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Indonesia to Host New Iron Distance MetaMan Bintan Triathlon

metaman bintan triathlonAsia's newest Iron Distance triathlon is born! The inaugural MetaMan Bintan Triathlon which will also be host to the Southeast Asia Championship race will take place on September 15, 2012 on Bintan Island in the South China Sea. The island is part of the Riau Archipelago of Indonesia and is situated less than an hour away via ferry from the modern and culturally vibrant city of Singapore. Triathlon is not new to the island as the Bintan has played host to the Bintan Triathlon for several years now.

"Following participants repeated enthusiasm for the Bintan Triathlon and Tour de Bintan, providing a full iron distance race on the idyllic sport friendly island was the natural progression." At Singapore's door step, tropical Bintan Island provides all elements for an epic journey.

Triathlon: MetaMan Bintan Triathlon
When: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Where: Bintan Island, Indonesia
Distances: Iron, Half
Website: www.metamanbintan.com

Individuals as well as Relay teams will be able to tackle either the full MetaMan or Half Iron distance events. The standard distances will be MetaMan: 3.8km Swim, 180km Bike, 42.2km Run. Half Iron: 1.9km Swim, 90km Bike, 21.1km Run. Either race will be a challenge for triathletes to conquer, and a great accomplishment after finishing.

"We've been dreaming years for this event to take place, so had plenty of time to brew up a unique course that features all the distinctive features that Bintan Island has to offer."

Swim Course
Nirwana Beach Club provides the tropical backdrop that a Long Distance Triathlon in Indonesia deserves. The serene white sand beach with waving palm trees will for one morning be disturbed by the MetaMan swim start spectacular. Enjoy the clear blue waters to find a good pair of feet to draft off.

bintan triathlon swim

Bike Course
Bintan Island is a cycling haven. Good roads combined with varied terrain and scenery will keep everyone entertained throughout the bike phase. Enjoy the lush green jungle (watch out for monkeys!), the villagers cheering you, the vistas at the reservoir and coastal road and the picturesque golf course of Bintan Resorts. The hills make for an honest course that will separate the uber-cyclist from the rest.

Run Course
Is still being fine-tuned, but will be a four-lap run course that guarantees a lot of support from the spectators. It will include the sculpted gardens of Nirwana Gardens, which provide some welcome shade for the early finishers.
A total prize purse of US$60,000 is available to reward professional athletes competing in the full MetaMan. Professional interested in race should contact race organizers.

The triathlon event is being organized by MetaSport which specializes in Training Services and Event Management in the sports of Triathlon, Swimming, Cycling and Running, in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Registration is open. If you are looking for an iron distance challenge or even a half, in an exotic location, then this might be the race for you. Visit: www.metamanbintan.com for further details.

The entire course is set to be unveiled at Training Camp on April 14-15th. Triathletes can also get a taste of what the island has in store with the Bintan Triathlon on May 26th which features for Olympic and Sprint Distance triathlon races.

Bintan is very close to the Equator. Hence, tropical climate is dominant all through the year with two distinct seasons. MetaMan is taking place during the dry southwest monsoon season which runs from June to October.

The island has an "insular character" with a constant temperature averaging at 26 °C. Sea temperature is around 29 °C all year around. On race day the sunrise is at 5:55am and sunset at 6:02pm.

nirwana gardens

Nirwana Gardens is the official host of the MetaMan Bintan and offers a broad variety of accommodation option for different budgets. They have the capacity to accommodate all the participants of the MetaMan. Nirwana Gardens is an integrated resort that is comprised of 5 different beachfront resorts spanning across 330 hectares of lush tropical land and powder-soft beaches. Staying at Nirwana Gardens ensures that you will be within walking distance (500me max) of the race office, transition zone, start & finish, race briefing, carbo-loading party and athletes' garden.

Bintan provides an experience of endless beaches, a wide variety of international-class resorts, and tropical holiday activities, including golf, spas, and water sports.