What's new: Caleb Noble and Amelia Watkinson won the men's and women's races at Challenge Taiwan, with Noble narrowly missing the course record.
Why it matters: This event marks the return of pro racing to Challenge Taiwan and showcases the strength and resilience of the athletes in the face of tough conditions.
Setting the pace:
- Over 8,000 athletes participated in the event
- Both Noble and Watkinson led their respective races from the start
What they're saying:
- Noble: "Taiwan's awesome, everyone is so welcoming, especially the triathlon community here."
- Watkinson: "I love racing in Asia, it's a great race, really well organized and I had a lot of fun."
By the numbers:
- Prize purse: €19,000
- Noble's finish time: 3:45:17
- Watkinson's finish time: 4:03:40
- Temperatures and humidity rose throughout the race
- Noble dropped his chain near the end of the bike segment, but managed to recover
- Noble's win was just 15 seconds shy of Jan Frodeno's 2018 course record
- Today's wins put Noble and Watkinson in second and third place, respectively, in the Challenge Family World Bonus rankings
The bottom line: Challenge Taiwan's 2023 edition highlighted the thriving triathlon community in Asia.