In its third year the Château de Chantilly Triathlon has tripled in numbers with 900 competitors racing on Sunday 26 August. The popularity is not surprising with the venue deemed the ‘most charming’ out of the Markel Castle Triathlon Series of European events, which all offer a stunning castle/chateau setting.
Attended by a mix of French, British, Irish and even US and Australian competitors there was a close race for the winning prize fund. The French triathlete Cyril Viennot, member of the Beauvais Triathlon Club, defended his title after winning the Olympic distance at the Château de Chantilly Triathlon in 2011. GB triathlete, Catherine Jameson, member of GI Tri Bridgtown, took the winning female position making her a strong contender to win the Markel Castle Triathlon Series after coming first at Castle Howard last month.
The Chateau de Chantilly Triathlon is the French leg of the Markel Castle Triathlon Series, making it the last weekend event before the iconic race at Hever Castle on 29-30 September. The Château de Chantilly race provides an idyllic setting for a challenging race with the swim venue, the 2.5km Grand Canal, overlooked by the stunning Château and its gardens.
Female winner Catherine Jameson enthused, “The race was brilliant. Beautiful setting as always but I would probably say that it is the prettiest castle. The race itself was really fun to do. A flatter course than any of the UK races but the run was still tough as it was all off road with some tricky terrain. I don’t think there is any race taking place in such beautiful grounds. It had an amazing backdrop. Everyone I talked to absolutely loved it and all want to race it again next year. In my mind it is another successful Castle Triathlon race which is suitable for everyone.”
Along with a strong pool of elites, just under 100 children raced together with first timers, relay teams and experienced triathletes. Group la Poste and a team of postmen also took part this year to help promote sport and teamwork within the company. The Mayor of Chantilly joined the crowds to congratulate the participants and praised the event.