Challenge Regensburg coming to Bavaria next year

Drama on the Danube: new long-distance triathlon for southern Germany

Challenge Regensburg coming next year

The Bavarian city of Regensburg – one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful – is to host a new Challenge Family long-distance triathlon in the summer of next year, finishing in the Cathedral Square of the Old Town.

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The action will start on 14 August 2016 with a 3.8km swim in Lake Guggenberger, located just outside of town, followed by a 180km cycle through the Bavarian Forest Nature Reserve, finishing with a 42.2km run along the Danube before finishing in the centre of town.

With a 1,500m total elevation, the bike leg is sure to challenge athletes – the two climbs of significance are located around the 30km and 100km marks, and have a maximum elevation of around 600m. By comparison, Ironman Wales has a nearly identical total elevation of 1,530m but a maximum elevation of 174m, making the climbs much more spread out.

Regensburg cathedral

“Regensberg is one of Germany’s most beautiful and historic towns and I have no doubt it will attract athletes and their families from all over the world,” said Challenge CEO Zibi Szlufcik.

Ironman ran its own full-distance race in the Bavarian city from 2010 to 2012 but apparently struggled to find a workable date for the 2013 edition, and it hasn’t been run since.

For more information on the new Challenge race head to www.challenge-regensburg.org.

(Images: Ulrich Oestringer / Omnidom 999)

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