Taking place on 13-15 September, Davos in the Swiss Alps will host the Challenge Davos Festival for the third consecutive year. During the course of three days, athletes will be able to participate in various endurance events.
The highlight of the multi-sport event weekend is the Saturday, where three different triathlon formats aim to cater to all levels of athletes. The main event is the middle-distance triathlon. In addition to the triathlon competitions, a NightRun and a non-competitive bike ride ‘Ride the Alps over the Flüela’ will complete the festival weekend.
The organising team note that the program of the Challenge Davos Festival has been growing steadily. Starting on Friday evening, a NightRun over 5.4 km will take place in the Davos Kurpark. The triathlon events will also include a new, shorter format, especially designed for beginners.
Sunday sees the Ride the Alps series event over the Flüela, which is closed for motor-traffic on that day. There will be no timekeeping for the Ride the Alps event.
The Challenge Davos Middle Distance race covers 1.9km of swimming, 55.4km of cycling and finishing with a 21.1km half marathon. The start will be at 10:45 CET for the professionals, followed by the age groupers at 11:05. The swim will take place in Lake Davos.
The challenge awaits the athletes on the bike between Davos and Susch (Engadin). Here, 1770m of elevation have to be conquered by climbing the Flüela pass from both sides, peaking at 2383 m. The run course will then lead the athletes along a new route through the Matta Forest and the city of Davos.
Parallel to the middle distance triathlon, an Olympic Distance will take place over a 1.5km, swim, 28km bike and 10km run, as well as an Experience sprint distance over 1.5km swim, 17km bike and 5km run. For both races, the competitors will tackle the Flüela only from the Davos side.
Athletes in the Olympic Distance will not only compete for the win, but also for the last points in the overall ranking for the TRI Circuit series – a Swiss event series for non-professional triathletes.