IRONMAN AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Port Elizabeth is one of the major cities in South Africa and it is situated in the Eastern Cape Province. With 75 Kona slots up for grabs and rated as the 2nd Best International race venue in the World, it’s no surprise that up to 40% of the field each year are international athletes.

Start Date 29.03.2020
  • 5-NIGHT IRONMAN AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR
  • 7-NIGHT IRONMAN AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR

5-NIGHT IRONMAN AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR

Overview

IRONMAN African Championship is widely considered as one of the most spectacular races on the calendar being a favourite on the European race circuit for over a decade.

The day begins with a one-lap, 3.8km swim course beginning on Hobie Beach. The water temperature is usually in the mid-70’s and the seas is often calm.

The new bike course takes athletes out on two laps of 90km. The route starts along the coast at Marine Drive, delivering sweeping views of the ocean and the rugged coastline, before heading towards the breath-taking Maitlands. You will enjoy protection from the easterly wind as you head through the suburbs of Port Elizabeth on this smooth, fast bike course.

The spectator filled run course which happens to be rated as the best running course in the world, consists of four laps to make up the 42.2km run route. Enjoy the support of the spectators all the way, as the run course has been diverted to include the Driftsands residential area at the turn-around.

The RacePace, IRONMAN African Championship Tour encompasses the full South African experience, and our expert tour guides will give our team members a week to remember.

We take care of all the race week logistics so you can have your best race and experience possible.

 

 

 

What’s included

Day 1

Day 1

ARRIVAL

We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

EXPO AND RACE REGISTRATION

Today you will have the opportunity to go to the expo where you will be able to register, check out the exhibitors and enjoy some downtime. The expo is walking distance from the hotel

WELCOME DINNER

Enjoy an African cuisine, live entertainment and world class speakers

 

Day 2

Day 2

SWIM AND BIKE COURSE ORIENTATION

This morning we meet at Hobie beach for swim training over the swim course. After the introduction the tour operator (supported by the rest of the crew) will take the entire group out to the first buoy to show them the turning point and landmarks. From there the athletes have the opportunity to explore the swim route on their own time. Afterwards you will be greeted with coffee and cold drinks.

At 14:00 the bus will collect the athletes from the Hotel and we will head out on the bike route. The round trip should take approximately 2 hours to complete.

During the bike course orientation, the tour operator will explain T1 and T2 entry and exit, point out the climbs and explain the effect of the wind and road surface.

Once the bike route familiarisation is complete, the bus will drop the athletes off at their hotel to get ready for race briefing.

RACE BRIEFING

Athletes attend the official race briefing at the Boardwalk. Briefing starts at 18:00

 

Day 3

Day 3

BIKE CHECK IN

Today you will check in your bikes at T1. Please meet your tour leader at the front of your hotel and place your bike in the van.

You will be given a small sticker to place the bike sticker you received in your race pack and a larger sticker, which you will place on the string of your race kit bags. Check out your bike from transition at the end of the event. We will transport your bike from transition to your hotel, once you’ve checked it out. But you must have these stickers on your bike and bags!

 

Day 4

Day 4

RACE MORNING

Wake up, get ready and move to the swim start!

After watching the swim, the spectators can go back to their hotels for breakfast. Once they have had their breakfast and are ready to get back to the action, they can move towards the official RacePace spectator area where they will be looked after for the day. There will coverage from the sun, seating and basic drinks throughout the day.

Check out your bike from transition at the end of the event. We will transport your bike from transition to your hotel, once you’ve checked it out. Saving you time and effort so you can relax with your family or enjoy the vibe at the finish line. The bikes and transition bags will be delivered to a central storage area at the hotel where it can be collected in the morning.

 

Day 5

Day 5

SLOT ALLOCATION AND AWARDS CEREMONY

Athletes can attend slot allocation in the morning at the Boardwalk Hotel. This is walking distance from your hotel and no transfers are required.

The physio team will be available during the day for any of the athletes that would like to get some treatment after the event.

Award ceremony and dinner.

Day 6

Day 6

AIRPORT DEPARTURES

Our guests will return to Port Elizabeth airport for various departure times.

Or extend your stay and explore the magic of South Africa…

7-NIGHT IRONMAN AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR

Overview

IRONMAN African Championships is widely considered as one of the most spectacular races on the calendar being a favourite on the European race circuit for over a decade.

