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Swissman in pictures

 Sadly this year extreme weather conditions, including heavy thunderstorms, forced  the swim to be replaced with a 4km run leg start thirty year old Allan Hovda from Norway took the men’s crown in 10:55:00. The second and third placed athletes, Andreas Wolpert from Germany and Sebastian Bräuer from Switzerland, climbed into Kleine Scheidegg with only 2 minutes separating them, 33 and 35 minutes respectively behind the winner.

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In the women’s, Lise Lavoll Borgen, also from Norway, took victory finishing in a time of  12: 52:00. She took the lead from the eventual second placed athlete Julia Nikolopoulos shortly after the bike climb to Gotthardpass and further extended her position by 19 minutes on the run. Nikolopoulos from Germany and Nicole Hofer from Switzerland placed second and third respectively.

This tough long-distance triathlon includes an180k bike leg that goes over three mountain passes to Brienz, while the marathon run heads to the majestic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks. 

Check out our guide to the world’s ultimate mountain triathlons in the August issue, out on 19 July 

Despite extreme weather conditions and thunderstorms forcing the organisers to change the swim to a 4km run the competitors were out in force for the fourth edition of the Swissman, a long-distance triathlon set in the Swiss Alps

In the men’s race 30 year-old Allan Hovda from Norway took victory in a time of 10:55:00. The second and third placed athletes, Andreas Wolpert from Germany and Sebastian Bräuer from Switzerland, climbed into Kleine Scheidegg with only 2 minutes separating them, 33 and 35 minutes respectively behind the winner.

While in the women’s victor Lise Lavoll Borgen, also from Norway, crossed the line in a time of f 12:52:00. She took the lead from the eventual second placed athlete Julia Nikolopoulos shortly after the bike climb to Gotthardpass and further extended her position by 19 minutes on the run. Nikolopoulos from Germany and Nicole Hofer from Switzerland placed second and third respectively.

The 180km bike leg from Ascona to Brienz takes in three mountain passes, climbing to an altitude of over 2,000 metres, while the run leg heads to Kleine Scheidegg, via the majestic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau Alpine peaks 

Don’t miss our guide to the world’s ultimate mountain triathlons in the August issue, out on 19 July

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