In February this year Tony Haralambous participated in the bittersweet four-day Knysna Bull cycle race that was as physically taxing as it was beautiful. Tony successfully completed the Absa Cape Epic 2018 cycle race that began on the 17th of March, placing him 193rd with his teammate James McCallum.
As physically and mentally demanding as these races were, Tony utilised these along with the previous races as training and preparation for the pinnacle to this athletic journey, the IronMan African Championship South Africa 2018. This climactic triathlon event began on the 15th of April in Port Elizabeth with a 3.8km swim starting and ending at Hobie Beach. The race then continued with a cycling segment of 180km along Marine Drive with sweeping ocean views before concluding with the 42km running course that brought athletes to the 80 000+ race spectators.
Though Tony had his sights set on earning a qualifying spot in the IronMan World Championship event, he admits that the African Championship fed him a good dosing of “humble pie”. Halfway through the cycling segment of the race he (and his legs) realised how gruelling this event can be. Nevertheless, Tony jumped back in the race and earned himself a final spot of 508th out of 1708 participating athletes, and in a true display of athletic dedication qualified in 5th place out of 15 in his M18-24 division.
Five incredibly challenging events later and with a final time of 11:42:53, Tony has successfully reached his athletic aspiration of becoming an ironman.
Check out our TopCopy Cycle Spot to read about the previous events we’ve sponsored Tony in!