2023 Ironman World Championship: All You Need to Know

Mark your calendars to witness triathlon legend Jan Frodeno's last competitive blaze in Nice this year.

2023 Ironman World Championship: All You Need to Know
The Ironman World Championship men's race will be held in Nice, France on Sunday. Photo: Donald Miralle for IRONMAN

In less than a day, the world will watch as the best of the best men in triathlon face-off in the 2023 Ironman World Championship in Nice. This year, the championship sees a change, with the women racing in Kona on October 14th. As anticipation builds, we've compiled everything you need to know about this prestigious event.

Mark Your Calendars

With so much anticipation around the championship, it's easy to get caught up in the buzz and forget the essential details. So, here's your reminder: add to your calendar now. By clicking the link, you'll have all the event details at your fingertips, ensuring you won't miss a second of this year's thrilling race in Nice.

Race Details

  • Date & Timing
    • Race Date: Sunday, September 10th.
    • Pro Start: 6:50 am (CEST)
    • Estimated race landmarks:
      • First Pro at Transition 1 (T1): 7:35 am
      • First Pro at Transition 2 (T2): 12:12 pm
      • First Pro Finish: Around 2:53 pm
  • International Time Conversions
    • Melbourne (AEST): +8 hours, starting 2:50 pm Sunday.
    • United Kingdom (BST): -1 hour, starting 5:50 am.
    • US East Coast (EDT): -6 hours, starting 12:50 am Sunday.
    • US West Coast (PDT): -9 hours, starting 9:50 pm Saturday.

How to Watch

  • For Viewers in Germany
    • Broadcasted by hr.
    • Live coverage of the final race hour on Sunday's "Sportschau".
    • Live stream available on sportschau.de starting 6:40 am.
    • Special features include an exclusive German camera and on-course reporter.
  • International Viewers
    • Live broadcast on Ironman.com and Ironman's YouTube channel.
    • Coverage starts at 5:00 am CEST.
    • Commentators include Michael Lovato, Dede Griesbauer, Greg Welch, and Matt Lieto.

Competitors to Watch

  1. Jan Frodeno (GER): A former World Champion and the race's spotlight as he plans to retire after this championship.
  2. Patrick Lange (GER): A two-time IRONMAN World Champion, he's looking to reclaim the title.
  3. Sam Laidlow (FRA): Last year's runner-up, he's backed by a home crowd and looks to improve his position.
  4. Magnus Ditlev (DEN): After a record-breaking performance at Challenge Roth, he's seen as a significant threat.
  5. Joe Skipper (GBR): Finished fifth in Kona last year and is on the hunt for a top position this year.

Note: Gustav Iden and Kristian Blummenfelt are absent from the race.

The Race Course

  • Swim: A two-lap course in the Mediterranean Sea, totaling 3850m. The transition is situated just off the Plage des Ponchettes beach.
  • Bike: A challenging 180.2km loop, beginning at an elevation of 22m and climbing to nearly 1200m. The total elevation gain is 2427m.
  • Run: A four-loop marathon along the Promenade des Anglais, providing a scenic route for both athletes and spectators.
Previewing the All-New Course for the 2023 Ironman World Championship in Nice
The move to Nice, France brings a hilly bike course with 10,000ft of climbing and technical descents along with a flat 4-loop run to the Ironman World Championship for the first time ever outside of Hawaii.

Prize Money

The men’s race prize pool stands at $375,000. The winner will take home a handsome sum of $125,000, with prizes paid down to the 15th position.

Final Thoughts

This year's Ironman World Championship promises to be a thrilling contest, with elite triathletes pushing their limits on a demanding course. As the athletes prepare for the big day, fans worldwide gear up to cheer and witness triathlon history in the making. Make sure you're tuned in!