San Sebastian Olympic Triathlon, Spain

Time of year: June

Value for money: 5

Location: 5

Crowd support: 4

Organisation: 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.

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