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Expanded transition zone at Challenge Heilbronn


Challenge Heilbronn ‘powered by Audi’ and sponsored by hep in Germany has announced further optimisations for the event’s 2020 edition, on June 21st, based on athlete feedback.

The organiser notes that the biggest optimisation is a new transition zone, which will be ‘much broader than previous editions’.

Event hosts Kai and Rik Sauser have gone through post-race feedback and ideas for improvement. They noted that an often-mentioned wish was the broadening of the transition zone. From now on, the transition from swim to bike and from bike to run will be held a bit upriver at Franken Stadium in Heilbronn.

‘There is enough space for the individual transition space and more space for the ways into the transition zone.’

To still keep the transition distances short, the swim course was also adapted. It will be swum downstream towards Neckar Island, the previous swim exit, and then back towards the stadium. Thus, the entry and the exit to the swim will be new.

The courses of the other two disciplines biking and running, have only been optimized selectively but will by and large stay the same as in 2019. There will still be a 5km looped course for the Sprint and Olympic Distance races and a 7km lap for the half distance.

“Each year we work on making the race even better, according to the Challenge Family claim ‘All for the athlete,” said Kai Sauser. “We are very pleased to finally be able to offer the athletes enough space with the new transition zone and to design their way with or without the bike as broad as necessary. Furthermore, we are happy that the Franken Stadium gives us some planning reliability for the coming years.”

Taking place on June 21st, 2020, more than 1,700 athletes have already registered. Registrations for the hep Challenge Heilbronn powered by Audi are possible until May 15th or until race slots are filled.




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