The third edition of the Challenge Salou, with more than 1050 participants, was held on Sunday morning in Salou, the beach of Europe, under a blazing sun that tested the physical form of the participant triathletes.
The swimming course left a first group formed by Pablo Dapena, David Mcnamee and Jeremy Juerkiewicz and a pursuit group formed by five athletes. The cyclist course only had one name and was the one of the British David Mcnamee, dominating from beginning to end the segment. When he got off the bike his advantage was more than three minutes and his foot race was a walk as he did not see his final victory in danger at any time, making a fabulous time of 3:26:04. The great comeback in the foot race was the Valencian Emilio Aguayo, surpassing up to six rivals in this segment and reserving forces for a last change of pace that allowed him the second place with a time of 3:28:26. The third place was for the South African James Cunnama (3:28:30) with paths traced in both cycling and walking.
In women, the first to leave the water was the Englishwoman Catherine Jameson, leading the race during the cycling sector. When going down to run had an advantage of more than six minutes with respect to its persecutors. This advantage has vanished in the running on foot where a spectacular Sara Loher made the best run segment that earned her the victory of the Challenge Salou with a final time of 3:59:01. The podium was completed by Scottish Nikki Bartlet (4:00:42) thanks to her good bike and the Hungarian Erika Csomor (4:05:20).