Skoda Challenge Geraardsbergen, Triathlon – Belgium Cycling

RACE ON ONE OF WORLD CYCLING’S MOST FAMOUS MONUMENTS – MUUR VAN GERAARDSBERGEN.

The 1.9km swim takes place in a unique lake-to-lake course with a rolling beach start. The 90km cycle leg is a mix of rolling roads through quiet rural areas and spectator hotspots with true Flemisch hills. The double passage over the “MUUR” will no doubt test the legs, but will be one of the most unforgettable experiences in all of triathlon. The 21.1km run will take athletes through the main city square surrounded by ancient heritage buildings, through City Abbey Park before reaching the incredible finish line located between the Negotic Town Hall and Old Basilic Church.

For international visitors, Geraardsbergen offers plenty for athletes and their families. Geraardsbergen’s central position in Belgium makes a must-do trip to Bruge or Ghent a breeze and there are lots of family activities in the nearby “Gavers” area.

For those food and wine lovers and athletes who want to celebrate after the race there’s plethora of options available. Be overwhelmed by the unique taste of the local specialty de Mattentaart or uncover the endless range of Belgian beers, including many local brewers. For those wanting an extended stay after the race athletes can relax in the many B&B’s found spread throughout the surrounding countryside.

DATE
TBC Jun 2022

LOCATION
Geraardsbergen, Belgium, Europe

DISTANCE
Middle distance / Challenge Women / Challenge Swim / Challenge Teens / Challenge 3U De Muur

Challenge Madrid, Triathlon – Espania Cycling

Welcome to Challenge Madrid Full Distance Triathlon, the triathlon of the capital of Spain and condemned to be a triathlon classic in Europe. Full distance triathlon with 3,800m of swimming, 180 km of cycling and 42,195 km of running.

In swimming race, you will have the chance to swim at a spectacular reservoir like a swimming pool with calm waters and spectacular views to the “Sierra Madrileña” at 1,000 meters of altitude.

The cycling circuit is a mountain course that crowns the most representative peaks of the Madrid mountain range like Canencia, Morcuera and Cotos providing an altitude difference of 2,650 meters and finishing in the center of Madrid.

Finally, when you are running you will discover the Madrid Rio, a 4 x 10 km in the crossing river of Madrid to end in a 2,195 km in the center of Madrid discovering the warmth of the many spectators along the route to arrive at the Puerta del Sol and finish your Challenge Madrid Full Distance triathlon in the city center of Madrid and the Kilometer 0 of Spain, where all starts and where you will find the Finisher Experience, where, apart from finding everything for your care, you can try Spanish ham and Manolitos, typical food of Madrid. SURELY IT IS A FINISH LINE THAT WILL BE ENGRAVED ON YOUR RETINA!.

DATE
TBC Jun 2022

LOCATION
Madrid, Spain, Europe

DISTANCE
Full distance

The Bealach Beag 43 Miles – Scotland Cycling

The Bealach is the UK’s biggest road climb with an ascent of 626m from sea level in just 10km. It is set in a fabulous unspoilt landscape with outstanding views of the sea and hills. The Applecross Peninsula is renowned as a gem in Scotland’s crown of natural wonders. The idea of a sportive belongs to local cycling legend Clifford Davidson.

The event was first run in the summer of 2006 and it was immediately obvious that had captured the imagination of cyclists of all standards. Shortly after, due to demand, we introduced a 2nd shorter option which also included the opportunity to climb the big one! Bealach Mor retains the original route of 90 miles and the Bealach Beag introduced a shorter distance of 43 miles.

72KM

1426M OF ASCENT

The route will take you south east from the picturesque village of Shieldaig down through Glen Shieldaig to Tornapress. Things get tough now as the road swings sharply upward for the main climb to Bealach-na-Ba. The section of road from Tornapress up the Bealach and down to Applecross campsite is closed for the event. The reward is great as a massive vista over the west coast and the Isle of Skye opens before you as you plunge down to sea level again at Applecross. The hard work is not over as the next section around the north of the peninsula has hardly any flat as it clings to the coast, past rocky cliffs and sandy coves. Finally you return to charming Sheildaig nestling in the shelter of its loch. There the enthusiastic locals will assure you a warm highland welcome (and some good grub!)

The Bealach is the UK’s biggest road climb with a 626m ascent from sea level in just 10km. It is set in a fabulous unspoilt landscape with outstanding views of the sea and the hills. The Applecross Peninsula is renowned as a gem in Scotland’s crown of natural wonders. The 78km route will take you south east from the picturesque village of Shieldaig down through Glen Shieldaig to Tornapress.

