Our coverage of the Laguna Lăng Cô - Vietnam Airlines Triathlon
2013 is sponsored by Laguna Lăng Cô - Vietnam's first and largest
world-class integrated resort. Aiming to build on the
success of its sister event, the legendary Laguna Phuket
Laguna Lăng Cô Triathlon will comprise a 1.8-km swim, a 62-km
bike ride and a 12-km run. There will also be a duathlon
consisting of a 6-km run, a 62-km bike ride and a 12-km run. A
6-km Fun Run rounds up the race programme. Registration is
available at Laguna Lăng Cô Triathlon.
[HD video below] International triathlon legend Chris “Macca”
McCormack will lead a strong group of elite international pro
athletes at the inaugural Laguna Lăng Cô Triathlon 2013, being
staged on 14th April at Laguna Lăng Cô in Vietnam.
McCormack, a two-time Ironman World Champion
acclaimed as one of the most successful athletes in triathlon
history, joins fellow Australians Belinda and Justin Granger,
American Chris Lieto, Czech Olympian Radka Vodickova and
Phuket-based Swede Frederik Croneborg in the impressive pro
line-up at the new resort in central Vietnam.
its pedigree as the sister event of the long-established Laguna
Phuket Triathlon – now in its 20th year – Laguna Lăng Cô Triathlon
will contain many elements of that legendary race, renowned for
its course challenges, ambience and hospitality.
McCormack competed in his first Laguna Phuket Triathlon last
November, when misjudgments of hot conditions and the challenging
bike course cost him a podium place. Although he went on to win
Ironman 70.3 Laguna Phuket a week later – the final edition of
this race which this year becomes Challenge Laguna Phuket as part
of the new Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest - he’s eager not to
make the same mistakes in his Vietnam debut.
“The opportunity to
race challenging events in exotic places is what keeps me
motivated in this sport,” he said. “Vietnam sounds like an
amazing place, and for my first visit to the country you don't get
a better opportunity to see the countryside and enjoy a town like
racing a triathlon - I am super pumped about racing in Vietnam!"
His fellow pros are all Laguna Phuket Triathlon
veterans and Belinda Granger - with 10 Laguna Phuket appearances
and two championships – also can’t wait to test herself at Laguna
“I’m incredibly excited to be taking part
in the inaugural Laguna Lăng Cô Triathlon – I’ve wanted to visit
Vietnam for so many years now and finally I get the opportunity,”
she said. “I love the distance and after supporting the Laguna
Phuket triathlon for the past 10 years there was no way I was
going to miss its new sister race in Vietnam. It will be my first
race for the 2013 season, so I will be ready to give it all I have
got. I’ve been looking online at the new Laguna Lăng Cô resort and
it looks amazing -I’m just as excited about exploring the area
post-race as I am about the race itself.”
Lăng Cô, nestling on the pristine coast of Lang Co Bay, contains
Banyan Tree and Angsana hotels and spas, an 18-hole championship
golf course designed by Sir Nick Faldo, as well as private villas
and residences, convention facilities and recreational pursuits.
The Laguna Lăng Cô Triathlon 2013 also has a duathlon,
consisting of a 6 km run, 62 km bike ride and 12 km run, as well
as a 6 km fun run.
Registrations are open and accommodation specials at Banyan Tree Lăng Cô and Angsana Lăng
Cô are also available. Entry fees will start at VND 3,150,000 and include the Pasta Party. Accommodation specials
start at VND 3,450,000 per night.
Laguna Lăng Cô
is easily accessible by air via Da Nang. Da Nang International
Airport has direct flights that connect to various countries such
as Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Malaysia. From other
international destinations Da Nang is accessible via Ho Chi Minh
or Hanoi. Laguna Lăng Cô is a 40-minute drive from Da Nang