For those wanting to combine fitness and travel, marathons and cycle rides are two of the most exciting types of events you can take part in. Situated in locations that range from the rugged Atlantic coastline to the Swiss Alps, these events allow participants to physically immerse themselves in natural environments in a way that aids both body and mind – benefitting physical and mental health.
Taking place in Ireland at the end of May, the Tour De Connemara takes cyclists through some of the Wild Atlantic Way’s finest lakelands and valleys. Recognised as Ireland’s most scenic sporting event, the tour offers two routes, 140km and 80km, both starting at Clifden and passing through the picturesque village of Roundstone. Cocoon can provide its members with a private spa to wind down afterwards, helping body and mind to recover slowly and peacefully.
A few months later on June 17th, marathon runners head up to Tromso, Norway, for the Midnight Sun Marathon. Attracting 6,000 participants from all over the world, this event offers runners five distances to choose from, from the full 42.2km marathon to an 800m SNN Kids Race. Situated on a small island surrounded by mountains and sea, nature in Tromso is full of strong contrasts that offer an intense running experience.
As the summer draws to a close, the Jungfrau Marathon in Switzerland takes place. Considered the most beautiful marathon in the world, this challenging run is not for the faint hearted. Cocoon’s fitness services can provide you with a personal trainer to prepare for this event, equipping you with everything you need to embrace the challenges it brings.
For those seeking something less intense, the London Freecycle is set on a traffic-free route that allows cyclists to explore central London at their leisure. Appropriate for cyclists of all abilities, this free event passes Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and Somerset House.