Things get tough now as the road swings sharply upward for the main climb to Bealach-na-Ba. The section of road from Tornapress up the Bealach and down to Applecross campsite is closed for the event.

The reward is great as a massive vista over the west coast and the Isle of Skye opens before you as you plunge down to sea level again at Applecross. The hard work is not over as the next section around the north of the peninsula has hardly any flat as it clings to the coast, past rocky cliffs and sandy coves. Finally you return to charming Sheildaig nestling in the shelter of its loch. You are assured of a warm highland welcome (and some good grub!) from the locals.

There will be a timing station at the bottom of the Bealach and another at the top. If you want your time on the climb recorded and be eligible to compete to become the Highlands answer to Chris Froome you must stop and ‘dib’ at both!

Challenge Riccione, Triathlon Italy – Italia Cycling

Riccione “The Green Pearl” is an ideal place for a holiday as well as a race. It is this all-inclusive character, combined with the potential for an outstanding middle distance course, which led Challenge Family to make Challenge Riccione a reality.

In keeping with Challenge’s focus on athlete experience, the Challenge Riccione course is designed to include the best of this spectacular region and promises to be one of the most cultural middle distance courses in the world.

The course
Starting in the seaside resort of Riccione, the warm waters of the Adriatic Sea will host the 1.9km swim following which the 90km bike course will head high into the hills surrounding Rimini along roads built by the great Roman emperors.

Travelling through the Emilia Romagna Apennines, an area renowned for its stunning landscapes and many fortresses and castles, the course visits the historic towns of Coriano, Montegrimano, Monte Cerignone and Montescudo before heading back down to the Riviera. The 21km run is a three-lap course along Riccione’s famous promenade, lined with bars, shops and restaurants and a crowd of thousands before finishing in the heart of Riccione Terme.

DATE
TBC May 2022

LOCATION
Riccione, Italy, Europe

DISTANCE
Middle distance

Liege Bastogne Liege Challenge – Belgium Cycling

Join us for a weekend riding the Liege Bastogne Liege Challenge on the Saturday ahead of watching the professionals on the Sunday. Cross the official finish-line on Sunday, on the same days as the Pros just hours before they finish.

ROUTE

The ultimate challenge consists in riding the same course as the professionals (250km) but both intermediary routes (147km & 70km) will also leave you plenty of opportunities to get accustomed to the legendary climbs of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Follow in the footsteps of Primoz Roglic, Philippe Gilbert, Jakob Fuglsang, Alejandro Valverde, Bernard Hinault and other top riders, and add Liège-Bastogne-Liège to your own list of achievements!

Anfi Challenge Mogan, Triathlon – Gran Canaria Cycling / Espania Cycling

Gran Canaria is the third-largest island in the Canaries’ archipelago, but accounts for almost half the population and is a continent in miniature, with a dramatic variation of terrain, ranging from the green and leafy north to the mountainous interior and desert south. The centre has dramatic mountains while contrasting with these unspoiled peaks and valleys is a rugged coastline interspersed with white sandy beaches.

The course of the middle distance triathlon will be challenging and diverse, with temperatures going from 25 degrees at beach level to 10C at 1,500 meters above sea level. The landscape is unique, varied and technical, where lovers of a good honest course will shine!

Finally, this unique race will offer you the chance to qualify for THECHAMPIONSHIP!

DATE
23 Apr 2022

LOCATION
Gran Canaria, Spain, Europe

DISTANCE
Middle distance

Challenge Lisboa, Triathlon – Cycling Portugal

Lisboa is one of the most popular cities in Europe. CHALLENGELISBOA middle-distance triathlon takes place in Parque das Nações. The park is striking contemporary architecture on the riverfront and is just 3 km from Lisbon’s international airport. Next to that, it is served by public transportation, subway, buses, taxis. The race venue is loaded with cools contemporary restaurants, night life, great for a morning jog and to practice all kinds of sports.

About the race
An idyllic swim venue, a bike course that features a freeway completely closed to traffic, a run course that’s flat and alongside the famous Tagu river, a city with a history that’s centuries old and the great portuguese hospitality are just a few of the highlights this event has to offer. It will be host to the CHALLENGEFAMILY Corporate World Cup, and will be offering pro and age-group slots for THECHAMPIONSHIP.

First, the 2 lap swim takes place at the beautiful Rossio dos Olivais, next to the famous Lisbon Oceanarium, on calm waters.

Next, the 4 lap bike course takes the athletes out of Parque das Nações and into the IC22 freeway, which will be completely closed to traffic. With ample space for everyone and the Tagus river as a backdrop, this is a mostly flat course, with a small hill climb just before turning around and heading back into town.

