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Posted: June 28, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Triathlon: Challenge Series to debut new Austrian race in 2010; applications available in July

ROTH/WALCHSEE--The worldwide Challenge family is welcoming a new member. On 5 September 2010, the Kaufhaus Tyrol Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl will debut at the foot of the Kaisergebirge mountains in Austria. The beautiful Kaiserwinkl region, only a stone's throw from the German border, will be the location of the first Challenge triathlon in Austria--and it will provide a dreamlike backdrop for an extraordinary event over a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21.1km run.

The course with breathtaking views
The swim course will be in the Walchsee lake at the foot of the Kaisergebirge. The lake is 25 metres deep, has a temperature of 20 and 24 degrees Celsius and drinking-water quality. The bike course takes athletes through the picturesque Pillerseetal valley via Kössen to Hochfilzen, already well-known among athletes for its biathlons. The course takes the athletes down to St. Johann on a smooth road and through an interesting landscape, then to Schwendt before the return trip to the Walchsee lake. Altogether the athletes will have to deal with an altitude difference of 800 metres on the bike course. The three-lap run course along the lake promenade has some slight hills as it passes farms, fields and meadows around the lake while offering beautiful views of the Kaisergebirge and the Walchsee. The finish will be by the lake.

The eighth location of the Challenge series in the "Kaiserwinkl" region in Tyrol will add another attraction to the global series, which now includes races in Roth, Germany; Wanaka, New Zealand; Niederbronn-Les-Bains, France; Barcelona, Spain (two events); Kraichgau, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark (as of 2010).

Perfect location and date
But it's not just the course in the middle of beautiful mountain scenery that will guarantee a successful premiere of the Kaufhaus Tyrol Challenge Walchsee Kaiserwinkl. "I am very much looking forward to the race in Tyrol. Austria is an important market for us," said Felix Walchshöfer, organizer of the Challenge series. "The location is conveniently situated just across the German-Austrian border near the city of Kufstein, which will be a big advantage for German athletes. And the airports of Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck are only an hour's drive away. The date at the beginning of September has also been well chosen, since the new Challenge half-distance triathlon will certainly be a special highlight at the end of the European triathlon season."

Race organizers are glad to cooperate with the Walchsee community authorities because they are experienced in organizing big sports events. Mayor Andreas Mayr says: "The community of Walchsee can draw upon many years of experience in organizing sports events. In the last few decades we have held many big sports competitions in summer and in winter on a national and international basis. As the mayor of our community I can assure that the organizers of the triathlon have chosen their location well--not only because of our beautiful scenery."

Signa Holding is title sponsor
Local race organizer Andreas Klingler and his team have found a title sponsor in Signa Holding, one of Austria's leading real estate companies, which is currently involved in building the "Kaufhaus Tyrol" in Innsbruck, one of Europe's most modern urban stores (opening in spring 2010). Signa managing director René Benko says: "For me triathlon is a fascinating sport. The professional organizing team, fantastic surrounding conditions and the popularity of triathlon will turn the Kaufhaus Tyrol Challenge Walchsee Kaiserwinkl into a real highlight in Tyrol." Klingler adds: "The fair and exciting competitions of the Challenge series and the emotional family atmosphere are well-known across all borders. We think that the philosophy of the Challenge family is a perfect match for us. Strength and heart-felt friendliness are characteristics that are typical for the people here in Tyrol as well."

Registration opens soon
The last few details of the course are still being worked out, but the application lists will be launched on July 12--the day the "mother event," the Quelle Challenge Roth, takes place. The new homepage www.challenge-walchsee.att is now online with much more information. For more about the Challenge series, visit the Quelle Challenge Roth website at

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