Rain is a rarity in Australia but it didn’t slow down Australian Tim Berkel, in the first ever Challenge Copenhagen triathlon. With his brave and offensive race he managed to attract the spectators’ sympathy from the start.
This first event of the “Challenge” series in Denmark was top of the priority list for Danish long distance specialists this year – but some of them had no luck.
Young Danish athlete Martin Jensen led the bike course until a flat tyre took away his chance of winning the race. In the women’s race Lisbeth Kristensen was also dogged by bad luck.
The race has a good chance of becoming a classic on the Triathlon calendar. The swim course, in a quiet bay near Copenhagen, is easy to watch from the beach. Varied bike and run courses followed the harbour, passing through the city and Copenhagen palace. It is perfect scenery for athletes and their enthusiastic spectators.
Tim Berkel dominated the bike race and increased his lead on those behind him on a demanding course through the city. With a big gap to second, he ran out on the Marathon course. After 8:07:39 hours, Berkel finished as the first winner of Challenge Copenhagen.