The day begins with a one-lap, 3.8km swim course beginning on Hobie Beach. The water temperature is usually in the mid-70’s and the seas is often calm.

The new bike course takes athletes out on two laps of 90km. The route starts along the coast at Marine Drive, delivering sweeping views of the ocean and the rugged coastline, before heading towards the breath-taking Maitlands. You will enjoy protection from the easterly wind as you head through the suburbs of Port Elizabeth on this smooth, fast bike course.

The spectator filled run course which happens to be rated as the best running course in the world, consists of four laps to make up the 42.2km run route. Enjoy the support of the spectators all the way, as the run course has been diverted to include the Driftsands residential area at the turn-around.

The RacePace, IRONMAN African Championship Tour encompasses the full South African experience, and our expert tour guides will give our team members a week to remember.

What’s included

Day 1

Day 1

ARRIVAL

We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Today you can relax and explore your surroundings

Day 2

Day 2

EASY GROUP RUN

Meeting in front of your hotel at 7:30am your team leader will take you for an easy 30 min run on a section of the course.

TOUR PACKET COLLECTION

Guest will have the option to collect their tour package from the tour operator at the Hotel.

SAFARI AND GAME DRIVE

Athletes are collected from the hotel and taken to a private Game Reserve to spend the day on a game drive. Game drive takes approximately 3 hours and lunch will be enjoyed after this.

 

Day 3

Day 3

EASY GROUP RUN

Meeting in front of your hotel at 7:30am your team leader will take you on a second, easy 30 min run on a section of the course.

EXPO AND RACE REGISTRATION

Today you will have the opportunity to go to the expo where you will be able to register, check out the exhibitors and enjoy some downtime. The expo is walking distance from the hotel

WELCOME DINNER

Enjoy an African cuisine, live entertainment and world class speakers

 

 

Day 4

Day 4

SWIM AND BIKE COURSE ORIENTATION

This morning we meet at Hobie beach for swim training over the swim course. After the introduction the tour operator (supported by the rest of the crew) will take the entire group out to the first buoy to show them the turning point and landmarks. From there the athletes have the opportunity to explore the swim route on their own time. Afterwards you will be greeted with coffee and cold drinks.

At 14:00 the bus will collect the athletes from the Hotel and we will head out on the bike route. The round trip should take approximately 2 hours to complete.

During the bike course orientation, the tour operator will explain T1 and T2 entry and exit, point out the climbs and explain the effect of the wind and road surface.

Once the bike route familiarisation is complete, the bus will drop the athletes off at their hotel to get ready for race briefing.

RACE BRIEFING

Athletes attend the official race briefing at the Boardwalk. Briefing starts at 18:00

 

Day 5

Day 5

BIKE CHECK IN

Today you will check in your bikes at T1. Please meet your tour leader at the front of your hotel and place your bike in the van.

You will be given a small sticker to place the bike sticker you received in your race pack and a larger sticker, which you will place on the string of your race kit bags. Check out your bike from transition at the end of the event. We will transport your bike from transition to your hotel, once you’ve checked it out. But you must have these stickers on your bike and bags!

 

 

Day 6

Day 6

RACE MORNING

Wake up, get ready and move to the swim start!

Spectator’s look out for our special RacePace tents on the beach. There will be coffee and drink available in this area for the spectators.

After watching the swim, the spectators can go back to their hotels for breakfast. Once they have had their breakfast and are ready to get back to the action, they can move towards the official RacePace spectator area where they will be looked after for the day. There will coverage from the sun, seating and basic drinks throughout the day.

Check out your bike from transition at the end of the event. We will transport your bike from transition to your hotel, once you’ve checked it out. Saving you time and effort so you can relax with your family or enjoy the vibe at the finish line. The bikes and transition bags will be delivered to a central storage area at the hotel where it can be collected in the morning.

 

Day 7

Day 7

SLOT ALLOCATION AND AWARDS CEREMONY

Athletes can attend slot allocation in the morning at the Boardwalk Hotel. This is walking distance from your hotel and no transfers are required.

The physio team will be available during the day for any of the athletes that would like to get some treatment after the event.

Award ceremony and dinner.

 

Day 8

Day 8

AIRPORT DEPARTURES

Our guests will return to Port Elizabeth airport for various departure times.

Or extend your stay and explore the magic of South Africa…

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