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TriStar111 Madrid hits Spain

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Taking place this coming weekend, on Sunday 3 July from 8:00am in the Casa de Campo, the inaugural edition of the TriStar111 Madrid will be held. The format consists of a 1K swim, 100K bike ride and 10K run in the Casa de Campo.

TriStar111 Madrid was officially presented today at the facilities of the Reebok Sports Club in La Finca. According to the latest release from the event organisers, approximately 100 athletes will compete in this fun and exciting event.

The ITU (International Triathlon Union) officially recognised the TriStar distances in late May, and the TriStar111 Madrid event itself is organised by StarEvents and the Madrid Triathlon Federation (MTF).

Lorenzo Bernal, the President of the MTF has highlighted the good design of the course stating that, “It will be a journey in a natural environment, tough and selective increases in the 10 loops to Cerro Garabitas ascent. It is unduly burdensome, it is quite plain, but with the passage of the laps can be difficult if athletes don’t regulate their efforts.

“I think it’s good and a healthy addition to the traditional ITU distances, [and] will attract varied numbers of athletes to come and try a triathlon. I hope this race will be consolidated and in the years to come many more triathletes will choose Madrid to race. I think after the first experience many more people will be encouraged for future editions.”

Madrid joins the list of global TriStar destinations: Split (CRO), Nevis (SKN), Mallorca (ESP), Worms (GER), Minnesota (USA), Lyon (FRA), Otepää (EST), Monaco (MON) and Sardinia (ITA).

The TriStar label is owned by Star Production SARL, a Monaco based company specialised in organising high quality sports events that are focused on fun, social responsibility and environmental protection. The TriStar Series has grown to 15 races in these 10 destinations in less than two years. TriStar has introduced new distances to the sport of triathlon (i.e. 111K and 222K), as well as a new Team Racing Concept (in Madrid). TriStar111 Madrid is open to individual athletes and to relay teams composed of two or three participants.

Macca not to race Madrid
A disappointment for the TriStar111 Madrid organisers, but not unexpected, Chris McCormack, the reigning Ironman World Champion has made clear his intentions that, with an Olympic focus at present, the current TriStar111 Madrid race does not fit into his racing and training schedule.

Currently based in Aix les Bains France, with the Australian shadow Olympic Triathlon Team, McCormack informed Star Events that his participation in Madrid was not a definite until he could assess his progress with the Australian Team. The change in format of the event made things difficult to justify with his coaching staff, and a late withdrawal had to be made as he looks at racing the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Hamburg event and onto London in his highly publicised assault at Australian Olympic selection.

McCormack has made it very clear that he hopes to return to racing the TriStar series this season and is working with the team at Star Events to lock in more races in their growing calendar of races around Europe and the rest of world. McCormack who raced in Nevis and Malloroca under the TriStar banner this year has been a solid supporter of this new series over the past two years.

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