2010 is coming up and I was surfing the internet for next year triathlon / running / cycling activities – international / overseas participations especially races that I have not heard of.
So I come across Lombok Triathlon via www.tribob.com. This year is the 3rd and every year the number of participants has increased. What so interesting about this triathlon, is not the swim, but the bike and run route. The swim is like any normal sea swim of 1.5km but after that comes the real challenge. 40km bike ride up the hill and a fast descends down the hills with few sharp cornering. If you look at the bike course profile below, it has around 22 hills. No wonder it says ‘PREPARE TO WEEP’
Lombok Triathlon – Bike route
Sg Liang – Labi Hills, Kuala Belait, Brunei
The only place in Brunei which resemble this is Sg Liang-Labi Hills. It has a long climb and a good fast descends.
The run is 10km running through hills, beach and a sprint to the finish line.
This will be our next target for next year 2010. It is not your normal kind of triathlon. TT/Triathlon bike will not be any help here – it will be useless. A road bike with a good cassettes such as 12-25 or even better 12-27 and if you’re not so sure, change the crank also to a compact crank.
It is considered one of the toughest triathlon in ASIA and a very scenic routes. The only triathlon which has the same terrain is Lake Kenyir Triathlon in Malaysia but still it is nothing compared to Lombok triathlon. Other triathlon / long distance triathlon which has mountainous/hilly bike ride are somewhere in Europe such as Alps de Huez Long Distance Triathlon.
Where is Lombok?
Lombok is one of the Indonesian Island with Mataram as its Capital city. It is located east of Bali. Getting to Lombok can be either by Sea or Airplane. For us we can fly from Brunei to Singapore, Jakarta or Surabaya and then take the next flight to Lombok.
Be prepared for next year Lombok Triathlon…………………….