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Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest starts this weekend with LPT

The Laguna Phuket Triathlon is Asia’s premier destination triathlon featuring a unique 1.8K swim, 55K bike and 12K run through  spectacular tropical scenery. Over the past twenty years the popular race has attracted thousands of age group athletes as well as triathlon legends MarkAllen, Greg Welch, Craig Alexander, Paula Newby-Fraser, Michellie Jones, Chris McCormack and Chrissie Wellington, to name just a few, which gave this event the nickname “Race of the Legends”.

This will be the 21st edition of LPT and the race is set to start at 6.30am on Sunday, 23rd November.

AsiaTRI.com live Coverage

AsiaTRI will be in Phuket covering the event with photos, videos, interview, race report and race day twitter, stay tuned on our twitter @asiatrilive

 

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Pre-Race Favorites

Rasumus Petraeus (DEN) is back to defend his title from 2013. He will face a competitive field which includes former LPT champion Massimo Cigana (ITA), Aberto Casadei (ITA), Chris McCormack (AUS), Marcel Zamora Perez (ESP), Till Schramm (GER), Paul Ambrose (AUS), Matt Burton (AUS) and Phuket based Fredrik Croneborg (SWE) and Ben Hammond (AUS).

On the women’s side, former LPT champion Belinda Granger will do her last professional race at LPT this year after several appearances, she will be challenged by 2013 age group world champion Parys Edwards (GBR) who is doing her first season as a Pro, Monica Torres from the Philippines, Carole Fuchs (FRA) and Phuket based Katja Rabe (GER), Brooke  Langereis (AUS).

 

2013 Champion Rasmus Petraeus is back in Phuket to defend his title
2013 Champion Rasmus Petraeus is back in Phuket to defend his title

New Bike Course

Due to road constructions, the bike course has changed for the 2014 edition and won’t include Nai Yang beach. The profile of the course will be the same which includes the steep sets of hills before and after Naithon beach.  Suggested equipment includes a minimum of two water bottle cages. Athletes should consider a 24-28 tooth rear cassettes to ease the difficulty of hill climbs. Some of the road surfaces may be rough and athletes should use durable tires. The bike course will have 2 aid stations. Drafting is illegal.

See also:  Aaron Royle and Ashleigh Gentle wins the traditional Noosa Triathlon

 

lpt new bike courseCourse Reviews

Our coaching partners from ironguides have written a course review, learn more about each event in the below coaching tips articles:

Laguna Phuket Triathlon

Challenge Laguna Phuket

More about Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest

Challenge Laguna Phuket

One week after LPT, Phuket will host another world-class event, Challenge Laguna Phuket  is part of the globally expanding Challenge Family series of events. The half iron distance event scheduled for 30 November 2014

Thanyapura Junior Challenge

As part of the Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest 2014, the Thanyapura Junior Challenge will be hosted by Thanyapura Phuket, at their world-class sports training centre located 15 minutes drive from Laguna Phuket. This fun filled youth triathlon provides a unique opportunity for participating children to experience the superior sporting facilities at Thanyapura including a 50m Olympic standard outdoor pool and 500m cushioned all-weather athletics track while the spectacular bike route skirts the scenic foothills of a nearby national park on quiet, safe back roads. The race will be held on Sat the 29th and kids from 6 to 18yo can take part.

For more information, visit Phuket Tri-Fest website at http://www.challengelagunaphuket.com/

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