Gibraltar has participated in every NatWest International Island Games and Triathlon and has been fortunate to win one Individual Silver (2003), one Team Gold (2013) and two Team Bronze (2015 & 2017) since the first Triathlon in 2001 and we will be hoping to continue this trend in 2019.
Despite our small size members of the Gibraltar Triathlon Association have also participated in several ITU World Championships coming away with one Gold, two Silver and three Bronze Age Group medals since 2013 and despite the average age of our Games Teams usually being around 40 the tougher the course the better.
For the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest International Island Games the Triathlon Event will be held over the Standard Distance of 1500m sea swim, 40km non drafting bike and 10km run. The event will take place on the first day of competition on the Sunday and will see all the athletes line up on Eastern Beach for the start and then run into the sea to complete two laps of 750m with an Australian exit at the end of lap one (athletes will exit the sea for a short run and then run back into the sea to start the second lap).
The 40km bike course will be held on closed roads and the course is best described as “beautifully brutal” as it will follow the east side coast line all the way up to the Mosque and back for five laps. The bike course will have two significant climbs per lap and is also very technical with some steep descents, sharp turns and a long tunnel through the Rock to contend with.
Having completed the bike section the 10km run will be three laps and will take the athletes along Eastern Beach road where there will be plenty of support from all the people at the beach. Temperatures are likely to reach the high 20’s (degrees celsius) with high humidity so this will also undoubtedly have an impact on the athletes.