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The Spanish triathletes for all in the Challenge Madrid, LD European Championship

This Sunday the second edition of the Challenge Madrid will be held, one of the hardest triathlons in the world and proof that it will also be the Long Distance European Championship.

Everything is prepared so that this next Sunday, September 23, a new edition of the Challenge Madrid, one of the star tests of the franchise Challenge Family, which bets, in this full distance competition, to bring triathlon even closer to the general public, with a test that ends in the center of Madrid in the same Door of Sun.

El Challenge Madrid It is the last full distance triathlon to be held this year of the Challenge franchise and has the incentive of also being European Long Distance Championship.

The test will start in the town of Buitrago de Lozoya, where they will swim the 3800 m in the Riosequillo reservoir, on a 1.900m circuit to which the triathletes will go twice. Later the cycling segment is linear with departure from Buitrago and arrival in Madrid.

This year the organization has changed a bit the segment design for triathletes to cover 180 km. After leaving the first transition, athletes will face a tough cycling sector, with the ports of Canencia, Morcuera and Cotos. After crowning Cotos, there are a few kilometers of false plain until you reach the port of Navacerrada.

Once the Port of Navacerrada is lowered, the race will go through the municipalities of Alpedrete, Collado Villalba and Galapagar until reaching El Escorial, and from there they will continue towards Villanueva de la Cañada, Boadilla and Pozuelo de Alarcón and Madrid.

Finally the final marathon has also undergone variations, with a new circuit that will pass through places such as Calle Mayor, the Royal Palace, the Senate, the Plaza de España, the Temple of Debod or the Paseo Pintor Rosales and will maintain its goal in the 0 Km of the Puerta del Sol.

In the men's category, the Spanish team will be led by the current LD world champion Pablo Dapena that debuts in full distance and by Alejandro Santa Maria, third last year at Challenge Madrid.

The rest of the triathletes are Javi Garcia, Jose Almagro, Ramón Ejeda, Albert Moreno and Iñaki Pena-Manso. Special mention to the return of Carlos Lopez to a long distance triathlon after the hit suffered almost a year ago. Timothy From Houtem winner last year in Madrid is the big favorite. Other podium candidates are his compatriot Diego From Looy and the Croatian Andrei Vistica

For its part in the female competition there will be no Spanish representation in the selection. The American Lisa Roberts Last year's winner is the top favorite. The Portuguese are also candidates for the podium Vanessa Pereira, the British Laura Siddal or the Belgian Alexandra Tondeur

The competition will start at 7:45 with the men's elite start, 2 ′ later it will be the turn for the female elite and later the age groups and relays will do it. Challenge Madrid also grants places for the 2019 Samorin Challenge World Championship, 5 in the men's and women's PRO category, as well as slots in age groups and relays.

Finally, it must be remembered that throughout the weekend from Friday to Sunday there will be different competitions and activities organized by Challenge Madrid, in total there will be up to 7 different competition options:

  • Long Distance - European Long Distance Championship (3,8 km + 180 km + 42,2 km)
  • Relays (3,8 km + 180 km + 42,2 km)
  • Corporate World Cup (3,8 km + 180 km + 42,2 km)
  • Open Water (1,9 km + 3,8 km)
  • Big backyard Time Trial (180 km)
  • Fun Run (4km)
  • Junior Run (4km)

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