It didn’t take long for athletes to take to Ironman 70.3 Les Sables d’Olonne – Vendée – the inaugural edition topped the Overall Satisfaction category in Ironman’s Athletes’ Choice Awards.

The wild coast of Les Sables d’olonnes. Photo: Getty Images

Set on the Côte de Lumière, the western French coast, with its picturesque beaches, Ironman reports that athlete loved “the canal swim, forest bike ride, and half-marathon along the promeneade” at Ironman 70.3 Les Sables d’Olonne – Vendée last year. It wasn’t the only popular French race, either – second place in the category went to Ironman 70.3 Vichy, followed by Australia’s Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie.

Races down under were certainly popular last year with Ironman 70.3 competitors – after the event in Port Macquarie came the site of this year’s world championship, Taupo, followed by Australian races in Sunshine Coast, Geelong, Western Australia and Cairns. As if all that weren’t enough for the Aussies, the 10th race on the list was Western Sydney.

Sadly no Canadian events appeared  in the top-10 of any of the categories in last year’s athletes’ choice awards:

Will Attend Next Year
Ironman 70.3 Western Australia
Ironman 70.3 Victoria
Ironman 70.3 Traverse City
Ironman 70.3 Geelong
Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney
Ironman 70.3 Les Sables d’Olonne
Ironman 70.3 Otepaa
Ironman 70.3 Taupo
Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid
Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie

Will Recommend to a Friend
Ironman  70.3 Traverse City
Ironman 70.3 Punta del Este
Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene
Ironman 70.3 Otepaa
Ironman 70.3 Jonkoping
Ironman 70.3 Ecuador Manta
Ironman 70.3 Zell am See
Ironman 70.3 Les Sables d’Olonne
Ironman 70.3 Western Australia
Ironman 70.3 Elsinore

Overall Swim
Ironman 70.3 Western Australia
Ironman 70.3 Victoria
Ironman 70.3 Traverse City
Ironman 70.3 Geelong
Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney
Ironman 70.3 Les Sables d’Olonne
Ironman 70.3 Otepaa
Ironman 70.3 Taupo
Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid
Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie

Overall Bike
Ironman 70.3 Taupo
Ironman 70.3 Durban
Ironman 70.3 Western Australia
Ironman 70.3 Jonkoping
Ironman 70.3 South Africa
Ironman 70.3 Zell am See
Ironman 70.3 Les Sables d’Olonne
Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney
Ironman 70.3 St.George
Ironman 70.3 Otepaa

Overall Run
Ironman 70.3 Vichy
Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast
Ironman 70.3 New Zealand
Ironman 70.3 Western Australia
Ironman 70.3 South Africa
Ironman 70.3 Emilia Romagna
Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie
Ironman 70.3 Geelong
Ironman 70.3 Taupo
Ironman 70.3 Punta del Este

Overall Venue Experience
Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie
Ironman70.3 Les Sables d’Olonne
Ironman 70.3 New Zealand
Ironman 70.3 Vichy
Ironman 70.3 Taupo
Ironman 70.3 Western Australia
Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene
Ironman 70.3 St.George
Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast
Ironman 70.3 Traverse City

Overall Host City Experience
Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast
Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie
Ironman 70.3 Les Sables d’Olonne
Ironman 70.3 New Zealand
Ironman 70.3 Taupo
Ironman 70.3 Traverse City
Ironman 70.3 Superfrog
Ironman 70.3 Western Australia
Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin
Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene

Post-Race Celebration Experience
Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie
Ironman 70.3 South Africa
Ironman 70.3 Hawaii
Ironman 70.3 Geelong
Ironman 70.3 Dubai
Ironman 70.3 Davao Philippines
Ironman 70.3 Otepaa
Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa
Ironman 70.3 Cebu Philippines
Ironman 70.3 Greece

 

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