The World Triathlon Corporation, owners of Ironman, have released their European schedule which is notable for three ommissions: Ironman Regensburg, Ironman 70.3 Galway and Ironman 70.3 Antwerp are no longer on the WTC schedules, and it appears that the races will no longer carry the Ironman branding.
On a slight aside, it is also worth noting that according to the WTC both Ironman 70.3 South Africa and Ironman South Africa are European events. Maybe someone should send them an atlas…
Full release below:
World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), today announced its event schedule for the 2013 IRONMAN European Tour featuring nine IRONMAN and 12 IRONMAN 70.3 races, including the Frankfurter Sparkasse IRONMAN European Championship (July 7th 2013) and the Sparkassen Finanzgruppe IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship (August 11th 2013).
After adding races in Sweden, Norway and Austria to its 2012 IRONMAN European Tour calendar, WTC has decided to remove IRONMAN Regensburg, IRONMAN 70.3 Ireland/Galway and the formerly licensed IRONMAN 70.3 Antwerp from its 2013 schedule.
“Together with the city of Regensburg, we tried to find a date that would suit our athletes, the local community and the WTC’s IRONMAN European Tour calendar. Unfortunately, a suitable date for 2013 could not be set,” said Kai Walter, WTC’s Managing Director, International Operations Europe and Managing Director Germany.
It is hoped that a new date will be found for the Regensburg event, which has been a popular race in Germany, for 2014. In three years the event had four German champions: 2005 IRONMAN world champion Faris Al-Sultan and Sonja Tasjich in 2010, Markus Fachbach in 2011 (American Mary Beth Ellis won the women’s race) and Heidi Sessner in 2012 (Luxemburg’s Dirk Bockel won the men’s title this year).
Athletes who were interested in competing at IRONMAN Regensburg will want to look at entering either IRONMAN Nice-France or IRONMAN Zurich, the two events closest on the calendar to last year’s Regensburg event that still have entries available.
Long considered one of the classic events on the calendar, IRONMAN Zurich features a swim in crystal clear Lake Zurich, a diverse bike course that features both long, flat stretches along the lake and some epic climbs into the Swiss mountains and a beautiful run course along the lake. The spectacular event can be a family affair, too, thanks to a weekend that includes IronKids, short distance and relay races.
Nice has a rich history of hosting some of the world’s top triathlon races. The day begins with a swim in the beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, a challenging bike course through the mountains and a spectator-friendly marathon along the Promenade des Anglais.
Here’s the 2013 IRONMAN European Tour schedule:
Spec Savers IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa 20/01/2013
Spec Savers IRONMAN South Africa 14/04/2013
Thomas Cook IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca, Spain 11/05/2013
IRONMAN Lanzarote Canarias, Spain 18/05/2013
IRONMAN 70.3 St. Pölten, Austria 26/05/2013
BMC IRONMAN 70.3 Switzerland in Rapperswil-Jona 02/06/2013
IRONMAN 70.3 Pescara, Italy 09/06/2013
IRONMAN 70.3 Berlin, Germany 16/06/2013
IRONMAN 70.3 Exmoor, UK 16/06/2013
IRONMAN France, Nice 23/06/2013
IROMMAN Austria, Klagenfurt 30/06/2013
Frankfurter Sparkasse IRONMAN European Championship, Germany 07/07/2013
IRONMAN 70.3 Haugesund, Norway 07/07/2013
IRONMAN Zurich, Switzerland 28/07/2013
IRONMAN UK, Bolton 04/08/2013
Sparkassen Finanzgruppe IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship Wiesbaden, Germany 11/08/2013
IRONMAN Sweden, Kalmar 17/08/2013
IRONMAN 70.3 Pays d’Aix, France 25/08/2013
IRONMAN 70.3 Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 01/09/2013
IRONMAN Wales, Pembrokeshire 08/09/2013
IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote, Spain 10/11/2013