Record field lines up for Challenge Taiwan and International Professional Racing Returns
A record field of over 7,000 athletes is ready to line up at Asia’s largest long distance triathlon, Challenge Taiwan, on Saturday April 22 over both the long and middle distances. This year also sees the return of an international professional field over the middle distance for the first time since Covid restrictions lifted in the country.
Australian, Caleb Nobel heads the men’s field after narrowly missing out on a podium at Challenge Wanaka and securing third at 70.3 Tasmania. He is joined by fellow countryman, Kurt McDonald and Frenchman Kevin Portmann along with up-and-coming Kiwi pro, Ben Hamilton. They will take on local Taiwanese hero Tuan Chun Chang, fresh off a third place at 70.3 Davao.
In the women’s race, Amelia Watkinson travels to Challenge Taiwan from New Zealand and comes for nothing less than victory. Watkinson is a frequently seen athlete at Challenge Family races and is one of the most competitive athletes in the field. Australian Dimity Lee Duke and American Amy van Tassel, however, bring a hefty dose of experience and will also have their sights set on the podium. In addition, Australians Courtney Gilfillan and Cassie Heaslip are racing, ready to show the world what they are capable of.
Now in its 11th year, Challenge Taiwan, is set in southern Taiwan in Taitung on the Pacific Ocean. The course takes in the best of the spectacular ocean road and tropical rainforests as well as the local culture and that, coupled with one of the sport’s largest expos, its unrivalled atmosphere and Taiwanese welcome, has made Challenge Taiwan one of Asia’s bucket events. The start gun goes off at 7:00am local time on Saturday 21 April with live updates available at www.challenge-family.live.
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