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Posted: June 27, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Triathlon: The Ironman event lighthouse on the French Riviera

Two days before the Ironman, athletes and their families arrived or arriving on the French Riviera: identification of the circuit, infrastructure discovery, Expo Village and relax ... the way of life of the South! Dreamt destination for tour operators, Nice Baie des Anges, French Riviera, is a name that sounds so sweet to the travellers.

The Ironman is a mixture of sport challenge and tourist holidays for the athletes; the majority came from foreign countries. They spend 4/5 days in the region and are accompanied by an average of 3 persons, families and / or friends. 2 to 4 stars hotels near the event are completed by the athletes and their companions.

For this edition, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and Italy are the 4 countries most represented. 61 different nationalities will be gathered on the Baie des Anges for a common goal: to be Finisher of this 5th edition!

Ironman France is one of the most beautiful of the series thanks to the beauty of landscapes and ideal climatic conditions. The opportunity for athletes to discover, the days before and after the race, historic villages of the hinterland, heritage, gastronomy and local crafts.

And of course, they will visit Nice, 2nd French tourist town and its famous Old Town where there are many typical and modern shops. 80 000 spectators are expected this Sunday, locals or tourists, who will enjoy 16 hours of race, restore and refresh on the terraces of cafes and restaurants along the promenade or on the bike trail, especially animated that day.

The economic impact of the event is estimated at 4 million euros. With a repartition of 60% for the local suppliers, this represents a source of wealth for Nice and the surrounding area before the summer tourist influx.

The Ironman is more than a race; it is a major event in the Nice life.

IRONMAN France - Nice | www.ironmanfrance.com
On June 28, 2009 
3.8km SWIM | 180km BIKE | 42.195km RUN
50 slots for the Ironman World Championship on October 10, 2009 
16 hours and more animations the day of the test  
45 registered pros

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