The Italian champion, Jonathan Ciavattella, considered one of the best international athletes, is the first professional athlete to register to race.
The International Triathlon, Challenge Mogan-Gran Canaria already has the first professional athlete registered to race on September 17th. The ‘Godfather’ of racing, Jonathan Ciavattella, one of the best riders at international level on middle distance competitions.
Jonathan Ciavattella is the current winner of the Challenge Fuerteventura and in April, will attend this event with the aim of winning the double. The Italian triathlete won’t have it easy, because he will be competing against Andi Böcherer, Timo Bracht, Stephen Bayliss and, in particular, Frederic Van Lierde, winner two years ago of the most prestigious event in Long distance Triathlon, the Ironman World Championship, Hawaii.
Challenge Mogán-Gran Canaria Event Director Jordi González, said that the incorporation of Ciavattella into the race “is a decisive boost to the presence on the island of great professionals of Triathlon and, in particular, Italian athletes since it is a market with numerous events and a great love for this sport.”
Jordi González stressed that becoming part of the Challenge Family franchise, marked with 47 events around the world, “guarantees that Gran Canaria is celebrated a great event of Triathlon with the support of professionals and athletes representing more than 20 countries”.
Cabildo of Gran Canaria and Ayuntamiento de Mogán are the promoters of this sport and promotional initiative that will allow the island to host an International Triathlon race, with a global wide projection thanks to international races organized by the Challenge or Ironman brands.
At the recent presentation of the event, Vice President and island Minister of sports, Ángel Víctor Torres, and the Mayor of Mogán, Onalia Bueno, highlighted the decision to promote the annual hosting of this event, since it increases the number sporting events on offer with external projection in an ambitious project to make Gran Canaria the ‘European sport island’.
The date of the Challenge Mogan-Gran Canaria favors the presence of the European elite of this sport on the island as they prepare for the World Championships, which take place three weeks later in Hawaii. Around 700 participants are expected in the first edition to reach 1,500 in the third year. Half of the athletes will be from Europe, with more than 20 different nationalities, mainly British and German.
Gran Canaria, commencing as a Middle-Distance Triathlon comprises 1.9 km. swim, 90 km bike and 21 km run. The course of the first edition will have departure and arrival in the paseo de Amadores, whose environment will host swimming section and will also hold the transition zone for the change of sport type.
A route, which promotes the beauty of the spectacular coast and mountains of the southwest of the island, is planned for the cycling and running paths. The planned routes can be subject to change due to operational or security at the time of the event.
The managing director of the Challenge Family, Félix Walchsöfer said in his presentation that the race will be “among the top events” of this international franchise and considered that the event “is ideal since Mogán has a spectacular climate and infrastructure services that will make one of the most desirable”.
Meanwhile, the six-time winner of the Hawaii World Championship, Natascha Badmman, noted that the South of Gran Canaria is the “perfect place” for a triathlon. Swiss triathlete has spent more than 20 years in the island so most of her successes, including his six titles in the most prestigious race of this sport, have been forged on the roads of Mogán.
“For many years I’ve said that this is the perfect place to train, good weather, by both the good mountains and its wonderful Ocean. It was not until the last four or five years that other athletes have realized that the South of Gran Canaria is the perfect place to train”, said Badmnan in a meeting in Amadores between organizers and athletes Challenge Mogàn-Gran Canaria.
Challenge brand is the fastest growing in the World of Triathlon and is changing the face of long and middle distance events to incorporate activities for all the family and the creation of a memorable experience for the viewer. Challenge Mogàn will follow this, with a Challenge Women event of approximately 5 kilometers; an event exclusively for women. We will also hold and an activity for the young, the Junior Challenge.