The concept of the Xtreme Triathlons leads the athletes back to the roots of Triathlon. The individual performance, the familiar atmosphere and the experience within a breathtaking surrounding are the essentials. The collaboration between the SWISSMAN, Norseman and Celtman wants to promote and spread these values.
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon
The Norseman Xtreme Triathlon has celebrated its tenth anniversary in summer 2012! The highly demanding course over the iron distance from the Hardanger-fjord, through the largest European high plateau and in the end up to the highest mountain of the province Telemark, make the Norseman an absolutely unique triathlon adventure.
Today, eleven years after the first edition, the 250 Norseman slots are distributed by lottery among more than four times as many athletes from 40 nations of all five continents. The enthusiasm for this race is extreme among endurance athletes.
Celtman Extreme Scottish Triathlon
In collaboration with the organizers of the Norseman the first Celtman was held in Scotland in summer 2012. With the motto “In the Spirit of the World’s finest Xtreme Triathlons” the Celtman is the second successful race after the principle “back to the roots of Triathlon”.
The first-ever SWISSMAN
About 50 triathletes fought their way from Brissago to the Kleine Scheidegg. Not only did they have to cope with weather adversity, but also had to struggle against their own limits. The first-ever SWISSMAN is his-tory. «I went far beyond the limits that I had set for myself,» concluded Markus Stierli, winner of the first SWISSMAN, after he passed the finish line on the Kleine Scheidegg. He put his mark on the Xtreme Triathlon: He completed the 3.8-kilometer swim, 180 km bike and 42 km run in 11.29 hours. Stierli, 38, managed to extend his lead on Rafael Wyss, 30, (11.53 hours) by 24 minutes. Andrea Zamboni, 42, (12.05 hours), completes the podium of the men.
The native Briton Emma Pooley crossed the finish line after 12.39 hours. She dominated the women’s field from the start and despite minor technical glitches on the bike she finished more than an hour before Andrea Huser, 39, (13.53 hours). The third athlete to cross the finish line was Julia Nikolopoulos, 36, (14.46 hours).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]A worthy member of the Xtreme Triathlon Family
With the SWISSMAN course the athletes completed a long-distance triathlon. The launch of the first holding was at 5.08 clock on the Brissago Islands, from where the triathletes swam to Ascona. The 180-kilometer bike course led over three passes: the Gotthard, the Furka and the Grimsel. The weather, that brought everything from wind, rain and sun-shine, challenged the participants additionally. In Brienz, it finally went to the Kleine Scheidegg on foot, past the stunning backdrop of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. One of the participants summed up:
“A marathon you run with your muscles, an Ironman you do with your head – but the SWISSMAN you can only manage with your heart.” Marcus Raatz, SWISSMAN Finisher 2013
The first SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon took place with a limited field of 50 athletes. «We were able to gain valuable experience in order to receive a full starting field of around 200 participants in the coming year,» OC president Beat Stadelmann said after the last athlete had crossed the finish line. There were neither injuries nor serious accidents. Exhausted and happy Beat from Winterthur stated: «For us it is a dream come true – our event is a worthy member of the Xtreme Triathlon family.»
“SWISSMAN. Absolutely fantastic! Absolutely to recommend! To have been participant of the first-ever SWISSMAN makes me enormously proud. I hope the story will go on.” Philipp Brack, SWISSMAN Finisher
«Well I don`t really have much to say, it was without any doubt the hardest thing I have ever done in my life (and I tried some crazy s*** in my life ;-) ). So so so hard but SO so so beautiful, what a journey!!» Billy Munksbog, SWISSMAN Finisher, Denmark