Toughest Ironman distance tri in the world?

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18/07/2012 at 21:40

That seems to be the claim!

City to Summit

The Firth of Forth to the summit of Ben Nevis!

18/07/2012 at 22:22

sounds like a good race but I hate it when they brag about stuff which is not true or not researched.


On the bike it’s 112miles minimum distance and 9400ft of ascent. (181km and 2850m). That's a tougher Iron statistic than any other in the world; and that's just the swim and ride. Wait till you read the next bit…


Nope, its not !! Norseman is 3000M ascent on the bike and the year I did it, 190K.

But does sound like a good race.

18/07/2012 at 22:37

I know nothing of these things!

I just get the emails from Rat Race so thought I'd share

19/07/2012 at 08:49
No issues, it's a great share, it will get a good cult following if they run it well.

Thinking about it for altitude training for IM Lake Tahoe next year.
Nurse Ratched    pirate
19/07/2012 at 08:58

I am very tempted by this one.  

It's local(ish) to me - well, the start is anyway.  You'd need a good dose of antibiotics before swimming in the Firth of Forth tho'.
In good weather, it will be absolutely stunning.  In bad weather................................ 

However, I'm thinking it's probably not the one for me to pop my IronCherry on 

19/07/2012 at 09:35

there are many claims for the toughest but I would think that, of the 150 entered, of whom only 99 started, and only 51 finished then the X-man held last weekend would make claims to be the toughest.  

sea swim (shortened due to rough conditions), 180km offroad MTB along the South Downs Way and then a run along the Clarendon way off road from Winchester to Salisbury.  

given the weather conditions which were truly awful with pissing rain, an overnight bike leg (unsupported bar 4 checkpoints - and 7 didn't make the CP1 cutoff!), and mud up to your armpits, then I would think that would lay claim to the toughest by a margin.

winning time was 17 hours btw

the race may not happen next year in the UK due to the weather conditions being too variable - the organisers want to get entrants racing and a good proportion finishing.   shame really as if the conditions had been normal summer ones, then it would have been a cracking event 

City to Summit looks interesting as a tough one, but then stick Celtman, X-man, Horseman and no doubt some other new ones into the mix and the UK is becoming the home of tough LD events.   if we can't win easy, win tough!

19/07/2012 at 09:37

Did anybody here ever have a crack at this one in the Pyrennees? I think the bike has 4,700m of ascent over 194km of riding, topping out at 1,980m, and the run has 600m climbing. I'm guessing that the swim has some seriously sharp bits too.... possibly up a waterfall or something? 

Looks awesome! I'm fancying Vichy or Outlaw myself

19/07/2012 at 09:37

Nevermind City to Summit, I reckon a great place for an iroman distance race would be the Isle of Arran in the Firth of Clyde.

Sea swim in Lamlash Bay to Holy Isle and back. Then a couple of laps of the island on the bike (1 lap on the main road is 55.5 miles) then pick your route for the marathon!

19/07/2012 at 09:49

France has a fair number of tough LD races

Embrunman is reckoned by many to be the toughest road one on the circuit as the ride goes up (and down) the Col d'Izoard which is a classic TdF HC climb, and the run is lumpy as well.  and usually it's very hot.

I'm doing the standard distance at this French event - - in September.  I suspect the IM distance event on that day will be tough as the ride goes into the Pyrenees.

stick Arc to Arch, Decaman, Double-Deca Man in Mexico and the stupid Triple Deca (30 in 30 days) - - into the mix and where do you stop???

Edited: 19/07/2012 at 09:50
19/07/2012 at 10:04

I'm more of a Carol Deca man myself.

"Don't push too far your dreams are china in your hands" Yum  

19/07/2012 at 10:10

and that is so shit it's inspired....

19/07/2012 at 10:36

I thank you.

19/07/2012 at 10:38

How about this one then? It claims to be the toughest half IM in the world. The UK's deepest, coldest lake, 7217 ft climb on the bike, and  4583 ft ascent on the run. 

And re. the City to Summit race. What are the thoughts on completing it over two days - is it still an Iron distance tri if you have a night of camping in between the bike and run?


Ironholgs    pirate
19/07/2012 at 11:18

I would say NO - 2 days is an adventure race.

But just my opinion.

19/07/2012 at 11:29

+1 with holgs

19/07/2012 at 11:45
+1 (but I'm retired)
19/07/2012 at 12:36

That's pretty much what I thought. Complete it within one day, within the cut offs, or it's not the same. 

19/07/2012 at 14:27

I'm entered - So I just need to shift a stone, learn to run off road - then its in the bag!

Fegan for the win!

19/07/2012 at 14:31

lol @ Gary

19/07/2012 at 22:36

Iron Little Sister - I TOTALLY agree with the Arran idea - I thought exactly the same thing when I was there last year.

It's be awesome!

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