Finally, we get to see the top ranked athlete in the PTO ranking back in action: Jan Frodeno is confirmed to race at the inaugural Challenge Miami. On Mar. 12, 2021, an incredibly strong field will line up for a the unique-distanced race (1,600 m swim, 62.7 km bike and 16.9 km run), at the iconic Homestead-Miami Speedway.
It’s been a while since we last got to see Frodeno race. While many pro triathletes appeared in at least some sort of a race last year, the last time we saw Frodeno race was when he won the Ironman World Championship in October, 2019. The German was to race Challenge Roth in 2020, but unfortunately, like many other races, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Frodeno still plans to return to Roth in July, three years after he set the current world-best full-distance time of 7:35:39 on the fast course in the heart of Bavaria. Frodeno traditionally doesn’t do a lot of racing, which makes it extra special to see this world-class athlete toe the line at Challenge Miami.
Frodeno can expect strong competition from Lionel Sanders (CAN), Timothy O’Donnell (USA), Ben Hoffman (USA), Andrew Starykowicz (USA) – who returns to racing this year after a doping suspension in 2020 – and Rudy von Berg (USA).
Yesterday, Challenge Miami announced Lucy Charles will line up in the women’s race. We can count on an epic battle here too, with Anne Haug (GER), Paula Findlay (CAN), Sarah Crowley (AUS) and Meredith Kessler (USA). The latter invited triathletes to virtually join her during some of her training sessions on the road to Challenge Miami.