Two weeks ago, when I competed at Challenge Copenhagen, it also doubled as the long course Danish Championships as it was last year in 2011. So this means if you are Danish or if you live Denmark for more than 6 months a year you are eligible to compete in and go for the title of Danish Champion. The only other criteria is that you must be a member of a Tri Club in Denmark.

Some people may be aware that on the Friday, 2 days before the race, The Danish Triathlon Federation (DTRIF) came out with a press release stating a new Danish Champ would be crowned in the men’s elite class, as I, had not applied for a Danish pro license and am ineligible to defend my 2011 title. This is completely untrue and the timing of the release could make anyone think they were attempting to put me off my race.

It is no secret that I’m not good friends with the Danish Triathlon Federation any more or more specifically one special person in DTRIF maybe because of this blog!

So I was not surprised by the release or the timing of it – They were attempting to put me off my race, settle some score with me by printing untrue comments and stopping me from defending my Danish title.

What is really the case…

Back in February of this year, my club KTK86 who I have been a member of for 9 years, issued me my 2012 club license so I could represent them for this race.

I am not affiliated with or a member of ANY Australian Triathlon Club.

As per the instructions from DTRIF printed in their newsletter, I applied (as per their procedures) for a Danish Pro License and transferred the $250USD / 1500DKK to their bank account to pay for this license. Having been a member of their National Team for 8 years and with my career results it should have been easy enough to be issued a license.

It would only be if some persons within DTRIF wanted to ‘get back at me’ for quitting the National Team in 2011 that there would be a problem getting a license.

This was obviously the case.

And by mid July, 5 months after applying and paying for my Danish Pro License, I had still not heard from them and was still waiting it for to get it approved.

I then decided I needed to look into getting a pro license elsewhere, and lucky for me, having received my residency status in Australia back in January, Triathlon Australia (TA) said they would happily issue me one. While I have residency in Australia, I am not a citizen so I may not represent them in competition.

So I applied for a TA Pro License without representing an AUS tri club and still representing Denmark. Interestingly Triathlon Australia only needed 2 days to approve my application but it did cost me 3 times as much as a Danish license!!!

I knew I could not risk coming to Challenge Copenhagen without a pro license because of the situation with DTRIF so this was a necessary cost.

On Friday afternoon when the press release came out, my club KTK86 tried to contact DTRIF to inform that I DID have a current and valid club license and I could take part in the Danish Long Course championship. But they were unsuccessful.

 

So I started the race determined not to let any of this bother me but it’s not the most ideal way to go into a race with all this hanging over.

If you followed the race, you will know that I was 3rd Elite male and was the 2nd best Danish man over the line. So in my eyes and all those who watched, I was the Silver medallist in the Long Course Danish Championships.

 

On Monday morning at the official awards for both Challenge Copenhagen event and the Danish Championships. When it came to issuing medals in the Danish Championship I was not called up and instead Jacob Frandsen received Silver and Andreas Borch Bronze.

 

My club KTK86 immediately made an official protest against this decision,because according to the rules set by DTRIF I was and am still eligible.

You must be Danish Citizen – I AM

A member of a Danish Tri Club – I AM

Have A pro license to race Elite class representing Denmark – I DO it was just issued by Triathlon Australia but still representing DK.

But with the speed the Federation works it might take a few years before we will get an answer!!!!

End of the story: I do not need a medal to prove my second place finish in Danish Long Coarse Championships. I feel more for Jacob Frandsen & Andreas Borch who ended up being issued silver and bronze medals they know they shouldn’t have received (Jakob would be broze medialisst and Andreas 4th place). All the media and Danish people know that I was 2nd Dane over the line in Challenge Copenhagen 2012. Through the Federations attempts to get at me and hurt me they have actually put two of their other athletes in this position which is really not fair.