Duathlon, Powerman Zofingen, partner meeting of the special class:
The Day of the Three Queens
The beginning of the year is marked by the “Day of the Three Kings”. The Powerman Zofingen also writes history in this respect and made it a “Day of the Three Queens”. That three Swiss world champions from the triathlon and duathlon categories are on the same stage at one event has probably never happened before. Natascha Badmann (six-time Ironman Hawaii winner and two- time long-distance duathlon world champion at Powerman Zofingen), Daniela Ryf (four-time Ironman Hawaii winner) and Petra Eggenschwiler (2018 World Champion Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon) honoured the partner meeting of Powerman Zofingen and the “Night of Duathlon” of the Swiss Duathlon Federation Swiss Duathlon at Youcinema in Oftringen with their partner meeting of Powerman Zofingen and the “Night of Duathlon” of the Swiss Duathlon Federation Swiss Duathlon in Oftringen with their “Night of Duathlon”.
In the next two years ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships will again take place in Zofingen. The ITU (International Triathlon Union) and the IPA (International Powerman Association) are staging these events in Zofingen for the twelfth and thirteenth time after 1997,
1998, 1999, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in the Thutstadt after 1997, 1998,
2017 and 2018. The exact dates are now also known. In 2019 it will be on 7/8 September, in 2020 on
19/20 September. “The World Championship long distance race has absolute priority and should be the flagship of the event”, says Stefan Ruf, OC President of the Powerman Zofingen.
Project in Reitnau
Last year, the cycle route in the canton of Lucerne was almost entirely relocated to Aargauer Boden due to changes in permit conditions. “This has proved very successful and the no less hard bike
course than before will remain the same in the future, except for minor adjustments.” Ruf and his OK team of about 50 people want to get more and more transit communities on board. With the project “12 communities – one race”, mood nests are to be built up along the cycle route. “The Powerman
will also take place throughout the year,” says Ruf, who wants to install a permanent bike race track with time and altitude measurement on the Reitnauer Auto-Bergrennen circuit. “At the moment we are still in the detailed planning stage.”
As guests of honour the Powerman Zofingen could present three true sport queens: Natascha Badmann (six-time Ironman Hawaii winner, two-time Long Distance Duathlon World Champion at Powerman Zofingen and two-time Swiss Sportswoman of the Year (1998 and 2002)), Daniela Ryf
(four-time Ironman Hawaii winner and two-time Swiss Sportswoman of the Year (2015 and 2018) and Petra Eggenschwiler (World Champion 2018 Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon). “It would be very interesting if these three outstanding Swiss endurance athletes would compete
against each other on the Powerman long distance in Zofingen. Maybe we’ll organize a test
competition especially for this trio”, Ruf was very happy to have these three queens at the partner meeting of the Powerman Zofingen. “I did a few duathlons at the beginning of my career and have great respect for this sport,” said Ryf. “As I’ve heard from Natascha Badmann, the Powerman Zofingen is even harder than the Ironman Hawaii and so I know why I’ve never competed in the Powerman Zofingen before.” Ryf had to reveal a story about Eggenschwiler: “When I crawled up the Grenchenberg with my time trial bike during training, Petra Eggenschwiler came from behind and said hello to me. Then when I told her she could drive on if she wanted to, it did “ping” and she was
gone!” For her part, Eggenschwiler revealed that she had returned to the Zofingen region for the first
time since winning the World Cup last September. “It brings back wonderful memories and I’m already looking forward to the Powerman Zofingen on September 8th, which will be one of my big goals for the season. Badmann enjoys her role as ambassador of the Powerman Zofingen: “There is a lot of good feedback, the people and the media partners are happy and this sport becomes more interesting again. Duathlon was very important in the 90’s, then went diving a bit and when you can lift it again it’s beautiful.”
Duathlete of the year
Melanie Maurer, who grew up in Wikon and lives in Bern (Liebefeld), was elected Duathlete of the Year. She is Vice World Champion 2018 Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon. “I’ve been crying since I was 30 years old, but now I’m so overwhelmed by this choice.” The 31-year-old Fabian Zehnder from Zurich (TG Hütten, Wädenswil) was elected Duathlete of the Year. “This award makes me very proud, of course, but I would have preferred to finish the Powerman Zofingen 2018 and show off in the most important race of the season.” The award “Duathlon Rookie of the Year” went to Jens-Michael Gossauer (Greifensee) at the Night of Duathlon in Oftringen, which was organized jointly by Swiss Duathlon and Powerman Zofingen. The Powerman Achievement Award, which is given every year to people who have achieved something extraordinary for duathlon sport, went to Raoul Voirol, OC President of the Powerman Tramelan (www.powerman-tramelan.ch), which was founded in 2018 and will take place this year on June 30.
Text + Photos: Raphael Galliker
More information at www.powerman.swiss
1.) Stefan Ruf, OC President of the Powerman Zofingen amidst the three endurance queens from left to right: Natascha Badmann, Daniela Ryf and Petra Eggenschweiler.
2.) Were honored, from left to right: Melanie Maurer (Duathlete of the Year), Fabian Zehnder
(Duathlete of the Year) and Jens-Michael Gossauer (Duathlon Rookie of the Year).
Photos: Raphael Galliker
Video interview by Klaus Aberger
Diverse interviews at the “Night Of Duathlon”.