Get ready to dive into the excitement as Menen, a picturesque city in South West Flanders, Belgium, gears up to host the much-awaited 2023 Europe Triathlon Multisport Championships. This event has come a long way since its inception, offering athletes and spectators a memorable multisport experience that’s as thrilling as it is rewarding.
Looking back to 2020, a year marked by the pandemic, the first edition of the Decospan Triathlon Menen provided a glimmer of positivity. While many events faced cancellations, this triathlon embraced the challenge. With determination and the support of partners, they managed to organize a successful race that brought together participants for a half distance triathlon, and even witnessed the remarkable finale of Frederik Van Lierde’s professional racing career.
The perseverance demonstrated by the 597 athletes who took part, along with the dedication of the 325 volunteers behind the scenes, turned the event into a sunlit celebration of sportsmanship. Over the years, this event gained international recognition, with editions held in 2021 and 2022 that further solidified its standing in the triathlon community.
Building on their experience, they are proud to say that they secured the honor of hosting the 2023 Europe Triathlon Multisport Championships after a successful evaluation of the 2022 edition by the European Triathlon Union. As they look ahead to this milestone, they are eager to take the Decospan Triathlon Menen to the next level.
Athletes from across Europe, from beginners to seasoned pros, will find a range of exciting races that cater to their skills and aspirations. The swim leg will unfold in the scenic waters of the Leie River, offering a picturesque sight for spectators along the river bank. The transition zone has been meticulously designed for efficiency, while well-equipped aid stations on the cycling and running routes will ensure athletes stay fueled and hydrated.
The cycling course, characterized by rolling terrain, promises both challenges and scenic views, leading up to a vibrant finish zone. This zone will host an expo, briefings, award ceremonies, and a pasta party, creating an atmosphere of celebration and camaraderie. Alongside the races, there will be entertainment, massages, music, and a variety of delicious food and beverages to enjoy.
We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all participants who’ve chosen to be a part of the 2023 Europe Triathlon Multisport Championships Menen. As you explore Menen and the beauty of West Flanders, we eagerly await race day, where the energy and determination of athletes will take center stage. See you on the startline!
The ‘Athlete Guide’ for the ETU European Triathlon Union Multisport Championships and Open races Decospan Triatlon Menen is online!