Challenge has announced that Alistair Brownlee is to begin his long-distance career at one of their races.
In a release, the race firm said (with understandable excitement!):
CHALLENGEFAMILY will welcome Alistair Brownlee on April 22, 2017 in the pro line-up of the second Gloria Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria 70.3 race, marking his new involvement in competitive long-distance triathlon.
CHALLENGEFAMILY is delighted to announce that double Olympic and two-time ITU Triathlon World Series champion, Alistair Brownlee, has chosen this year’s Gloria Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria to launch his long-distance triathlon career.
Taking place on April 22, 2017- one day before his 29th birthday – the 70.3-mile race will provide Alistair’s first opportunity since claiming double Olympic glory to compete in a longer and more enduring race programme. The announcement that the current Olympic triathlon champion will join the line-up comes after the Yorkshireman first hinted at the end of last year that he will gear his training towards other goals outside of the Olympics.
“We are thrilled that Alistair Brownlee has decided to choose a CHALLENGEFAMILY race to debut his long-distance triathlon career,” said Zibi Szlufcik, CHALLENGEFAMILY CEO. “Gloria Challenge Mog á n Gran Canaria is a testing and diverse course with steep mountains that climb above a rugged coastline. The bike course in particular is unique, varied and technical, which will suit Alistair.”
Commenting on future race plans, Alistair said: “I’m delighted to be racing my first middle distance triathlon race at Gloria Challenge Gran Canaria on 22nd April. I’ve made no secret that I am going to spend the next couple of years racing some different distances and I’m really looking forward to the process of preparing for some longer distance races and of course, competing at them. I can’t think of a better place for my first one.”
The celebrated Olympian’s participation will provide excitement both for fellow competitors and spectators lining the course. The 28-year-old, who last year famously became the first ever triathlete to retain an Olympic title, will use Gloria Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria as his first foray into long-distance triathlon racing and will compete in other long-distance triathlon events.
At a distance of more than double that of an Olympic triathlon, Gloria Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria 70.3 is the first Challenge race in the European season. Exceptionally beautiful with dramatic terrain, bathed in a subtropical climate, Mogán in Gran Canaria should provide perfect conditions for Alistair’s first major long-distance triathlon.
For more information on the race, the course, the full start list, and what to look out for during the event, please visit: www.challengegrancanaria.com