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The banks of the Allier in Vichy
The banks of the Allier in Vichy

The Vichy Ironman competition

27 - 28 August 2016 (6th edition)

Vichy, Allier

Each August, the town of Vichy in Auvergne plays host to a triathlon with competitors from all over the world. Recently given the iconic Ironman name, the competition includes two courses:

    • IROMAN Vichy : a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run
    • IRONMAN 70.3 Vichy (half of the Ironman distances) :  a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run

 

Cycling in Auvergne
Cycling in Auvergne

Swim, bike, run!

The swimming portion of Ironman competitions traditionally takes place in open water, and the Vichy course is no different as the participants will begin the triathlon with a swim in the Allier Lake.

The cycling leg of the races takes competitors through the landscapes of the Allier and the Puy-de-Dôme departments, with views of the Chaîne des Puys volcanic mountain range. The Ironman courses end with a run through the town of Vichy, among the unique thermal architecture and along the banks of the Allier River.

 

Fun for spectators

The Centre Omnisports Pierre Coulon will host activities before, during and after the races, including the Ironman Expo. The Vichy course is ideal for spectators as the start, finish and transition area will all be located in the Omnisports Park, just five minutes from the centre of Vichy.

 

Vichy's opera house
Vichy's opera house

Things to do near Vichy

While there’s plenty do to in the heart of Vichy, don’t miss the cultural and natural heritage of the surrounding area. The town of Moulins is just a 30 minute train ride north and offers a wide variety of museums including the National Center of Costume and Scenography (CNCS). For a taste of local flavours, head to the nearby town of Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, surrounded by vineyards of the Saint Pourçain wine. And don’t miss the village of Charroux, listed as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France” and famous for its mustard.

 

If you’re looking to enjoy the wide open spaces of the Auvergne region, take a hike through one of the two natural parks, both accessible from Vichy: the Auvergne Volcanoes Nature Park or the Livradois-Forez Nature Park. To cool off in the summer heat, canoe down the Sioule or Allier Rivers or take a swim in the lakes, pools or rivers near Vichy.

 

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