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ETU TNatura Germany European Cross Triathlon Championships Preview

A sold out field of over 400 athletes will toe the line on July 18 in Schluchsee, Germany to battle for the title of 2015 ETU TNatura European Cross Triathlon Champion.

Race organizer TNatura describe the race venue as follows: “The Black Forest Highlands lie at altitudes of between 700 and 1,500 metres and comprise the 15 villages of Breitnau, Eisenbach, Feldberg, Friedenweiler, Häusern, Hinterzarten, Lenzkirch, Löffingen, Rothauser Land, Schluchsee, St. Blasien, St. Märgen, St. Peter, Titisee-Neustadt and Bergwelt Todtnau. It is here that the world-famous cuckoo clock and delicious Black Forest gâteau have their home. The unique natural landscape of the Black Forest Highlands is located in the heart of the Southern Black Forest Nature Park, the second largest of its kind in Germany. These surroundings offer the perfect setting for taking a deep breath of fresh mountain air and relaxing your body and soul. The Black Forest Highlands – unspoilt nature whose contrasts lend it its charm.”

Deep and talented elite fields will highlight the 2015 ETU TNatura European Championship and Series event with a purse of €15,000 on the line to be split equally between the men and women.

On the women’s side 2014 ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion, German Kathrin Muller heads the field. Muller, who won XTERRA France two weeks ago will be challenged by Czech Helena Erbanova who has already claimed XTERRA Spain, Greece and Sweden titles in 2015. Also in the mix will be XTERRA Switzerland winner Carina Wasle as well as ETU TNatura Italy Cup winner Monica Cibin.

For the men the most dominant athlete in off-road triathlon, Spain’s Ruben Ruzafa is conspicuously absent from the start list. However, without Ruzafa the race is wide open with Belgian Kris Coddens holding the strongest claim to the title after winning XTERRA Greece earlier this year and recently coming second at XTERRA Sweden and Switzerland. Coddens is sure to have stiff competition from XTERRA Switzerland winner Arthur Forissier, as well as podium regulars Belgian Jim Thijs, Switzerland’s Jan Pyott, and Czech Jan Kubicek.

However, anything can happen in off road triathlon and ranking often go out the window once the gun sounds.

Get psyched for the 2015 ETU TNatura European Cross Triathlon Championship and catch highlights of the 2014 TNatura Germany in the promo video below.

2015 ETU TNatura European Cross Triathlon Championship Elite Fields:

Elite Men’s Field-

  • KRIS CODDENS  BEL
  • ARTHUR FORISSIER FRA
  • JIM THIJS BEL
  • JAN KUBICEK  CZE
  • TOMAS KUBEK  SVK
  • JAN PYOTT  SUI
  • MATTIA DE PAOLI  ITA
  • BÁLINT MESTER  HUN
  • PAVEL ANDREEV RUS
  • LARS VAN DER EERDEN NED
  • TOMAS JURKOVIC SVK
  • SEBASTIAN VEITH  GER
  • ROB WOESTENBORGHS BEL
  • NICOLAS TAUTY  FRA
  • TIM VAN DAELE  BEL
  • JENS ROTH GER
  • MARKUS BENESCH  AUT
  • ALBERT SOLEY-CASTELLS  ESP
  • VÁZSONY VÁRALJAI HUN
  • MARTIN FLINTA SWE
  • JOOST CHRISTIAANS  NED
  • TIAGO MAIA  POR
  • LUBOS TRUHLAR  CZE
  • LEONARDO BALLERINI  ITA
  • JAN FRANCKE  CZE
  • FELIX SCHUMANN GER
  • JOERI DELEEBEECK BEL

Elite Women’s Field-

  • KATHRIN MULLER GER
  • RENATA BUCHER SUI
  • HELENA ERBENOVA CZE
  • BRIGITTA POÓR HUN
  • MONICA CIBIN ITA
  • MORGANE RIOU FRA
  • MAUD GOLSTEYN NED
  • JUDY VAN DEN BERG NED
  • DIANE LÜTHI SUI
  • REBECCA KALTENMEIER GER
  • JIP VEELENTURF NED
  • CORALIE REDELSPERGER FRA
  • SANDRA KOBLMÜLLER AUT
  • LENKA CIBULKOVA CZE
  • KARIN HANSEN SUI
  • OLGA PARFINENKO RUS
  • LOUISE FOX GBR
  • SABINA RZEPKA POL
  • CARINA WASLE AUT
  • LADINA BUSS SUI

2015 ETU TNatura European Cross Triathlon Championship Prize Purse:

Prize money distribution for Elite men and women:
1st. 1,875 EUR
2nd. 1,500 EUR
3rd. 1,125 EUR
4th. 750 EUR
5th. 600 EUR
6th. 525 EUR
7th. 450 EUR
8th. 300 EUR
9th. 225 EUR
10th. 150 EUR

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Founder and Editor at DirtTRI.com. Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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