Most Controversial Happening
1. Lance Armstrong’s Short Return
It all started in 2011 when, after more than 20 years away from the sport, Lance Armstrong decided to race an Xterra event. In February he announced that he wanted to race in Kona and proceeded to rack up points at 70.3 races. Then, days before his anticipated Ironman debut in France, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released allegations against him. He was immediately banned from racing any USAT-sanctioned event, ending his Kona dream.
2. NYC Ironman Is One-And-Done
The inaugural Ironman New York first earned attention for its unique metropolitan backdrop and its highest-ever Ironman price tag of $900, which sold out in a record eight minutes. The event took place in August and registration for 2013 opened the day after with an inflated price tag of $1,200. After receiving angry feedback about the high cost and tricky logistics, Ironman suspended and eventually canceled the event altogether.
3. The Challenge-WTC Battle
The Challenge Family and WTC first butted heads in 2001, which resulted in Ironman Europe becoming Challenge Roth. Their battle resumed in 2012. First, Ironman bought the events company that ran Challenge Cairns in Australia. Challenge fought back: They were chosen to take over Ironman Canada in Penticton, which would become their first North American event. The conflict continued when WTC opened registration for the new Ironman Canada in Whistler to take place on the same day.