Challenge Daytona features a stellar field

Challenge Family makes its return to North America this weekend with the inaugural Challenge Daytona. A stacked field is set to line up for Sunday's race.

| December 6, 2018 | NEWS

Cameron Wurf leads the way at Challenge Roth.

Cameron Wurf leads the way at Challenge Roth.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

After a few-year hiatus from North America, Challenge-Family is back this weekend with the inaugural Challenge Daytona event, held at the famed Daytona Speedway. The race will no-doubt live up to the "speed" moniker thanks to the stacked field that is set to attend Sunday's race, including super-bikers Cameron Wurf and Andrew Starykowicz, who will no-doubt ensure the pace is super-quick. The women's field promises to be equally as exciting thanks to a mix of Ironman and short-course veterans.

Battle on the bike

Sunday's race pits the fastest man ever over an Ironman bike course (sub-four hours at Ironman Texas), Andrew Starykowicz, against the man who has set two consecutive bike course records at the Ironman World Championship (4:09:06 in 2018), Cameron Wurf. The Australian arrives in Daytona fresh off a runner-up finish to Terenzo Bozzone at Ironman Western Australia last weekend, but has performed well at numerous back-to-back weekends throughout the year, so will remain one to watch on Sunday.

Added to the mix are former Ironman 70.3 world champion and  Olympian Andy Potts (USA) and Matt Russell (USA), who recently finished sixth at the Ironman World Championship. Other Americans to keep an eye on include Kevin Collington and Jarrod Shoemaker. Kiwi Dylan McNiece, the defending Challenge Wanaka champion, and Belgium's Pieter Heemeryck add an international flavor to the competitive field.

Olympians and Ironman vets

2008 Olympian and 2011 Pan Am champion Sarah Haskins arrives in Daytona as one of the pre-race favorites, but hers is just one of many names we can expect to be vying for the win. Former ITU competitors Alicia Kaye and Lauren Goss have also made successful moves to long-distance racing, while Meredith Kessler has always been in the distance game - she's possibly done more Ironman races than any other female pro. Add in super-runner Lisa Roberts and you have the makings of an entertaining women's race. will be covering the event, so look for pre-race interviews and much more over the next few days.