For some it is not tough... Some have to do early summer.... in case numbers come up for legacy places...
And as I said in my post earlier today we have been to the UK two years running 2012 and 2013...
While I am sure Wales may be great and everything else Ironman Wales with its current date in late September is a disaster waiting to happen.
With its current date is very close to the Equinox and so is prone to Equinox Gales... As a qualified sailing instructor, and having grown up on the coast, I am concerned about the safety of a sea swim at that time of year, hence I never been tempted to enter.
It will be 8 years (2009) since we were last there.
We have been to the UK twice in recent years, (2012 & 2013) We are going to Spain (Mallorca) this year should be going back to Spain again in 2017 with Lanza?
Accommodation: Just checked youth hostel prices (we have stayed before and very close to Ironman village), GBP 35 pppn bed and breakfast for shared room. Double and single and family rooms available. Or Hotel IBIS (little further but not much) or Camping near by.
Lots of Direct Flights to/from UK (Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, City, Manchester, Edinburgh) with a number of airlines. Less than 8 hours drive from Calais. Nirvana offer bike transport from UK.
Side events: Zurich Triathlon, with Sprints, Olympic and relay on Saturday. Ironkids Sunday.
Easy public transport to get out on the bike course for supporters. Bike Course is not mountainous, with only 200m more climb over the two laps than Austria.
New run course this year which took us into the old city of Zurich... hope it is kept for 2017
Date 30th July 2017 fits school holidays north and south of the border. Allows lots of time for training, even for hills
Did not sell out in 2016 so you should have time to save your pennies.... Transfer possible to anyone entered in another European IM...