Racing below sea level, on a completely flat and therefore fast course; that’s Challenge Almere-Amsterdam. But make sure to don’t underestimate the wind that always blows in the Netherlands, because it will make this race guaranteed tough. On September 10 of this year all the action will unfold; then the European Championships Long Distance will take place in Almere.
Today that’s exactly 150 days away and so the countdown has begun. Challenge Almere-Amsterdam proved to be one of the fastest races in the world last year – when the World Championships Long Distance was held in The Netherlands. Dane Kristian Hogenhaug finished after a phenomenal 7:37:46 and thus became World Champion, while Dutch and local favorite Sarissa de Vries crossed the finish line after 8:32:05 and also became the best athlete in the world. In addition, almost all course records and dozens of national records were broken in Almere on that day.
Registration for Challenge Almere-Amsterdam is open of course, both for the European Championships Long Distance and for the Open Series. In addition to the Long Distance, there is also a Middle Distance, a Junior Challenge and numerous other side events. Traditionally, a lot of world-class pro athletes will race at Challenge Almere-Amsterdam and this year will be no different.