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COURSE FAQS

Where will the event take place?

The official venue will be announced mid 2021. The climate, air and water temperature of the event location plays a critical role in a challenge of this kind. We’re looking forward to making an announcement about the venue in due course.

When will the event take place?

The event is scheduled for April 2022 with exact date TBC.

What is the swim course?

All athletes will compete on the same 2.4 mile course. The swim course will be revealed following the announcement of our event venue.

What is the bike course?

All athletes will compete on the same 112 mile course. The bike course will be revealed following the announcement of our event venue.

What is the run course?

All athletes will compete on the same 26.2 mile course. The run course will be revealed following the announcement of our event venue.

Is the course officially measured by an authorised entity?

Yes. Sub7 and Sub8 courses will be certified by regulatory body to measure the course to ensure the legitimacy of the attempts.

COMPETITION FAQS

This isn’t a real Ironman!

The Pho3nix Sub7, powered by Zwift and Pho3nix Sub8, powered by Zwift attempts are private events, and are not associated with Ironman or any other organiser. The Pho3nix Sub7 and Pho3nix Sub8 attempts aim to create a new world standard of human performance through the engagement of four of the greatest triathletes on earth in an attempt to achieve what is believed impossible; to break seven hours for a man, and eight hours for a woman, over the Sub7 | Sub8 distance of triathlon.

As well as pushing the limits of human performance, the Sub7 and Sub8 attempts aim to promote the work of the Pho3nix Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting physical activity among children.

What is the current fastest male iron-distance time?

7:35:39 Jan Frodeno [DEU] 2016 Challenge Roth.

What is the current fastest female iron-distance time?
8:18:13 Chrissie Wellington [GBR] 2011 Challenge Roth.
Why are you allowing pacemakers?
To break the 7 hour and 8 hour mark, our competitors will be assisted by some of the best single discipline athletes in the world. This will allow them to measure their effort, conserve energy and control their pace in order to achieve the fastest possible time. In no way will our pacing athletes physically assist our competitors at any time during the attempt.
Is the event conducted in accordance with World Triathlon rules?

The Sub 7 | Sub 8 race rules have been adopted from both World Triathlon and Union Cycliste Internationale.

How many pacemakers are allowed per discipline?

The number of pacemaker athletes used for each leg will be determined by the individual athletes in consultation with the race organiser.

Is there an anti-doping policy?

All athletes involved will be subject to WADA anti-doping compliance under the Sub 7 | Sub 8 rules.

How is the event timed?

We will be partnering with a Timing and Technical company to deliver all aspects required to the highest standard, ensuring the legitimacy of the attempts.

How were the athletes selected?

Each athlete was selected for their ability to achieve the outcome, although all four will employ very different tactics in their pursuit of a Sub 7 or Sub 8 time.

What are the rules?

See the rules here.

Are there any time penalties awarded during the race?

This is a draft legal event, and as such no penalties for drafting apply. For other situations in which penalties may be applied, please refer to the rules here.

Can an athlete be disqualified?

Athletes will incur a time penalty for any infractions.

Can an athlete protest a result?

Yes. There will be an appeals process.

What kind of wetsuit can the athletes wear?

Athletes will be able to develop new wetsuits designed to give them maximum support during the swim leg.

Are there any minimum water temperatures for a wetsuit swim?

No. Athletes are free to wear wetsuits regardless of the water temperature.

Are there any restrictions on what bike, and components, an athlete can use?

Any equipment used by the athletes will comply with World Triathlon and Union Cycliste International rules.

Is drafting legal on the bike leg?

Each athlete will be allowed ten (10) support athletes (pacemakers) to assist them in their attempt. These support athletes can be used in any combination for any discipline during the attempt, and do not need to complete any set distance. Support athletes can be used multiple times within a single discipline, and for more than one discipline. Athletes can utilise draft from their support athletes with no restriction, but cannot physically assist them at any time.

What technical officials are on course for the event?

Experienced triathlon technical officials will be engaged to enforce the rules and athlete safety.

Do they all start at the same time?

Start times will be determined once the venue and course is designed and approved.

ATHLETES FAQS

What is Alistair Brownlee’s fastest Iron-distance time?

7:45:21, set at Ironman Western Australia in 2019, a new race record.

What is Kristian Blummenfelt’s fastest Iron-distance time?

He is the current world record holder over the half distance at 3:25:21, but is yet to race the full distance.

What is Lucy Charles-Barclay’s fastest Iron-distance time?

Lucy holds the second fastest time in Ironman World Championship history with 8:36:24.

What is Nicola Spirig’s fastest Iron-distance time?

9:14:07, set at the Ironman Cozumel in 2014, which she won on her Ironman debut.

Who are Alistair Brownlee’s pacemakers?

Announced in 2021.

Who are Kristian Blummenfelt’s pacemakers?

Announced in 2021.

Who are Lucy Charles-Barclay’s pacemakers?

Announced in 2021.

Who are Nicola Spirig’s pacemakers?

Announced in 2021.

GENERAL FAQS

What is the purpose of Pho3nix Sub7, powered by Zwift and Pho3nix Sub8, powered by Zwift?

The Sub7 and Sub8 attempts aim to create a new world standard of human performance through the engagement of four of the greatest triathletes on earth to achieve what is believed impossible; to break seven hours for a man, and eight hours for a woman, over the full distance of triathlon [2.4 mile swim | 112 mile bike | 26.2 mile run].

As well as pushing the limits of human performance, the Sub7 and Sub8 attempts aim to promote the work of the Pho3nix Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting physical activity among children.

What is Pho3nix?

The Pho3nix Foundation is a not for profit organisation focused on creating a worldwide inter-generational legacy where the inclusion of sport in a young person’s life is seen as being integral to their development as a human being.

Who is Pho3nix Founder, Sebastian Kulczyk?

Sebastian Kulczyk is a third generation Polish entrepreneur and investor. Sebastian is passionate about supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs in his region and investing in projects with a commitment towards social responsibility.

Investment in the Phoenix Foundation is closely aligned with his passions, values ​​and lifestyle.

Can I attend Pho3nix Sub7, powered by Zwift and Pho3nix Sub8, powered by Zwift as a spectator?

Yes! You will be able to attend the event and we will be offering exclusive travel packages via our website. These will be in accordance with any restrictions at the time regarding COVID-19.

Is there any prize money?

Yes. Athletes will be given a participation fee, and a bonus for breaking 7 or 8 hours.

Is this endorsed by World Triathlon, Challenge or Ironman?

The Pho3nix Sub7, powered by Zwift and Pho3nix Sub8, powered by Zwift Project is a private event of Pho3nix Foundation and Mana Sports and Entertainment Group.

Can I volunteer?

Yes. We will advise details of the positions required closer to the event.

Where can I watch it?

The Pho3nix Sub7, powered by Zwift and Pho3nix Sub8, powered by Zwift attempts will be broadcast live and documented in a theatrical documentary following the attempts. Full details of where and when to watch will be made available closer to the event.

Can I buy a Pho3nix Sub7, powered by Zwift and Pho3nix Sub8, powered by Zwift Kit?

Yes. Official Pho3nix Sub7, powered by Zwift and Pho3nix Sub8, powered by Zwift merchandise will be available for purchase later in 2021.

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