Middle Distance Triathlon

Sunday 27 August 2023

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  • 1900m

  • 90km

  • 21km

Race information

With this race information we want to inform you to make everything as smooth as possible on race day. Please make sure to check everything. As an organization we focus on security and health for all of our participants, staff members and spectators.

As for the Middle Distance Triathlon you can participate in the following categories:

European Championships for Elite - Para - Age groups (ETU per 5 year). Mass start for Elite and Para athletes. Rolling start for all Age groups.

Open race for Para - MU23 - FU23 - M24 - F24 - M40 - F40 - M50 - F50 - M60 - F60 - Relay. You can choose mass start or rolling start when you register online.

Registration fee

European Championship

From 01/12/2022 until 10/07/2023 = €200
(incl. goodie bag, pasta party, Z3r0D product, Compressport T-shirt + socks + wrist band, Compex product, finisher towel, finisher medal, finish photo)

Open race

Individual participation

From 01/09/2022 until 31/01/2023 = €150
From 01/02/2023 until 31/05/2023 = €165
From 01/06/2023 until 31/07/2023 = €180
(incl. goodie bag, Compressport T-shirt + socks + wrist band, Compex product, finisher towel, finisher medal, Ekoi cap, finish photo)

Relay participation

From 01/09/2022 until 31/01/2023 = €180
From 01/02/2023 until 31/05/2023 = €195
From 01/06/2023 until 31/07/2023 = €210
(incl. 3x goodie bag, 3x Compressport T-shirt + socks + wrist band, finisher towel, 3x finisher medal, 3x Ekoi cap, finish photo)

Start list

Below you'll find the start list for each race:

PTO World Rankings Points Event

We are a PTO eligible race and athletes can earn PTO World Ranking points in our European Championship Middle Distance Triathlon!

Address / Race office

Address: OC De Steiger - Waalvest 136, 8930 Menen

Transition area

There is one central transition zone on the Vauban artificial turf. Both the transition from swimming to cycling and from cycling to running will take place there.

The transition area is only accessible to participants and staff. Cycling is not allowed in the transition area! During the race, the athlete will get on his bike after the mount line (after T1) and before the dismounting line (before T2).

Participants will leave the transition area with their helmet fastened and chip around their left ankle.

Bicycles will be checked by the officials when entering the transition area. Besides safety, they will also check the specific bicycle regulations.

Showers / Changing rooms

We have changing rooms and showers on the Vauban under the stands! Please don't leave any of your belongings in there. There's a guarded space for this next to the transition area.


The official water temperature will be measured by the officials 1 hour prior to the start of the race on competition day. Depending on the measured water temperature the technical delegate will decide concerning the wetsuit use. The decision will be published in the "athlete's lounge" (Elite and Para), the LOC race office and the entrance of the transition area.

The wetsuit can only be pulled out completely when you reach the bike in the transition area. During the run towards transition the wetsuit can only be put out till hip height.


Two loops of 45km without drafting, stayering (riding closer than 12m) is not allowed. We hope on your 'fair play' but we have officials on the course to counteract drafting. 12m is the distance between bikes you have to respect. Because the 90km bike ride can be an important part of the race our officials will have a close look.

No personal assistance or supplies are allowed during the bike part!

Be carefully: passage cyclist tunnel (out and back 2x) under the N58! Moderate your speed, don't stay in the aero bars, heads up and keep distance.

Before touching the bike, participants put on their helmets and fasten these. The participants leave the transition area with their helmets securely fastened, numbers on the helmet and on the bike and timing chip on the left ankle. Cycling is not allowed in the transition area. Mount- and dismount line are part of the transition area!

The police and signalmen look for your safety. The knowledge of the course before the race starts, is the athlete his responsability. Please check everything in advance!


Three loops of 7km each with a passage along the buildings of our main partner Decospan

When you leave transition for the run you'll have to wear your bib number in the front.

No personal assistance or supplies are allowed during the run part! There will be enough aid stations provided by the organization.

Relay teams

One of the 3 athletes per relay team is suffcient to sign up at the secretariat/race office.

The responsable of the team, who signed up, makes sure that all the team members wear their wrist band to have access to the transition area.

