Challenge Family has heralded the success of The Championship, its flagship event at the x-bionic sphere sports facility in Slovakia. The organising team has released videos to accompany the recent event, which is a qualifier for Challenge Family races across the world. The race concluded this month, on 3 June 2017, with Lionel Sanders (CAN) and Lucy Charles (GBR) crowned the winners of the inaugural The Championship 2017, and both athletes claiming their share of the €150,000 prize pot.
Athletes from 57 nations lined up alongside the Danube River – in the shadow of the x-bionic sphere facility. The middle-distance The Championship 2017 (1.9km swim, 90km cycle, 21km run) saw favourable conditions, with light winds and a temperature of 20-28ºC (68-82ºF).
“It was amazing to see all these athletes competing so closely against each other on the race course,” said CEO of Challenge Family, Zibi Szlufcik. “With a 20 metre draft rule on the bike leg, deliberately hosting the inaugural event here at the outstanding x-bionic sphere, and after announcing the best line-up of professionals ever in the history of middle-distance racing, it is safe to say that we have delivered our promise to set a new standard in triathlon.”
“The venue really does come to life when these type of events come to town,” added Head of The Championship 2017 and CEO of x-bionic sphere Richard Ungerhofer. “It’s great to see the venue hosting such incredibly tight and dramatic racing. We have done our utmost to ensure that we put together a strong, fair and enjoyable race for all.”
The x-bionic sphere, Slovakia’s official Olympic training centre, was the backdrop of the start, transition and finishing stages of the event, creating ‘an exceptional spectator experience for those watching from the side-lines’.
Those who were not able to make it to Šamorín, Slovakia, for The Championship 2017 did not miss out on any of the action, as Challenge Family live-streamed the event on its website with live commentary throughout.
Challenge Family is ‘the fastest growing global triathlon series’. With 44 full and middle distances in 26 different countries, Challenge Family argues that it is changing the face of triathlon around the world. With a focus on courses in iconic destinations, the company adds that no Challenge Family race is like another… ‘Focusing on delivering the race of a lifetime to athletes of all ages and abilities, Challenge Family races provide memorable experiences that capture all the excitement and emotions of this inspirational sport.’