In pictures: Challenge Salou 2021

Chief Correspondent

Sunday’s Challenge Salou on the Costa Durada, Spain once again showed how the elements can impact the best-laid plans of event organisers. High winds earlier on Sunday morning meant a cancelled swim, which was to be replaced by an opening 5km run, the event held in duathlon format.

As we reported yesterday, Lisa Norden (SWE) and Collin Chartier (USA) would come out on top.

Following up on that report – and with great thanks to regular contributor José Luis Hourcade ( – we can bring you the tale of the race in pictures.

Challenge Salou 2021 – via the lens of José Luis Hourcade

Collin Chartier
Eventual winner Collin Chartier was all smiles before the start
Braden Currie
New Zealand’s Braden Currie was looking pensive
Thomas Davis / Tom Davis
Thomas Davis with the face of a (very good swimmer) shortly after finding out the race will be a duathlon…
The men get started
Lisa Norden
Lisa Norden was ready
Lucy Hall
Lucy Hall would rather be swimming – but would still have a solid day
The women’s duathlon gets started
Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith took an early lead on the bike
Frederic Funk
Frederic Funk soon found his way to the front of the race
Josh Lewis / Joshua Lewis
Outlaw Half Nottingham winner Josh Lewis was strong on the bike
Early days in the women’s bike – Els Visser, Sara Perez Sala, Lisa Norden, Lucy Hall
Lisa Norden
Lisa Norden in full TT mode
Sam Wade
Great Britain’s Sam Wade
Tom Davis / Andrew Horsfall-Turner
Thomas Davis and Andrew Horsfall-Turner
Sara Perez Sala
Spain’s Sara Perez Sala
Robbie Deckard
The USA’s Robbie Deckard would run through to complete the podium
Els Visser
From shipwrecked to Pro triathlon – quite a life to date for Els Visser
Lucy Hall
The long-course education of London 2021 Olympian, Lucy Hall, continues
Frederic Funk
First off the bike – but Frederic Funk would fade on the run
Josh Lewis / Joshua Lewis
Josh Lewis was very impressive on the bike
The chase is on
Lisa Norden
No challenge for Lisa Norden on the run today
Lucy Hall / Sara Perez Sala
Lucy Hall battled Sara Perez Sala early on the run
Collin Chartier
Collin Chartier caught Funk on the run and was in total control
Grant Sheldon
A new format of racing for Grant Sheldon
Brett Halliwell
Brett Halliwell on the run
Els Visser
Els Visser held off Lucy Hall to finish second
Tom Davis / Thomas Davis
Thomas Davis and the unexpected duathlon
Jorik van Egdom ran clear of Braden Currie to take second place
Collin Chartier
A dominant win for Collin Chartier
Lisa Norden
Lisa Norden enjoys the finish line
Jorik van Egdom, Collin Chartier, Robbie Deckard
Men’s podium at Challenge Salou 2021
Els Visser, Lisa Norden, Lucy Hall
Lucy Hall (3rd), Lisa Norden (1st), Els Wisser (2nd)
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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