There will be a waiting area in the transition area where the athletes can pass the timing chip. The timing chip needs to be worn around the left ankle otherwise there will be no time registration.

Aid stations


No aid station with supplies


There will be an aid station after the first bike lap. The aid station will be located just after the first passage at the Vauban site.

Available: Drink bottles with isotonic sports drink (BORN) and water. Next to that BORN gels as well.

Just before and just after ever aid station there will be a littering area. The beginning of this area is signed 'Littering area start' and the end is signed 'Littering zone end'. You must throw your empty bottles and gels in the area between these two signs. Outside these areas it's not allowed to drop something, littering is prohibited and means a time penalty in the next penalty box.


Every loop there will be aid stations. Available: water, coca cola and BORN iso and gels.

Post finish we offer: water, cola, BORN recovery zone and more.

Time limits

Swim: max. 1 hour (European Championships) or max. 50 minutes (Open race)
Bike: max. 4 hours (European Championships) or max. 3 hours and 30 minutes (Open race)
Run: max. 2 hours and 30 minutes

Prize money

European Championship

We provide a nice prize pool for the top-10 elite men and women.
All athletes on the podium receive an official ETU medal. That's for the top-3 Elite and Para athletes and per age-group men and women: 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45,49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 74-79, 80+

Elite Men Elite Women
€3000 €3000
€2400 €2400
€1800 €1800
€1200 €1200
€960 €960
€840 €840
€720 €720
€480 €480
€360 €360
€240 €240

Open Race

We provide prize money for top-5 overall and top-3 per age-group: overall men, overall women, MU23, FU23, M24, F24, M40, F40, M50, F50, M60 and F60.

M-overall F-overall MU23 FU23 M24 F24 M40 F40 M50 F50 M60 F60
€1500 €1500 €250 €250 €250 €250 €250 €250 €250 €250 €250 €250
€750 €750 €200 €200 €200 €200 €200 €200 €200 €200 €200 €200
€500 €500 €150 €150 €150 €150 €150 €150 €150 €150 €150 €150
€400 €400                    
€300 €300                    

Prize money is not cumulative. When you win prize money in different categories, only the highest amount will be payed out and the other one will be cancelled.

The prize money for all podia will be transfered to your account. You will receive an email shortly after the race with extra information.

A Belgian tax payer pays taxes through his tax return on eventual income from sport performances.


Below you'll find the results of the previous years:


We have different parking options for you that are numbered in ascending order.

The car parks numbered P01, P02, P04, P08, P09, P10, P11, P12, P13, P14 and P15 are accessible during the competition!

Parking number P07 is only available on Friday 25 August!

Parking number P11 is only available on Sunday 27 August! The gate will be open between 10AM - 12PM and between 5PM - 7PM.

From the various approach roads, the route to the race venue will be mapped out.


During our race the regulations from the European Triathlon Union apply. The Head Referee (HR) and Technical Officials (TO) are there to handle pro-actively so that the rules are applied and the race can be held safely.

All regulations about checking in, transition, clothing, drafting, code of conduct and possible sanctions are online on the website from World Triathlon: https://www.triathlon.org/uploads/docs/World-Triathlon_Competition-Rules_2023_20230208.pdf


All participants are insured for physical damage and civil liability. After an accident, a licensed participant must file a report through his or her club or federation. Non-licensed participants should file a report through the organization.

Participants should be insured through their national federation. If not, the athlete in question must purchase a day insurance/day license.

Doping control

Following the WADA (World Anti-doping Agency) doping is not allowed. Every athlete needs to know about the regulations and procedures of the Flemish anti-doping decree. Doping control is possible before and after our race.


European Championship

Unfortunately, we cannot refund registrations fees for the European Championship Middle Distance Triathlon. You can not pass or sell confirmed entries.

Open race

Only cancellations by e-mail to organisatie@decospantriatlonmenen.be will be accepted. Please send us your account number so we know exactly where to refund your registration fee.

When you cancel your participation before 1 August 2023 we'll refund your registration fee except an administration fee (€10) and the potential day licence.

Athletes who cancel between 1 August 2023 and before 27 August 2023, the registration will be transferred once to the 2024 edition.

The refund of all the registration fees by the organization will happen shortly after the race!

You can not pass or sell confirmed entries.