The West Country Classic in Norway once started as a local event. However, cyclists have discovered the special charm of this bicycle race which leads from Bergen to Voss. On the 4th of June more than 5000 cyclists took part. They experienced not only the breathtaking fjord scenery and best weather but also the unusually happy mood. The first of them started at 5 o'clock in the morning in the dim light. It doesn't get completely dark at night during this season.

 

The Bergen cycling association has organised the running on the 170-kilometre-long route this year for the 35th time.

The cyclists struggled precipitous increases up on small streets but also travelled through gentle areas and could enjoy the spectacular views. Every year cyclists of all categories take part in this hard race. It is especially remarkable to see how many groups come to participate. Good advice: Make a reservation as soon as possible for next year. At the end of January the registration for the West Country Classic on the 2nd of June 2012 begins. Find more information under www.bergenvoss.no.

 

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19th June 2011

 

When something happens twice in Cologne it is a tradition. After the third time, it becomes a custom. This was the fourth year of Swim and Run Cologne and it attracted a record 700 participants. They chose from three distances – the short 1.7km, half 2.14km and the long distance 4.21km.

 

All swimming was in the world championship rowing arena of Lake Fühlinger, while the running course took participants around the lake and was, with the exception of two short inclines, relatively flat.

 

For the first time this year, the race included the ETU Aquathlon European Championship, with prize money of €5,000 available.

Elite athlete Eike Carsten Pupkes crossed the finish line first in 29m.29s to win the title. Ilona Pfeiffer of the Tri team Dissen won the women’s race in 34m31s.

 

Athletes will gather again in Cologne over the weekend of 2-4th September for the annual Cologne Triathlon. The event is directed by Uwe Jeschke who also organises Swim and Run Cologne. It promises to be just as scenic and enjoyable – and you’ll find more information about Swim and Run Cologne 2012.

www.swim-and-run-cologne.de

 

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