Liuzhou Laowai

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Water Sports Again

I’m not really sure what to make of this. It may just be an early April Fool’s Joke. Check the proposed date. But then I’ve never understood sport.

According to this report, Liuzhou is going to host some sort of competition.

The Ironman 70.3 triathlon race will take place on April 1 in Liuzhou, a city in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It is the first of five Ironman 70.3 races to be held on the Chinese mainland this year.

Encircled by green mountains and embraced by the Liu River, Liuzhou is known as “The World’s Best Natural Bonsai.”

The Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou race will begin with a 1.9-kilometer swim in the Liu River, cutting right through the center of the ctiy. Athletes will exit the water to transition next to beautiful Broom Hill Park.

The 90-kilometer bike course takes riders north out of the city following the river for 35 kilometers before crossing west though the city to begin the second loop, and the 21.1-kilometer run course offers athletes a chance to see the scenes of the city as they complete two loops through downtown Liuzhou, along both banks of the Liu River.

Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou will have 30 qualifying slots for the 2017 Ironman World Championship and 50 qualifying slots for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship available. In addition to Liuzhou, the race will also be held in Qujing, Chongqing, Hefei and Xiamen this year.

Now, for a start, I wouldn’t swim in that river under any circumstances other than imminent death. Which is what you might find if you do. It is filthy. I’ve seen too many bodies float past. Rats. dogs, pigs and people.

I am however delighted that they manage to repeat every cliché about Liuzhou from the stock party-approved phrase book

Encircled by green mountains and embraced by the Liu River, Liuzhou is known as “The World’s Best Natural Bonsai.”

No. it isn’t!

And

Athletes will exit the water to transition …

drives me into a stuttering rage.

But I guess some people might be interested.

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6 Responses to “Water Sports Again”

  1. David Says:

    What’s not to understand (apart from the continuing fabrication about water quality) ?

  2. John O Says:

    I was dead set on swimming in that river. but then I figured I’d be only going through the motions…. 🙁

  3. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    They say that the old ones are the best, but there are exceptions to prove the rule.

  4. Robert Says:

    I’ve been swimming in the river here every summer for the last five years , have never been sick and have met some interesting locals along the riverbank.

  5. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    Famous last words!

  6. Matt Says:

    I have a feeling that endurance athletes will be better guests than the motor sports variety.

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