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2014 Israman Negev Triathlon

Written by: Timothy Carlson
Added: Fri Jan 17 2014

After a dip in the waters of the Red Sea that wash the shores of the 21st century Israeli resort of Eilat that sits at the very southernmost tip of the Negev desert and as well as the nearby Jordanian port city of Aqaba which T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt took from the Turks early in the 20th century, triathletes face their own severe test. That is, a climb which rises 2,050 feet over 10 kilometers of winding desert road to get to the rest of one of the most challenging bike courses in the sport of triathlon. Once on the ridge atop the climb, triathletes can face near freezing weather or dehydrating heat, calm sunny skies or howling winds. But always, the athletes must climb, and descend along a sinuous fence that separates the nations of Egypt and Israel.

This year the Israman attracted nearly 1,200 athletes, including 200 souls brave enough to take on the full Ironman-distance rigors, roughly 700 who tackle the half Israman and several hundred who band together in teams to see just how fast they can go.

All photographs Timothy Carlson


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