Why IRONMAN 70.3 Bintan is Asia’s Best Triathlon – 2017

1. Spectacular challenge on a tropical island course

Warm and calm waters, very straight forward and easy to navigate loop, the “inverse L shape” swim course is very beginner friendly as the athletes starts from waist deep waters in several different waves. The venue is what you visualize when you close your eyes and think about a paradise beach. No one in sight, coconut trees and blue waters.  Important to note that Bintan 70.3 was also awarded with a best bike course award before and treats cyclists with lush, dense green forests to fantastic coastal views.   Add this up with a more spectator-friendly run course along the Lagio Bay lake.  One of the must-go destination races in Asia, and the award as  the most family-friendly race, makes this the best overall triathlon in Asia for 2017!

2. Scenic run course

The run course is mostly flat with two lops of 10km, mostly around Bintan resort’s Lagio Bay lake.   There will be varying scenic spots and the designated spectator zones makes for a nice boost for morale.  As most races in a tropical island, the weather is likely to be hot.  But don’t be surprised with a casual storm or rain.   Prior editions of this race, it was overcast and the temperature was in the mid 20’s Celsius early on the bike and raised to a very low 30 Celsius at noon. That combined with very frequent aid stations made this race cooler than other Ironman 70.3 events in the region such as Malaysia, Philippines or Thailand.

3. Best Family-Friendly Race

The resorts in Bintan offer a wide-variety of activities for the kids and non-racing spouses of athletes.  The beautiful beaches offer swim and play opportunities for the young ones.   Spouses can also relay and enjoy the spas in Bintan as they offer a wide range of experiences from ancient Asian and traditional Javanese massages to modern western therapies.  A mini-train for kids also tours around Bintan resort’s Plaza Lagoi.  As Singapore is a lay-over spot going into Bintan, Indonesia, your family can have a quick side-trip in Singapore’s top family-friendly tourist attractions:  Universal Studios, Sentosa Island, Gardens by the Bay and Night Safari.

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