Following the extreme heat experienced at the last two Challenge Vichy races, the date has been changed for the 2013 race in an attempt to provide more optimal long distance triathlon racing conditions.
Initially scheduled for August 18, 2013, in cooperation with the City of Vichy, ETU and Challenge Family, it was decided to reschedule Challenge Vichy two weeks later on September 1, 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. 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 September 5th at 2PM. Those athletes who raced in 2012 will shortly receive an email detailing how they can enter at the specially reduced rate of €190. For further information, visit www.challengevichy.com