Challenge Family has four new races on the 2021 calendar sure to keep us inspired and motivated this year. The new events include: Challenge Miami (United States), Challenge St. Pölten (Austria), Challenge Gdansk (Poland) and Challenge Vansbro (Sweden). Registration for all four inaugural events are now opened.
Some triathletes may have gotten a taste of racing on a Nascar Speedway while watching the PTO 2020 Championship at Challenge Daytona, or maybe even participating in the event. Now there’s another chance to experience the feeling of being a racing driver while on the bike. In March, Challenge Family moves south for both a second race on a Speedway and the company’s second race in the United States: Challenge Miami.
In addition to the many other events, the Middle Distance race highlights the weekend. With a lake right next to the track, everything is easily accessible at this iconic venue. Both T1 and T2 are situated right at the Speedway. After a 1.9 km swim, the bike begins with a few loops on the track so athletes can enjoy some high-speed riding before heading out onto rest of the course on closed roads. After finishing the 60-km bike course, participants put on their running shoes for the 17.7-km run, finishing up Challenge Miami’s unique distance.
Having run for 17 years, Challenge St. Pölten is one of the oldest races in Europe. With a swim in two crystal clear lakes, a closed-to-traffic bike course through the Unesco World Heritage Center Wachau, a run through picturesque downtown St. Pölten, and a finish at the Olympic Centrum, there are lots of reasons to sign up for this new Challenge Family race.
With a swim in the Baltic Sea and a unique bike through a tunnel under the Vistula river, this is a chance to explore this city of freedom and solidarity. Athletes start their race from a beach at the Baltic Sea, then embark on a bike course that is made up of three, flat and fast laps past, among other highlights, the Energa Stadion, used during the EURO2012 soccer tournament. The run course takes athletes along the beautiful Gdansk beach with a spectacular finish at the Gdansk Prior Pier.
Experience Sweden in miniature with one of the country’s highest-ranked triathlon competitions in the small town of Vanbsro. The transition area is just a few meters away from the fresh-water Västerdalälven river where the swim takes place in the beautiful water that comes straight from the mountains. Athletes then bike over a fast and flat course surrounded by forests, rivers and traditional red cottages. To finish off athletes run two laps through the center of Vansbro.