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The 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 european race season kicks off in Denmark with a strong pro list

25 Jun 2021 11:11
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Denmark set to kick off the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship Elsinore with its Return To Racing protocols. Holly Lawrence and Rodolphe Von Berg, will be making a return to defend their titles against a powerful 2021 start list, which includes Lucy Charles-Barclay and Andreas Dreitz.

The stage is set for IRONMAN 70.3 Elsinore to showcase some of Europe’s top professional triathletes as they battle it out to be crowned as the Champion on Sunday, June 27 in Elsinore, Denmark. This will be the official 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship event.

Staged near the legendary 15th century Kronborg Castle, the IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship Elsinore is a fusion of Danish culture and nature. The course takes advantage of the woodlands and green landscapes of Denmark as well as the stunning architecture in the city. Located a short drive from Copenhagen, Elsinore will delight athletes with an extraordinary experience.

The fast flat course will see the Holly Lawrence (GBR) return to defend her title, while Rodolphe Von Berg (USA) aims to accomplish the same feat in the men’s category. A strong PRO line up is expected, with Carolin Lehreider (DEU), Camilla Pedersen (DNK), Maja Stage-Nielsen (DNK) and 2018, 2019 IRONMAN World Championship runner-up and fan favourite, Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) set to take part. The men’s line up is just as exciting with Florian Angert (DEU), Max Neumann (AUS), George Goodwin (GBR), Magnus Ditlev (DEU) and Andreas Dreitz (DEU) looking for podium finishes. Along with many more standout names, the women’s and men’s professional fields for this weekend in Denmark, will be one not to miss.

Only three months after giving birth, Camilla Pederson (DNK) could not say no to this opportunity to return to racing, “I am not in the best shape of my life, so why do I want to race on Sunday? Because I love to race, I love my sport, I love everything about it, the atmosphere, and the immense support from the people. That is what motivates me, and I cannot wait to be back! It is all about having fun because anything is possible.”

Florian Angert (DEU) shares in the excitement, “I will be racing the IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship in Elsinore on Sunday. I am looking forward to this race again after I last raced in 2019. I am looking forward to seeing everyone back at the start line and back to racing.”

Alongside the strong professional field, close to 2000 age-group athletes are expected to race under IRONMAN Safe Return to Racing protocols. Athletes will take on a one-loop 1.9 km swim course which starts at Elsinore Harbour in front of the historic Kronborg Castle (home to Shakespeare’s Hamlet). Athletes then transition onto the bike for a one-loop 90 km bike course that first leads along the stunning coastline before taking athletes through the countryside. Finally, athletes enjoy a 3,5-loop 21.1 km run course that circles the historic Kronborg castle before heading for the old town part of Elsinore.

IRONMAN Denmark Race Director, Jacob Nørgaard, confirms that all is on track for Sunday’s event, “We have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that athletes have an incredible race experience under our Safe Return to Racing Guidelines. After two years, it is amazing to finally be in the process of building the event in the most spectacular venue in Elsinore. In front of the old culture yard and with Kronborg Castle in the background. Everything is going according to plan, and day by day more pieces are coming together. It will all be ready on Sunday for Europe’s first IRONMAN 70.3 event this year.”

IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship Elsinore