The stage is set for an exceptional weekend of IRONMAN races across Europe this weekend with two IRONMAN European Championship races in Frankfurt and Elsinore, as well as IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events taking place in Nice and in West Friesland.
In Germany, a new IRONMAN European Men’s Champion will be crowned at the Mainova IRONMAN European Championship in Frankfurt; and in Denmark, an IRONMAN 70.3 European Men’s and Women’s Champion will be named to the IRONMAN 70.3 Elsinore European Championship.
With pros and age groups also expected at IRONMAN France, IRONMAN 70.3 Nice and IRONMAN 70.3 Westfriesland, a memorable race weekend is expected.
Patrik Nilsson (SWE), Daniel Bækkegård (DNK), Rodolphe Von Berg (USA), Joe Skipper (GBR), Daniela Bleymehl (GER) and Susie Cheetham (GBR) will all line up for their respective races. on Sunday, June 26, 2022.
Mainova IRONMAN Frankfurt European Championship
Germany will welcome more than 3,000 athletes from 80 nationalities for the 20th edition of the Mainova IRONMAN European Championship Frankfurt.
The event will see some of the best male triathletes compete to become IRONMAN European champion. It comes just two weeks after Laura Phillip won the European Women’s Championship title in Hamburg, while clocking the fastest time ever by a woman to complete an IRONMAN event, with a final time of 8:18. :20.
Defending champion Patrik Nilsson (SWE) will be back on the starting line to retain his title in Frankfurt. The Swede won’t have it easy with Nils Frommhold (GER) and super swimmer Josh Amberger (AUS) looking to break the finish ribbon first. Bradley Weiss (ZAF), who finished second at the IRONMAN Africa Championship in April, will also be aiming for the podium.
And while the professional men are fighting for a European title and a share of the purse, the professional women’s ranks will include local favorite Daniela Bleymehl (GER) as well as Susie Cheetham (GBR).
While eyes may be on the pro battle this weekend, Sam Holness (GBR) will be looking to be the first openly autistic athlete to cross the finish line of the event, “I’m excited and motivated by the race I can’t wait to compete in my first full IRONMAN distance event,” said Holness.
IRONMAN 70.3 Elsinore European Championship
Held near 15th-century Kronborg Castle (immortalized as Elsinore in Shakespeare’s Hamlet), the IRONMAN 70.3 Elsinore European Championship is billed as… ‘a fusion of Danish culture and nature.’
With a field of over 3,300, no less than 2,000 athletes will be taking part in this event for the first time. 72 nationalities will be represented, the oldest athlete being 73 years old and the youngest 18 years old.
The best male and female triathletes will compete to become IRONMAN 70.3 champion and get a share of the prize. Local favorite Daniel Bækkegård (DNK) will be looking to beat reigning European champion George Goodwin (GBR), while Miki Taagholt (DNK), Chris Leiferman (USA) and David Macnamee (GBR) will be hot on both their heels.
With current reigning champion Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) out due to injury, a new IRONMAN 70.3 European Champion will be crowned. After finishing second last year, Holly Lawrence (GBR) will be aiming for the top spot on the podium this year. It won’t be easy with a top field looking to do the same, with fellow Brits Emma Pallant-Browne and Ruth Astle as well as Ellie Salthouse (AUS), Anne Reischmann (GER) and Sarissa De Vries (NLD) .
IRONMAN France Nice and IRONMAN 70.3 Nice
More than 5,300 athletes will fly to the French Riviera to participate in IRONMAN France Nice (2,750 athletes) and IRONMAN 70.3 Nice (2,600 athletes) which will take place for the first time on the same day.
IRONMAN France Nice will also see a strong pro battle as athletes use Nice’s famously challenging cycling hills to test their fitness as they prepare for what awaits them later this year at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua. – Kina, Hawaii. The men’s pro field will feature Rodolphe Von Berg (USA), Cameron Wurf (AUS), Joe Skipper (GBR) and local favorite Dylan Magnien (FRA).
The women’s pro field will feature Manon Genet (FRA), who finished third in the Mainova IRONMAN European Championship in Hamburg. She will race alongside Justine Mathieux (FRA), Svenja These (DEU) and Federica De Nicola (ITA).
As a race reserved for age group athletes, the IRONMAN 70.3 Nice will offer amateur competitors a chance to be crowned age group champions for 2022.
IRONMAN 70.3 West Friesland
Known as the “Dash of Dutch Duality”, the third edition of IRONMAN 70.3 Westfriesland is positioned as a celebration of racing by age group. Athletes from all over the world will race in Hoorn, the Netherlands. The event will see 62 nationalities represented, with athletes coming from 232 different states/provinces and 1,012 different cities.
The organizing team in the Netherlands notes that the athletes… ‘enjoy landscapes dotted with windmills, polders and historic and modern villages in a pastoral setting. The course exudes the character of the region with its historic town centres, seawalls and verdant countryside.