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Destination race: Challenge Sanremo

Set in the heart of the Italian Riviera, Challenge Sanremo offers a challenging, but beautiful course

Photo by: Jose Luis Hourcade

Set in the spectacular Italian Riviera, San Remo has been a popular tourist  destination since the 1700s, so it comes as no surprise that the triathlon event held there at the end of September would be nothing short of spectacular. The race was won by Germany’s Maximilian Sperl and South Africa’s Magda Nieuwoudt, who mastered both the incredibly technical and challenging course that includes a 17 km climb and descent that sees athletes hit speeds of up to 80 km/h, along with the competitive field to take the wins.

Full results from the day can be found here.

The day’s action was captured through the lens of photographer Jose Luis Hourcade, who shared this photo gallery with us:

The sun comes up on the spectacular Italian Riviera.
Germany’s Andreas Dreitz is ready to go.
The men are off …
And shortly afterwards, the women.
Lili Gelmini on the bike.
Time to hit the mountains …
Andreas Dreitz isn’t taking time to enjoy the view.


Sperl led from start to finish.
We did say it was a destination race, right?
Lisa Maria Dornauer would take third.
“I’m just happy to pull it off. I guess it was the perfect day for me, leading out on the swim and then just doing my own race on the bike and trying to hang on on the run!” said Sperl. “The bike course was really brutal and I had two or three really close calls and that when you know you’re really on the limit.”
“This was the goal the whole time to come to these Challenge races and win,” said Nieuwoudt. “Today on the descent it was a bit tricky and I’m not so good at that and I said to myself once I get my feet on the ground I need to run! I hope I can secure the World Bonus, it means a lot to me. But here in the Italy the people are amazing and so happy for you and I really enjoyed it out there today.”