23 November 2012 – Challenge Vitoria is the latest addition to the Challenge Family global series of long distance triathlons. The new full distance race was announced today in the historic Basque town of Vitoria for 28 July 2013.
Vitoria is the European Green Capital with more green spaces per capita than any other European city and the spectacular course makes the most of this stunning location. Designed in conjunction with local triathlete Eneko Llanos, the course features a 3.8km swim in the Ullibarri-Gamboa Lake in the beautiful Landa Provincial Park. The two-lap 180km bike course passes through the scenic Alava plains as well as visiting several historic Basque villages and running along side the Elguea mountain range. The final marathon starts and finishes in the cultural heart of the medieval city of Vitoria, surrounded by the spectacular architecture of the Plaza de EspaÃ±a.
â€œFollowing the successful organisation, participation and economic repercussion for the town from the ITU World Championship, Vitoria will once again reverberate with triathlon,â€ said Felix WalchshÃ¶fer, CEO of Challenge Family. â€œChallenge Vitoria will showcase this spectacular part of the Basque country to the world, attracting athletes from throughout Europe and further afield and it promises to be the biggest sporting event yet held in the city. We’re very excited to welcome Vitoria to the Challenge Family.â€
Chris McCormack, who won the ITU Long Distance World Championship title in Vitoria earlier this year, said the region was ideally suited to host a full distance triathlon. â€œThe Basque people are so welcoming, and the crowds are fantastic â€“ it’s a perfect spot for a race with its amazing history and spectacular scenery. Having won my fourth world title there, Vitoria has a special place in my heart so it’s awesome to see it join the Challenge Family. Vitoria will definitely be a stunning addition to this rapidly growing series. Another Challenge race to add to the bucket list!â€
Challenge Vitoria will join the award-winning Challenge Barcelona half and full distance races in Spain and will be organised by the same respected team. For further information visit www.challenge-vitoria.com. Challenge Vitoria brings the number of Challenge Family races to 13 across Europe, UK, North America and New Zealand. For further information, visit www.challenge-family.com or follow on Twitter @Challenge_Famil or like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChallengeFamily.