The Challenge Family series of long distance triathlons announced its expansion into South Africa with the introduction of Challenge Cape Town, set to take place on Sunday November 6, 2011.
The 226km course will take in much of the region’s most spectacular scenery.
The 3.8 km swim will take place at the Granger Bay on the Atlantic Ocean with its stunning views of Robben Island.
The 180 km one-lap bike course promises to be one of the toughest in the Challenge series with over 2,000m of climbing through the Constantia winelands, including the famous Chapman’s Peak, along the coastal route as it skirts around Table Mountain and heads out to Khayelitsha. This is the largest and fastest growing township in South Africa and will allow athletes a taste of the true diversity of this region.
The marathon will start at Green Point Stadium precinct, head into the City Bowl before climbing up onto Kloof Road and down into Camps Bay with its white sandy beaches, fringed by palm trees, followed by a two loop run along the Atlantic Seaboard finishing at Green Point precinct next to the stadium.
“Cape Town is often called the Mother City and for good reason,” said Grant Kunneke, managing director of Challenge South Africa and race director of Challenge Cape Town. “This city, which brings you the finest wine, never ending backdrops and rich history, is now adding what will be a new jewel in Cape Town’s sporting crown, Challenge Cape Town.
“Cape Town was the obvious choice for Challenge Family to launch in South Africa,” said Challenge Family CEO, Felix Walchshöfer. “It’s one of the world’s most iconic cities and we are delighted that the city has welcomed us to create what is sure to be a memorable race for all. Where else can a course take in two oceans, the deep, rich African culture all against such a spectacular setting? We are incredibly proud to include Cape Town in the Challenge Family and we look forward to working with all the different communities to make it is a huge success for everyone.”
Entries to Challenge Cape Town are open right now. Individual entries cost R3300 ($473 CAN and R4000 ($573 CAN) for relay teams.
For entries and further information, please visit www.challenge-capetown.com.