A clear sky, brilliant sunshine, a crystal sea and the 5-star comfort of the Forte Village Resort were there to welcome more than 1100 participants who had come to Santa Margherita di Pula for the third edition of the CHALLENGE FORTE VILLAGE.
The competition, which consolidated the success of other years, involved the disciplines of swimming, cycling and running, including half distance, sprint and relay, along a route of incredible beauty. There were athletes of all ages, not only very high-level national and international professionals, but also many Triathlon enthusiasts.
As in the first edition, the event opened with the exciting Duathlon Kids race, which saw the participation of about 200 children and youths between 6 and 15 years of age, along a route of 200 metres on foot and a kilometre by bike. This shows that the triathlon is not just an activity for super-trained athletes, the so-called “Ironmen”, but also for amateurs, beginners and families who love sport and want to enjoy themselves together.
Among the big protagonists of the Challenge Forte Village 2016, undoubtedly Giulio Molinari was one of the brightest stars and finished the race in just 4:00:10. Although the European Champion was not the first to come out of the water, he was able to hold his own against the other competitors throughout the bike race, closing the 90 km in 2:18:08, overtaking two great athletes: the German Boris Stein and Peter Heemeryck, who with a splendid performance in the swimming was able to conquer the absolute second place with 04:01:53. The third place on the podium went to another Italian, Alessandro De Gasperi, with 04:05:25.
Italian supremacy was confirmed in the women’s triathlon: Sara Dossena, thanks to an incredible recovery in the running section, came in first in 4:32:37, followed by the Belgian Tine Deckers (4:35:04), who in turn had dominated the bike section, overtaking the Danish Michelle Vesterby (4:36:02), already 6th in the Ironman world championship in Hawaii 2016. In the sprint race the Frenchman David Hauss was confirmed winner with 56:01:60 followed by co-national Nicholas Becker (56:51:90) and the Austrian Marcel Pachteu (57:17:60).
The women’s competition brought another win for Italy: Veronica Signorini, of the Triathlon Cremona Stradivari, won in 01.03:51, with Cecilia D’Aniello of T.D. Rimini (01:04:13) in second place followed by the Sardinian athlete Alice Capone of Canottieri Napoli (01:05:39). But the Challenge Forte Village 2016 was not just a big sporting event. With the organisation of a full series of festivities, including the Forte Village Triathlon Barbecue and the closing party by Radio Deejay, it was a great, unmissable get-together open to everyone.