Challenge Davos Festival slated for September 16 and 17

The highest town in Europe will host a brand new Challenge Family event in September.

| May 2, 2017 | NEWS

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At 1,560 it's the highest town in Europe and, this September, it will host a Challenge Festival of races including a half-distance (with a modified bike leg), short-distance (that will be part of Switzerland's national Tri Circuit series) and unique time trial race that can be covered on a bike, roller skis, inline skates or by running.

Sven Riederer, who represented Switzerland at four Olympic games and took the bronze medal in Athens in 2004 is one of the organizers of the event. 

“I am looking forward to establishing this exciting new triathlon destination together withChallenge Family and the local organization team," Riederer says. "In Davos, we can offer unique courses, which you won’t find elsewhere. The wonderful mountain landscape is a welcome contrast to other triathlon events.”

The courses will take in the stunning backdrops that surround Davos on closed roads. Saturday's race will include a 1.5 km swim in Lake Davos followed by a 24 km bike through the Flüelapass (a high mountain pass) - athletes will likely find that they take the same amount of time for this bike as they would for a typical 40 km bike that is normal for standard-distance racing. The 10 km run follows the shores of Lake Davos.

The half-distance race will include a 1.9 km swim in Lake Davos followed by the ride up and over the Flüelapass. The 50 km bike ride includes 1,770 m of climbing. The 21.1 km run will follow the picturesque lake.

The Flüela Challenge is a 12 km time trial that climbs 815 m. Athletes can bike, roller ski, inline skate or run the event.

The event promises to be entertaining for the entire family thanks to the side events (time trials, kids running events) along with the many sport and cultural opportunities available in Davos.

Click here for more information about the Challenge Davos Festival.