Bali Guide: Race in Paradise This April

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Sun-drenched stretches of pristine sand, clear blue waters, lush tropical forests and majestic volcanoes. Sound like something out of a holiday brochure? Well, it kinda is!

Not usually synonymous with triathlon, Bali is a tropical destination and a true island paradise, and next year, will be host to the BCA Super League Triathlon Bali.

The famous Indonesian island, renowned for its incredible weather and stunning scenery, offers triathlon fans the perfect chance to enjoy an active holiday in a pretty utopian setting when Super League arrives on 3-5 April.

Taking place in the grounds and surrounding area of Ayodya Resort Bali – the official accommodation partner for the event – BCA Super League Triathlon Bali will certainly be something to remember.

Of course, there is the chance to take part in Super League’s Age Group events, featuring a Fun Run 2.5km, 5km and 10 km on the Saturday – as well as a ‘Splash and Dash’ for the kids – and Sprint and Enduro triathlons on the Sunday.

On top of all that there is the chance to watch the Pros in action as they battle it out for a Golden Ticket into the Championship Series.

Bali offers a rich landscape of things to do and see, whether you’re feeling active or not, and the surrounding area, Nusa Dua – a tourism area operated by ITDC – is stunning in its own right with beautiful places to explore right on the event’s doorstep.

From picture-postcard beaches to laze around on while sipping a cocktail (post-race, of course!), to adventure-packed activities for the more restless, we reckon you triathletes will at least want a bit of swim-bike-run action while you’re out there. Here’s the lowdown:

Swimming

One of the reasons Bali is such a mecca for tourists is because of its stunning beaches.

White sands and clear water in the south make it picture perfect and provide ample opportunities for swimming.

There are, of course, the stunning beaches of Nusa Dua, where Super League’s racing will be held. The likes of Kuta and Sanur, also in the south, prove popular.

But for those wanting to go and explore there are some almost deserted gems to be found such as Uluwatu and Bingin, and the contrast between north and south couldn’t be starker with black sands to be found.

Cycling

Bali offers the perfect combination of stunning beauty and challenging terrain.

There are plenty of cycling trip operators who can lead the way, but Bali also offers some DIY options as well having invested in its cycling infrastructure in recent years.

If you want to go off road you can even cycle from the Batur volcanic rim down to sea level while Bali Bike Park has trails for riders of all abilities and rents out equipment.

On the road, staying away from Bali’s main highways is advised but particularly in the north of the island there is quiet to be found and incredible scenery to take in.

Running

Getting out and about on foot in Nusa Dua is easy with paths to lead the way. Further afield it’s a case of picking what suits you best.

Fancy running near volcanoes? Maybe seeing rice fields? Taking in some of the remarkable and lush scenery the island has to offer? Or more incredible coastal backdrops?

Bali has a bit of everything

Kuta beach is a tourist hotspot but known to be an incredible place for a morning run across the sand is you want an alternative to Nusa Dua.

Ubud has stunning views and peace and tranquillity to be found away from the bustling heart while the capital city of Denpasar is good to explore on foot.

Early morning is advised for peace and quiet and before the heat really gets up.

For the non-triathletes

If you’re bringing along friends or family, or you fancy getting away from the whole triathlon scene for a bit, Bali really does come up with the goods if you still want to stay active.

A renowned global surfing hotspot, Bali’s beaches provide some epic waves to catch so if you fancy an afternoon of hitting the surf, there is plenty on offer to top those adrenaline levels up.

For those with a more chilled holiday in mind, Bali also has some pretty famous yoga retreats, and what better way to unwind than by doing a spot of yoga as the sun comes up over the ocean, or to the mellifluous sounds of the jungle!?

We can’t do a guide to Bali without talking about bars, and we know many of you like a bit of a post-race wind-down. From wooden beach hut bars with a chilled cocktail vibe to some more upbeat quirky bars with music, there’s something for everyone. Holiday mode: ON.

If that isn’t enough to tempt you, we don’t know what is!

#MakeYourFirstHere in Bali at BCA Super League Bali, with an unforgettable race experience. Register now!

With special thanks to event partners, BCA, Tiket, Ayodya Resort Bali, ITDC, Investree, Wings (Isoplus) and Bukalapak.

First, second and last images © Ayodya Resort Bali

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