Next Saturday, October 14, the ninth edition of Challenge Paguera to Mallorca.
This year's race will be very special, among other things, because it has one of the most important teams of professionals in the world at this time.
Challenge Peguera-Mallorca has a large number of outstanding professionals every year but in 2023 the competition will reach the next level.
2 world champions in the test
Two world champions will be at the start, the British Alistair Brownlee (GBR) and German Rich Bogen.
They are possibly two of the main favorites for victory, and with the two of them alone they almost guarantee a race of the highest level.
But there is more, and that is that the German Frederic Funk (DEU) has had an impressive season, focusing on the middle distance, achieving great victories, the most recent recently in Challenge Samarkand.
The same happens with jonathan wayaffe. The Belgian may not be the biggest favorite on paper, but he is the reigning Challenge Peguera Mallorca champion and knows exactly what it takes to win a tough race like this.
The dutch Youri Keulen, perhaps the most successful middle distance athlete from the Netherlands, he is also hungry for victory. After his victory in Challenge Barcelona, he will look for the double in Mallorca.
Keulen will be joined by his compatriot Menno Koolhaas: current European Long Distance Triathlon Champion after his victory in the Almere-Amsterdam Challenge three weeks ago. There he finished with a time of 7:36:36, the eighth fastest time ever recorded in the long distance.
Other notables who will be in the battle are: Mathis Margier (FRA), winner of THE CHAMPIONSHIP 2023, Ruben Zepuntke (DEU), Simon Viain (FRA), Pablo Dapena (ESP) and William Mennesson (FRA).
Simmonds the great favorite in women
In the women's race, the professional field is smaller, but just as impressive. The big favorite is the defending champion Imogen Simmonds (SUI). Winner of CPM22, and recently winner of Challenge Barcelona, she will seek her second consecutive victory.
lucy buckingham (GBR) She will be her biggest competitor, at least on paper, after the recent battle in Barcelona Lucy will try this time to reach the first place on the podium.
The Italian Margie Santimaria (ITA) can be counted among one of the dangerous outsiders. The same happens with Diede diederiks; The Dutch triathlete hasn't been competing at the highest level for long, but she has already achieved an impressive amount of success in the last two years, including victory at the Challenge Geraardsbergen and a second place at the ANFI Challenge Gran-Canaria.
Schedules and where to watch it live
Challenge Peguera-Mallorca will take place on Saturday, October 14 with the professional start at 9:00 a.m. CEST. Live updates are on challenge-family.live.
For more, please visit www.challenge-mallorca.com.