4x world champion triathlete Tim Don and XTERRA World Champion Mauricio Mendez are squaring off this December at the Patagonman event in Chile. And they both plan to bring a team of athletes with them.
After a first edition in 2018, Patagonman will be back to Aysen, Patagonia, in Chile, on December, 1st 2019. Team Don and Team Mau will offer a total of 10 athletes the opportunity to race the sold-out Patagonman event. Athletes will train and prepare under Tim and Mauricio’s direction and support a local charity ‘all while enjoying some world-class product support from each athlete’s sponsors.’
As one of the newest extreme triathlons, Patagonman has received praise for its Chilean scenery, the challenging terrain, and the overall experience at its 2018 race debut. With the support from the legendary Norseman event, the Patagonman takes place in Aysén, considered the jewel of Patagonia and ‘one of the most beautiful places on the planet’.
Limited to just 300 participants, the race organizers had more than double the capacity via a waiting list at the start of 2019. The team issued a lottery system to allocate slots for the now sold-out December event. With the return of defending champion Mauricio Mendez and the latest challenger, Tim Don, the race organizers and management behind Don and Mendez created the RaceWithLegends platform.
This offer athletes a chance to race Patagonman as part of a 5-man team captained by the world’s best that includes coaching, team kit, and a tie-in with a local Patagonian charity.
Each athlete accepting the challenge will receive:
- A slot to race Patagonman 2019
- Five months of personalized coaching provided by team captains Don and Mendez
- A team specific race kit and product support from the athletes’ sponsors
- Race week team experiences and personal guidance from team captains
- Recognition of the team specific local charity support
Patagonman organisers added, ‘With a firm limit of just five team spots per captain, athletes are sure to get an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime experience to train and race a legendary event under the guidance of a legendary athlete.’
Taking in the scenic backdrop of Patagonia, the event is part of the XTRI WORLD TOUR circuit. It is supported by Norseman, the iconic long-distance race, that has gone from point to point and from fjord to mountain in Norway since 2003.
The long distance PATAGONMAN XTRI involves a 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2 km run. However, the organising team in Chile point to a difference in the point-to-point course in Patagonia, with ‘a unique surrounding and extreme conditions’. As with Norseman in Norway, the swim leg of PATAGONMAN XTRI starts with a jump from a ferry boat. Here, athletes plunge into the icy-cold waters of the Aysén Fjord (10-12°C) and then swim back to Puerto Chacabuco.
The race is supported by the Chile Olympic Committee, the National Sports Institute, Bureau of National Tourism, the Armada de Chile and local authorities. Sponsor partners included Zoot Sports, Naviera Austral, Merrell and Puerto Chacabuco.