To create more space on the course and thus minimize crowding for athletes, slight changes have been made to the Challenge Almere-Amsterdam schedule. On Saturday, September 9, the elite women (Long Distance) will start at 7:10 am and the elite men (Long Distance) will follow at 7:25 am.
This is the first time the pro women will start earlier than the pro men. “This prevents the very fastest Age Groupers from getting in between the women’s pro field (too fast). Thanks to this, a lot of athletes will experience a lot more space out there on our course,” explained by Race Director Richard Belderok. From 7:30 am the first Age Groupers competing at the European Championships will start and from 7:50 am the athletes competing in the Long Distance Open Series will also start their race. The Long Distance will start in several waves.
The Middle Distance starts, not in waves but still with a rolling start, at 9:40 am. “Because of this schedule, we will be able to provide another great day for the thousands of triathletes without having them constantly racing in crowds and having to make an effort not to draft.”
You can view the full schedule via this link or Saturday’s schedule here: