Ireland is to stage it’s first full Ironman triathlon in 2019 with Youghal in County Cork announced yesterday as the venue.
The press release written for the international audience that Ironman attracts describes Youghal as Ireland’s second oldest town and a fortified seaport since the fifth century.
The race will get underway with a 3.8km (2.4-mile) swim with a rolling start from Claycastle beach in Youghal Bay within walking distance of Youghal Town.
A two-lap 180km (112-mile) bike course is next. Starting off through the centre of Youghal town, cyclists will take on the challenge of climbing up the famous Windmill Hill twice, which undoubtedly will also become a spectator hotspot.
The cyclists will then encounter a combination of flat country roads and undulating coastal roads with sea views of Youghal Bay, Ballycotton Island and Cork Harbour.
The course heads towards Midleton and will rise to an elevation of 190m above the town before a technical drop back into Youghal.
The 42km (26.2-mile) run course will be the likely highlight of this event.
This will be a flat four-lap course through the centre of the town, taking in the Harbour and the famous Clock Gate Tower. Athletes will run under the arch of the Tower in the centre of town during each lap before finally running under the Ironman finishing arch in Market Square.
“Ironman is an incredibly prestigious sporting competition held in locations throughout the world,” said Councillor Declan Hurley, Mayor of the County of Cork.
“Now, for the first time in Ireland, Cork will host a full-distance Ironman competition starting in 2019.”
“Youghal will be centre stage for the next three years as we showcase our beautiful beaches, historic towns and world-renowned hospitality to a worldwide audience.”
“Cork County Council is especially proud to join forces with Ironman which will bring an economic boost estimated to be over seven million Euro to the local economy,” added Cork County Council Chairman Tim Lucey.
“But the impact is much more than that; we have the opportunity to promote East Cork but go even further into all that Cork has to offer. We will showcase sport but most importantly of all, we will showcase community spirit. This will be an event that invests in both people and place and I look forward to what will be an amazing experience.”
“It has always been our goal to establish a full-distance event in Ireland,” said Oliver Schieck, Regional Director Ironman UK and Ireland.
“Now, building on the success of IRONMAN 70.3 Dún Laoghaire we are excited to add IRONMAN Ireland, Cork.”
“This race is a remarkable combination of a stunning race course with a beautiful landscape as a backdrop. We are looking forward to welcoming Irish and international athletes to the inaugural edition in June 2019.”
Registration for the race will open on June 5th.