Countdown to Challenge Bahrain – one week to go!

The countdown to the sell-out Challenge Bahrain is underway with the world's greatest triathletes, along with over 1,000 age groupers, preparing to make their way to the Kingdom of Bahrain to create triathlon history.

On 6 December a formidable start list, featuring current and previous world champions, Olympians and Commonwealth champions will line up to battle for a share of Challenge Bahrain's record-breaking USD500,000 prize purse.

Among those with their eye on the prestigious win are Sebastian Kienle (GER), Pete Jacobs (AUS), Dirk Bockel (LUX) and Michael Raelert (GER). In the women's race multiple world champion Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) leads an all star line-up that includes Rachel Joyce (GBR), Caroline Steffen (SUI), Melissa Hauschildt (AUS), Helle Frederiksen (DEN) and Radka Vodickova (CZE) as well as ITU star, Jodie Stimpson (GBR) making her long distance debut.

As befits triathlon's most eagerly anticipated event, triathlon fans around the world can watch the race unfold with full online live TV coverage from 7:00am (4:00am GMT) on race day. The coverage will be commentated by four time world champion, Chris 'Macca' McCormack and British sports commentator Oliver Wilson, joined throughout the day by special guests. Live coverage will continue until long after the pros have crossed the line, capturing every age group finisher until the course closes at 3.30pm.

Online spectators can also be directly involved in the race with the opportunity to ask the commentators questions, vote in polls and share their thoughts on the race through the integrated social media portal. The live coverage can be watched at www.challenge-bahrain.com.bh. In addition race updates will be provided through Twitter @challenge_bh and #ChallengeBahrain.

In order to promote safe and fair racing, Challenge Bahrain organisers have taken the step to introduce a 20m draft zone for pro athletes, with 35 seconds passing time. In addition Challenge Family has listened to the female pro athletes' comments and implemented a separate start from the pro men and a 30 minute gap to the following AG men, ensuring the race is truly their own.

Challenge Bahrain has a strong commitment to promoting an active and healthy lifestyle to the local community and supporting the development of local triathletes. To this end the prize purse has been extended to amateur GCC and Bahraini athletes, both male and female individuals as well as relay teams, to support the development of the sport in this emerging triathlon nation. Over 15% of the field is made up of local Bahraini athletes, many of them competing in triathlon for the first time.

The fast flat point-to-point course traverses all aspects of Bahrain's ancient civilisation, from World Heritage Sites dating back to 4,000BC to the modern architectural gem of Manama and the glamour of Formula One to a run course that is shared by animals of the Al Areen Wildlife Park. The most diverse course on the international circuit, it also promises to be one of the fastest with a sheltered swim, prevailing tail wind on the bike and fast paved surface on the run.

For further information, visit www.challenge-bahrain.com.bh.



1 Sebastian Kienle DEU 30
2 Pete Jacobs AUS 33
3 Dirk Bockel LUX 38
7 Nils Frommhold DEU 28
8 Timo Bracht DEU 39
9 Michael Raelert DEU 34
10 Dylan McNeice NZL 29
11 Tim Van Berkel AUS 30
12 Jeff Symonds CAN 29
13 Fredrik Croneborg SWE 34
14 James Cunnama RSA 31
15 Scott DeFilippis USA 34
16 Tyler Butterfield BMU 31
18 Tim Don GBR 36
19 Ritchie Nicholls GBR 27
20 Timothy O'Donnell USA 34
23 Rasmus Petræus DEN 25
25 Tim Reed AUS 29
26 Petr Vabrousek SVK 41
27 Brad Kahlefeldt AUS 35
28 Eneko Llanos ESP 38
30 Massimo Cigana ITA 40
31 Courtney Atkinson AUS 35
32 Andreas Dreitz DEU 26
33 Luke Bell AUS 35
34 Alberto Casadei ITA 29
35 Kacper Adam POL 22
36 Mauro Bärtsch DEU 29
37 Grzegorz Chuchra POL 32
38 Claerebout David LUX 27
39 Olivier Godart LUX 39
40 Deak Zsombor ROM 25
42 Kevin Thornton IRL 30
43 Botond Racz HUN 32
46 DJ Snyder USA 28
47 Allan Steen Olesen DEN 31
49 Michael Murphy AUS 25
50 Eric Watson AUS 25
51 David Pleše SVN 31
52 Fraser Cartmell GBR 32
54 Hannes Cool BEL 28
55 Sanne Swolfs BEL 27
56 Anwar Jawhar KWT 29
57 Till Schramm DEU 34




100 Mirinda Carfrae AUS 33
101 Rachel Joyce GBR 36
102 Caroline Steffen SUI 36
103 Radka Vodickova CZE 30
104 Mel Hauschildt AUS 31
105 Jodie Swallow GBR 33
106 Jodie Stimpson GBR 25
107 Meredith Kessler USA 36
109 Angela Naeth CAN 32
110 Camilla Pedersen DEN 31
112 Laurel Wassner USA 39
114 Helle Frederiksen DEN 33
116 Nikki Butterfield AUS 32
117 Carrie Lester AUS 33
118 Mary Beth Ellis USA 37
119 Erin Densham AUS 29
120 Annabel Luxford AUS 32
121 Lisa Norden SWE 30
123 Lesley Paterson GBR 34
125 Amelia Rose Watkinson NZL 23
132 Gillian Sanders RSA 33
133 Adriana FabiolaCorona MEX 34
137 Rebeccah Wassner USA 39
138 Maria Czesnik POL 37
139 Deirdre Casey IRL 32


Courtesy Challenge-Family