Challenge Salou 2022: Start time, live viewing and preview – Elite News

This is a preview of the Challenge Salou – you can read post-race reports of an impressive win for Kristian Hogenhaug in the men’s category, as well as a resounding success for Fenella Langridge in the women’s Pro category.

You are spoiled for choice as a triathlon fan this weekend. Not only can you watch Saturday’s IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside live, but you can wake up again on Sunday and do the same for the Challenge OSTO Salou in Spain.

With several world champions and Olympic medalists set to race as well among the approximately 90 registered professional athletes, there should be some good racing too.

Start time and how to watch live

The Challenge Salou 2022 will take place on Sunday 3 April. Racing starts at 08:00 local time for PRO Men, with PRO Women starting 15 minutes later at 08:15. This corresponds to 07:00/07:15 in the UK and 02:00/02:15 Eastern time.

**UPDATE** – due to a polar front, the race has now changed to a duathlon for safety reasons, starting with a 4km run. And IRONMAN World Champion Anne Haug was withdrawn at the last minute due to illness.

The event is streamed live via YouTube (embedded below).

This is a half-distance event, the Salou course including:

  • 1.9 km swim (one lap)
  • 85 km bike (three laps)
  • 21 km race (four laps)
Challenge Salou 2019 - Photo José Luis Hourcade

Challenge collaboration between family and PTO

Before I get into the details of which athletes are running, there is one interesting aspect that I picked up while researching who is running.

The allocation of bib numbers to athletes was done by direct reference to the PTO world ranking. Kristian Hogenhaug (Men’s PTO #11) and Anne Haug (Women’s PTO #4) will wear #1 and #71 respectively, the lowest in the respective PRO Men’s and PRO Women’s number ranges.

Ok, so the number an athlete wears is, in and of itself, not particularly exciting at all…but it would imply a close relationship/buy-in of this PTO system as a tool by a major trade organizer. A small point perhaps, but seeing different parts in the triathlon space working together can only be good for the sport as a whole.


Almost ago 70 men on the PRO starting roster – and some serious talent among them too.

Based on that then, #1 goes to Kristian Hogenhaug (DEN), the 2021 Challenge Almere-Amsterdam long distance triathlon world champion. Kristian was someone American Rudy Von Berg considers a dark horse for the upcoming IRONMAN World Championship in St George.

Kristian Hogenhaug Challenge Almere 2021

Hogehaug will be joined by his compatriot, Miki Taagholtwho had the best race of his career by finishing fourth in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in 2021.

France should feature prominently in this race, with Denis Chevrot (PDF #18), Sam Laidlow (PDF #33) and Clement Mignon (PTO #50) all among the top ranked athletes.

The most decorated name on the list – although mostly from the legal draft world – is two-time World Champion and Super League Triathlon legend, Vincent Louis, further adding to the French outlook. He will of course skyrocket in the PTO standings as soon as he has a scoring third race to add to his current tally.

Winner already this year in very different circumstances, indoors in Liévin, Luis has all the qualities to dominate this one. He hopes to stay on his bike this time, unlike that incident between a car and a cyclist last year in Indian Wells!

Copyright Vincent Luis Lievin (Photo credit @activimages Darren Wheeler, @trimaxmag)
Photo credit @activimages / Darren Wheeler, @trimaxmag

Other race winners include Pieter Heemeryck (BEL), Patrick Nilsson (Sweden) and Thomas Davis (GBR).

The pace will surely be full from the first stroke, with swimmers of the quality of Luis, Laidlow and Briton Andrew Horsfall-Turner.

Ultimately, I see Vincent Luis taking the Costa Duarada win, probably leading or very close all morning.

PRO Women

IRONMAN World Champion Anne Haug (GER) is the highest ranked athlete (PTO’s #4) and will surely be the favorite in the race too. Second place two weeks ago in Lanzarote was strong, but a clear deficit to Britain’s Kat Matthews will leave her waiting for a significant advance on her own Road to St George.

Anne Haug on the bike at the IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote 2022
Photo credit: Ryan Sosna-Bowd

The 2021 edition saw the swimming canceled and replaced by a 5km race, with the revised duathlon being won by 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Lisa Norden (SWEDEN). Norden – training partner of world No. 1 Laura Philipp – returns, having also won the IRONMAN Lake Placid last year. Like Matthews, Norden excels on the bike where she was a multiple Swedish TT and road race champion, and so will provide Haug another measure of her form on two wheels.

Just like Haug and Norden, Fenella Langridge also preparing for the IRONMAN World Championship in St George. She says her training looks “pretty heavy for a week of racing,” but five weeks out from your A+ race for the first half, that’s the kind of compromise that has to be made, but she’s still excited. – “I can’t wait to be back in the race and see how the form at the start of the season evolves.

Fenella Langridge IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene
Fenella Langridge at IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene 2021

Spain’s hopes likely rest on previous double winner Judith Corachan Vaquerawhile Els Visser (NED) – second last year – and India Lee (GBR) hopes to be in contention for the podium. For Lee, preparations haven’t been as smooth as hoped after her bike was ransacked in transit to a recent training camp, but she managed to muster a replacement, so good luck to her this weekend. .

With one race already under her belt, Haug will definitely start as my big favorite to win this one. Norden has the talent to push her on the bike, but two weeks after Lanzarote I think the German will take the win thanks to her impressive running speed.

You can find the full start list here.

Prize money: what’s at stake?

The scholarship on offer this weekend is €19,000 – with each of the winners taking a €3,500 share of that total

Total funds will be paid out in six depths, as follows:

  1. €3,500
  2. €2,100
  3. €1,400
  4. €1,150
  5. 850 €
  6. 500 €

Of course, thanks to training from the Professional Triathlete Organization, the financial rewards for performance don’t just come from day-to-day performances.

The PTO Global Ranking will see a total of $2 million awarded at the end of 2022, based on the final ranking of these point tables. The rewards can be substantial, with moving up or down in the ranking system potentially earning you more than any individual event.

Race For The Rankings Prize Scholarship 2021 PTO

As a Challenge Family event, there is also a third potential revenue stream for athletes, through the Challenge the family world bonus!

Challenge Family is offering a bonus pot of $125,000, which is paid out in the form of $25,000 / $16.5,000 / $12,000 / $6,000 / $3,000 to the top five ranked male and female athletes over the course of the Challenge Family / CLASH Endurance racing season.

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