Ameland European Cross Champs

12 Sep, 2008 12:00

The second ever ETU Cross Triathlon European Championships will take place this Saturday September 13th on the Island of Ameland in the Netherlands.  Twenty-two elite men and nine elite women will decide who becomes the next European champion. The championships consist of a chilly 1500-meter swim in the Wadden sea followed by a mountain bike course of 35 kilometres which takes the participants through the polder, dunes, forests and over the sandy beach. The race ends with a 12-kilometer run that also goes through dunes, forest and over the beach. 

Over two days more than 500 athletes compete on Ameland. Making it one of the biggest cross triathlon races in Europe.  The weather forecast is dry and not warm. The harsh easterly wind will make the cycling on the beach particularly hard as the athletes will face the wind on the 8-kilometer stretch.

Last year the European Cross Triathlon Championships were held in Santa Eularia des Riu, Spain.  The inaugural event was won by Carina Wasle of Austria on the women’s side.  Wasle, best known for her regular podium appearances on the ITU Winter Triathlon circuit, will defend her title this weekend.  Last year’s silver medallist Sibylle Matter will also be racing looking to get back on the podium.

The Spanish men swept the podium last year much to the delight of the home crowd.  Eneko Llanos led the sweep by taking gold in a thrilling finish over his brother Hector.  Ruben Bravo completed the all-Spanish podium with the bronze. 

2007 Ibiza ETU Cross Triathlon European Championships
Women’s Results
Gold - Carina Wasle (AUT) 1:34:12
Silver - Sibylle Matter (AUT) 1:35:51
Bronze - Ingrid Van Lubek (NED) 1:37:30

2007 Ibiza ETU Cross Triathlon European Championships
Men’s Results
Gold - Eneko Llanos (ESP) 1:23:03
Silver - Hector Llanos (ESP) 1:23:04
Bronze - Ruben Bravo (ESP) 1:25:13

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Related Event: 2008 Ameland ETU Cross Triathlon European Championships
13 Sep, 2008 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Rob Barel NED 02:37:40
2. Paul Embrechts BEL 02:39:16
3. Mikko Vastaranta FIN 02:39:59
4. Rorik Schouten NED 02:40:41
5. Machiel Ittmann NED 02:42:40
6. Johan Neevel NED 02:43:11
7. Peter Mosny SVK 02:43:33
8. Lesly Derks NED 02:43:55
9. Lars Van Der Eerden NED 02:44:14
10. Sven Strijk NED 02:44:50
Results: Elite Women
1. Ingrid Van Lubek NED 02:58:04
2. Sibylle Matter SUI 03:01:01
3. Judy Van Den Berg NED 03:01:20
4. Riikka Vreeswijk-Kelja FIN 03:03:20
5. Maria Czesnik POL 03:04:58
6. Carina Wasle AUT 03:06:25
7. Maud Golsteyn NED 03:07:20
8. Esther Tanck NED 03:11:28
DNF. Stefania Bonazzi ITA 00:00:00
Results: 70-74 Male AG
1. Armin Beyrich GER 05:29:14
Results: 65-69 Male AG
1. Hans Dieben NED 04:37:14
DNF. Stuart Lumb GBR 00:00:00
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