Triathlon News

275 days for the Challenge Madrid

On September 27 a new edition of the Challenge Madrid, where this year there will be many new features,

The organization published shortly after finishing the last edition, a series of measures to take, after listening to triathletes and with the desire to continue improving and offer the best competition for athletes.

Among the changes we highlight:

  • Swimming changes location
  • The dangerous sections of the M501 are suppressed
  • The numbers will be collected at the official hotel
  • On Sunday you can check your bike
  • As in 2019, the test will have two distances, the medium distance test and the Full distance.

The swimming

Swimming will take place on the Beach of the Virgen de la Nueva, also known as “the beach of Madrid”, which in 2018 was declared Blue Flag, a badge that requires compliance with standards on water quality, safety, provision of general services and environmental management. It is the first indoor beach with a blue flag in the Community of Madrid.

The distance to be traveled by triathletes in the San Juan Swamp in San Martín de Valdeiglesias will be 3.800 meters. In this installation, the T1 will be mounted, a transition place from where the test will take place by bicycle.

Place of the test: Swamp of San Juan, Beach of the New Virgin, San Martin de Valdeiglesias, 3.800 meters.


The bike test will be 180 km and will be developed by the Sierra Oeste where the mountain relief predominates that gives way to other lower areas through which the Alberche and Perales rivers run. The variety of landscapes, as well as the relief and the vegetal species that can be observed, are very valuable since this region runs between 500 and 1500 meters of altitude.

The first part of the bicycle circuit runs between the last foothills of the Sierra del Guadarrama and the first elevations of the Sierra de Gredos, in the southwest corner of the region. The predominant vegetation in this region are coniferous forests, whose most prominent species is the pine pine.

On its slopes also grow oaks, cork oaks, junipers, melojos and chestnuts, forming a typical Mediterranean forest landscape. The second part will approach Madrid passing through different villages until reaching the capital by entering the Casa de Campo where the T2 transition place will be located from where the Marathon test will leave.

Place of the test: Swamp of San Juan, Beach of the New Virgin, San Martin de Valdeiglesias-Casa de Campo, Madrid 180 Km.


After leaving the bicycle in T2, they will cross the Country House towards the Vargas Palace heading to Madrid Rio where they will make a turn to run towards Segovia Street and return to cross the King's Bridge again making another turn towards Segovia Street before going up to the downtown area through the Cuesta de la Vega and that is where you will have to do the kilometers of the race on foot.

The tour in the center will be 6 laps that runs mainly through Calle Mayor, La Almudena Cathedral, the Royal Palace, Bailen Street, the Gran Vía of San Francisco el Grande.

In its final, on the last lap, the race on foot will enter the Puerta del Sol for its arrival at "Km 0", where the Meta will be located.

Place of the test: Casa de Campo, Madrid-Puerta del Sol, Madrid, 42,195 Km.

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