World-Class Athletes Head to Inaugural Challenge Budva-Montenegro

Following last year’s cancellation due to COVID, CHALLENGEBUDVA-MONTENEGRO is ready to go this Sunday with a strong field of world-class athletes ready to compete against each other in spectacular Montenegro.

From Nils Frommhold (DEU) and Magnus Ditlev (DEN) to Patrick Lange (DEU), recently the winner of DATEV CHALLENGEROTH, each has his eye on the inaugural win at CHALLENGEBUDVA-MONTENEGRO. But they have some competition from the likes of Ruedi Wild (SUI), Mattia Ceccarelli (ITA) and Ognjen Stojanovic (SER) plus a number of others who could deliver a surprise on the day.

In the women’s race, we can expect another great battle between Els Visser (NED) and Lucy Hall (GBR). Last weekend these two athletes finished second and third respectively at CHALLENGESALOU, won by Lisa Norden, so at CHALLENGEBUDVA-MONTENEGRO they will be pulling out all the stops to claim victory. In the process, it will be exciting to see which of the two athletes has recovered best from the tough race in Spain. Yet they will also have to take into account more strong women at CHALLENGEBUDVA-MONTENEGRO such as Swiss athletes Emma Bilham and Melanie Baumann.

One thing is certain: the first edition of CHALLENGEBUDVA-MONTENEGRO will provide a spectacular background to all the action with its stunning scenery. Athletes will swim in the crystal blue Adriatic Sea, bike through the historic streets of the ancient town of Budva, and along the breathtaking Montenegro coast and eventually run along the Budva seafront, with its lively Mediterranean atmosphere.

On Sunday 10 October, the pro men will start at 7:00am CEST. The pro women will follow at 7:05am CEST and age groupers at 7:10am CEST. You can follow CHALLENGEBUDVA-MONTENEGRO via our live updates at On Saturday 9 October there are several side events, including a 5km run and a Kids Race.

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