Sunday sees return of World Triathlon Powerman Long Distance Duathlon Championships

by on 29 Aug, 2023 03:35 • Español
Sunday sees return of World Triathlon Powerman Long Distance Duathlon Championships

The 2023 edition of the World Triathlon Powerman Long Distance Duathlon Championships Zofingen rings in the changes this weekend, as the course has received significant tweaks to make it even more exciting for athletes and spectators alike right from the outset on Sunday morning.

Now starting on General Guisan Street, the opening run course has been extended to 10.5km and takes in two laps and a 192m climb of the beautiful Heitere plateau, before the athletes transition onto two wheels for the slightly longer, 3 x 49km lap bike, each packing a 590m height difference.

Once the bikes are racked once again, it’s back into the shoes for 4 x 6.75km run laps - one more than previous editions - and a slightly reduced total climb of 488m with a small forest loop additional to run one.

The winning times in 2022 were just over six hours for the men, just over 6¾ hours for the women, but with these course changes the challenge is on for Matthieu Bourgeois and Melanie Maurer to reproduce those displays to defend their titles. You can watch all the action over on from 8am CEST.

Maurer was back in style after a difficult race in 2021, making the decisive move against Belgium’s Lotte Claes at the five-hour mark and then attacking the first stage of the run to take the win. Germany’s Merle Brunee was the 2021 winner as Maurer suffered from hypothermia and abandoned the race, and it looks likely that the trio will be the main challengers again this year.

The Swiss two-time bronze medallist Sarah Noemi Frieden will be eager for a big performance on home soil, and Japan’s Ai Ueda makes the logical bridge from her recent duathlon and long distance triathlon successes with a debut in this famous format.

In the men’s race, Bourgeois leads a 22-deep field, the Frenchman having put together three impressive segments 12 months ago to hold off the challenge of Seppe Odeyn (BEL). Netherlands’ Dan de Groot was a bronze medallist here back in 2019 and the versatile racer will want to forget his DSQ from last year and make another big push for the medals.

Germany’s Fabian Holbach returns after making a big impact on debut last year, knowing that a better pace over the opening run segment could see him challenging for the title this time around in one of the most stunning race settings imaginable.

Full start lists can be found here.

Related Event: 2023 World Triathlon Powerman Long Distance Duathlon Championships Zofingen
03 Sep, 2023 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Simon Jørn Hansen DEN 05:55:39
2. Emile Blondel Hermant FRA 06:02:49
3. Fabian Holbach GER 06:03:51
4. Ondrej Kubo SVK 06:08:36
5. Seppe Odeyn BEL 06:12:15
Results: Elite Women
1. Merle Brunnée GER 06:45:03
2. Melanie Maurer SUI 06:48:34
3. Lotte Claes BEL 06:53:47
4. Maja Betz GER 07:00:11
5. Ai Ueda JPN 07:09:19
Results: PTS4 Men
1. José Aureliano Valenzuela Román MEX 09:48:34
Results: PTVI Men
1. Fernando Riaño B3 ESP 09:45:33
Results: 20-24 Male AG
1. Nicholas Katsilis AUS 09:02:50
Results: 25-29 Male AG
1. Wouter Devalet BEL 06:40:18
2. Emeric Louvel FRA 07:03:11
3. Stijn Witters BEL 07:18:57
DNF. Tobias Boddez BEL DNF
Results: 30-34 Male AG
1. Tristan Beaufils FRA 06:42:48
2. Stefan Ging SUI 06:47:23
3. Andreas Bühlmann SUI 07:57:25
4. Patrick Zimmer GER 08:19:40
5. Rakibul Islam BAN 08:58:43
Results: 35-39 Male AG
1. Ronald Beckers BEL 06:49:59
2. Cédric Callewaert BEL 06:51:22
3. Christian Burkhardt GER 06:54:55
4. Stefano Valente ITA 07:08:07
5. Thomas Müller GER 07:16:20
Results: 40-44 Male AG
1. Lars Reusser GER 06:57:23
2. Benjamin Irsch GER 07:13:15
3. Nicolas Verots FRA 07:21:21
4. Stefan Marty SUI 07:27:29
5. Aki Honkasalo FIN 07:39:27
Results: 45-49 Male AG
1. Karsten Dahl DEN 06:51:56
2. Thomas Gogolin GER 07:03:08
3. Nicholas Watson USA 07:24:23
4. Werner Kranenburg NED 07:32:13
5. Jonathan Bass USA 07:58:05
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