This weekend, Challenge Samorin also known as THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, goes on Sunday, June 3rd from Samorin, Slovakia. Defending champions from last year, Lucy Charles of Great Britain and Lionel Sanders of Canada return to defend their crowns. While, the likes of Heather Wurtele and Sebastian Kienle look to dethrone the champions.

Credit: James Mitchell – Challenge Samorin 2017 Pro Men’s Podium (Lionel Sanders in middle – 1st place)

Canadian Heather Wurtele has put together a great season thus far. She opened her season by winning Ironman 70.3 Campeche. Following it up with a third place finish at Ironman 70.3 Texas and a sixth at Ironman 70.3 St. George. Heather is sure to challenge Lucy for the title this weekend, following a month of rest and training, and the addition of a new ride.

Credit: James Mitchell – Challenge Samorin 2017 Pro Women’s Podium (Heather Wurtele on right – 3rd place)

This will be the second time Lionel Sanders and Sebastian Kienle have gone head to head this season. The first time came a month ago at Ironman 70.3 St. George, where Lionel got the best of Sebastian. If history reproduces itself, this weekend is sure to have an epic battle on hand. Last year the two were locked in an epic dual for much of the race before Lionel pulled away in the closing kilometres of the run.

The 1.9km swim takes place in the Danube River, before running into the transiton zone in the middle of the x-bionic sphere. Triathletes then take on the 90km, one loop bike course. Upon returning to transition, the competitors then complete the 21.1 kms on a three lap run course around the x-bionic sphere.

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