Legend tells that since 1285, the guardian of Madeloc has been charged with finding a true hero. Half-man, half-God, this athelete must be capable of swimming, cycling and running faster than the Valmy Eagle.
He must do so in order to deliver a message that will save the kingdom. And thus the “ 500 – le Héraut de la Madeloc ” (otherwise known as the Argelès Triathalon) was born.
Athletes will be tested to their limits on Sunday 12th May with a time to beat of a scorching 2h42’18s, set by local hero, Jean Vincent Carbou, in 2017’s race.
The main event, Triathlon M, kicks off at 9am and adheres to the Olympic Triathalon regulations. Starting with a 1500m open-water swim, competitors will then do a single 45km bike circuit through the Albères before finishing with a 10km race along the beach front.
This year, the club has changed from the usual grueling climbs and hair-raising descents, opting for a 75% flat course. Don’t be fooled though, they haven’t gone soft… the race will be a speed race with time trial bikes welcome!
The Triathlon S will start at 2.30pm, with participants swimming 600m, before cycling 20km and finishing with a 5km run.
Fancy giving it a go but daunted by the prospect ? Try the taster course, the Triathlon XS, at 1.30pm, covering a 300m swim, a 10km cycle and a 2.5km run. Kids can get involved too!