With Covid-19 restrictions now beginning to ease, travelling is at the forefront of most our minds. For triathletes in particular, jetting off to sunnier climes on training holidays can be hugely beneficial, providing the opportunity to take on new challenges whilst training on new terrain.
To help you decide on your next training excursion, we’ve compiled five of the top triathlon destinations in the world –all you need to do is book your ticket!
Home to the most famous triathlon resort in the world, Club la Santa, Lanzarote is a triathlete’s paradise. Based in the Canary Islands, you can expect year-round warm weather and strong winds making it a popular winter destination.
In the backdrop of stunning volcanic landscape, there are a number of world-class tri-specific facilities on the island which makes it a great base of to prepare for the Lanzarote Ironman, considered to be one of the toughest courses in the world.
With the draw of mountain routes and warm weather, Mallorca is firmly established as a cycling mecca. However, it is not just world class cycling terrain that the island offers. Triathlon is booming with top-class training facilities and more multi-sports events being held year on year.
February and March temperatures in Mallorca hit the high teens, but also can drop into the low single digits and it’s not uncommon to see snow in the mountains. The sea temperature is also low until May which open-water swimmers may want to take into consideration.
"The world is your oyster when it comes to training abroad with a long list of countries offering world-class facilities in the backdrop of stunning scenery"
Dominated by the highest mountain in all of Spain and the world’s third biggest volcano, Tenerife is one of the most popular destinations for avid cyclists due to its altitude training opportunities.
With terrain varying from smooth open roads to dense woodlands, the entire island offers some of the most picturesque trail running and cycling routes. The weather is regularly 5°C warmer on the southern half of the island, with the northern half being considerably wetter.
During its warmer months, St Moritz is a triathlete’s paradise. There are running trails through the towns and quiet roads throughout the Engadin Alpine valley that are perfect for cyclists.
St Moritz is also home to the famous “Big Four” lakes which are perfect for open-water swimming. Walking distance from most hotels, the St Moritz Lake hosts the swim for the annual “Home of Triathlon” race in August.
A cooler climate can be expected here with temperatures sitting at around 18°Cwith an average of 322 sunny days each year meaning that you can almost guarantee great training conditions. St Moritz is also the perfect climate for altitude training, sitting 1,856 meters above sea level.
With a mix of flat, gentle rollersand epic climbs, Boulder has become a hotspot for American professional cyclists. Coupled with stunning running trails and the Boulder Reservoir, it has become the perfect training ground for triathletes. Sitting 1,624 metres above sea level with a range of gradient peeks to climb, Boulder offers altitude training that is guaranteed to get you race fit.
The world is your oyster when it comes to training abroad with a long list of countries offering world-class facilities in the backdrop of stunning scenery. However, with the current pandemic we recommend always checking government advice on travel before booking a trip: https://www.gov.uk/world.