Over 400 athletes from largely Europe gathered socially distanced in Silvaplana, Switzerland to take part in one of many first larger occasions since COVID19 hit the world. These 400 athletes had been unfold out over a number of occasions with two shorter races taking place on Saturday and the principle World Sequence race going down on Sunday. 103 groups had been registered for that World Sequence occasion however solely 78 groups got here to the beginning. Amongst them a number of skilled triathletes who might have jumped into this occasion with not a lot else happening but, and amongst them had been Antony Costes and Jan Van Berkel. The ÖtillÖ group had laid out a brand new COVID19 Safety Management Plan to make this occasion occur and alongside these traces masked and gloved volunteers and hand sanitizer had been seen all around the course. Plus social distancing was pushed arduous too. Normally although on this sport on such difficult terrain the athletes get unfold out rapidly.
Often athletes must convey their very own reusable cups and tender flasks to seize hydration on the assist stations, one thing put in place just a few years in the past to assist the surroundings. However this time disposable cups had been pre-filled with hydration for sanitary causes. The climate performed alongside properly and the course of 40km of working and 6km of swimming proved to be difficult for all.
Volunteers with masks and gloves look on as Sabina Rapelli grabs a cup from the help station. Rapelli and her accomplice Alexis Charrier who’re sometimes a really robust blended crew ended up not ending the race.
The primary swim of the race in Lej Cavloc at 1900 meters of elvation is the coldest swim of the day with temps sometimes within the excessive 40s throughout this time. However after working uphill earlier than and a troublesome uphill cost proper after this swim it really shouldn’t be as dangerous as it might sound.
Groups sometimes unfold out fairly quick on this very difficult course. And the upcoming part right here is fairly difficult.
Right here Antony Costes and Thomas Navarro of crew Les DT Suisse chased fellow triathletes Pierre Massonneau and Fabien Besancon of crew Argon 18 up this part. In the long run nevertheless the placements had been reversed.
The blended crew of Martin Flinta and Johanna Edman of crew Thule Crew had been within the working all day however needed to accept second place within the blended division on the finish.
Swiss Professional triathletes Jan Van Berkel and Samuel Huerzeler tailored moderately properly to this sport and so they ended up in seventh place within the the male division, and eighth place total.
Victor Dahl and Desirée Andersson of Staff Envol wanting snug in first place of the blended division, and in the long run with a time of 5:37:53 in fifth place total and 10 minutes forward of the subsequent blended crew who completed ninth total in 5:47:19.
Athletes encounter quite a lot of terrain as they race by means of the Engadin valley. Right here Swiss Bastiaan Breine and Belgian Gertjan Winten push up a cobbled climb on the way in which to sixth place within the male division.
The main feminine crew of Ulrika Eriksson and Hanna Skårbratt of crew ARK Swimrun additionally seemed snug and so they held on to that lead from begin to end. Their profitable time of 5:48:36 meant 10th place total.
The French professional triathlon crew of Antony Costes and Thomas Navarro had the main crew inside attain all day however in the long run fell 2.5 minutes shot of taking the title.
Even the cows on the Swiss meadows had been socially distanced, however curious concerning the neoprene clad opponents working previous them.
The views athletes expertise on the course are breathtaking.
The place would possibly look inviting to take a fast break and revel in espresso and pastries, however there was no time for such delights.
Remi Mariette and Guillaume Henneman of crew Gravelines Triathlon on the way in which to the title and their time of 5:21:56 was the very best of the day.
Alexander Berggren and Peter Oom of Staff Garmin grabbed 4th place total and had been about Three minutes away from the rostrum in the long run.
There may be a lot lovely nature to expertise right here that it’s properly value to come back right here one other time to take all of it in at a extra mellow tempo, and with extra time.
Pushing up considered one of many climbs on the ÖtillÖ Engadin course
The sort of racing just about ensures social distancing.
The profitable blended crew clearly loved that victory.
Prime 5 Male Groups
1. Remi Mariette (FRA) & Guillaume Henneman (FRA / Staff Gravelines Triathlon) 5:21:56
2. Antony Costes and Thomas Navarro (FRA / Les DT Suisse) 5:24:18
3. Pierre Massonneau and Fabien Besancon (FRA / Staff Argon18) 5:32:43
4. Alexander Berggren and Peter oom (SWE / Staff Garmin) 5:35:34
5. David Pasquet and Benjamin Dupain (FRA / Staff Surpise) 5:40:25
Prime 5 Combined Groups
1. Victor Dahl and Desirée Andersson (SWE /Staff Envol) 5:37:53
2. Martin Flinta & Johanna Edman (SWE / Staff Thule Crew) 5:47:19
3. Montse Martinez Guerrero and Eduard Barcelo (AND / Staff Envol Andorra) 5:58:38
4. Pierre Auger and Marie Tombelaine (FRA / Pop’s Staff) 6:15:19
5. Angèle Duhem and Pierre Louis Sénéchal (FRA / TC Weppes) 6:35:41
Prime 5 Feminine Groups
1. Ulrika Eriksson and Hanna Skårbratt (SWE / Staff ARK Swimrun) 5:48:36
2. Alexia Bailly and Eugenie Aircraft (FRA / Staff Altrisquad) 5:58:59
3. Annika Eriksson and Kristin Larson (SWE / Staff ARK Swimrun) 6:03:53
4. Jenny Ramstedt and Diane Sadik (SWE /HEAD Swimming ) 6:31:45
5. Paulina Sjöholm and Frida Hedman (SWE / Nitroglycerin) 6:49:10
Pictures 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19 © Pierre Mangez / ÖtillÖ Engadin
Pictures 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 14, 17 © Madlaina Walther / ÖtillÖ Engadin