Mountains, lakes, forest trails, beaches and Slate Mines. What do they all have in common? They are the settings of the events in the Suunto Adventure Series brought to us by the team over at Always Aim High Events.

This race report is not a traditional race report, more of a lowdown to the races that the series encompass and a forward for the individual race reports that you will soon be reading.

The 2018 series runs over the Slateman, Snowman and Sandman Races, 93 people dared to enter the classic series and only 76 managed to complete it! That just shows the challenge to be had.

For those not familiar with the Always Aim High style of racing all I can say is they are not your normal triathlon. Tim the race director actively seeks out the toughest locations to race in. He has a particular love for mountains.

The Pedalcover Slateman Triathlon

Total Distance – 62.2km            Total Ascent – 1293m

Kicking off the series was the Pedalcover Slateman Triathlon based in the beautiful village of Llanberis. The Swim takes place in the cool waters of Llyn Padarn before mounting the bikes to head up the LLanberis Pass and finishing the day with a run up the infamous Zig Zags leading into the Dinorwig Quary.

Swim – 1000m

Bike – 49.6km – 884m of Ascent

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Run – 11.6km – 409m of Ascent

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The High5 Snowman Triathlon

Total Distance – 81km            Total Ascent – 1934m

Next up is the toughest event in the series. The Snowman triathlon has some killer climbs on the bike and a mountain to beat for the run, based at the Capel Curig activity centre we swim in the crystal clear waters of Llynnau Mymbyr before heading back into the intimate transition area. Once on the bike we take a long descent down to Garreg and then start a number of sharp and long climbs to back to Capel Curig. The run or walk in most cases is a straight climb to the summit of Moel Siabod.

Swim: 1,000 metres

Bike: 70 km – 1221m of Ascent

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Run: 10 km – 713m of Ascent

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The Superfeet Sandman Triathlon

Total Distance – 71km            Total Ascent – 686m

The Final Event in the series is a switch from the norm, the slate and mountains have been replaced by undulating hills and a Trail / Beach Run. The transition area is in the beach side car park which provides the perfect base for any spectators.

After a 10 min walk down the beach you reach the start of the sea swim with Mount Snowdon featuring in the background you cant help but admire the beauty as you swim. The bike course is undulating with a cheeky climb that reminds you that you are still in North Wales. Onto the run we start in the forest with a few small climbs. Just as you think you are done you get spat out onto the beach to run up and down a few sand dunes. The highlight of the run is passing through a gap into the sand bank and being greeted but the raptures of the crowd and the finish line.

Swim: 1,000 metres

Bike: 60 km – 583m of Ascent

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Run: 10 km – 103m of Ascent

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Fancy a new challenge for 2019?

Why not take on the all new Legend Adventure Triathlon Series! Checkout the route info below.

The 2019 Slateman Legend Triathlon

Total Distance – 91.9km            Total Ascent – 2318m

Swim: 1,900 metres

Bike: 91 km – 1664m of Ascent

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Run: 21 km – 654m of Ascent

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The 2019 Snowman Legend Triathlon

Total Distance – 113.9km            Total Ascent – 3017m

Swim: 1,900 metres

Bike: 91 km – 2120m of Ascent

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Run: 21 km – 897m of Ascent

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The 2019 Snowman Legend Triathlon

Total Distance – 114.9km            Total Ascent – 1264m

Swim: 1,900 metres

Bike: 93 km – 1071m of Ascent

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Run: 20 km – 193m of Ascent

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I hope this gave you a little insight into the series, Keep an eye out for the reports from the races and until next time, Ciao for now

Alex

Author

I am Alex, a novice triathlete based in the south west of the UK. I have been dabbling with sprint triathlons since the end of 2014 and I have to admit its been great fun but a lot of hard work, harder than I thought it would have been if I am honest. In 2015 I met Blair Davies of Blair Davies Coaching and I told him about the passion I have found for the sport and also my goals for the future, one day I would love to race in a GB tri suit in an age group race.

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