Ironman Arrival Nice Promenade des Anglais ©Activ'images


A competition dedicated to surpassing oneself, who will be the next Ironman?

See you in September 2022 in Nice for the Ironman France! Encourage or participate in an international triathlon race in a unique atmosphere. Between the sea and the mountains, take advantage of the magnificent setting of the Côte d'Azur, conducive to surpassing yourself.
Ironman is 3 events in one: swimming, cycling and marathon! The village and the Ironman exhibition are open during the 3 days of September.
Attend this mythical race and discover who will be crowned Ironman.
Discover the 2022 programme from June. In the meantime we present the 2021 programme.

Ironman Nice from the sky ©Activ'images

Ironman Nice from the sky ©Activ'images

A mythical triathlon

Ironman is one of the most mythical and well-known competitions in the world of sport. The Ironman title is one of the most coveted and respected titles in the sporting community.

The world-famous Ironman competition takes place in several cities around the world and since 2005 in Nice. The competition is open to women and men, professionals and amateurs. Each year, a woman and a man are crowned Ironman on the famous Promenade des Anglais.

For the 2021 edition, the race welcomes more than 2,000 athletes of 50 nationalities.

3 Iroman events

Ironman Nice imposes maximum times for each event.

  • Swim: 2h15
  • Bike: 10:45 (swim + bike), arrival before 13:55
  • Run: 16:00 (swim + bike + run) arrival before 22:45

In order to claim the title of Ironman Nice, you must of course do much less than the maximum time.


Ironman Nice swim ©Activ'images

Ironman Nice swim ©Activ'images

At 7.30 am, the athletes will start on the Ponchettes beach at the Quai des Etats-Unis. They will have to swim 3.8 km in the Mediterranean Sea. The course is divided into 2 loops (see photo below).

Ironman Nice swim course, 2021

Ironman Nice swim course, 2021


Ironman Nice Bike Vélo ©Activ'images

Ironman Nice Bike Vélo ©Activ'images

The second stage of the triathlon takes place in the unique landscape of the Pré-Alpes d'Azur natural park. The athletes will pedal over 180 km through the most beautiful villages of the Nice hinterland.

The stages of the cycling route :

  • Departure from Nice to the Théâtre de Verdure
  • Gattières
  • St Jeannet
  • Tourrettes sur loup
  • Courmes
  • Bramafan
  • The glue
  • Gourdon
  • Caussols
  • Greolières
  • Coursegoules
  • Binzauduns les Alpes
  • Le broc - Carros
  • St Laurent du Var
  • Arrival in Nice Promenade des Anglais.
Ironman Nice cycling course 2021

Ironman Nice cycling course 2021

There will be refreshment points along the route with toilets, water and food.


Ironman Nice 2019 race, bike ©Activ'images

Ironman Nice 2019 race, bike ©Activ'images

This difficult race ends with a 42.195 km marathon. The athletes will make 4 round trips, from the Promenade des Anglais to the airport (see photo). Each round trip represents a distance of 10.55 km.

Marathon runs

  • Start/finish: Théâtre de Verdure
  • Promenade des Anglais
  • Airport
Ironman Nice marathon run course 2021

Ironman Nice marathon run course 2021

Along the course, refreshment points are available every 1.7 km

The first arrivals are around 4pm on 12 September 2021.

did you know that

For those who do not want to do the swim part, it is possible to do Bike + Run.

Finisher's certificate

For each person who finishes the course, the Ironman Nice organisation will send a finisher certificate by email shortly after the event. The finisher certificate attests to your participation and completion of the triathlon.

Ironman Village Programme 2021

The Ironman village is the heart of the event. The entrance is free for the public and for the athletes. You will discover different exhibitors' stands, as well as the partners of Ironman Nice France. This meeting place for enthusiasts will help you discover the latest products useful to triathletes.

The Ironman exhibition is on display at Place Masséna from 9am to 7pm from Thursday 9 September to Saturday 11 September 2021.

The Ironman village is located at 30 Quai des États-Unis in Nice

Opening hours:
Thursday 9 September 10.00 - 19.00
Friday 10 September 9.00 - 19.00
Saturday 11 September 9.00 -19.00

did you know that

To keep track of your favourite athlete's race, Ironman has developed Athlete Tracker. This application allows you to track your athlete, the race schedule and get instant notifications.

