This Sunday, July 29, IRONDame Gail Burgess will compete for Team Canada at the LD Triathlon World Championships in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. The Canadian Team is 32 members strong, 2 of whom are racing in the Elite class. The race is 4 K swim; 120 K bike, followed by a 30 K run.
Vitoria-Gasteiz boasts a Casco Histórico (old town), which was declared a Historical Monument in 1997 and preserves its medieval layout. The city was elected European Green Capital 2012. It is renowned for the Green Belt which surrounds it; consisting of six major parks crossed by an extensive network of pathways for pedestrians and cyclists.
4 K Swim Course: Single loop takes place in the waters of Ullibarri-Gamboa lake, in the heart of the Provincial Park of Landa, which is of high ecological value due to its oak forests and wetlands and is located not far from Vitoria-Gasteiz.
120 K Bike Course: Single loop course runs through the beautiful landscapes of the plains of Alava, along the spectacular lake Ullibarri Gamboa and parallel to the Elguea mountain range, through small towns of great cultural and scenic interest, and sharing part of the course with the Way of Saint James.
30K Run Course: Four (4) loops of 7.5 K starts and finishes in the heart of the medieval district of Vitoria-Gasteiz and runs entirely through the most beautiful pedestrian promenades of the city.
The long course format in Vitoria-Gasteiz will be an excellent measure of Gail’s training for her Ironman World Championships 70.3 in Las Vegas, Nev., USA on Sunday, September 9th, 2012 for which she is racing in support of Wellspring Halton-Peel’s Cancer Exercise Facility!