This point-to-point ultra-distance triathlon takes place on one of the most scenic and inviting triathlon courses in SA.
1. Course of legend
Remember the very first IRONMAN in South Africa, way back in 2000? It was held in Gordon’s Bay, with a start on Main Beach and a bike along the magnificent Clarence Drive to
Kleinmond and ba
ck. This race follows the same route, although it takes you past Kleinmond and on to a run in the popular holiday town of Hermanus, where there’s plenty of accommodation and activities to keep the rest of the family occupied while you take the scenic route.
2. Protected swim
The sea swim takes place in what must be one of the most protected coves in False Bay, where offshore reefs keep waves to the minimum. There’s a reason why Main Beach
in Gordon’s Bay is so popular with families! You’ll do two laps of 1km each, on a square course that sticks close to the shoreline.
3. Fast, scenic bike
From the large transition area, you hop onto the insanely scenic, undulating 84km bike
course. It takes you from Beach Road in Gordon’s Bay, onto the truly magnificent Clarence Drive, sandwiched between mountain and sea. With only 730m of climbing, it’s fun and fast.
You'll bike your way along the shore and beneath the rugged Cape granite mountains, passing the quaint holiday villages of Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and then around the corner past Kleinmond, Arabella and Fisherhaven to Hermanus. You may spot a whale or even Free Willy as you ride – and you’re almost guaranteed to come across a baboon or two as they curiously watch you whizz by.
4. Holiday vibes
You’ll ditch your bike on the cliff above the picturesque old harbour in Hermanus,
among the artistic statues of local creatives and looking on to the famous whale-watching waters that stretch to the horizon. The 18km run is a scenic tour of the holiday village. You'll soak up the magic, leafy roads and breathtaking cliff paths en route to the finish arch on the lawns in front of the town square. Arrange to have your car delivered from Gordon’s Bay to the finish, because you don’t want to miss the after party, or the chance to enjoy a full weekend in Hermanus.
5. A full menu
It’s not just the Ultra on the catch-of-theday menu. The Aquabike features the same
swim and bike route from Gordon’s Bay all the way to Hermanus, where cold beers await on the lawns behind the finish arch.
Then there’s also the Hermanus Sprint event, with a 750m swim from the old harbour, a 20km bike and a 5km run through the town. You can expect to see some super-fast youngsters line up here and improve their race craft.
Prescient Race2Hermanus supported by SEESA
When: 24 June 2023
Where: Gordon’s Bay to Hermanus, WC
What: Point-to-point ultra-distance tri
Why: Scenic, fun and fast