On the heels of four straight weeks of live Ironman coverage on Facebook, Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz will be the fifth full-distance race to be live-streamed since June 9th. Taking place in the capital city of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz is home to world-renowned wineries and stunning countryside views.
Originally called “Triathlon Vitoria-Gasteiz,” Ironman added the event to their growing list of races around the world back in September 2018. “IRONMAN has focused on us for its excellent organization, for our beautiful Alava landscapes and for the atmosphere that is experienced in the city during those days,” said Eduardo Martínez, Director of Triathlon Vitoria-Gasteiz. It’s hardly a surprise that Ironman would jump on the opportunity to add Vitoria-Gasteiz to its race schedule. The event consistently attracts nearly 2,000 participants from all over the world and is renowned for its race atmosphere.
On race day, athletes can expect air temperatures around 20*C as they start in Lake Ullíbarri-Gamboa with a 3.8K swim. On the 180K bike course, athletes will follow the lake shores and continue through the green countryside entering scenic towns of the Álava region. Next, the 42.2K run features four laps in the hear of Vitoria-Gasteiz’s old town.
At this year’s race, an impressive list of world-class professionals has been assembled. On the men’s side, Spaniard Eneko Llanos will wear bib number one and compete against the likes of Josh Amberger, Antony Costes, Cam Wurf and Igor Amorelli. On the women’s side, Heather Jackson will look to follow up her win at Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene with a strong finish in Spain. The American will be going up against Imogen Simmonds (qualified for Kona in Frankfurt), Natalie Seymour, and a number of European talent.
To watch Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz tune into the Facebook Watch livestream on July 14th at 2:10 AM (EST). You can join the action at 7:00 AM for part two of the race coverage.