Ali Brownlee to race Challenge’s middle distance championship

Double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee has announced he will race ‘The Championship 2017’ on the 3 June in Samorin, Slovakia.


This new middle-distance championship is for professional and age-group triathletes alike, and has been organised by Challenge Family. To ensure racing is fair for all a 20 metre draft rule has been implemented on the bike leg.

Alistair’s announcement follows his two middle-distance wins, at Gloria Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria and the North American Pro Championship in Utah.

The field includes fellow ITU racers Richard Murray (RSA) and Richard Varga (SVK), who will both be debuting at the middle distance, as well as German athletes Sebastian Kienle and Andreas Dreitz

Alistair said: “There is a good field assembled for The Championship 2017 so I am excited to race, especially as the venue looks amazing. The bike course is relatively flat but the 20m draft rule will keep everyone honest and it should be a good race.” 

The event will take place at the incredible x-bionic® sphere in Samorin, Slovakia.

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“Not only is Alistair a remarkable sportsman in his own right, he is also a great ambassador for the sport and we look forward to welcoming him to the start line,” said Zibi Szlufcik, Challenge Family CEO.


“The Championship 2017 line-up is full of exceptional talent and big names who, I have no doubt, will all put on a hard and fast race at the stunning x-bionic® sphere next month.”

Alistair Brownlee’s key triathlon training sessions

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