only challenge you physically but also inspire you with its natural beauty and strong community support. IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie remains one of the Asia-Pacific region's leading, and most enduring, triathlon events. Nestled on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, in a region renowned for its natural beauty, Port Macquarie is one of Australias favourite holiday spots and the perfect place to have a Race-cation!

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    Ironman 70.3 Western Australia
    Sun 1st Dec
    Busselton, WA, Australia
    AUD $365 - AUD $425
    1 review
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    Ironman 70.3 Western Australia

    17 Foreshore Parade, Busselton WA 6280, AustraliaView event
    1 review
    About the event

    A seaside 70.3 in the height of the Australian summer, what's not to love? With a pan-flat cycle and run, this course is great for a new challenge or to beat your old time. Come for the Ironman medal and savage tan-lines.

    Reviews
    • Did the event in 2018

      The new swim course under the Iconic Busselton Jetty is awesome and fast while being only a few hundred metres from shore. The local SLSC have a great presence in the water for any nervous swimmers.

      The bike course is as flat as you’ll globally find but don’t let that deceive you you still have to work the whole way through the Forrest and farmland.

      The run is along the foreshore where the crowd is brilliant. There is great support the whole way along the flat run while being only metres from the ocean, the aid stations have everything including “splash zones” for when it warms up

      The whole event is extremely professional and the expo is as good as I’ve seen at any race,

      The City of Busselton embraces this race which is great fun and an awesome race to compete in!

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