Do you have what it takes to be an OlympusMan?!
OlympusMan O3 is a one of its kind in Cyprus triathlon and one of those events every hardcore triathlete must have in his/her “bucket list”!
The course runs point-to-point, from Paphos coast, through the beautiful Diarizos valley, the vineyards region and thick coniferous forests to, finally, finish on the top of the island, the Olympus peak. OlympusMan is a long day’s challenge through some of Cyprus’s most spectacular scenery.
At the beginning of November the climate of Cyprus offers excellent conditions for such an endeavor! The Mediterranean Sea water is at a perfect 21 °C temperature and crystal clear. The air temperature most likely will be at around 22 °C to 25 °C degrees on the lower sections with an expected 13-14 °C on Olympus peak.
OlympusMan O3 in numbers:
- 3000m + of total ascent
- 109,6km total distance
- 3 sports
- 1 target, the summit!
From Sea level to Olympus
The concept here is pretty simple - you start from sea level in Pafos and finish 1952m above sea level, at Olympus peak, in the Troodos Mountain! Epic, isn’t it?
The course is without doubt one of the most challenging Half Iron distances on the planet.
An early morning 1.9k swim at Pafos harbor, followed by an 86km bike section with over a staggering 2,600 meters of ascent. The last leg would be an off-road half marathon with 350 meters of ascent gradually spiraling up to the summit of Olympus at 1952 meters.
The run is the highlight of the day
The highlight of the race are the running trails themselves - challenging terrain but always runnable and with views to die for. Each turn gives a perfect viewing platform, to look back seawards, from the green heart of the island.
During the test day, Sean McFarlane (Merrell's endurance ambassador) said for his fellow triathlete Chris Volley (British Triathlon): “Chris was like a kid in a sweet shop and fuelled by our staggering surroundings, he was hammering on like an over-excited gazelle.”
Before the light is gone you will be on the top of the mountain. Then you are an OlympusMan!
12th November 2016 is the date for the second OlympusMan. Make sure to be there!
Since the daylight is until 18:00pm on the race date, there are cutoff times at several points during the bike section and one cutoff point during the run.
Those who arrive on the top, at Olympus peak, will be honored with a finisher’s t-shirt, probably the most “well-deserved” triathlon t-shirt of your collection.
Those who cannot complete the whole distance will earn the “Got knocked off my feet, but I will be back” t-shirt.