Gallery: Challenge Almere-Amsterdam 2018

Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade

Race images from Challenge Almere-Amsterdam

The 2018 edition of Challenge Almere-Amsterdam took place last Saturday, possibly the longest running event in Europe. Host last year to the ETU Long Distance Triathlon Championships (won by Joe Skipper), this years race saw Slovenia’s Jaroslav Kovacic – third 12 months ago – break the long-standing record of Jan van der Marel (NED) of 7:57:46, to take the win and join the Sub-8 Club with a winning time of 7:55:44. Second place went to Australia’a Cameron Wurf, the Kona bike course record holder who continues to progress his all-round triathlon ability, finishing with a 2:52:25 marathon.

The women’s race saw another victory for Yvonne van Vlerken (NED), her third in Almere. No extending her impressive ‘most sub 9’s’ record however, the clock stopping at 9:00:03 this year. Scotland’s Debbie Greig raced well for fourth place in her first attempt at the distance.

Once again we benefit from the photography skills of José Luis Hourcade (www.joseluishourcade.com), who continues his European tour of triathlon events which provides us with a great insight into these great events.

Check out some great images from the race below

Challenge Almere-Amsterdam, Saturday 8th September 2018
3.8km / 180km / 42.2km

PRO Men

1st – Jaroslav Kovacic (SLO) – 7:55:44
2nd – Cameron Wurf (AUS) – 8:00:55
3rd – Kristian Høgenhaug (DEN) – 8:03:31
4th – Evert Scheltinga (NED) – 8:10:32
5th – Marc Unger (GER) – 8:19:29
6th – Bryan McCrystal (IRL) – 8:27:09

PRO Women

1st – Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) – 9:00:03
2nd – Els Visser (NED) – 9:16:30
3rd – Lina-Kristin Schink (GER) – 9:17:47
4th – Debbie Greig (GBR) – 9:20:39
5th – Karen Steurs (BEL) – 9:22:05
6th – Renee Kiley (AUS) – 9:33:00

Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade
Out on the swim course

Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade

Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade

Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade

Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade

Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade
Time to start cycling
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Tjardo Visser (NED)
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Cameron Wurf started with a 53:48 swim, exiting the water ninth
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Evert Scheltinga (NED) was first out of the water and eventually finished 4th
Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade
Jaroslav Kovacic (SLO)
Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade
Cameron Wurf en-route to a 4:10:49 bike time
Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade
Dirk Wijnalda (NED)
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Till Schramm (GER)
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No missing Yvonne van Vlerken
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Benjamin Feraud (FRA)
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Debbie Greig was the first female Pro out of the water
Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade
Els Visser (NED) cycled strongly and finished second on the day
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Well, it is a cycle path…
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Van Vlerken looking focussed
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It may be flat – but expect some win in Almere
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Cameron Wurf gets some fuel in

Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade

Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade
Plenty of support in The Netherlands

Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade

Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade
Van Vlerken ran a 3:07:04 marathon
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Debbie Greig on the run
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Jaroslav Kovacic (SLO) set the fastest run split
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Debbie Greig on the bridge

Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade

Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade
Yvonne van Vlerken is still winning
Challenge Almere 2018 - Jose Luis Hourcade
Jaroslav Kovacic breaks the race record