A total of 92 clubs, from 21 countries, representing 800 athletes, battled it out in near perfect conditions at the Europe, Middle East and Africa TriClub Championship Final on May 20, 2018 at IRONMAN 70.3 Barcelona in Calella.
Throughout 2017, over 1,500 clubs competed across 17 qualifier races in Europe, Africa and the Middle East to secure their qualifying spot for the EMEA TriClub Championship Final where they would compete against the region’s best performing clubs.
The IRONMAN EMEA TriClub Championship Final considers a club’s top five individual athlete results, based on IRONMAN’s Age Group Ranking (AGR) system. The club with the most points in each division is crowned EMEA TriClub Champion.
In order to be inclusive of clubs of all sizes, TriClub Divisions are based on the number of active, affiliated members who have raced with IRONMAN in the previous year.
• Division I: Over 200 athletes
• Division II: 126 – 199 athletes
• Division III: 76 – 125 athletes
• Division IV: 26 – 75 athletes
• Division V: Under 25 athletes
Against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea, IRONMAN 70.3 Barcelona, Calella, played host to a weekend of TriClub fanfare, camaraderie and celebrations. A dedicated TriClub parade, priority race benefits and special athlete gifts were just a few of the benefits on offer for qualified TriClub athletes racing at the Championship.
This year’s TriClub champions hailed from across Europe with clubs travelling from as far afield as South Africa to compete in the region’s Club Championship event. Following an awards ceremony, representatives from the newly crowned EMEA TriClub Champions shared their thoughts…
Division I Champion: /tri club Denmark (DEN)
“It’s a big thing for us; we are a big club in Denmark, with lots of athletes travelling around the world, so it’s really amazing to receive this trophy. We will definitely be back to try and win it again, for sure.”
Division II Champion: Stockholm City Triathlon (SWE)
“It’s fantastic. We qualified at IRONMAN 70.3 Jonkoping, and then we put it out to our members to see who’d want to come and we got overwhelming support to get out here to Barcelona, over 25 people and some of our best athletes. It’s just been such a great week. We’ve all had great time, it’s just been really, really good. We thought that this might be our last race here, but actually we’ll be back.”
Division III Champion: Ful-on tri (GB)
“It’s fantastic, it’s a great surprise. Half a dozen of us signed up for the race on a whim, and to come and win, it is just a dream. All of us have had such a good time, so yes, we’ll be back to defend the title!”
Division IV Champion: Jersey Tri Club (JER)
“It’s been a long haul, we qualified back at IRONMAN 70.3 Pays d’Aix in France last year, there were about fifteen of us there. And somehow, we’ve managed to get about 51 of us to come over from Jersey to the Championship Final; it’s been mega. The weather really, really helped, what an event; absolutely brilliant. A definite that we’ll be back next year.”
Division V Champion: Team Argon 18 France (FRA)
“It’s mainly the result of a collective team effort. Beyond the result, for us, it’s all about team spirit. This has been really important for us at the Championship as we are a big team. The men in our club came out of the water together and were able to cheer each other on the bike and on the run, and push each other. Next year we will definitely come back and defend the title.”