Montag, 20. Juli 2015
While International Triathlon Union (ITU) is still lobbying for inclusion of Triathlon's Mixed Relay into furture Olympic Games all teams put the hammer down in Hamburg, Germany. Two female and two male triathletes build one team over this fast distance: 300m swim, 6k bike, 1,6k run. Hamburg, lobbying for Olympic Games 2024, saw again the future of triathlon on shorter distances with France winning, Australia in second and Great Britain in 3rd while host Germany lost Bronze while serving a 10 second penalty 100 meters ahead of the finish line.
Freitag, 10. Juli 2015
TeamChallenge sues 4 former franchisees, who sold their businesses to World Triathlon Corporation, Inc. and IRONMAN
According to an article, TEAMChallenge GmbH sued 4 former franchisees. All of them sold their businesses and triathlon events to World Triathlon Corporation, Inc. (WTC) recently and added their races to WTC's growing IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon portfolio. The case, worth est. EUR 500,000 builds upon breach of contracts by all four former franchisees. The legal actions are a temporary tipping point of a more or less open conflict between both privateley held triathlon event organizations.
All affected events, e.g. Barcelona, Copenhagen, Kraichgau and Vichy switched from Challenge branding to IRONMAN. Former owners or core staff members are holding management positions at WTC's various subsidiary companies. Björn Steinmetz, a former owner of Challenge Kraichgau, is currently responsible for WTC's flagship triathlons in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden, Germany and reports to Thomas Dieckhoff, WTC'S CEO for the EMEA region.