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Challenge Barcelona primed for biggest race yet


Spain’s leading triathlon, Challenge Barcelona returns to the shores of the Maresme region this Sunday 2 October, when over 1,100 triathletes from 19 nations take on the 226K course along the Mediterranean coastline.

According to the event organiser, this year’s Challenge Barcelona has enjoyed a massive 39% growth over 2010 participation rates. It was awarded the title of ‘Best Spanish Triathlon’ earlier this year by the Spanish Triathlon Federation.

The start gun will go off on Calella Beach at 8.30am CET with live updates available at www.challenge-barcelona.es.

The 2011 men’s race sees a duel between 2009 winner and local hero, Marcel Zamora (SPA) and 2010 winner, Jimmy Johnsen (DEN) but both will have to work hard for the victory with inaugural Challenge Vichy champion, Stephen Bayliss (GBR) and Alpe d’Huez Triathlon winner, Victor del Corral (SPA) both with their eye on the top prize.

In the women’s field, winner of the notoriously tough Embrunman, Erika Csomor (HUN) will go head to head with Isabelle Ferrer (FRA) and Lucy Gossage (GBR).

Challenge Barcelona is part of the Challenge Family global series of long distance triathlons, which features 13 races over three continents.