With just under three months until the inaugural Challenge Cape Town gets under way on 10 November, the city’s first middle distance triathlon will welcome some of the world’s top pro triathletes.
British triathlete Tim Don continues his incredible comeback tour at the event, some two years after a devastating bike accident in Kailua-Kona left him with a broken C2 vertebra, and saw him spend several months in a halo brace to stabilize his neck and torso while the bones healed.
“I’m super excited to be racing Challenge Cape Town,” said Tim Don. South Africa is endurance mad, and to be part of the first ever Challenge Family race here will be an amazing experience – right from the crazy swim in Big Bay with Table Mountain in the background, to the hustle and bustle of downtown Cape Town. I can’t wait!”
Shortly before his accident, the three-time Olympian had set an IRONMAN world best time of 7:40:23 in Brazil, and since returning to the tri arena, he has ‘been laser focused on continuing his stellar career’. He recently guided Dave Ellis to victory in the Paratriathlon World Cup.
Fellow UK pro triathlete Laura Siddall is also taking her place in the pro race on 10 November. “I’m really excited to be racing Challenge Cape Town in November,” she said. “I first visited South Africa on a school sports tour back in 1997 and vowed to go back. The course looks simply awesome and I’m looking forward to getting there and spending some time in Cape Town and South Africa.”
Meanwhile, Capetonian and pro triathlete Matt Trautman said “A middle distance triathlon in the Mother City has been a long time coming. It’s going to be a privilege to share this beautiful backdrop with competitors from around the world and kick-start the South African triathlon season in style.”
The above pros will be joined by a host of other top triathletes including XTERRA world champ Bradley Weiss, James Cunnama – who recently won IM 70.3 Nice – and Jeanni Seymour (USA), who recently clocked a sub-9 IM debut at the North American Champs, with ‘even more top ranked athletes joining the pro start list on a daily basis.’
“I am absolutely thrilled to welcome such a strong elite field to our inaugural race,” said Challenge Cape Town Race Director, Gary Marescia.”Staging this event is a dream come true, not only for the organising team at WorldSport, but something the triathlon community in Cape Town has been waiting for.
Challenge Cape Town will comprise a 1.9km swim in Big Bay; a 90km cycle with three turning points along the coastal road that will end with a finish through the Company’s Garden district; and a 21km run that will be completed over three laps in the Zonnebloem / District Six precinct – passing some of the city’s historical buildings and iconic landmarks in the process.