Last Sunday's Ironman France-Nice, the first of the quartet of Ironman races on mainland Europe that take place in June and July. Falling, as it does, after the early-season flush and before the crowded Summer months, Ironman France attracts a distinct sort of athlete; ones that are not afraid of a bit of climbing and descending!
With a bike course that is roughly split into one third climbing, one third descending and one third getting back to the transition zone on the Promenade des Anglais it's not a race for the timid. And that's before a run in the afternoon Mediterranean sun which has been known to melt the ice creams while they are still in the freezer.
I found two SB Tri Club members in the complicated search of participants. Here are their results:
John Martin 15:13:53 and Brian O'Connor 13:54:10. Nice going fellas. I would certainly enjoy the south of France over the south of Phoenix but maybe next time.