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 (www.joseluishourcade.com) – we can bring you the tale of the race in pictures.
Eventual winner Collin Chartier was all smiles before the startNew Zealand’s Braden Currie was looking pensiveThomas Davis with the face of a (very good swimmer) shortly after finding out the race will be a duathlon…The men get startedLisa Norden was readyLucy Hall would rather be swimming – but would still have a solid dayThe women’s duathlon gets startedKyle Smith took an early lead on the bikeFrederic Funk soon found his way to the front of the raceOutlaw Half Nottingham winner Josh Lewis was strong on the bikeEarly days in the women’s bike – Els Visser, Sara Perez Sala, Lisa Norden, Lucy HallLisa Norden in full TT modeGreat Britain’s Sam WadeThomas Davis and Andrew Horsfall-TurnerSpain’s Sara Perez SalaThe USA’s Robbie Deckard would run through to complete the podiumFrom shipwrecked to Pro triathlon – quite a life to date for Els VisserThe long-course education of London 2021 Olympian, Lucy Hall, continuesFirst off the bike – but Frederic Funk would fade on the runJosh Lewis was very impressive on the bikeThe chase is onNo challenge for Lisa Norden on the run todayLucy Hall battled Sara Perez Sala early on the runCollin Chartier caught Funk on the run and was in total controlA new format of racing for Grant SheldonBrett Halliwell on the runEls Visser held off Lucy Hall to finish secondThomas Davis and the unexpected duathlonJorik van Egdom ran clear of Braden Currie to take second placeA dominant win for Collin ChartierLisa Norden enjoys the finish lineMen’s podium at Challenge Salou 2021Lucy Hall (3rd), Lisa Norden (1st), Els Wisser (2nd)
Originally posted on TRI247.com. Click here to Read More.