The Pho3nix SUB7SUB8 project powered by Zwift aims to break the 7 and 8-hour time barriers for both men and women respectively, in the sport of long distance triathlon (3.8 km/180 km/42.2 km).
This is no small task: the current men’s iron distance record is 7:27:53, while women’s is 8:18:13. Two men and two women will meet up on Sunday, June 5 in DEKRA Lausitzring, Germany to attempt to rewrite the history books.
Leading up to the big event, Zwifters are invited to take part in an 8-week slate of events ranging from group rides/runs to races.
Event Schedule and Details
This series is made up of group rides and runs, running races, TT races, and drafting bike races. Six events are being held each day for the duration of the series.
Sub 7 events are open to men and women, while sub 8 events are for ladies only. All events are single-category events, so you will be racing against athletes of all abilities.
See all upcoming events at zwift.com/events/series/sub7-sub8-event-series
Complete any event throughout the 8-week series to unlock the exclusive SUB7SUB8 kit.
About the Athletes
Two men and two women will be competing to set the Sub 7/Sub 8 mark. Here are their details….
Alistair Brownlee is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time ITU World Champion, and four-time European Champion. He is the only person to have ever defended Olympic Gold in triathlon and is the first person to win the ITU Triathlon World Championships for Junior, U23, and Senior.
In 2021, Kristian Blummenfelt stormed his way into the history books, becoming the first-ever male athlete to win both Olympic and World Championship titles in the same year. In November, he set the fastest iron distance time of 7:21:12 ever recorded on debut, at IRONMAN Cozumel.
Nicola Spirig is a Swiss triathlete and five-time Olympian. She won gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games in one of the closest sprint finishes in triathlon. In 2016, she claimed Silver in Rio and finished sixth in Tokyo 2021—her fifth Olympic Games. She was World Championship runner up in 2010, Junior World Champion in 2001, Junior European Champion in 1999, and Elite European Champion in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018. She was considering retirement before this project caught her attention.
Lucy Charles-Barclay is ranked among the biggest names in Triathlon, and she’s just getting started. In Kona, she obliterated the 19-year old swim course record, recorded the second-fastest ever bike split and overall course time, and has never finished lower than second place. In 2021, she won the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, solidifying her place at the top of the podium. All before the age of 26—and she’s only getting faster.
About the Pho3nix Foundation
The Pho3nix Foundation is a non-profit organization with the sole purpose of promoting physical activity as a way to improve health and wellbeing among children with a particular focus on those in disadvantaged situations.
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