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2013 Israman Triathlon

Written by: Timothy Carlson
Added: Sat Jan 26 2013

Several Ironman-distance triathlons have a solid case to be made that they are the toughest triathlons on the planet. Ironman Hawaii has heat, humidity, wind, the inherent heat of the lava fields and red hot competition. Ironman Lanzarote has massive volcanic hills, wicked winds and arid, desert heat. Ironman UK has unrelenting hills. Gerardmer has 10,000 feet of climbing as well. And Silverman just as much climbing and the potential for 100-plus degrees Fahrenheit temperatures to mix with desert winds.

I am sure there are other very tough Ironman-distance tests. But Israman seems to have put its hat in the world's toughest ring with its epic bike course which sports 3,000 meters of climbing, nasty winds, and a leg-annihilating downhill on the run. Located in Eilat, the Israeli resort located at the Red Sea at the southernmost tip of the Negev desert, the venue is already well known as an ITU Olympic distance site. But other than the Eilat dateline, the two courses have little in common other than the passion of the Israeli hosts and fans.

Israman's posters ask "Tough Enough?' This year over a thousand hardy competitors can answer an emphatic "Yes!"

All photographs © Timothy Carlson


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