Following the extreme heat experienced at the last two Challenge Vichy races in France, the date for the 2013 race has been changed in an attempt to provide more optimal long distance triathlon racing conditions.
Initially scheduled for 18 August 2013, in cooperation with the City of Vichy, ETU and the Challenge Family, Challenge Vichy has now been rescheduled two weeks later and will take place on 1 September 2013 when Challenge Vichy will host the ETU European Long Distance Championships.
“After two very hot years, where it was very hard for us to organize in good conditions, we didn’t want to start a third race with the sword of Damocles over our head!” said Challenge Vichy Race Director, Gael Mainard.
“We have looked at statistics from Météo France to see what time would be the best for a race with the sun… but not in the heat. The choice fell on the last weekend of August; on average over the last 10 years, it’s 5°C cooler in this period. This should also allow us to finally have cooler water in the Lac d’Allier so it can be a wetsuit swim.”
Mainard added, “This new date will also help us to secure more volunteers and also provide more accommodation options for athletes as it is out of the main French holiday period.”
Registration for 2013 will open on 5 September at 14:00 CET. Those athletes who raced in 2012 will shortly receive an email detailing how they can enter at the specially reduced rate of €190.
Meanwhile, this September, SPORT+ in France will begin a series of four 52 minute broadcast reports on Challenge Vichy 2012. These broadcasts will be aired by the sports broadcaster on 19 September at 10:00, 17:00 and 00:55; then on 22 September at 07:30.