Finally, the 4 lap run is completely flat and alongside the Tagus river, with both paved and off-road sections.

DATE
25 Sep 2021

LOCATION
Lisboa, Portugal, Europe

DISTANCE
Middle distance / Sprint distance

Fred Whitton Challenge Sportive – Lakes Cycling

The Fred Whitton Challenge is one of the most popular sportives in the UK and is also famed as being particularly difficult. Dubbed ‘The Daddy of them all’ by Cycling Weekly, riders rank it alongside European events such as the Marmotte in terms of difficulty. The ride is a real challenge and everyone who completes it has a true sense of achievement. The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge is a charity event in honour of the late Fred Whitton who was a great advocate for cycle sport in Cumbria and North Lancashire. It is with respect to Fred and his ideals that the event remains just that, ‘a challenge’.

The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 113 mile sportive around the Lake District, now a World Heritage Site. Starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott, Wrynose and Blea Tarn passes.

The very top riders complete the route in just under six hours but eleven hours and over are not uncommon for the average Sportive rider. This is a very tough route and going on rider feedback the hardest one day ride in the UK, the event includes all the Lakeland passes, one with a 30% gradient and this comes at 98 miles.

The Bealach Mor 90 Miles – Scotland Cycling

The Bealach is the UK’s biggest road climb with an ascent of 626m from sea level in just 10km. It is set in a fabulous unspoilt landscape with outstanding views of the sea and hills. The Applecross Peninsula is renowned as a gem in Scotland’s crown of natural wonders. The idea of a sportive belongs to local cycling legend Clifford Davidson.

The event was first run in the summer of 2006 and it was immediately obvious that had captured the imagination of cyclists of all standards. Shortly after, due to demand, we introduced a 2nd shorter option which also included the opportunity to climb the big one! Bealach Mor retains the original route of 90 miles and the Bealach Beag introduced a shorter distance of 43 miles.

BEALACH MOR ROUTE AND ROAD CLOSURE

144KM

2,100 M OF ASCENT

The route will take you east from Kinlochewe near beautiful Loch Maree to the wide canvass of Achnasheen and its surrounding hills. From there you head south on a fine new road down through Glen Carron to the sea at picturesque Lochcarron. Things get tough now as the road swings sharply upward for the main climb to Bealach-na-Ba. The section of road from Tornapress up the Bealach and down to Applecross campsite is closed for the event.

The route will take you east from Kinlochewe near beautiful Loch Maree to the wide canvass of Achnasheen and its surrounding hills. From there you head south on a fine new road down through Glen Carron to the sea at picturesque Lochcarron. Things get tough now as the road swings sharply upward for the main climb to Bealach-na-Ba. The section of road from Tornapress up the Bealach and down to Applecross campsite is closed for the event.

The reward is great as a massive vista over the west coast and the Isle of Skye opens before you as you plunge down to sea level again at Applecross. The hard work is not over as the next section around the north of the peninsula has hardly any flat as it clings to the coast, past rocky cliffs and sandy coves. Finally you pass through the charming village of Sheildaig nestling in the shelter of its loch and the final section begins. Weary legs will be revived through rugged Glen Torridon overshadowed by the massive craggy bulk of Liatach and its sisters on the famous ridge. Finally, relief is at hand with a gentle descent back to the finish at Kinlochewe.

There will be a timing station at the bottom of the Bealach and another at the top. If you want your time on the climb recorded and be eligible to compete to become the Highlands answer to Chris Froome you must stop and ‘dib’ at both!

Highland Perthshire Challenge – Scotland Cycling

The Highland Perthshire Challenge

Join us at the Highland Perthshire Challenge for your choice of 50 mile or 100 mile routes.

As always, you’ll experience some amazing scenery, a friendly volunteer team, and excellent refreshments along the way!

The Highland Perthshire Challenge 50 mile route is a more modest cycling challenge. The route takes in the historic Scottish towns of Blairgowrie, Dunkeld, and Pitlochry. It also passes notable landmarks such as the Meikleour Beech Hedge, the Birk’s of Aberfeldy, and lots of famous bridges.

The route starts and ends of Scone Airfield, just north of Perth. The Airfield has ample car parking and toilets. Accommodation, a restaurant and a cafe are available on site.

The Highland Perthshire Challenge 100 is a challenging 100 mile route.

Taking in the historic Scottish towns of Blairgowrie, Dunkeld, and Pitlochry, as well as passing notable landmarks such as the Meikleour Beech Hedge, the Birk’s of Aberfeldy, and lots of famous bridges.

The route starts and ends at Scone Airfield, just north of Perth. The Airfield has ample car parking and toilets. Accommodation, a restaurant, and a cafe are available on site.