Yesterday Jan Frodeno was allowed to step out of his comfort zone for a moment – or did he just do what he really likes because he organized the SGRAIL100 himself – by swimming 2 kilometers, riding a gravel bike for 88 kilometers and trailing another 10 kilometers. None other than the American professional athlete Collin Chartier won the “race” that Frodeno invented and in which 162 participants eventually took part. Frodeno himself took it easy at times and came in 41st.
Frodeno asked his Instagram followers at the end of September what kind of race he should do to replace the postponed World Championships in Kona, and this gravel adventure became the result of that question. In and around his hometown of Girona, there was first a 2 kilometer swim, then an 88 kilometer ride on a gravel bike through inhospitable terrain, before concluding with a tough off-road 10 kilometer run.
Collin Chartier, recent winner at Challenge Salou and runner-up at Challenge Mallorca, won the race in 4:11:46. Fastest woman was Molly Supple, who crossed the line after 5:04:49. Frodeno finished 41st and it took him 5:25:43 to complete the race. Incidentally, it was visible that almost everyone took it easy at times, made time for jokes, made videos along the way and was therefore not only concerned with the clock.