Javier Gomez highlights a top field at Challenge Prague

Javier Gomez headlines an impressive field set to compete at Challenge Prague this weekend.

| July 25, 2018 | RACES

Swimming at the Charles Bridge, Challenge Prague offers a picturesque backdrop.

Swimming at the Charles Bridge, Challenge Prague offers a picturesque backdrop.

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In just its second year, Challenge Prague is set to host a stellar field and has sold out - a tribute to the atmosphere and organization of this event held in one of Europe's most scenic cities.

The pro field is highlighted by five-time ITU world champion Javier Gomez, who will take on a tough men's field that includes Spaniard Pablo Dapena, who won the ITU Long Distance World Championship in Fyn, Denmark a few weeks ago. Others to watch include last year's champion, Peter Heemeryck (BEL), German star Maurice Clavel, who made his long-distance debut at Challenge Roth last year and finished third, South Africa's Matt Trautman. Czech Petr Vabrousek will also garner lots of attention.

The women's field features Great Britain's Laura Siddall, who has already taken a pair of Ironman wins in New Zealand and Australia this year, not to mention a runner-up finish at Challenge Wanaka and a fourth-place finish at Challenge Roth. She'll take on American Lisa Roberts, who won a pair of Ironman races last year in Louisville and Cozumel, Czech Simona Krivankova, who finished second at the Israman triathlon earlier this year, Canadian Kirsty Jahn, Austrian Eva Wutti, Belgian Katrien Verstuyft and Poland's Agnieszka Jerzyk.

The middle-distance race starts in the Vltava River at noon at the historic Charles Bridge. After the 1.9 km swim, the athletes take on a two-loop, 90 km bike over a mainly flat course. The race finishes with a four-loop, 21 km run along the Vltava before entering the finish area at the Charles Bridge.