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.
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Unbelievable result for me at @challengefamily @challengealmere yesterday!!! Led from the fun until about 45km on the bike, then until the last lap of the run was holding onto 3rd. Settled with 4th in the end but absolutely thrilled!!!!!!! Time for more Heineken! #Repost @peter_speijer • • • • • @mrsdebbiegreig 4th place at #challengealmere #challengealmereamsterdam #triathlon #almere
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
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
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