Riccione replaces Rimini for Challenge Family in Italy

Challenge Family's Italian race will move a few miles down the coast for 2018 as Challenge Riccione replaces Challenge Rimini

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From Rimini to Riccione

It’s been a busy week of news for the Challenge Family. While we were over in Daytona Beach, Florida for the launch of Challenge Daytona (more on that HERE), there was also news from Italy.

Here is the full announcement which sees Challenge Rimini become Challenge Riccione.

Challenge Family Welcomes a New Additon To The Family With Challenge Riccione

CHALLENGEFAMILY has announced a brand new race in its global series as CHALLENGERICCIONE, a race set held in one of the most historic cities in Italy, will replace CHALLENGERIMINI.

Debuting on May 6, 2018, CHALLENGERICCIONE will maintain most of its original characteristics associated with CHALLENGERIMINI, with triathletes set to experience swimming in the calm waters of the Adriatic Sea, a cycling route leading from the sea to the green hills, and returning to the sea for a fast race path along the seafront to the finish.

“After 5 years of Challenge Rimini, we decided to change the location to give athletes and spectators a new race experience” said CHALLENGERICCIONE Race Director, Alessandro Allesandri. “We are very excited about debuting the new Challenge Riccione course to the Challenge Family”.

“The goal of Challenge Riccione is to offer an event that will showcase many of the historic features that our city can offer” continues Alessandro.“ This includes the opportunity to sample the culinary specialities of the Emilia Romagna region and experience the world famous hospitality from the hotels around the venue. We also look to offer all athletes and spectators a long weekend of relaxation before and after the race in the spa location of the Riccione Terme”

Zibi Szlufcik, CEO of CHALLENGEFAMILY says: “The beautiful city of Riccione and picturesque region of Emilia Romagna are absolutely ideal to welcome athletes from all over the world. The stunning beaches of Riccione, the warm weather and a spectacular bike course are key elements of the new Challenge Riccione, providing a brilliant early season race which we are all at Challenge Family looking forward to.”

With the debut event just around the corner CHALLENGERICCIONE will hope to establish itself as the perfect way to open the triathlon season. Triathletes can expect to enjoy the culturally rich Italian environment, the relaxing lifestyle and of course the warm and hospitable organisation from CHALLENGEFAMILY.

For more information about CHALLENGERICCIONE, 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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