This Sunday 29 July the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz will host the celebration of the World Long Distance Triathlon Championship. The event will feature a large participation of triathletes from more than 30 countries on five continents.
A test that will consist of a first 4 km swimming segment in the Landa reservoir. Then the 120 km cycling section will be held around the province of Álava, crossing towns in the Alava plain such as Ozaeta, Salvatierra, Zurbano and Durana; to finish with the 30 km race on foot through an urban circuit around the city of Vitoria with the goal set at Plaza España, in the heart of the capital of Alava.
In the male elite category we will have the local triathlete, Eneko Llanos. The Vitorian has two participations in the Olympic Games. from Sydney and Athens. Within a wide track record that includes innumerable triumphs such as the Spanish Winter Triathlon Championship, the World runner-up in the Hawaii Ironman in 2008 or the X-Terra World Championship. Eneko leaves as one of the great favorites and arrives at the appointment with the highest expectations.
Llanos will have to face Chris McCormack among others. The double Ironman World Champion from Hawaii (2007 and 2010) returns to the Long Distance after trying to qualify for the Olympic Games. From london. The Australian is the only triathlete to win the World Triathlon Championship and the ITU World Cup Olympic Distance Series in the same year, both in 1997.
They are joined by other figures on the international scene such as the French Sylvain Sudrie (winner of the LD World Championship in 2010 and runner-up in the 2012 edition of the European Championship - Challenge in Kraichgau), or the South African James Cunnama.
As for the rest of the Spanish representatives, we will be able to enjoy Miquel Blanchart, European Long Distance Champion last year in Tampere (Finland), Raúl Amatriain (current Spanish Medium Distance Champion), Richard Calle, Mikel Elguezábal and Pedro Reig.
In the elite women's category, the event will host Virginia Berasategui from Bilbao (LD European Champion in 2010 in the capital of Alava, bronze medal in the 2010 LD World Championship and third in the 2009 Hawaii Ironman, among other achievements ).
While the British Jodie Swallow (LD World Champion in Perth in 2009 and runner-up in the European Championship held in Vitoria in 2010) and the Swiss Caroline Steffen (LD World Champion in Immenstadten 2010) also aspire to rise to the more to the podium.
The 2011 European Long Distance Champion, Camilla Pedersen arrives in Vitoria after taking a fourth place in the last European Championship - Challenge in Kraichgau. Along with her, the participation of her compatriot Michelle Vesterby (LD European runner-up in 2011) also stands out.
In addition we will also have the participation of Gurutze Frades, Maider Gaztañaga and Estefanía Gómez.
At 8:37 it will be the turn of the paratriathlon. A competition that will have a notorious participation, in which it is worth highlighting the large representation of Spanish athletes. All of them will fight to get to the top of the podium in the capital of Alava.
Later, the different age groups will start to start, until 9:10 when the open test will begin.