The crazy fast times during Sunday’s Challenge Almere-Amsterdam were not only a celebration for the athletes, but also for the organization. With a winning time of 7:37:46 hours in the men’s race and seven sub-8 finishers, and a winning time of 8:32:04 hours in the women’s race with seven sub-9 finishers, Challenge Almere-Amsterdam has become one of the fastest races in the world.
Denmark’s Kristian Hogenhaug needed 7:37:46 hours to complete the race, that’s just ten minutes slower than Jan Frodeno did this year in the unofficial Tri Battle Royale, where he clocked 7:27:53 hours. It’s hard to compare times, as every race is different and weather conditions can have a big impact, but given the fact that the Tri Battle Royale was an ideal race with for instance a line that athletes could follow in the water and a special ramp in the corners on the bike course, the finish times are not considered to be official.Text continues below picture
Without taking the Tri Battle Royale into consideration, it would still be Jan Frodeno who noted the fastest time ever: 7:35:39 at Challenge Roth 2016. Now there is Hogenhaug, who raced to the second-fastest time ever. A great scenario for Challenge Almere-Amsterdam.
It also helps that seven athletes finished with a time under eight hours, while two men only reached the finish a few seconds after that special time mark.Text continues below picture
Also in the women’s race Challenge Almere-Amsterdam was put out there with Sarissa de Vries, who became World Champion in a time of 8:32:04 hours. With this finish time, she might not reach the top five of the fastest times ever, but it’s still an incredibly fast time.Text continues below picture
In the women’s race, the first seven athletes finished with a sub-9 time.