SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon 2016: exceptional weather conditions and emotions

27. June 2016

The Swiss long-distance triathlon was held again on June 25, 2016 right across Switzerland – with Q_PERIOR as co-sponsor. Apart from physical and mental stamina, the fourth staging of the SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon demanded an ample degree of flexibility from the athletes. Allan Hovda and Lise Lavoll Borgen emerged as the winners of the Xtreme Triathlon from Tessin to Kleine Scheidegg.

Once again the competition was marked by extremes: The early morning swim had to be abandoned due to a heavy thunderstorm and replaced by a short run. The 180 km cycling leg once again took the competitors over the Furka and Grimsel passes. In Brienz, they changed disciplines for the last time and ran 42.2 km up the Kleine Scheidegg pass at an elevation of 2,100 m. The athletes were received on the home slope by applauding spectators and the traditional ringing of cow-bells. Altogether they scaled 5,500 vertical meters during the day.

The men’s race was clinched by 30 year old Allan Hovda from Norway in a time of 10 hours and 55 minutes. He was followed by Andreas Wolpert from Germany and Sebastian Bräuer from Switzerland who were 33 and 35 minutes behind respectively. With a finishing time of 12 hours and 52 minutes, Lise Lavoll Borgen from Norway was the first woman to cross the line. Julia Nikolopoulos from Germany came second as she had the previous year, while Nicole Hofer from Switzerland took third place.

This was the third year that Q_PERIOR had acted as co-sponsor.

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