Alex, I am also looking at a first full next year I think (end of season). Austria appeals but maybe for 2016... thinking Austria Half IM in May and Mallorca full IM in September.. enough of a gap between races and still time to further build.
Options for 2016 are Austria and Switzerland. Lanza is iconic but having cycled there couple of years ago, I am not sure I am yet up to the hills.. and the wind!!!!
Have a couple of friends racing there tomorrow.... excited for them!!!
Haven't done it in a few years... overpriced and over hyped for a (at the time) crappy over sized cotton t shirt that never again was worn. Kirkintilloch Half on the same day - much cheaper, better value and way less crowded (if a tad hillier!!). Agree with Eggy as well, why would you want to run along an expressway??? Have gone for club organised/smaller races for years. Not those endorsed for profit.