Challenge Turku in Finland is ready to welcome a strong field of pro athletes. The race takes place on 12th August and has over 30 pros, both men and women, on the starting line. “We are thrilled to see such a world class roster of pro athletes, but just as thrilled about all those competitive age groupers showing up in Turku,” said Race Director Heikki Jaatinen.
Probably the biggest contender at the men’s race this weekend will be Sebastian Kienle. It’s the first time the German winner of DATEV Challenge Roth will travel to Finland. Kienle said “I expect an amazing race and was thrilled by the video on the website of Challenge Turku. The place looks absolutely perfect for triathlon. When I put a bib number on, it’s race time. I’m going to give my absolute best.”
He added, “It’s a strong pro field but I was expecting this because the Challenge Family World Bonus attracts more and more good athletes hunting the ‘jackpot’. Pablo [Gonzalez Dapena] especially is definitely one to watch for. He is a very good swimmer and an amazing runner, so I’ll have to put some pressure on him on the bike. It’s going to be a really tough one.”
In the women’s race there is a lot to expect from Yvonne van Vlerken and Ewa Komander, who came 2nd and 4th respectively last year. They’ll be getting serious competition from women such as Challenge Roma winner Sarah Lewis, as well as Frankie Sanjana and Bianca Steurer.
Challenge Turku Race Director Heikki Jaatinen, added “Our race is not aiming to be the biggest in the world, but it is, and will be one of the best in quality. The amazing volunteers in Turku and its welcoming citizens will guarantee that the spirit of Turku will be transmitted to our athletes along the courses. We are happy to see so many athletes taking part in all our races including Junior Challenge, Challenge4All and sprint races. This year we will also host the National Student Championships.”