Time of year: June
Value for money: 5
Crowd support: 4
PB potential: 1
Course: Bike has a couple of big hills, run is flat
Competitors: Approximately 400
Locality: San Sebastian is a small, beautiful city which has it all. The sea on one side and the mountains on the other. It’s a paradise for runners, cyclists and triathletes. In the summer there are a lot of local Olympic and sprint distance triathlons, and in the winter there are running races from 10km to marathon distance. After the race, a great idea is to hit the bars and try the local specialities called ‘pintxos’, the Basque traditional tapas or a ‘Sidreria’, a cider house serving huge portions of food and unlimited cider from the barrel.
Getting there: The best way to get to San Sebastian if you’re travelling from outside Spain is to fly to Bilbao and then take a bus or train.
Webpage: http://www.triatloi.org (only in Spanish and Basque)
My experience: My third triathlon and third sea swim. The weather was beautiful and I was feeling great after doing triathlons the two previous weeks. I had a great time and afterwards I went for a swim in the sea.