Strong International Field Takes on Challenge Salou this Weekend
By Juno Tanaka September 29, 2021
|It’s a battle of the nations this weekend at CHALLENGESALOU. A 40-strong pro field from 14 nations will line up on the shores of the Mediterranean alongside over 500 age group athletes to take on the sixth edition of the 113km Costa Daurada race.|
In the men’s field, New Zealander Kyle Smith brings some Southern Hemisphere flavour to the field with a win at CHALLENGEWANAKA earlier this year and a third at IM New Zealand. One man who’ll be keen to ensure a Northern Hemisphere victory is German uber biker, Frederik Funk. With wins this year at CHALLENGESTPÖLTEN and the European Triathlon Championships at CHALLENGEKAISERWINKL-WALCHSEE and a third at THECHAMPIONSHIP where he owned the bike with a 1:54:39, the fast flat Salou bike course will suit him well. Add the likes of Collin Chartier (USA), Pablo Dapena (ESP) and Thomas Davis (GBR) into the mix and we can look forward to some exciting racing on 3 October.
The women’s race will see THECHAMPIONSHIP champion, Lucy Hall (GBR) and runner-up, Sara Perez Sala (ESP) meet again but there’s no chance it will be a two-woman race. Emma Bilham (SUI) favours tough, demanding courses with two wins at Alpe d’Huez under her belt but there is no doubt she’ll be in the mix on this fast flat course. Olympian, Lisa Norden (SWE) is also a strong contender, and she has some unfinished racing against Hall and Perez Sala after THECHAMPIONSHIP. Finally, add the up-and-coming Australian, Chloe Lane, to the mix and again, we have an interesting race on our hands. Lane took fourth at DATEV CHALLENGEROTH and has raced twice since in Nice and Aix-en-Provence 70.3s, taking second in Aix.
The town of Salou is located on the stunning Costa Daurada (Golden Coast) coastline and is famous for its soft sand, sheltered coves and sparkling blue sea. Coupled with Spain’s beautiful Mediterranean climate, Salou is the perfect destination not only for triathlon but combining sport with a family holiday. Its iconic palm tree-lined boulevard is also the idyllic setting for the CHALLENGESALOU transition, run course and finish line. Just 90km south west of Barcelona it is easy to reach from throughout Europe for an end-of-season hit-out in the sun.
CHALLENGESALOU takes place on Sunday 3 October with the male pro race starting at 8:00am and the female pro race at 8:15am. Follow the livestream in Spanish and English at www.challenge-family.live along with live race updates on Twitter @ChallengeFamily.
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