With four of the five cycling monuments complete for this season, what are the triathlon monuments?

Here are our five triathlon monuments.


Founded by Naval officer Jim Collins in 1978. The little “Hawaiian Iron Man Triathlon” he started with his buddies, grew into the Ironman World Championships.


Challenge Roth

Roth is one of the fastest ironman distance triathlons in the world. Currently, Jan Frodeno and Chrissie Wellington hold the fastest ironman distance times, with a 7:35:39 and 8:18:13, both set at Roth.

Jan Frodeno winning Challenge Roth in 2016 with a time of 7:35:39!

WTS Hamburg

Who can forget about the WTS race in Hamburg, Germany? Known for its electric crowd, race course and mixed relay format, Hamburg WTS makes our cut as a triathlon ‘monument’.

St. Anthony’s Triathlon

Held in St. Petersburg, FL, St. Anthony’s always attracts a competitive field of triathletes from both the ITU circuit and non draft circuit.

Escape from Alcatraz

Held in San Francisco, CA, triathletes swim 1.5 miles across San Francisco Bay from Alcatraz Island to shore.

What other race deserves consideration?

What should the criteria be for naming a triathlon monument?

In cycling its the history behind the race, the number of kilometres, or the legendary stories of past racers. But what would make a triathlon monument?

Let the debate begin.

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