Austria – home of Mozart’s chocolate balls, The Sound Of Music and (as of next year) the European Half Distance Triathlon Championships, as Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl has just been picked to host next year’s event on 21 August, 2016.
Around 2,000 athletes are expected next year, with both the Elite European Championship and Age Group European Championship to be held in the Tyrol region, along with paratriathlon and other sporting events.
Athletes can get a test run on the championships course at this year’s Challenge Walchsee on 23 August run alongside more than 1,000 starters, as well as compete for qualification slots for the upcoming European Championships.
Last year’s race was won by Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) and Giulio Molinaro (ITA), with Britain’s Ritchie Nicholls taking silver in the men’s race. This year’s ETU Half Distance Champs will take place in Rimini, Italy on 24 May.