2016-04-18

Start numbers now online

Start numbers now online
Changes in the timetable: Bike Check-in and race briefing start earlier

The allocation of start numbers has been completed. The start numbers of all individual and relay participants are now apparent from the list of starters upon entry of the name. The competition starts at 6:30 a.m. with the swim of the first start group. This includes the top 20 women and top 50 men, all starters over 65-years-old, 29-time participants, all participants with disabilities and, new for this year, all SUB 9 athletes. Then, from 6:35am three men’s start waves will go at five-minute intervals (ranked according to expected finish time). The two women’s start groups will follow at 6:50am and 6:55am. The remaining men’s start groups, from seven to 17 will also depart at five-minute intervals from 7:00am. The three relay team waves (18-20) will start at 8:50am, 8:55am and 9:00am. The new start group timings create calmer swim conditions for the women and also for the slower age group athletes as they will only have the very fast swimmers in front of them. The newly timed start groups also result in an earlier finish time of 10:50pm (previously 11:05pm).

Changes in the timetable at athletes request
In the Challenge Family athlete-survey 2015 some athletes expressed their wish to bring the obligatory race briefing forward so that they can rest earlier the evening before the race. TEAMCHALLENGEfollowed this comprehensible wish. From this year on, the race briefings take place two hours earlier. French at 3 p.m. instead of 5 p.m., German/English at 4 p.m. instead of 6 p.m., German relays at 5 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. and English relays at 6 p.m. instead of 7.45 p.m. To avoid a collision, the bike-check-in starts earlier, too. The check-in of the bikes in the parc fermé is now possible from 11.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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