August 06, 2018

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Allan Hovda and Mette Pettersen become King and Queen of Norseman

Norseman Ferry

238 triathletes representing 35 countries took part in the 16th Norseman Xtreme Triathlon consisting of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run. But this is no ordinary triathlon… One of the most iconic races, it is unlike any other event starting from a from a car ferry and finishing at the top of a mountain and is the one on everyone’s bucket list. Here at HUUB, we are honoured to be the swim and merchandise partner of an event that epitomises the meaning of extreme and challenging.

Norseman Start

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The athletes battle through pretty much every type of weather you could imagine, but this year it got off to a good start as the water temperature for the swim was a mild 17 degrees instead of the usual freezing temperatures. The race starts by boarding a car ferry at 4am, 3.8km from Eidfjord. Many athletes were wearing our Varme Thermal Balaclava and Neoprene Swim Socks to help their bodies cope with up to two hours in the pitch black water.

Allan Hovda

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Norwegian athletes Allan Hovda and Mette Pettersen became King and Queen of Norseman. Having already won this race three times Allan was eager to get back and become the King of Norseman once again. The men’s race was incredibly exciting with Allan racing neck to neck with 2017’s winner and current record holder Lars Christian Vold. That was what Allan hoped would happen as before the event, in his pre-race blog he commented “My dream is not winning. My dream is an epic battle between Lars Christian Vold and myself. At battle that pushes us both to our limits and beyond. That is what Norseman deserves.” After a great battle with Lars on the bike leg Allan put the hammer down on the run getting a 21-minute lead.

Mette Pettersen

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Pro athlete Mette Pettersen was the first woman out of the water at 00:53:53 and held her lead throughout the race, smashing last years course record by 48 minutes with a remarkable time of 11:16:10.

Harry Wiltshire

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HUUB were there supporting 3x Kona finisher and 2018 Celtman champ Harry Wiltshire who faced some strong competition from the Norwegians who are familiar with the tough and technical course. Harry was second out of the water just seconds behind Norwegian Eirik Ravnan, a former competitive swimmer. He finished 6th overall in an impressive 10:47:32.


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