YWC Sports and TEAMChallenge have announced the debut in 2010 of Challenge Copenhagen. On August 15, 2010 the Danish capital will host a truly unique long distance triathlon in an unparalleled location--the first time a capital will host a triathlon of this distance.
"We are extremely proud to include Copenhagen in our race calendar. This race will be truly amazing and we are not afraid to call it the most spectacular race course in the world," said TEAMChallenge CEO Felix Walchshöfer.
Pia Allerslev, Mayor of Culture and Leisure in Copenhagen, added: "We believe that Copenhagen, with its historic attractions, the green and international profile, easy access via Copenhagen Airport and strong infrastructure, is perfect for a full-scale international triathlon event. The door to Copenhagen is open and we look forward to embracing and welcoming athletes from all over the world!"
Spectacular course through the old city
The beautiful scenery in and around Copenhagen will be the setting for a stunning and fast course. The artificial lagoon of Amager Beach Park will host the 3.8km swim. With bridges crossing the water and a shallow seaboard, the location is perfect for both athletes and spectators. A flat bike course, closed to cars and all other traffic, runs through the center of Copenhagen to the scenic countryside of Sealand. Athletes will reenter central Copenhagen at the close of their 180km ride, then tackle a three-lap, 42.2km run along the waterfront.
On the run, athletes will pass Copenhagen' s most amazing attractions, including the Little Mermaid, Amalienborg, home of the Queen of Denmark, the new stunning Opera and the old harbor of Nyhavn. The finish line in front of the Danish Parliament will be a stunning and unique finish for athletes, spectators and sponsors.
Fantastic feeling brought to Copenhagen
Challenge Copenhagen will be a great attraction for professional and age-group athletes from around the world. With the Challenge signature on the event athletes and their supporters can be sure they' ll experience a race of the highest quality. "Challenge is more than a race series--it is a feeling!" said Thomas Veje Olsen, partner of YWC Sports. "Everybody in triathlon knows the fantastic spirit of the Quelle Challenge Roth. We believe it' s time to bring this amazing atmosphere and feeling to Copenhagen!"
Challenge Copenhagen has come to life because of a strong commitment from a variety of Danish organizations. Lars Lundov, CEO at Sport Event Denmark, the Danish national sport events organisation, said: "It is our goal that Denmark will become one of the significant sport event nations in the future, known for high professional standards within all aspects of sports event management. Challenge Copenhagen is one of the stepping stones.
Top professionals already signed on
Fifteen months prior to Challenge Copenhagen organizers are already presenting a field of strong international and Danish athletes. The Danish triathlon superstar Torbjørn Sindballe and world-class athletes Belinda Granger and Chris McDonald from Australia have already announced their participation in 2010.
"It has been a dream of mine to race in Copenhagen for a long time," said Sindballe, third at the Ironman World Championships in 2007 and a legendary breakaway king on the bike. "It is a fantastic city and a fantastic venue for large triathlon events. We are going to race on some of my favourite training routes and I look forward to showing this to triathletes from all over the world as well as bringing the positive spirit and energy of triathlon into the hearts of the people in Copenhagen."
A three-time Challenge, nine-time Ironman winner and one of the world' s strongest female triathletes, Granger is eager to take up the new race: "I am extremely excited and thrilled to be part of the new Challenge race in the heart of Copenhagen. I have never had the opportunity to visit Denmark and Copenhagen, but I have heard so many amazing stories about the city, its beauty and charm--it is going to be a surreal experience to actually race there. The course will basically be a sightseeing tour through Copenhagen."
For Granger and McDonald the race in Copenhagen is not only going to be about the challenge of racing in a new setting. With their names on the start list in both Roth and Copenhagen in 2010 they will do two full distance triathlons in only four weeks.
On the flat surroundings of Copenhagen Sindballe is certain that he will put his signature on the race with a fast bike split and a great overall performance. "On a great day with good conditions the race course will be really fast. I know each and every turn and look forward to some tough racing on home soil. The professional field is going to be strong and I will give everything to claim the victory!"
Same feeling -- new location
Grounded in the history of the world famous Quelle Challenge Roth, the Challenge series offers high-quality triathlon events in Germany, Spain, France and New Zealand. "I am confident that the race will more than live up to the Challenge name," Granger said. "Challenge races are special. They have a real family feel to them, and I can already feel this when I speak to the organizers of Challenge Copenhagen. There is such passion and commitment for the sport and that is exactly what makes ' Challenge' so special--what sets it apart from other races."
Registration opens soon
To keep up with the latest news about the Challenge Copenhagen, sign up for the race newsletter on www.challenge-copenhagen.com. Registration will open May 15. For more information about the Challenge series, visit the Quelle Challenge Roth website at www.challenge-roth.de.