Challenge Dubai - pre race images

The inaugural Challenge Dubai is now only 2 days away and we checked out what is happening in and around the race venue on Jumeirah Beach and now will share some of the images. Tomorrow the focus will be on the bike check-in, so today it is mostly about people.

German pros Horst Reichel and Patrick Lange after the morning swim at Jumeirah Beach.

As another athlete exits the water a strange craft is passing by behind him.

It is a quad wave runner combo that is used by the police.

The beach here is quite stunning and in the background you can see the race hotel and the very distinctive Palms one.

Claus Andersen and Michelle Vesterby looked chipper but the always smiling Dane had an accident this week.

Refreshments and sweets for hungry swimmers at Jumeirah Beach.

Meredith Kessler and Leanda Cave during the registration package pick up.

Brad Kahlefeldt also grabbed his race numbers earlier today.

It is time for these 2 Spanish athletes to get the timing chip.

Maurice Clavel and about 100 other pros paid close attention during the pro meeting. Look for this young German to swim fast and bike hard for sure.

The mechanics in the expo area were busy too.

Swiss pro Ruedi Wild spent some time in of of his sponsor's booth.

Daniel Halksworth tore his wetsuit and was super thrilled when a care package from blueseventy arrived. But he may not need a wetsuit on Friday.

Mohammed Javed came from Bahrain to race in the 2015 Challenge Dubai.

Michael Raelert carries the burden of the #1 bib but seemed relaxed. He also showed great respect for Javier Gomez and Tim Reed.

The 6 pros and some of the VIPs are lined up for the press conference.

Javier Gomez has a very big target on his back here, but the Spanish pro seemed cool, calm and collected.

Daniela Ryf also knows that many eyes will be on her on Friday.

Javier Gomez ran into Brad Kahlefeldt outside the Jameirah Beach Hotel.

German pros Markus Fachbach and Michael Ruenz about to head out on a run.