The 10th anniversary of Norseman Xtreme Triathlon was celebrated by holding two races, one on Saturday 4 and one on Sunday 5 August. This enabled twice the amount of athletes to compete in what is probably the world’s toughest triathtlon. In all, the event gathered approximately 450 competitors from 37 countries. The Saturday winners were Julia Nikolopoulos, setting women track record with 13:00:40 and Arnaud Epp 11:37:05. Not having fully recovered from illness in 2011, previous record holder Björn Andersson pulled out of the Sunday race during the bike leg. Sunday winners were Henrik Oftedal, setting new track record with the impressive time of 10.23.24, and Annett Finger, setting yet another women’s record in less than 24 hours, with 12.17.34. At the mountain top, Oftedal gave credit to his support, saying that “you can’t win this race alone!”
Both races were carried out successfully and in good weather conditions, allowing the athletes to also enjoy the spectacular landscape of the Eidfjord, the Hardangervidda plateau and the Gaustatoppen mountain. The swim on both days offered the frisky temperature of 13,5 C and beautiful, still waters. In the ride up the valley of Måbødalen and across the Hardangervidda the athletes had the wind in their backs and clear and partly sunny weather. On Saturday, the athletes were able to finish the marathon in magnificent weather at Gaustatoppen, whereas Sunday offered some light and heavy showers during the last part of the cycling and a cloudy mountain top. When asked to describe her day, multiple ironman Hawaii age group winner Lisbeth Olsen Kenyon exclaimed “I am flabbergasted!”
The Saturday race experienced an unfortunate road accident. The organiser’s safety team, including doctors and off-duty police, was at the scene within minutes, and the athlete was sent by air ambulance to the Haukeland hospital in Bergen.
Complete results for both races can be found here.
Pictures can be found here