In less than two weeks, on 4 September 2016 the Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl will hold the ETU Triathlon European Championships over the middle distance (1.9 kilometer swim – go about 90 kilometers of cycling – 21.1 km running).

The organization team with Andreas Klingler is looking forward to a record starter field. “We are pleased to welcome more than 2,000 athletes at the race weekend in Walchsee this year. We are proud of the strong Austrian Age Group team with more than 230 athletes, “says the head of the organizing committee. Apart from the numerous age group athletes also the best international elite athletes will race in Walchsee. Also some Austrian athletes are favorites for the European Championship title.

The Italian Giulio Molinari knows how to win the Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl. He won the race in the years 2015 and 2014. Once on the bike Molinari took the lead and let his competitors no chance to attack him. Molinari also won the European Champion Title in 2014 and was the runner up last year in his homeland Italy. 

The Brit Joe Skipper will work hard, to not allow an early attack from Molinari on the bike. The fastest British Long Distance Athlete was this year’s runners up at the Challenge Roth and wants to win his first international major title. Another fast British athlete is David Mcnamee. The short distance specialist got sixth at the ETU Triathlon European Championship in Kitzbühel 2014.

Thomas Steger and Paul Reitmayr are two co-favorites from Austria. Thomas Steger focused his training this season on the European Championship race in Walchsee. Two years ago the friendly local hero missed the podium, but this year, he wants to laugh from one of the three places in the sun. Paul Reitmayr is going to race with the same target. Reitmayr celebrated this year with a great debut on the long distance, but continues to focus on the faster middle distance. His goal? Just winning a few more great races!

In the women’s race there is a big battle between Austria and Germany. The big favorite from Austria is the Lower Austrian Lisa Hütthaler who started her season late due to some injury’s. Her great rival is Germany’s Julia Gajer. The success story of Gajer is filled with numerous titles. In 2012 she won the Triathlon European Champion on the middle distance, in the years 2013, 2014 and 2015 she was the German champion on the same distance. For Gajer the Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl is a real home race. The German has recently moved to the area and knows the track like the back of her pocket. 

Don’t forget to for Kim Morrison. The young short distance specialist celebrated 2014 her biggest win at the European Championships in Kitzbühel.

“We look forward to very exciting competitions in Walchsee. The chance for an Austrian European Championship title is very high and would probably be the icing on the cake of a really great race weekend as part of the Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl ” says Andreas Klinger.

 

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