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World Champions head to Challenge Fuerteventura

European Long Distance Champion 2014, Markus Fachbach (GER) heads the men's field, joined by former duathlon World Champion, Joerie Vansteelant (BEL), CHALLENGEROTH champion Timo Bracht (GER) along with local hero, Spaniard Víctor Manuel del Corral and former European champion Ritchie Nicholls (GBR).

articleimageMarkus Fachbach

 

The women's field is equally impressive with triathlon legend and six time Hawaii champion, Natascha Badmann (SUI) lining up in the crystal clear waters of Playitas on Fuerteventura. But she is not alone. World champion and recent Challenge Dubai champion Daniela Ryf (SUI) will be standing right beside her, as will current European champion Corinne Abraham (GBR), Asa Lundstrom (SWE) and Daniela Sämmler (GER).

articleimageDaniela Ryf

The rugged beauty of the Canary Islands is the venue for Playitas CHALLENGEFUERTEVENTURA. The half distance race is known as the perfect season opener for Europeans who want to test themselves on a tough course set against the dramatic volcanic backdrop of this spectacular island.

All the action is centred around the well-known triathlon training centre of Playitas Sports Resort in southern Fuerteventura. After the swim in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the demanding bike leg includes several inclines and leads through the picturesque villages of Tuineje and Pajara. The nature of the island means the course is as much a battle of the elements as the course with strong, hot winds almost a given on the testing 90km loop.

The final half-marathon starts by weaving through Playitas Resort before heading out on a stiff climb to the lighthouse with spectacular ocean views before finishing in the heart of the resort.

To follow the race, visit www.challengefuerteventura.com. Race start at 8:00am local time on 25 April 2015.

 

Full Pro Start List

MEN
1 MARKUS FACHBACH (TEAM MOHRENWIRT-GERMANY)
2 JOERIE VANSTEELANT (IRONMANAGERS –BELGIUM)
3 TIMO BRACHT (GERMANY)
3 HORST REICHEL (DSW12 DARMSTADT –GERMANY)
4 VICTOR MANUEL DEL CORRAL MORALES (TRIACTIV LANZAROTE - SPAIN)
5 RITCHIE NICHOLLS (PPR TEAM- UK)
6 STRIJK ERIK-SIMON (INDEPENDIENT –NETHERLANDS)
7 PATRIK NILSSON (TERRIBLE TUESDAY-SWEDEN)
8 DOUGLAS ROBERTS (REDVENOM.CO.UK -UK)
9 JONATHAN CIAVATTELLA (INDEPENDIENT-ITALY)
10 MARKUS LIEBELT (SV 90 NORDHAUSEN-GERMANY)
11 MARTIN KLEINL (TLZ DONNERSKIRCHEN-AUSTRIA)
12 RORY SEXTON (INDEPENDIENT –IRLAND)
13 DANIEL HERLBAUER (PRO-TEAM MOHRENWIRT-AUSTRIA)
14 JOSEP TORRES RIERA (INDEPENDIENT-SPAIN)
15 WILL CLARKE (UPLACE BMC -UK)
16 HENRIK HYLDELUND (HADERSLEV TRI2000-DENMARK)
17 DENIS SKETAKO (SD POSAVJE - SLOVENIA)
18 STEFAN SCHMID ( POST SV WEILHEIM - GERMANY)
19 GEORGE BJÄLKEMO ( CYKEL CITY TRIATHLON – SWEDEN)
20 WILD RUEDI (INDEPENDIENT –SWITZERLAND)
21 KACPER ADAM (TRI TOUR TEAM –POLAND)

WOMEN
22 DANIELA RYF (INDEPENDIENT – SWITZERLAND)
23 CORINNE ABRAHAM (UPLACE-BMC PRO TRIATHLON TEAM-UK)
24 NATASCHA BADMANN (TONI HASLER RACE TEAM- SWITZERLAND)
25 ÅSA LUNDSTRÖM (INDEPENDIENT –SWEDEN)
26 DANIELA SÄMMLER (INDEPENDIENT –GERMANY)
27 POLLYANNE VEAZEY-LINSKILL (TRIATHLONCOACHING.UK.COM –UK)
28 RASA KAVALIAUSKAITE (METHOD TRIATHLON-LITHUANIA)
29 CATHERINE JAMESON (JACKPOT RACING TEAM-UK)
30 MICHI HERLBAUER (PRO-TAM MOHRENWIRT –AUSTRIA)
31 EIMEAR MULLAN (ALAMEDA O.N- IRLAND)

Courtesy: Challenge Family

Images: Challenge/ Getty Images

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