Due to extreme weather off the north western coast of Italy, race officials decided to cancel the Elbaman and Elbaman 73 races – which were due to take place on the weekend of 23-24 September 2017 – after a violent cloudburst fell on Marina di Campo, the longest beach on the island of Elba, Italy.
The organising team saw extreme weather impact much of the race course. Elbaman Triathlon President Marco Scotti was on hand in the flooded finish area handing out t-shirts to those who wanted a memento of the event, but who, sadly, were unable to start or finish it.
A release from the Elbaman team noted that the scale of the climatic event that took place on the island of Elba was unpredictable. It made the swimming portion of the event particularly dangerous and impossible, due to a flooded transition area. The bike course was similarly impacted, with water present in large quantities on the streets along the route.
As an Elbaman spokesperson pointed out, “We are disappointed, but the safety of athletes comes first.”
Elbaman takes place each September at the Marina di Campo (Elba Island) between Corsica and the western coast of Italy. Plans are under way to bring the race back in 2018.