The three triathlon races at the inaugural multisport European Championships will be held at Glasgow’s Strathclyde Country Park, the triathlon venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
On that occasion, the triathlon was notable for the huge crowds packed into the Park and the excitement generated both on and off the course. The domestic TV viewing audience in Britain alone reached 2.9 million viewers for the final event in 2014 - the mixed relay team event.
The mixed relay, having established its popularity with the public and competitor alike, will again be on the programme in Glasgow, along with the traditional men’s and women’s individual events.
This is a really exciting step forwards for our sport.
“We can anticipate having not only a domestic European audience but viewers from around the world," added European Triathlon Union President Renato Bertrandi.
“Our European athletes will have the chance to compete on a challenging course and to be seen globally. Instead of a standalone event, we’ll be part of an engaging programme of sports, which will enable greater media coverage than ever before.”
Europe’s top triathletes have been devoted supporters of their European Championships since they were established in 1985. It is anticipated many of the current stars of the sport will be present in Glasgow.
The mixed relay, will again be on the programme in Glasgow, along with the traditional men’s and women’s individual events.
British hero, and two-time Olympic men's champion, Alistair Brownlee is also a three-time European champion, while Switzerland’s 2012 Olympic women's champion, and one of the all-time legends of the sport, Nicola Spirig, who also took the silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has won the European title on no less than five occasions since her first victory in 2009.
It will be only the second time the European Triathlon Championships will have been staged in Great Britain, the first being in Milton Keynes more than 30 years ago in 1986.
Berlin and Glasgow will co-host the inaugural European Championships 2-12 August 2018, bringing together the existing championships of seven of Europe’s leading sports into one coordinated, exciting multi-sport event.
- Mixed Team Relay
The European Triathlon Union (ETU) was established in 1984 to develop the future of the sport across Europe. There are currently 42 national federations affiliated to the ETU and that number is steadily increasing as it works hard to continue to develop and support emerging national federations. The ETU is the European governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and for all related multisports such as Paratriathlon, Aquathlon, Duathlon, Long Distance Triathlon, Long Distance Duathlon, Cross Triathlon and Winter Triathlon. The ETU is recognised by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) as the Continental Confederation in Europe.