Leading German athletes, current world record holder Andreas Raelert and European champion,Timo Bracht will once again go head-to-head at Challenge Kraichgau on 9 June. In the women, defending champion, Julia Gajer (GER) will face strong competition from Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) and Sonja Tjasich (GER).
The organizers of the Challenge Kraichgau have once again put together a high quality field of triathletes for Europe’s largest half distance race. The competition for the winning title will not just be between Raelert and Bracht, with Sebastian Kienle (GER), Olympian Maik Petzold (GER) and ‘new kid on the block’ Challenge Wanaka champion, Dylan McNeice (NZL) also lining up, this Sunday promises an exciting day of racing.
The region Kraichgau is located in the ‘Tuscany’ of Germany within a landscape of rolling hills and thousands of them close to romantic Heidelberg. The destination is residence of famous German triathletes including Thomas Hellriegel, Normann Stadler, Holger Lorenz and Sebastian Kienle, with sports-mad crowds along the course.
When the start gun goes, the waters of the Kraichgauer Hardtsee turn into a frenzy with the banks lined with thousands of spectators. The bike course is not only known for its testing terrain with its continuous up and down through the hills but also the enthusiastic supporters who line the route with live music and loud voices and the endless support of the 1,500 volunteers. And that enthusiasm keeps going until the last athlete has crossed the finish line.