Monday, February 15, 2010


EVENT DATE : 27 February 2010

Ironman Malaysia takes place on Langkawi, a popular island resort destination in Malaysia. It's tough not because of the course, which consists of a very warm swim, a rolling bike and a relatively flat run course. It's tough because it can get really hot, especially during the run. How hot? In 2001 temperatures that reached 43 degrees Celsius (which is very close to 110 degrees Fahrenheit for anyone who thinks in those terms).

The day begins with a two-loop swim in Kuah Bay which starts and finishes alongside a giant eagle statue that dominates the Jetty Point port area.

The revised bike course is 177km long and consists of one large loop (55k) and 3 x small loops (37.5k) plus 9.5k to finish. We avoid the crowded section of Padang Matsirat Rd between Lubuk Semilang and Air Hangat Rds until the end of the bike course as the competitors come back to the finish. The course is as follows with the distance being the cumulative distance:
Start to Air Hangat Rd Lights 2.9k
Lights to Roundabout 19,9k
Roundabout to Lubuk Semilang Rd 27.75k
Lubuk Semilang to lights cnr Ulu Melaka and Padang Matsirat 33.25k
Lights to Bohor Tempoyak Rd Laman Padi 42.05k
Laman Padi to Lights at Bukit Malut and Padang Matsirat 55k
Lights to Thai Rest corner (Lubuk Semilang) 58.5k
Thai Rest corner to Thai Rest corner 96.03
Lap 2 133.56
Lap 3 171.1k
Thai Rest to Finish 177.2k

The critical locations for police traffic management are:
1. Exit from park at bike start
2. Rt turn to Seaview Hotel
3. Left turn at Seaview corner
4. Town exits onto Seaview Rd
5. Lights at Air Hanget Rd
6. Lights opposite Petrol Station, also managing traffic into Petrol Station on run.
7. Roundabout ( lap 1 only)
8. Padang Lalang Rd and Lubuk Semilang rds
9. Lights at end of Ulu Melaka rd
10. Airport roundabouts
11. Left turn after airport
12. Left turn at Lamin Padi
13. Rt turn onto Kedawang rd
14. Lights at end of Bukit Malut Rd
15. Lights at Hospital
16. Left turn at Lubuk Semilang lights ( straight through at these lights to finish)
17. All major intersections to Air Hangat lights for finishing riders

Signage:For the bike course there will individual distance signs every 10 k from 10k and finishing with 170k

It is the run that makes the race in Langkawi so tough. The terrain isn't that challenging - it's the heat that the athletes face as they go through the marathon that makes things difficult. After the fourth loop is complete, they run one kilometer back to the jetty, and end the day at the beautiful finish line which is just meters short of the spectacular eagle statue, a welcome beacon at the end of what will no-doubt be a tough day of racing.
New info

736 athletes to participate in Langkawi Ironman 2010
February 15, 2010 11:09 pm
LANGKAWI, Feb. 15 — A total of 736 athletes from 41 countries have confirmed their participation at the Langkawi Ironman 2010 here on Feb. 27, event director Datuk A. Chandrakumanan said.
Defending champions for both men and women categories respectively, Luke Mackenzie and Belinda Granger, both from Australia, were among those who confirmed their participation, he said when contacted.
The athletes were from Germany, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand, the United States, Italy, Argentina, Belgium, Australia, Canada and Asean countries, he added.
He said the organizer also received participations from 225 local athletes, including former national cyclists Mohd Hafiz Wong Abdullah.
The champhionship offers US$ 50,000(RM170,500) in cash and involves three disciplines, namely: swimming (3.8km), cycling (180km) and running (42.2km). (PNA/Bernama)