Viva Vitoria-Gasteiz

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Triathlon Vitoria-Gasteiz enjoys a huge increase in international competitors in 2016 (312 competitors, over twice as many as last year). A beautiful course, enthusiastic volunteers and welcoming community make this one of the biggest sporting events in Spain. The race offers both half- and full-distance races.

| July 6, 2016 | RACES

14 Triathlon Vitoria-Gasteiz 2014 | Some of the beautiful scenery athletes enjoy during the bike course.

Some of the beautiful scenery athletes enjoy during the bike course.

Photo >Jose Luis Hourcade

The swim takes place in Landa Provincial Park off the banks of Ulibarri-Gamboa reservoir. That’s followed by scenic bike course that winds through a variety of provincial parks. The run goes through the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, taking in many of the city’s favorite tourist attractions before finishing in the heart of the city in front of a huge crowd of passionate fans.

There are just under 2,300 athletes registered for this year’s race including the international competitors who come from 22 countries. The elite field includes athletes from Australia, Germany, Guatemala, Canada, France, Russia and, of course, Spain.

34 Triathlon Vitoria-Gasteiz 2014 | Brooke Brown won both in 2014 (pictured) and 2015.

Brooke Brown won both in 2014 (pictured) and 2015.

Photo >Jose Luis Hourcade

Two-time defending women’s champion Brooke Brown (CAN) returns to try and make it three in a row in the full-distance race. She’ll take on Germany’s Julia Bohn, who is coming off a runner-up finish at the Strongman race in Japan, Britain’s Yvette Grice and hometown hero Ruth Brito.

The men’s favorite is 2014 champ Alejandro Santamaria (SPA). He’ll face some stiff competition from countrymen Diego Paredes and Xabier Amparan.

In the women’s half it’s expected that German’s Kathrin Walter and Ullrike Schwalbe will battle for the title with Spain’s Vitoriana Aintzane Argaiz and Switzerland’s Celine Shaerer. Guatemala’s Raul Tejada, and Russia’s Stanislav Krylov will face some stiff competition in the men’s half from Spaniards Jose Estrangeiro, Uxio Abuin and Pablo Dapena.

Check back on Monday for results and a photo gallery from the event.