Everyone knows that triathlons, and adventure races in general, are some of the most physically demanding events in the world of sport. Olympic triathlons are, of course, no exception to this idea. Long-distance running, swimming, and cycling – all tied up into one epic struggle to finish on the podium and win a medal. The athletes, going for gold in the Rio 2016 triathlon, will have fitness levels that shoot off the top-end of the chart.
This summer’s Olympic Games, hosted by Rio de Janeiro, are now almost upon us. The men’s triathlon event is scheduled for the 18th of August, and the women’s triathlon is scheduled for the 20th of August. The event, that made its Olympic debut at Sydney 2000, will be taking place out of Rio de Janeiro’s Fort Copacabana. There will be a 1.5km swim, a 40km cycle, and a 10km run. The reigning champ in the men’s triathlon is Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee, for the women it’s Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig (who famously edged out Sweden’s Lisa Nordén in a remarkable photo finish at London 2012).