Four of the best long-distance triathletes in the world dare an extremely ambitious record attempt on June 5th or 6th at the Lausitzring.
As part of the Pho3nix Sub7 and Sub8 project, Norwegian Olympic champion Kristian Blummenfelt and British double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee want to be the first people to break the seven-hour mark in an Ironman.
In the women’s race, three-time Hawaii silver medalist Lucy Charles-Barclay from Canada and Swiss Olympic champion Nicola Spirig are aiming for the first time under eight hours.
Almost laboratory conditions are to be created at the Lausitzring for the record attempts over 3.8 km swimming, 180 km cycling and 42.195 km running. You swim in Lake Senftenberg, which allows for a straight route with few turning points. During the bike section, the athletes will be supported by pacemakers on the 5.85-kilometer test oval of the race track, as they will be in the subsequent marathon.
“This is an extraordinary record attempt that requires everything to be right for our athletes,” said Chris McCormack, two-time Ironman World Champion and CEO of promoter Mana Sports. It’s about “redefining the limits of human performance and making the impossible possible.” Time zone, climate, wind, altitude, route and surface make the Lausitzring the ideal location.
For men, to reach the goal, the record would have to be undercut by more than 21 minutes, which Blummenfelt only managed to do in November 2021 at the Ironman Mexico. The women would have to beat Briton Chrissie Wellington’s almost eleven-year-old world record by a good 18 minutes.