CHALLENGE FAMILY is delighted to announce a premium list of professional triathlon contenders who will line up at the start of the inaugural THE CHAMPIONSHIP 2017.
Taking place on the 3rd June at the epic x – bionic ® sphere centre in Samorin, Slovakia, the world-class team behind the event expect THE CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 to set a new standard in triathlon.
Professional athletes confirmed in the men’s category include two-time World Triathlon Series champion Richard Murray (RSA) and local star Richard Varga (SVK) who will debut their middle-distance career. They will go up against the former world champion Sebastian Kienle (GER), European Champion Andreas Dreitz (GER) and Lionel Sanders (CAN).
Also taking part in her first middle-distance race in the women’s category is Rachel Klamer (NED). She will face competition from the likes of world number three Heather Wurtele (CAN), former ITU World Cup champion Annabel Luxford (AUS) and the winner of CHALLENGE MELBOURNE 2015 Melissa Hauschildt (AUS).
Promising an unforgettable experience for professional athletes, age-groupers and spectators alike, the incredible x – bionic ® sphere centre, covering a total of 1 million square metres, will provide a spectacular backdrop to the event.
THE CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 will start with a 1.9km swim in the adjacent Danube River. On closed roads, the 90km bike course will offer unparalleled views of Samorin and the surrounding towns and villages. Athletes will cycle south of the x – bionic ® sphere towards the stunning town of Gabčíkovo, where competitors will cross the river and turn right before looping around the quaint village of Vojka nad Dunajon to head back to the transition area. The 21.1km run course will start in the heart of the x – bionic ® sphere, directing triathletes north of the centre, along the river and back towards the picturesque finish area.
With a comprehensive list of professional athletes all racing to claim their share of the 150,000 euro prize pot, the stakes to win THE CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 have been set deliberately high.
Addressing one of the sport’s most heavily debated topics in long-distance racing, THE CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 will implement a 20-metre drafting rule for all competitors on the bike course. Head of THE CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 and CEO of x – bionic ® sphere Richard Ungerhofer explains: “For a fair race we feel as though it is imperative that a 20-metre rule is implemented. As far as x – bionic ® sphere’s relationship with the event is concerned, it is partnerships like the one we have with CHALLENGE FAMILY that allow us to evolve as a sports-focused resort.”
Triathletes from more than 60 nations from Canada to New Zealand will line up at the start of the inaugural THE CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 race .
For more information on the race, the course, the full start list please visit: www.thechampionship.de