Time of year: June
Value for money: 4
Crowd support: 2
PB potential: 3
Course: 2-lap lake swim, 6-lap bike course on country roads and 6-lap woodland run course
Competitors: cca. 80 (in the Iron distance event), but there are all distances from sprint upwards available.
Locality: The race is held in Moritzburg, about 10km from Dresden. The town is old-fashioned, beautiful and is dominated by the Moritzburg Castle (or Hunting Lodge) and the lake there.
Getting there: It is easily reached by car, train or bus. If you’re travelling from abroad I’d say you should fly to Dresden and then it is only a short trip from there.
I only have good things to say about this race. It is well organised and when I arrived I was surprised at the beauty of the town and the local area. The race itself has a family atmosphere and the race briefing is in a beautiful old hall adjoining a traditional pub. The pasta party is in the lovely little pub garden accompanied by local music. I also had the pleasure of meeting a couple of friends from Slovakia and made some new Russian friends.
The race started at 7am and we swam 2-laps around the castle lake before starting on the 6-lap bike course. We were expecting the bike to be flat but it was surpringly hilly, with over 1100m elevation. It sapped the legs towards the end and I was looking forward to starting the run. I finished the bike in 4h57, a PB for me (‘I’ve been trying to go under 5 hours for 3 years!) and went on to start the run in 3rd place.
The run cannot be described as easy, running offroad in the woods with lots of small hills both up and down is not the easiest run after biking 180km, but the weather was perfect for running and the trees made sure the run was shady and cool. I finished the run 3h14 and came in second!
All in all it was a great day, the compere made a fuss of me because it was an Englishman who came second and I won a lot of prizes 🙂