Following a one year sabbatical after hosting the 2015 European Championships, Triathlon is back in Geneva for the 28th edition of the La Tour Genève Triathlon. 1,700 participants are expected to take part in one of the seven race formats across the two days of racing on July 15th and 16th.
With both the traditional race formats on offer (Standard and Short) as well as races for kids and a brand new Run&Bike event, veteran triathletes and beginners alike will all find a race to their liking, “I’ve decided to do my first triathlon ever this weekend,” said Geneva local Sarah Pflug, “I’m doing the Super Sprint as a challenge for myself, despite being scared that too many people will recognize me out there”, she added whilst laughing.
The return of triathlon in Geneva is appreciated by many, with a host of participants noting the growing popularity of the sport in the region. The international appeal of the event is also apparent; over 50 nations will be represented on the start line.
Originally from Australia, but currently living in Geneva, Dean Lockett also spoke to us during registration day: “It’s my first triathlon,” he said “I’m going to do it as a relay with a friend. I’m excited for tomorrow, it’s going to be my first race of any kind for quite a while”.
Proceedings will get underway on Saturday with one of the new race formats, the Super Sprint (250m swim, 6.7km bike, 2.5km run). This format is perfect for those wishing to do their first triathlon, but also a good way for experienced triathletes to test themselves over a shorter distance than usual. In the afternoon it will be the kids’ turn to race, with three different races adapted to each age group. Immediately after this will follow the next two events, the Short Distance triathlon (500m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) and the brand new Run&Bike (13km). The Run&Bike is perfect for those not wanting to jump in the lake; teams of two alternate running and biking throughout the 13km course and must cross the finish line together.
On Sunday another one of the traditional race formats returns, with the Standard Distance (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run) event getting underway at 10am and closing out the weekend of racing by early afternoon.
A Triathlon Village buzzing with anticipation
The Triathlon Village, erected on the Rotonde du Mont Blanc in the heart of Geneva, opened its doors today at 4pm. Participants came through to collect their bibs and goodies for the event.
The Triathlon Village will be buzzing with activity all weekend, with a number of animations scheduled by the partners present. Not to be missed, the mini-conferences hosted by Title Partner Groupe La Tour run on Saturday afternoon:
-12pm-1pm: Stretching, common triathlete injuries and explanation of the ‘sporting capacity’ certificate
-3pm-4pm: reinforcing the foot, training load, common triathlete injuries.
-6pm-7pm: reinforcing the foot, recovery, head injuries
Saturday July 15th
-10am-12pm: Super Sprint (Male, Female, Relay – aged 14+) 250m swim– 6.7km bike – 2.5km run
-1pm-3pm: Junior Races (ages 6-13)
Kidsathlon (6-9): 50m swim - 1km bike – 500m run
Ecoliers (10-11): 100m swim – 2km bike – 600m run
Ecoliers (12-13): 200m swim – 4km bike – 1.25km run
Sunday July 16th
-10am-2pm: Standard (Male, Female, Relay – aged 18+) 1.5km swim – 40km bike – 10km run