The increasingly iconic Elbaman race in Italy opened registration this week for the event’s XIII edition. Registration went live on Monday 7 November at 10:00 CET for next year’s event, which is scheduled as previously across the last weekend of September: 23-24 September 2017.
Elbaman encompasses the usual full distance (also with a relay team option) and a half triathlon. Back in February 2016, the organizing team reported a first ever sell-out in each Elbaman race and distance (the full distance Elbaman and half distance Elbaman73 event) more than seven months before race day. For 2017, the organising team again expects an early sell-out, ‘due also to very affordable fees granted to the fastest registrants’.
The race has a strong connection with the local community that ‘always cheers athletes all along the scenic course around the west part of the island’. 2016 saw 815 athletes from 15 countries taking on the full and half distance. A release from the Elbaman organising team cited the event as ‘A classical end-season race that always aims to create a friendly environment and atmosphere for all participants, from the champion to the lowest age-group.’
Elbaman has been recognized as offering up ‘a beautiful race in a natural paradise’. It is also known as a tough race with its hilly and technical bike course. As the organizers point out, ‘It is not a place for a personal best on the distance: the fastest riders are able to complete the 180K bike course in around 6 hours.’
On the other hand, the Elbaman team adds that ‘you ride on the most amazing bike course you can imagine, watching the crystalline water of the west part [of Elba Island], with Corsica and Montecristo in the background.’ Elbaman takes place each September at the Marina di Campo (Elba Island) between Corsica and the western coast of Italy.