The Spirit Tri Series’ promise that it is the toughest, long distance triathlon series in Europe was confirmed this weekend as three World Champions battled in 38 degree heat against a large pro field eager for a place on the podium.
In the end, it was two time ITU Long Distance World Champion, Caroline Steffen of Switzerland, who crossed the line first in her inaugural race at the renowned EBERL ChiemseeTriathlon in the stunning Bavarian region of Germany.
Laura Zimmerman of Germany finished second with Chantal Cummings of Great Britain finishing third, solidifying her first place in the Spirit Tri Series leader board. Jenny Schultz of Germany placed third and confirmed fourth place in the Spirit Tri Series.
In the men’s field, the top three places went to the locals, with Thomas Steger, Michael ‘Michi’ Raelert and Julian Erhardt, all of Germany, coming in first, second and third.
The picturesque course which boasts a swim course in Bavaria’s largest lake (Chiemsee Lake) took athletes on a circuit through the idyllic Chiemgau in the shadow of the Prealps before the four-loop run course lead alongside the shores of the Chiemsee Lake. More than 3,000 athletes competed in a sprint event on Saturday, followed by the Olympic distance and Half Distance events on Sunday.
Spirit Tri Series athletes fought hard in the tough conditions for top placement in the series leader board.
Results following the race are:
Tripep (Germany) 5000 points
Home of Triathlon (Switzerland) 4200
Triangle Sports (Poland) 4100
Team ETE (Great Britain) 3500
Daniela Ryf Birds (Switzerland) 3000
ToDoTri (Italy) 1800
Chantal Cummings (Team ETE)
Nina Derron (Home of Triathlon)
Michelle Derron (Home of Triathlon)
Milosz Sowinski (Team Triangle Sports)
Chris Standidge (Team Triangle Sports)
Arnaud Margot (Daniela Ryf Birds)
Spirit Multisport CEO, Tom Sutton, said the race, now in its eighth year, was a great success, not only in terms of being a well-organised and safe event for athletes, but also for the incredible experience for all who participated.
“The team at EBERL Chiemsee Triathlon have built an iconic race event in one of the most beautiful parts of Germany,” he said.
“It is not only a quality event in terms of its organisation and commitment to safety for all participants, but there is a focus on the community, which was which was demonstrated when over 800 kids raced the children’s event on Saturday.
“For the athletes of the Spirit teams, mixing it with the kids is one of the highlights. In fact, we had to slow a few of our athletes down and remind them they were racing the next day as they were caught up enjoying the run with the kids.”
Mr Sutton said the second event confirmed the Spirit Tri Series was a real alternative to current long distance triathlon offerings.
“The depth of the pro field was one of the best of any of the races held internationally over the past few weeks. With Caroline Steffen, Camilla Pedersen and Michael Raelert, as well as 18 pros from the European Triathlon League, we are providing exciting racing for audiences.”
Mr Sutton said the athletes competing in the series can earn additional prize money, with winnings paid down to 10th place.
“This gives athletes more opportunity to earn prize money to help with their costs. They can compete for the race prize pool as well as the Series prize pool.”
The next race in the series will be held in Alpe d’Huez, France with the series finale in Austria in August.
25 July, 2019 – TIME Alpe d'Huez Triathlon, France
25 August, 2019 – TRANS Vorarlberg Triathlon, Austrian National Championships
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