VERY wet in Italy: Elbaman is cancelled

Chief Correspondent

You can’t control the weather…

Any race organiser will tell you that one of the biggest impacts on an event that they have absolutely no control over is the weather. Bad conditions can totally destroy the best laid plans, while often good weather can paper over the cracks as athletes and staff are typically in a much more forgiving mood. It’s much easier to be happy when it’s sunny!

The weather today though on the island of Elba in Tuscany, Italy, took the 2017 Elbaman Triathlon ( out of the control of the organisers and, quite rightly, to the cancellation of the full and half distance races.

The full distance athletes did get to start their race (in the rain)…

…but then this happened. Great Britain’s Michelle Parsons – who has raced on won at this event several times – reported:

Elbaman race cancelled after the swim. Major thunderstorms and lightening in a very choppy swim. 50mm of rain in ten mins which meant that the roads were a stream and the mountains were dangerous.

I think the pictures confirm that this was 100% the correct decision:

Elbaman 2017

Elbaman 2017


Latest News
RaceRanger draft zone sticker 2023
Red light for the draft zone – RaceRanger tech gets go ahead for Ibiza
Lionel Sanders and Rudy Von Berg sprint at IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside 2022 Photo Credit: Donald Miralle / IRONMAN
No go for ‘No Limits’ as Lionel Sanders rules himself out of Oceanside
IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside 2022: Jackson Laundry winning
IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside: Start time, watch live and preview
Gwen Jorgensen takes third place on comeback race in Taupo 2023 photo credit Simon Dawson Photography
‘I’m not going to quit yet’ – Gwen Jorgensen vows to fight on
Podium New Plymouth World Cup 2023 Lovseth photo credit Cameron Mackenzie / World Triathlon
‘Big Blu’ helps inspire breakthrough display from fellow Norwegian Løvseth