CHALLENGEFAMILY will implement a 20 meter drafting rule on the bike leg at THECHAMPIONSHIP 2017 as a means to provide the fairest racing for all athletes. The 20 Meter drafting rule will apply for all professional and age group athletes.
Zibi Szlufcik, CEO of CHALLENGEFAMILY, said: “The Championship is our pinnacle event and we are committed to providing all athletes, be they professional or age groupers, with a fair race that rewards effort. With a minimum €150,000 prize purse there is a lot on the line for our professional athletes. It is imperative that we offer a level playing field for all. The drafting rule was one of the most critical topics of 2016 among pro athletes and for a fair race we feel it is imperative that the 20 meter rule is implemented for The Championship 2017.”
The 20 meter draft zone on the bike course will be a rectangle three meters wide and 20 meters long. An athlete will have 40 seconds to complete any overtaking maneuver once they enter the draft zone. The 20 meter will be enhanced through a new event start procedure which will see age group wave starts commencing at least 20 minutes after the last professional wave start and each wave start will have a maximum of 200 athletes.
Key aspects of the 20 meter drafting rule at The Championship.
> Separate female and male pro start wave
> Age Group Start minimum 20 minutes behind professional wave starts
> Maximum 200 athletes in any one start wave
> Minimum 10-minute gap between each age group wave start
> Sufficient referees on the bike course
> Markers placed and repeated at 20 meter intervals along the bike course to help athletes estimate the 20-meter distance correctly.
An athlete may enter a bike draft zone in the following circumstances:
> If the athlete enters the draft zone, and progresses through it within 40seconds in the overtaking maneuver;
> For safety reasons;
> 100 meters before and after an aid station or transition area;
> At an acute turn;
> If the Technical Delegate excludes a section of the course because of narrow lanes, construction, detours, or for other safety reasons.
Athletes can still qualify at the upcoming races: CHALLENGEWANAKA (New Zealand), CHALLENGEMELBOURNE (Australia), CHALLENGEGRANCANARIA (Spain), CHALLENGETAIWAN (Taiwan), CHALLENGECERRADO (Brazil), CHALLENGELISBOA (Portugal), CHALLENGERIMINI (Italy) and CHALLENGESALOU (Spain).
CHALLENGEFAMILY and x-bionic® sphere has today announced a new global half distance championship triathlon event for professional and age group triathletes.
Known as ‘THECHAMPIONSHIP’, the event will take place at the incredible x-bionic® sphere in Samorin, Slovakia on June 3, 2017. Jan Masek, CEO of x-bionic® sphere has promised athletes an unforgettable experience.
“x-bionic® sphere may be a young venue, however everyone who has visited has been astonished by its size and remarkable facilities. Covering a total area of 1,000,000 square metres, x-bionic® sphere’s facilities are unparalleled anywhere in the World, catering for professional athletes and teams from twenty-seven Olympic sports disciplines, including triathlon,” said Masek.
“We are thrilled to host The Championship and are committed to providing triathletes from across the globe with a truly unforgettable experience at x-bionic® sphere. Whether it is our spectacular training facilities, incredible race course, World-class accommodation at the x-bionic® hotel or some well earned down-time relaxing at the x-bionic® wellness centre, athletes will soon realize that The Championship and x-bionic® sphere are setting the standard for all others to follow.”
For professional athletes, THECHAMPIONSHIP 2017 will carry a minimum €150,000 professional prize purse. A unique professional qualifying system will firstly see professional athletes able to qualify for THECHAMPIONSHIP 2017 via CHALLENGEFAMILY events worldwide.
In addition, professional athletes who finish in the top five at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, or a top three finish in the 2016 World Triathlon Series end of season rankings, 2016 ITU Long Distance Championship, 2016 Ironman World Championship or 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship will also receive an invite to THECHAMPIONSHIP 2017. Challenge Samorin 2016 will carry double the qualifying slots for THECHAMPIONSHIP 2017.
Professional athlete’s qualifying at non-CHALLENGEFAMILY events will be required to validate at a CHALLENGEFAMILY event within the qualifying period, which commences at CHALLENGEFUERTEVENTURA 2016 and concludes at CHALLENGERIMINI 2017.
“At Challenge Family we’re driven by the same thing that drives our athletes: the passion to push limits, to perform at our best and to enjoy what we do in style. The Championship embodies this and it is our goal to set the new standard in triathlon,’ said Zibi Szlufcik, CEO of CHALLENGEFAMILY.
“A World-class team has been assembled to deliver The Championship and, true to our commitment to inclusiveness, we are thrilled to bring together all Challenge Family events into our worldwide qualifying system and celebrate the success of Challenge Family professional and age group athletes from all four corners of the globe.”
Age group athletes will have the opportunity to qualify with a top five age group finish at any CHALLENGEFAMILY event worldwide during the qualification period. Top 3 teams in the male, female and mixed categories in relay events will qualify for THECHAMPIONSHIP at CHALLENGEFAMILY events.
To celebrate the elite performance of qualifying athletes but maintain CHALLENGEFAMILY’s commitment to inclusiveness, three hundred loyalty slots are available to any age group athlete who participates in at least four CHALLENGEFAMILY events within the qualification period. Loyalty spots are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis for athletes who meet the minimum participation criteria. Loyalty slots are not dependent on an athlete’s race time or finish position at any of the minimum four CHALLENGEFAMILY events.
THECHAMPIONSHIP comprises a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run and is to be an annual CHALLENGEFAMILY event. The 2017 and 2019 editions of THECHAMPIONSHIP will be held at x-bionic® sphere, with the 2018 host city to be announced shortly.