If you race regularly, you’re probably well aware that Sunday is the day of most major mass participation events. For most sporting enthusiasts Sunday is far from a day of rest. You’ve probably suffered the post race DOMS on the office stairs on many a Monday morning. Or got used to using half your annual leave for travelling or recovery days.
Here at Sports Travel, we can offer you another way. Here are 6 of our favourite events where you can do your race on the Saturday, rest, relax, and be fresh to face the week by Monday!
The Club La Santa IRONMAN Lanzarote is the oldest IRONMAN event, outside of North America, and, some would argue, one of the toughest in the world. The race will celebrate its 29th Edition on 2021. Based out of Club La Santa, the triathlon paradise tucked away in the Canary Islands, this race has become popular with top athletes from around the world. Three time Kona runner up Lucy Charles- Barclay and 2013 IRONMAN World Champion Frederik van Lierde, are among athletes to grace the podium in recent years. The course is one of grueling and relentless winds. This is not a race to be toyed with, but the joy of crossing the line here is second to none. In Lanzarote, triathlon is not just a sport it’s a lifestyle. The athletes themselves have a special bond and the atmosphere on race day is electric.
The 2021 Club La Santa IRONMAN Lanzarote takes place on Saturday 22nd May. This means you can race on Saturday, rest up at one of the many CLS pools on Sunday morning, and still be home in plenty of time to feel fresh for the week ahead.
If you don’t feel ready to take on a full 140.6 miles in 2021, there is also the Club La Santa IRONMAN Lanzarote 70.3 available, which takes place in October. The incredible new course for that race starts with a swim at the beautiful Dorada Beach at Playa Blanca.
In it’s original form the 312 was designed to take the form of a lap around the island. This is one of Europe’s toughest cycling events; 312 kilometres in length, and featuring over 5000 m of climbs. The event quickly grew to be Mallorca’s biggest cycling event, and, since 2016, has been held on entirely closed roads. The new route is a veritable feast of climbs featuring some of the most iconic peaks of the Tramuntana range, such as the Puig Major, Col de sa Predissa and Col de Feminina. Former top pro cyclists, including Grand Tour winners Miguel Indurain and Stephen Roche have taken on the mammoth challenge. Why not see how you match up to your cycling heroes, on this epic course?
If you don’t feel quite ready to take on a full 312 km yet, there are also 225 km and 167 km challenges available.
The Medoc Marathon is a race like no other. A celebration of all things the good life (that is good food, good wine, and of course running; at this marathon fancy dress isn’t just encouraged, it’s compulsory!) The marathon itself is a wondrous tour of the vineyards of Bordeaux, and the 23 ‘aid stations’ en route, offer a selection of wines and cheeses (among other local delicacies) for the runners to enjoy as they take on their challenge. Each year the event has a different set theme (the 2021 theme is cinema). There are special prizes given to a number of athletes deemed the ‘best dressed’ and most upholding of the ‘Medoc Spirit’.
This quirky and popular event is always a sell out. Due to the COVID -19 pandemic, the 2020 edition of the race took a virtual only format. With this race featuring on so many running bucket lists, and runners in search of a party atmosphere after the disappointment of 2020, we anticipate demand for the 2021 edition of this once in a lifetime event to be astronomical. Keep an eye on our notification list to avoid disappointment.
The Paris- Roubaix, or Hell of the North, or the Queen of the Classics; this iconic and historic event has taken on almost legendary status in the 125 years since it was established. Although famous for the rough terrain and cobblestones, or pavé, that feature prominently on the route, and leave riders muddy and exhausted; it is not the route itself that has given the Pairs – Roubaix its most daunting nickname. The phrase ‘ Hell of the North’ was coined back in 1919, when a group of journalists travelled north to investigate how badly the route had been devastated by WW1.
As bike racing advanced into the 60’s and 70’s the nature of road cycling changed. Road quality improved and the famous pavé started to disappear. In an effort to retain the ‘spirit of the race’ the organisers of the race started to make an effort to add as many quality cobbled sections to the race as possible. To the present day Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix (friends of the Paris – Roubaix) spend around €15,000 annually repairing and restoring the cobbled sections of the route.
This event, dating back to 1896, is one of the most prestigious and significant events on the UCI event. The cyclosportive the Paris – Roubaix challenge takes place on the Saturday before the pro race (on Sunday). This is your opportunity to be a part of cycling history. The Sportive passes over all the same significant cobbled sections as the pro race and there are 172 km, 145 km, or 70 km options to choose from, so something for every keen cyclist.
For cycling fans wanting to make the most of the action we also offer a range of exclusive VIP and Hospitality options, so that you can enjoy this blue ribbon pro race in style.
For those of you for whom one day of racing just isn’t enough, the 3 day events, brought to you by world leading, multi day cycling event organisers Haute Route, give you the opportunity to enjoy 3 days of unbeatable challenging cycling, in a host of incredible locations across the world. With events in Brazil, Switzerland, Mexico, Oman, and of course France; everyone can find their perfect Haute Route Destination.
Haute Route Ventoux is our pick of the bunch for 2021. This event brings you 3 opportunities to conquer the Giant of Provence. Mont Ventoux is a peak that features on most cycling bucket lists, and at the Haute Route Ventoux you can test yourself against it 3 different ways. As with any 3 day Haute Route, the final day takes the form of an uphill time trial. A short, sharp, final test, before you head home, energized for the week ahead.
The ‘original’ adventure marathon, founded in 1999; the Great Wall Marathon offers a unique way to experience one of the world’s most iconic landmarks in an unforgettable setting. The Great Wall Marathon is one of the most challenging races out there. The course features some 5164 steps, and includes some notoriously technical segments such as the steep descent on the infamous “Goat Track”. There are three choices of distances at the Great Wall Marathon, which are,
Full marathon – 42.195km/26.2mi
Half marathon – 21.1km/13.1mi
Fun Run – 8.5km/5.5mi – a non-competitive run also on the Great Wall.
This means there is something on offer for everyone, regardless of preference or running experience level. As an official travel partner of the Great Wall Marathon, Sports Travel International are pleased to offer a variety of travel packages for the 2021 edition of the race. While our tours might not get you back for Monday on this one, we can offer you once in a lifetime excursions and experiences and a wide range of unforgettable tour extensions. The Great Wall Marathon is just one of our ever growing list of Adventure Marathons.