Monday, June 5, 2023

Brexit puts Lucy Charles out of the running

The consequences of Brexit have reached the world of triathlon. One of the most successful triathletes internationally, British Lucy Charles-Barclay has been forced to alter her competition calendar. This is due to the travel restrictions imposed by this political decision.

The former Ironman 70.3 world champion started the season with an impressive third place at the PTO European Open in Ibiza, after leading the race and finding herself beaten by Anne Hogg and Ashley Gentle in the run segment.

However, Brexit has ruined his plans to compete in the Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau in Germany this coming weekend.

“Unfortunately, I will not be competing,” Lucy revealed on Instagram a few days ago. “I am working with UK and German immigration lawyers to try to obtain a visa to travel to Germany. I have used 88 of my 90 days in the Schengen area.”

Brexit rules and Schengen area

Since the United Kingdom left the European Union, British citizens have been able to stay in the Schengen Area, which includes Germany and 26 other European countries, for a maximum of 90 days out of 180. This limitation has impressed Lucy, who spent a large part of her training this year in Lanzarote.

The ASICS woman is resilient to the situation: “So for now, I’ll be training hard at home and my next race will probably be in the UK, so stay tuned.” The British, who have been forced to change their plans, retain their optimism and determination.

Yes, you can travel to the United States, as the British settlement is different.

Kona not in danger of classification for 2023

Luckily, despite not being able to travel until at least July 1, Lucy Charles won’t have to change much of her plans.

While it was traditional to require an Ironman to certify a pass to the world championships the following October, where there was already a guaranteed spot for his second place in 2022, this is no longer the case: Ironman has changed its rules and living standards. The race changed with the pandemic. Previous podiums are not forced to revalidate by completing a new longer distance.

In this context, Challenge Wales, on 11 June, aims to be the race in which Lucy competes again, as it does not require transfers outside the United Kingdom.

Kraichgau has lost a great name

Lucy’s absence at IRONMAN 70.3 Kraichgau is undoubtedly a blow to the race. The provisional entry list includes strong figures including defending champion, Laura Phillippe.

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