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TRI247’s best MD bike courses: Challenge Wanaka, The Championship and Challenge St Pölten

According to TRI247, Challenge St. Pölten, Challenge Wanaka and The Championship are among the races where you will find the most beautiful, fastest and spectacular bike courses in the world. Below you can read what TRI247 has to say about our race courses.

Challenge St. Pölten

Austria has to be a go-to when it comes to beautiful scenery. And Challenge St. Pölten certainly won’t disappoint. Taking place in the Lower Austria region, the bike course takes you on a tour of the stunning UNESCO World Heritage listed Wachau Valley. Just the ticket to keep you smiling as you take on the challenging course’s three tough climbs.

Challenge Wānaka

New Zealand is synonymous with incredible landscapes – and Challenge Wānaka is a race that should most certainly be on your bucket list as an incredible race-cation. Taking place in New Zealand’s South Island, the race has the lakes and mountains of Mount Aspiring National Park as a backdrop.

The bike course will give you the opportunity to take in the town itself, before heading out to Lake Hāwea and Red Bridge. Typically taking place in February each year, having this on your race calendar has got to be the ultimate way to start your year and banish any sign of the January blues!

Challenge The Championship Šamorín

With both an open race and the qualification-only Championship event, Challenge Šamorín is a great middle distance triathlon to make the most of your aero gains on the bike. The 90km bike course is not only flat – it’s also predominantly straight, with very little in the way of technical turns or twists in the roads to disrupt your pace.

Get used to sitting in your aero position, and holding it, and you’ll be flying. With the race taking place in May, the average air temperature is typically around 22 degrees Celsius – ideal for being able to push the pace without overheating.