Incredible victories of the german Justus Nieschlag and the Canadian Heather Wurtele in the fourth edition of the Challenge Peguera Mallorca, on a day full of triathlon in the superb setting of Calvia.
A sunny day dawned in Peguera, with the weather becoming once more an ally for a magnificent event, converging in an epic and visual race. The sea, totally in calm was perfect to enjoy a great triathlon day.
In the men’s race Justus Nieschlag was first out of the water (time: 23m:16s), after him, the spanish triathlete Iñaki Baldellou and Marco Akershoek (NED).
During the 90 km bike sector, Justus Nieschlag dominated a technically demanding and sinuous segment that combined coast, mountain, natural landscapes at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana (UNESCO World Heritage), through traditional villages such as Capdellà, Calvià and some of the best known resorts in Europe such as Santa Ponça or Peguera, along with Toro.
The run took place entirely in the central area of Peguera, distributed over four laps that went along the town’s boulevard with the promenade uniting the beaches of Palmira, Tora and Romana, with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.
The run course would prove decisive to define the second and the third place, with an unrivalled Justus , the rest of the podium places still had to be determined. An incredible comeback clinched Thomas Steger (AT) second place, while the third position went to Spain’s Iñaki Baldellou (ESP), after yet another unbelievable run segment.
Justus Nieschlag (GER): 03:50:56
Thomas Steger (AT): 03:56:02
Iñaki Baldellou (ESP): 03:57:31
Heather Wurtele and her perfect race
In the women’s race Heather Wurtele was fourth out of the water, before her, Anja Knapp (Germany) and Marta Sanchez (Spain). On the first kilometers of the bike course Wurtele got to the first position and from that moment on she maintained the lead and nobody couldn’t stop her.
She increased her advantage kilometer to kilometer and only the good pace of the Belgian Katrien Verstuyft and the comeback of the Dutch Yvonne Van Vlerken could worry the
Canadian. Finally, the half marathon was decisive and a smiling Heather Wurtele crossed the finish line with a time of 4:24:42, followed in second position by Katrien Verstuyft and Yvonne Van Vlerken.
Heather Wurtele (CAN): 04:24:42
Katrien Verstuyft (BEL): 04:29:10
Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED): 04:30:54
Challenge Peguera Mallorca concludes with great success and offering a high quality sporting event. This success, based on community support and the volunteers, consolidates the race as
the most important deseasonalization sporting event for Calvia.
Final result list: www.challenge-mallorca.com