From Beyond Going Long
Mauritius is famous in the UK as a honeymoon and luxury holiday destination, so how come it’s now hosting an off-road triathlon, and given the glossy brochures showing amazing beaches, why is it using a small inland lake in the mountainous centre of the Island?
Get Muddy is now in its 3rd year,last year it was an official Xterra race with qualifying slots to Maui. The race is held on the Bois Cheri Tea Estate, which is well worth a visit anyway. Hundreds of labourers manicure the tea bushes and keep the grounds pristine. The swim section of the race is a three lap affair overlooked by a restaurant where you get food and taste freshly picked tea in a variety of flavours. The views from the transition area (next to the restaurant), stretch all the way to the Indian Ocean some 20km down the hill. It’s the best transition view of any race I’ve been to.
The things the tourists in their 5 star All-Inclusive resorts miss when they visit this amazing Island can be seen on the way to the race. Many of the locals have Indian roots and the food smells and brightly coloured painted shops and the energy passing through the villages on the way to the venue is amazing.