Challenge Family have announced a new event in Switzerland, the Challenge Davos Festival. Taking place September16-17 it will include a middle-distance triathlon, as well as a range of shorter distance events that form part of the national Swiss Tri Circuit.
The festival also features a 12 km time trial, The Flüela Challenge, that athletes can either bike, roller ski, inline skate or run.
On Saturday competitiors in the Olympic distance triathlon will swim 1.5km in the clear waters of Lake Davos before biking a 24km bike course. This course will take the athletes up to the high mountain pass Flüelapass, which has an elevation of 2,383 metres.
Although the bike course is shorter in distance than in other Olympic distance tris the time needed to complete it will approximately be the same as an Olympic distance triathlon elsewhere.
The run leg will take athletes along the shores of Lake Davos before heading towards the finish line.
On Sunday the middle-distance tri will start at the edge of the beautiful Lake Davos where athletes will swim 1.9km, before cycling the 50km bike leg, which includes having to conquer the Flüelapass from each side.
The final third of the race will take athletes on a 21.1km run around the picturesque lake.
OC president, a water ambassador and former Swiss Olympic Triathlon coach, Ernst Bromeis, said: “It’s a dream to organise an event at the Flüelapass. It’s a unique experience to enjoy the scenery in silence and to hear only your own breathing rhythm, the wind and the flowing water. I would like to thank the authorities and the Destination Davos-Klosters for great cooperation.”