Alistair Brownlee to race ‘The Championship’

He might not be racing IRONMAN 70.3 Barcelona this weekend - but Alistair Brownlee has his next race booked: The Championship in Samorin...

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Alistair Brownlee’s next race is confirmed…


The Championship – Saturday 3rd June 2017 – Samorin, Slovakia

Following IRONMAN 70.3 St. George, we’ll be seeing a rematch with Lionel Sanders, Sebastian Kienle and many more. Interestingly, this race falls only eight days prior to the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds, which Alistair has also committed to racing in his home town.

Unlike St. George, a flat and fast course might well play to the pure power / TT skills of the likes of Sanders and Kienle. This one will be one to follow, for sure.

Here is the full announcement from Challenge Family. Whether it is the “best line-up of professionals ever in the history of middle-distance racing” or not – it is certainly a strong field…

Alistair Brownlee To Race Challenge Family’s Inaugural Championship Middle-Distance Event

CHALLENGE​FAMILY ​is delighted to announce the best line-up of professionals ever in the history of middle-distance racing after confirming that Alistair Brownlee will race in THE​CHAMPIONSHIP ​2017​ ​on the 3rd June in Samorin, Slovakia.

Alistair’s announcement follows his remarkable first middle-distance win at Gloria Challenge Mog​á​n Gran Canaria on 22nd April, where he stripped 10 minutes and 35 seconds off the previous course record (final time: 04:03:09).

Commenting ahead of his participation at the event, Alistair said: “​I had a great experience at Gloria Challenge Mog​á​n Gran Canaria​, I was really well looked after. There is a good field assembled for THE​CHAMPIONSHIP​ 2017 so I am excited to race, especially as the venue looks amazing. The bike course is relatively flat but the 20m draft rule will keep everyone honest and it should be a good race.”

The double Olympic and two-time ITU World Triathlon Series Champion will race against fellow ITU World Triathlon Series athlete Richard Murray (RSA) and training partner Richard Varga (SVK), who will both use the race to debut their middle-distance triathlon careers.

The short course athletes will take on former long course World Champion Sebastian Kienle (GER) and European Champion Andreas Dreitz (GER) and go head to head to claim their share of the 150,000 Euro prize pot.

“Not only is Alistair a remarkable sportsman in his own right, he is also a great ambassador for the sport and we look forward to welcoming him to the start line,” said Zibi Szlufcik, CHALLENGE​FAMILY CEO. “​THE​CHAMPIONSHIP ​2017 line-up is full of exceptional talent and big names who, I have no doubt, will all put on a hard and fast race at the stunning x​-​bionic​® sphere next month.”

The course of ​THE​CHAMPIONSHIP​ ​2017​ ​has been designed so that the ​x​-​bionic​® sphere, Slovakia’s official Olympic training centre, will form the backdrop of the start, transition and finishing stages of the event. To ensure that racing is fair for all, a 20 metre draft rule has been implemented during the bike leg.

Head of ​THE​CHAMPIONSHIP ​2017​, ​and​ ​CEO of x​-​bionic​® sphere,​ Richard Ungerhofer said: “The venue itself was designed to host large international events like THECHAMPIONSHIP​ ​2017, as well as facilitating athletes on training camps.

“It’s fabulous how the event, the venue and the new 20 metre draft rule – has attracted the interest of professionals from all over the world. I’m looking forward to witness how the the former sprint champions on the ITU World Triathlon Series circuit will fair against the long-distance professionals.”

For more information on the race, the course and the full start list please visit:

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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