Saturday 18th May 2019
Event: Challenge Lisboa
Date: Saturday 18th May 2019
Challenge Lisboa is a stunning event in one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities. A long-standing favourite with the team at Bring My Bike, the event offers a choice of categories from middle distance (or half Ironman) to Olympic distance and a family-friendly super-sprint relay so there’s something for everyone no matter their racing experience.
The swim route is a one-loop course that unfolds over 1.9 kilometres and looks more complicated than it really is. Although there are a number of sharp turns and a bit of zigzagging back and forth, the well-organised rolling start keeps everything calm and civilised. Even newcomers to the sport should find the swim very manageable while experienced athletes can use the swim to get a good start to their event.
T1 is on Lisbon’s Rossio dos Olivais and only a short hop from the swim exit which cuts down nicely on transition times. The bike course is as simple as could be; laid out on well-surfaced national road, the course is a neat out-and-back with gentle rolling hills. The one real hill is a 1km climb with a 6% gradient at the far turning point of each lap but this shouldn’t cause any real problems. In fact, the trickiest element of the bike course are the dead-end turns at each end but a bit of common sense and road awareness will prevent accidents here. All in all, the flat bike course is perfect for getting some speed down and working a medium cadence to drive the legs and keep attacking.
Once through T2, it’s on to the run course which is also pretty flat. The course takes athletes right along the River Tagus in another out-and-back loop with an aid station at each turning point. As with the bike course, the run includes a few sharp turns to keep things interesting. Unusually for European triathlons, Challenge Lisboa’s run course has sections of cobbles, dirt track and pavement along the way so be aware of the underfoot conditions before you start out.
Challenge Lisboa’s finish line is at the harbour, just metres away from the swim start. As it to be expected in Portugal, the finish party is phenomenal with plenty of music, dancing and food to mark the end of the race and help athletes to forget about their complaining muscles! And while you’re doing that, Bring My Bike will be there to take your bike, wrap it up in its Polaris Bike Rug and get it safely home again in time for your next spin.