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THE HILLS ARE ALIVE…

Rainer Tripes looks forward to the fifth Austrian Open Water Cup and the chance to swim in Alpine lakes and through Vienna

In 2016 the Austrian Open Water Cup celebrates its fifth anniversary. Lakes and rivers in eight Austrian regions (and a daytrip to Bavaria) offer nine very different races in beautiful locations. Weekend warriors have the chance to compete against elite swimmers in races between 3.8km and 10km. Wetsuits are optional and the water quality of the lakes and rivers is excellent. Chris Beck, organiser of the series, says that it is aimed “mainly at hobby and amateur swimmers – at all people who enjoy swimming.”

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As spring finally arrives, it is time to start planning your summer swims. We have features on wild swimming in Spain and Florida and full event listings for races in the UK and around the world. Plus, we report from Russia and the UK on the final flurry of the season’s cold water swimming competitions. In this issue’s performance zone, as well as all the usual training and nutrition advice, we teach you how to master easy butterfly. This issue we celebrate a true pioneer of the open water: Mercedes Gleitze, the first British woman to swim the English Channel, was an independent working class woman who promoted open water swimming to a new audience.
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