The sixth SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon is history. 239 athletes from 41 nations started this extreme challenge to cross 226 km with over 5500 vertical meters. Michał Rajca from Poland and Flora Colledge from England were the first man and first woman to reach the finish line on Kleine Scheidegg.
Except for an icy headwind from Ascona to the Kleine Scheidegg, the weather conditions for the sixth edition of the SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon were idyllic: sunshine with scattered clouds in the evening, the temperatures ranging from 5 to 25 degrees.
Only cowbells were ringing on a still Swiss morning before the athletes plunged into the 20-degree Lake Maggiore. At 5:00 am the adventure began. Athletes first swam 3.8 km from Brissago to Ascona, they then cycled 180 km over the Gotthard, Furka and Grimsel Alpine passes to Brienz, for the final transition, when they ran the 42.2 km marathon via Grindelwald up to the Kleine Scheidegg – in total, each finisher climbed 5500 vertical meters.
Michał Rajca from Poland finished first at the Kleine Scheidegg at 4:30 pm, completing the course in 11 hours, 23 minutes. Two Swiss athletes followed: Christian Rutschmann from Herzogenbuchsee arrived second at 5:12 pm, and Gabriel Hopf from Bellmund arrived third at 5:31 pm.
Flora Colledge from England was the first woman to finish, arriving at 6:28 pm. An hour and eight minutes later, Jacqueline Schmid, from Hünenberg, Switzerland, followed for second. And the third woman on the Kleine Scheidegg was Julia Nikolopoulos from Germany, who has now finished all six Swissman Extreme Triathlons.
Of the 239 athletes who started SWISSMAN Extreme Triathlon yesterday, 213 reached the finish lime on Kleine Scheidegg.