2022 programme for participants

Arrival Ironman Nice 2019 ©Activ'images

Arrival Ironman Nice 2019 ©Activ'images

Discover the 2021 programme
Thursday 9 September

9:00-19:00 Number collection - Place Masséna
9:00-19:00 IRONMAN Expo - Place Masséna

Friday 10 September

9.00am - 7.00pm Number collection - Place Masséna
9.00am - 7.00pm IRONMAN Expo - Place Masséna

Saturday 11th September

9h00-15h00 Number collection - Place Masséna
9h00-19h00 IRONMAN Expo - Place Masséna
10h00 Briefing athletes
10h00 Briefing professional athletes
11h00 Press conference
14h00 à 19h00 Bike and transition bag drop off - Quai des Etats-Unis

Sunday 12 September

5.50 - 6.40 a.m. Opening of the bike park
6.40 - 7.20 a.m. Drop off of the Street Wear bag above the Ponchettes Beach

7.40 am Start of the men's professional athletes - Plage des Ponchettes
7.42 am Start of the women's professional athletes - Plage des Ponchettes
7.45 am Start of the IRONMAN France Supersapiens
9.00 am - 7.00 pm IRONMAN Shop - Quai des Etats-Unis

16:15 First athlete on the finish line
00:00 Last athlete on the finish line

Monday 13 September

9am - 1pm IRONMAN shop - Place Masséna
11am Awards ceremony - Théâtre de Verdure


Ironman Nice 2019 ©Activ'images

Ironman Nice 2019 ©Activ'images

Registration is closed for the race on 12 September 2021.

Who can participate?

From 18 years old you can participate up to 90 years old and more, men and women.

In order to know in which category you participate, Iroman has separated gender and age.
The first age range is 18-24 years and after that every 4 years: 25-29, 30-34 ...
In all 15 categories per gender, male and female.

For each age category a classification is made in addition to the general classification.

Supplies and provisions for athletes

For athletes already registered, Iroman provides you with :

Meals and refreshments

  • welcome meal of the ceremony
  • refreshment during and after the race


  • online athlete guide
  • athletes' backpacks
  • Finisher T-shirt
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Post-race massage

Ironman legends

The Ironman is the biggest triathlon in the world. This event has put the spotlight on many people. Both men and women, many athletes have made history in this mythical race.

For Women

Lyn Lemaire, Boston's champion cyclist, was the first Ironwoman in 1979 with a time of 12 hours 55 minutes and 38 seconds.
Paula Newby-Fraser holds the record for most Ironman victories with 23. Her best time is 8:50:28.
Natascha Badmann from Switzerland has 6 wins and 2nd places from 1996 to 2005. Her best time was 9h07 and 54s.

For Men

The first man to be crowned Ironman was Gordon Haller in 1978 in Hawaii.
The men's record for the number of victories is held jointly by the Americans Dave Scott and Mark Allen with 6 victories. Their best times are respectively 8h10 and 13s and 8h07 and 45s.

The history of Ironman

The creation of the Ironman dates back to February 18, 1978, following a debate on who was the toughest cyclist, runner or swimmer. John Collins decided to create a special event combining 3 big events in Hawaii:

  • Waikiki Roughwater swim: 4km swim
  • Around Oahu Bike: 179 km of cycling
  • Honolulu Marathon

He said: "Whoever finishes first, we'll call him the Iron Man".

The first Ironman was held in February 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and since then the competition has been held in different cities around the world.

On 22 June 2002, the first Ironman in France took place in Gérardmer in the Vosges. In 2005, Ironman France was established in Nice, replacing the Nice International Triathlon, which had already been held for several years. The winner of this first edition in Nice was Hervé Faure with a time of 8h49.

Spots to see the race

To encourage the participants, go to the venue at the different stages of the race:

  • Nice at the Théâtre de Verdure
  • Gattières
  • St Jeannet
  • Tourrettes sur loup
  • Courmes
  • Bramafan
  • The glue
  • Gourdon
  • Caussols
  • Greolières
  • Coursegoules
  • Binzauduns les Alpes
  • Le broc - Carros
  • St Laurent du Var
  • Nice Promenade des Anglais.
  • Nice Airport