Race preview Ironman 70.3 Marbella European TriClub Championship

Ironman 70.3 Marbella

The sixth edition of the Ironman 70.3 Marbella European TriClub Championship is set to take place on May 7, 2023.

The professional field features defending champion Nikki Bartlett, who won the 2022 Ironman 70.3 Marbella European Championship and placed second at IM Frankfurt, IM 70.3 Dresden and IM 70.3 Cascais. She then concluded her season with a strong display in St George, Utah by cracking a top-10 finish, crossing the finish line in eighth.

The professional women’s field will also feature Marta Bernardi (ITA), Alexandra Tondeur (BEL), Daniela Kleiser (GER), Charlene Clavel (FRA), Justine Guerard (FRA), Jeanne Collonge (FRA) and Spanish duo, Laura Gómez Ramon & Kaidi Kivioja.

In the men’s field, the absence of defending champion Christophe De Keyser (BEL), means that a new champion will be crowned. Andreas Dreitz (GER) who has had a troubled season the last few years, will be looking for a statement win to kick off his 2023 season.

The professional men’s field will also feature Patrick Cometta (CHE), Domenico Passuello (ITA), Youri Keulen (NLD), Antony Costes (FRA), Nicolas Mann (GER) and Henrik Goesch (FIN) who will be looking for an IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship qualifying slot to race on home soil for the first time in Lahti, Finland.

As the European TriClub championship, Marbella will see 216 clubs battle it out and try to take the bragging rights away from last year’s overall winners, Tri Team Lutry, as Europe’s best TriClub.

A tough IM 70.3 course awaits athletes as they navigate their way through an unpredictable 1.9km swim course which starts in the Mediterranean Sea and finishes on the Levante beach of Puerto Banús.

The swim is followed by some extensive climbing through the hills of Marbella, with a bike course that makes Marbella a race that favours the experienced athlete. The 90.1km bike course starts at the ‘Gold Mile’ before crossing through the city of Marbella.

Athletes will race through Monda, Coín and Cartama before returning to transition in Puerto Banús. Lastly, athletes will take on a fast flat 21.1km run course that leads along the promenade of Marbella.