ETU 2018


For all of you planning to go long in 2018 in the search for ETU Medals, the important and exiting news for you is that the ETU European Triathlon Long Distance Championships will be hosted, on September 23, 2018 over an challenging and amazingly beautiful course crossing National Park and finishing in the heart of Madrid at Puerta del Sol. It will be hosted by CHALLENGEMADRID.

The CEO from CHALLENGEFAMILY, Zibi Szlufcik, is no stranger to the event, “It’s an amazing pleasure to continue the successful relationships with the European Triathlon Union and deliver another Long Distance Championship at CHALLENGEMADRID. Spectacular course, stunning landscape and finish line; athletes will not forget until end of their lives! It will be a great festival with a number of side events for the entire family. Being myself part of a relay team last year, riding through the national park on one of the most beautiful bike courses in the world was definitely a lifetime experience that I can warmly recommend to all athletes. I would also like to thank the hosting city of Madrid, the Region and Sport Authorities as well as the European Triathlon Union and Spanish Federation for the continuous support.”

ETU President, Renato Bertrandi, expressed satisfaction that the change of event and venue was managed so early in the season so as to reduce the impact upon athletes who were training for this longest of tests. “It is of course unfortunate that for a very few people, this change may have initially created a scheduling problem for them but with the move to Madrid happening over nine months ahead of the event I am sure that there is every chance that the necessary adjustments can be made to any annual leave or work commitments so as to enable them to come to Madrid and race in September. I am grateful to Zibi Szlufcik and his team from CHALLENGEFAMILY for having acted so swiftly and for having chosen the Madrid course to focus their European Championship attention upon. The choice of Madrid will make it a real challenge and how appropriate is that!