Best New Race
1. Life Time Leadman Epic Tri Bend
With a jaw-droppingly gorgeous bike course, relaxed race vibe and unconventional distance, Leadman Bend is a new calendar staple. Other perks include quality swag (a jersey, pint glass, long-sleeve tech tee and more) and craft brews at the finish line.
2. Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship Melbourne
This beautiful, urban point-to-point race starts with a swim in a large bay, moves to a two-loop bike course on buttery asphalt and ends with a flat run alongside Port Phillip Bay. The run ends at St. Kilda Sea Baths, with showers, a steam sauna and a heated seawater swimming pool at the finish.
3. Rev3 Maine
Besides having the best post-race meal we’ve ever seen (lobster bake!), Rev3 Maine also features a picturesque course in the family-friendly town of Old Orchard Beach. Both the Olympic and half-iron distances begin with an ocean swim, a bike ride through tunnels of greenery and a run partly on hard-packed trail through the woods.