Cape Town - Pablo Dapena took the crown in the inaugural CHALLENGECAPETOWN
on Sunday, when he sprinted to the finish in a time of 3:46:48.
The Spaniard finished 1:26 ahead of Steven McKenna
(Australia) in second place, with Matt Trautman (SA) coming in third.
First out of the water after a strong swim, Dapena formed part of a six-man
bunch that dominated most of the 90km cycle from Big Bay into the
Company’s Garden. But it was on the run where he showed his
strength, and he quickly set the pace in front, together with McKenna,
with Trautman following close behind.
Dapena was ecstatic with his victory.
“The conditions were amazing. I
had a great swim and enjoyed the flat and fast bike. The run was a little
windy at times and that hill was a challenge, but I loved racing in Cape
Town, and I hope to be back next year!”
The women’s race belonged to Emma Pallant (UK), who took a convincing win
in 4:14:51 - seven minutes faster than Annah Watkinson (SA), and almost
10 minutes ahead of British pro Laura Siddall.
“I loved the swim and the run was tough,” noted Pallant.
“The flat and
fast bike made for an awesome day, and I had great fun on the course.”
This was an historic day for the race organisers, who successfully staged
the first middle distance triathlon in the City of Cape Town.
The 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21km run showcased the Mother City in a
way that no mass participation event athlete has seen it before.
The day dawned to a misty but wind-free Big Bay, and the race opened with
ideal swim conditions and water temperatures reaching 15.5 degrees Celsius. The
cycle followed, which comprised three spectacularly scenic loops along
Otto du Plessis Drive with its uninterrupted ocean views, followed by a
ride into the City, and a final sprint along Adderley Street and
Government Avenue in the Company’s Garden. This was the first time that a
cycle race went through the historic Garden.
The 21km run through the Zonnebloem and District Six precinct showcased
many of the City’s most historically significant landmarks, including
Parliament, City Hall, and the Castle of Good Hope. Three 7km laps
completed the run, which included a brutal climb from the Castle all the
way up to the M3.
“We couldn’t have asked for better conditions to stage this inaugural
event,” said race director Gary Marescia.
“The nature of the course made
it possible for pros and age groupers to put themselves to the test.”
“A middle distance triathlon in the City of Cape Town has been a long
time coming, and I am thrilled that we could show local and international
triathletes that the Mother City is ready for an event of this calibre.”
CHALLENGECAPETOWN attracted participants
from 20 countries across the globe, with women making up 27% of the
field. Top age grouper finishers each earned a slot to participate in THECHAMPIONSHIP
in Samorin, Slovakia, in May 2020.
1. Pablo Dapena (ESP):
2. Steven McKenna (AUS):
3. Matt Trautman (SA):
4. Kyle Buckingham (SA):
5. Tim Don (UK): 3:55:49
6. Bradley Weiss (SA):
1. Emma Pallant (UK):
2. Annah Watkinson (SA):
3. Laura Siddall (UK):
4. Gillian Sanders (SA):
5. Lauren Cannon (SA):
6. Vicky van der Merwe (SA):