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The City of Lyon will be the first French destination to host a TriStar event. The TriStar111 event will be made up of a 1km swim, a 100km bike and a 10km run. There will also be a shorter TriStar55.5 event, which will include a 500km swim, a 50km bike and a 5km run. Raceday is set for July 10, 2011.
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The race will feature a swim in the Saône, a selective cycling route in the Monts d’Or and running through the historical city centre.
Lyon will be the host town for the first TriStar races in France. On 10 July 2011, the popular triathlon format will come to the Grande Nation offering two races: TriStar111 and TriStar55.5 will both be held on the same circuit, with one loop for each discipline in the TriStar55.5 race, and two loops for the TriStar111 Lyon.
“Lyon has everything a destination needs in order to grow to one of Europe’s most popular triathlon races within a short period of time,” says Michel Sorine, managing partner at Extra-Sports, the agency that secured the organising rights for TriStar in Lyon.
Both races will feature a swim in the Saône river, followed by cycling though the Monts d’Or – the green lung just a stone’s throw away from the city centre featuring climbs to the Mont Verdun, the Mont Thou, and the Mont Cindre with almost 1000m of climbing altitude for each lap, and running along the quays of the Saône River in Lyon’s historical centre.
“We’re excited to host a TriStar race in France, one of Europe’s most important triathlon Nations. Lyon’s population is fond of outdoor-sports, there are many triathlon and cycling clubs in the Rhône-Alpes region, and we’re looking forward to offer the unique TriStar format in Lyon starting in 2011,” declares Georg Hochegger, CEO and founder of Star Production SARL.
Lyon is the second most important metropolitan area in France after that of Paris and situated in east-central France. Lyon is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region. The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks, is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France.