As the company continues to reel from a tough year that saw most of it’s events “postponed” (they don’t like the word cancel, it would appear), Ironman has announced more details about its upcoming multisport festival in Andorra, first announced last summer. The festival, which is set to take place in the world’s sixth-smallest country, will include “two triathlons, one road cycling stage race, one mountain bike stage race and one trail running event, starting on March 19, 2021 and ending on July 4, 2021.”
- Things are supposed to kick off with the World Triathlon Winter Championship in March that will include running, mountain biking and cross-country skiing.
- Next up will be the Andorra 21 Ports road bike stage race from June 21 to June 26 that includes three stages over 295 k.
- The Trail 100 Andorra-Pyrenees will take place from June 24 to 27, allowing “adventurous trail runners to (re-) discover the mighty Pyrenees on courses ranging from 7,5 km (4,6 miles) to 125 km (77.5 miles) and push the boundaries of their limits while exploring the rich cultural heritage of Andorra and its mountain ranges.”
- The four-day Epic Series mountaing bike stage race – the Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees, will take place from June 30 to July 3.
- The final event in the multisport festival will be Ironman 70.3 Andorra on July 4, 2021. The event will include “a 1,9 km (1.2-mile) swim course in one of Europe’s highest lakes, a 90,1 km (56-mile) bike course that leads to the top of the legendary Coll de la Gallina and the La Peguera passes … [and] a fast three-loop run course near the Valira River.”
The ambitious schedule is likely to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Ironman is planning to open registration for the events on Jan. 21 – you can find more information here.
It would seem that Canadian participation in many of these events will be difficult due to travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but hopefully athletes will have a chance to take part in some of the later events this year or in future editions.