Multiple IRONMAN winner Ronnie Schildknecht, a pro athlete on the BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team, is the latest confirmed starter at the reborn TriStar triathlon in Rorschach – in the border region where Switzerland, Germany and Austria meet.
Schildknecht joins the former pro cyclist and Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara as another Swiss top athlete set to start at TriStar Switzerland on 3 September 2017. “I like to cycle this challenging and selective bike route,” said Schildknecht. “It guarantees a fair competition and burning legs!”
In addition to participating at the triathlon in Rorschach, before the race action gets under way, Ronnie Schildknecht will impart tips and information on TriStar’s online channels. He will also accompany Fabian Cancellara’s TriStar Rorschach bike route reconnoitre in August.
In 2017, TriStar is restarting with ‘new partners, a new concept and a somewhat more down-to-earth feel’. On the weekend of 2-3 September 2017, the relaunch event will take place in Rorschach, a municipality in Switzerland on the south side of Lake Constance. The town is in the border region of Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
The owners have decided to rely on strong, local partners in the implementation of the event and to use a licence structure. The medium-term plan is to expand into different countries in Europe and to be internationally active from 2020. The TriStar format with its 55.5 and 111 km distance disciplines is recognised by the International Triathlon Union (ITU).
After selling IRONMAN Klagenfurt, Georg Hochegger founded the TriStar brand in 2009. In the short period of time from 2010 to 2012 TriStar grew rapidly, with a total of 25 events being held with over 30,000 athletes in Europe, the Caribbean and North and South America.