This coming Sunday the European Junior Cup moves to the beautiful Riga, the capital of Latvia. The event was one of the few ones which was organised in 2020 thanks to the incredible efforts of the Loc. The City possesses such an incredible historical background that is not only a stunning place to race but also a touristic site that is a jewel to visit and enjoy and after race holiday!
The town was an ancient settlement of the Livs and Kurs, Riga emerged as a trading post in the late 12th century. Seagoing ships found a natural harbour where the small Ridzene River once flowed into the Daugava, a major trade route to points east and south from the Viking Age onward. Albert of Buxhoevden arrived in 1199 with 23 ships of Crusaders and established the military Order of the Brothers of the Sword (reorganized in 1237 as the Livonian Order, a branch of the Teutonic Order). The city of Riga, founded in 1201, was the seat of Albert’s bishopric (archbishopric in 1253) and a base for conquering the lands of Livonia to the northeast, Courland to the west, and Semigallia to the south. The city joined the Hanseatic League in 1282 and became the dominant centre of trade on the Baltic Sea’s eastern shore.
The city presents a mix of cultures and architectural styles developed throughout different historical periods. The Daugava, also referred to as the River of Destiny by Latvians, flows through Riga into the Gulf of Riga about 10 kilometres from the city centre.
Because of its location and harbour, which rarely freezes, Riga has developed into a significant transportation hub. Riga has always been a dynamic and innovative centre and remains to this day a vibrant and lively city with a host of creative quarters to explore. It is therefore with good reason that Riga has been called the ‘city of inspiration’.
Enjoy a leisurely walk around the Old Town – the historic centre of Riga, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and its surroundings.
Useful information about Riga can be found here.
In the Junior Men 16 different NFs are represented with a great field of athletes competing, Elai Izhak Chaski (ISR) bronze in Tiszy, Oliver Sahlberg (DEN) silver in Račice, Márton Kropkó (HUN) silver in Balikesir, together with Sebastian Wernersen (NOR), Marcin Stanglewicz (POL), Veikka Saren (FIN), together with Kasparov Lepp (EST) National Champion, Italian Davide Menichelli, Spanish Ander De Heredia 4th and Andrés Villar 5th in Olsztyn will definitely fight hard to search a spot on this European podium of mid season to crown their efforts.
In the Junior Women the one to beat is definitely the Hungarian Márta Kropkó just back from the victory in Balikesir and will be challenged by the Russian Dacia Firsova, Sonja De Koning (NED), the Spanish Paula Sánchez García. Indeed a great competition is coming on Sunday and we will see who will be crowned the Queen of Riga!
11:00 - 16:00 Covid-19 tests, accreditation and swim familiarization (country-specific schedule will be defined in the Athlete Guide)
08.08.2021 Sunday - 2021 Europe Triathlon Junior Cup Riga
7:30 - 13:30 Athlete Lounge open
08:00 Registration open – Junior men
08:00 – 08:45 Transition Area Check-in – Junior men
8:15 – 8:45 Swim warm-up – Junior men
08:50 – 08:55 Start line-up - Junior men – in the start area
9:00 START– men’s start Europe Junior Cup race
10:15-10:30 Transition Area Check-out – Junior men
10:30 Registration open – Junior women
10:30 - 11:15 Transition Area Check-in – Junior women
10:45 - 11:15 Swim warm-up – Junior women
11:20 – 11:25 Start line-up – junior women – in the start area
11:30 START – women’s start Europe Junior Cup race
12:45 - 13:00 Transition Area Check – out – Junior women
13:00 Award Ceremony