Jeju: A Hidden Triathlon Jewel

Jeju – The unspoiled island loved by the world’s best athletes.

Jeju, the largest Island off the coast of Korean peninsula, is home to the UNESCO  World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes.  Also known as the “Islands of the Gods”, it is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty with its beautiful beaches and lush volcanic landcapes.

Mount Hallasan: a view while riding the Challenge Jeju bike course.

It is no wonder that Brett “Doc” Sutton, head coach of TriSutto Team, had held numerous training camps in Jeju as build up to the Olympics and the Kona World Championships in Hawaii.  “For me, Jeju is a hidden triathlon jewel, not only because it is one of the safest places in the world to ride with those outstanding quality roads, it also offers a fantastic holiday destination for triathletes.”

Sutton says he will continue to come to Jeju for their annual September training camps.  Kona and Jeju are both volcanic islands and have similar weather.  Doc added that the Jeju humidity provides the perfect acclimatization going towards Kona.



Jeju Island is already a favourite training location of the world’s top athletes, Daniela Ryf and Nicola Spirig.  Even retired world champion Chrissie Wellington did her pre-Kona camps there.

“My athletes are happy here. Aside from the safe environment and great training facilities, we always look forward to the hospitality and calmness of the people in Jeju.  And feasting on the healthy diverse cuisine certainly helps too.”

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Sutton is excited that Challenge Family put up a Challenge race in Jeju for 2016.  “It’s a wonderful venue. We’ve held five training camps there. So all I have to say to the triathlon public is Challenge Jeju have the best venue in the world to hold the race. Our team will be there in September for our training camp and we are looking forward to being there racing with you.”

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Korea’s largest holiday island features plenty of sights and things to do with its lava tube caves, many beaches, ancient Korean cultural sites and hiking in the national park plus great shopping, hotels and restaurants.

CHALLENGE JEJU will take place on 25 September 2016. For further information, visit www.challenge-jeju.com. Registration is still ongoing.

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