Daniela Ryf to enter Ironman Switzerland triathlons in Rapperswil and Thun
Four-time Ironman World Champion Daniela Ryf has included starts at two Swiss events in her 2020 schedule. On June 7, Ryf will participate at the Ironman 70.3 Switzerland in Rapperswil. Five weeks later, she’ll enter the Ironman Switzerland in Thun.
Ryf's start in Rapperswil has become an early summer tradition for the 32-year old, who has taken first place at the Ironman 70.3 Switzerland six consecutive times since 2014. Similarly, she has finished at the top of the podium at the Ironman Switzerland twice. Nevertheless, this year’s start will be somewhat of a premiere for Ryf, as Switzerland most prestigious triathlon event has shifted locations to Thun in the Bernese Oberland after a 22-year run in Zurich. Naturally, Ryf is looking forward to both competitions. "Racing in front of a home crowd made up friends, family and lots of Swiss triathlon fans is very special to me”, explains the Solothurn native. “I truly relish the experience and the tremendous support”
Prior to her two Swiss starts, Daniela Ryf will take part at the inaugural Collins Cup in Samorin, Slovakia, on May 29 and 30. The team format event, named after the founder of the Ironman Hawaii and modelled after golf’s Ryder Cup, is organised by the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) and aims to determine the region with the best triathletes in the world. Ryf will start for the team "Europe", together with six male and five female teammates, and will compete against the teams from the USA and the rest of the world, with twelve professionals each. In the future, the Collins Cup, which is endowed with two million US dollars in prize money, shall be held annually at a different location.
Daniela Ryf’s first start of the season is scheduled for April 19, when she’ll participate at the Triathlon Portocolom in Mallorca, Spain, which is part of Spirit Tri Series.