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Gallery: Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018

It's a race that is part of triathlon legend. The 2018 editon of the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon took place on Saturday, and we have some stunning images from the race, which saw a British athlete finish third

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A Norwegian double at the top of the legendary Gaustatoppen

Third for Great Britain’s Flora Colledge, sixth for Harry Wiltshire

The Norseman. It’s an iron-distance triathlon in Norway. As descriptions go, that’s about as close to useless as it is possible to get to give a true impression of the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon (www.nxtri.com)! Norseman is the original ‘Xtreme’ triathlon, the iconic event to which all others look towards and from which the idea of the XTRI World Tour (www.xtriworldtour.com) developed, including the likes of Celtman, Swissman and new events such as Patagonman and Hispaman.

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If ever a race is best described through images, well, the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon is probably it. Regular TRI247 contributor José Luis Hourcade (www.joseluishourcade.com) was back in Norway (having recently also provided this awesome gallery from IRONMAN Haugesund), and once again his lens has been working its magic. Enjoy the gallery below.

Great Britain’s Flora Colledge finished third in the women’s event this year (and was inside the previous course record too), with the win going to home athlete Mette Pettersen Moe (NOR).

Colledge is a real talent and a prolific racer, having also won the Swissman Xtreme Triathlon in June, ETU Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon Age-Group Gold earlier this year, the same at the Zofingen ITU Powerman World Champs last year, plus more Age-Group Gold at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Denmark. I’m not 100%, but I think that might perhaps be the first ever ‘top three’ finish for a British athlete at the Norseman?

After recent wins at the Celtman Extreme Triathlon and the Long Course Weekend in Tenby, Harry Wiltshire produced a strong debut in Norway to finish sixth.

Norseman Xtreme Triathlon – Saturday 4th August 2018
3.8km / 180km / 42.2km

MEN

1st – Allan Hovda (NOR) – 10:05:48
2nd – Kjell Magnuss Antonsen (NOR) – 10:15:35
3rd – Lars Christian Vold (NOR) – 10:16:32

6th – Harry Wiltshire (GBR) – 10:47:32
11th – Chris Stirling (GBR) – 11:08:49

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmGau6jFn04/

WOMEN

1st – Mette Pettersen Moe (NOR) – 11:16:10 (Course record)
2nd – Heini Hartikainen (FIN) – 11:22:10
3rd – Flora Colledge (GBR) – 12:00:27

Stunning images from the 2018 Norseman Xtreme Triathlon:

Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Moments of contemplation on the ferry
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Silence? Prayers? Silent prayers? Getting in the zone
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Not long now
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
It will be a long day – and that ‘thermal’ wetsuit will come in handy
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Ok, time for you lot to all jump off of this boat…
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Harry Wiltshire exited the swim on the shoulder of Eirik Ravnan (NOR)
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
An athlete with the shore in sight
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
A helping hand from the crew
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Mette Pettersen Boe (NOR) was first out of the water in 53:53
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Not much traffic here
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Blue skies this year
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Not too many issues with drafting…
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Flying the flag
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Allan Hovda would win for the third time
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Heiko Sepp from Estonia
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Keeping warm and staying visible
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Staying aero on a flat section of road
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Julie Flakne Andresen (NOR)
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
An eery mist
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Scandinavian family: Sweden supporting Norway
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
On route to victory and a course record
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Marius Elvedal going (up) to finish fifth
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
No, this isn’t a flat course
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
The end in sight?
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Allan Hovda – the elation of victory
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Kjell Magnus Antonsen could still smile at second place
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
13 wasn’t unlucky for Lars Christian Vold. He finished third.
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Not far to go for women’s champion Mette Pettersen Moe
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Use whatever style you can to make progress
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Great Britain’s Flora Colledge broke the previous course record
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Line Mari Langseth (NOR) ended the day in fourth position
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Heini Hartikainen (FIN) finished second, just 5:59 back
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
Time for a support crew selfie?!
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 - José Luis Hourcade
It’s easy to see why support crew are compulsory
John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.

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