The competition site Vichy is geographically situated in the beautiful Auvergne (Central France). The Challenge Vichy replaces the previous half-distance race in Niederbronn-les-Bain in Alsace, according to the wishes of many triathlets who were asking for a long-distance-event in France.


Stephen Bayliss and Amy Marsh won the inaugural event of the Challenge Vichy. The Britain was able to prevail in a real battle heat in 8:45:29 hours before Lemmettylä Teemu from Finland and the Wanaka-winner, Jamie Whyte from New Zealand. In the women's field Amy Marsh was the best. She was able to bear the high temperatures and rationed her power. The American was first in 9:44:56 hours before Juliette Benedicto from France and the Czech Jana Candrova.

Vichy Challenge in France: At the premiere of this triathlon, around 500 athletes swam in the waters of Lac Dalli, rode their bikes on the streets of the Auvergne and ran a marathon through the city Vichy.


The sky was bright blue, in the morning the thermometer already showed 26 degrees Celsius and later climbed up to 34 degrees. This meant a great challenge for the triathletes. It was the hottest day of the year. But not only the best and fastest had to face these hard weather conditions, all the other athletes who finished as well demonstrated strength and their will to keep up.




The second bicycle marathon of the Alpine cup started with more than 1500 participants. Germans, Austrians and Swiss dominated the lead.


In the morning on the 10th of July 2011 at six o’clock the sixth Engadin bicycle marathon started. More than 1500 participants from 20 nations took part in the the second running within the Alpine cup over two distances: 97 kilometres and 1325 metres height as well as 211 kilometres and 3827 metres height. The distance course stretched all around the Swiss national park over unique passes like the Ofenpass, Forcolapass, Berninapass, Flüelapass and the Albulapass.


The short distance was decided in a German-Austria-Swiss-competition. On the last 600 metres Andreas Huber from Ruhpolding/Germany prevailed in the overall category of the 97-kilometre distance in a time of 2:34.33 hours.

Suiss mountain bike pro Milena Landtwing won the short distance in a time of 2:42.53 hours. On the long distance over 211 kilometres and 3827 metres altitude difference the German Andreas Ortner made an attack on the last metres and won in a time of 6:26.18 hours. In the category Ladies Monika Dietl from Freising/Germany in 7:21.41 hours was the winner.


The evaluation was in three classes: Engadin bicycle marathon evaluation, regional evaluation and Alpine cup evaluation.


The Engadin bicycle marathon as the biggest marathon in the canton Graubünden has already advanced to a classic.



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