The Event

Sanremo Olympic Triathlon is a Triathlon event that start from an idea by Daniele Rambaldi, the secretary of the Riviera Triathlon in 1992.


Il podio maschile della prima edizione: Palmucci, Vannacci, Sala.

The first edition male podium: Palmucci, Vannacci, Sala.

The first edition saw the participation of 225 athletes (men and women): first winners were Danilo Palmucci, one of the biggest Italian athletes in the 90s worldwide and Nadia Cortassa, the best Italian female athlete that triathlon ever had to date.

During the following years  event grew bigger, the numbers of participants were constantly increasing and so was the level of the winners that came from all corners of the world like Luke Colthup who, arriving straight from Australia, won his first race in Italy in 2002.

The 2002 race was probably one with the highest technical value, since the starting list included the entire English Olympic Team and many other high level athletes. The winner of the man event was Simon Lessing followed by Vladimir Polikarpenko and Stuart Hayes.

The first Italian was Alessandro Degasperi who made his victory eventually in the 2004 edition.

In the women category, the victory went to Michelle Dillon, while second was Nadia Cortassa, whose name occurred for 3 consecutive years (2003-2005) in the winners Hall of Fame. Third classified was Henrietta Fremann.

Simon Lessing taglia il traguardo nel 2002.

Simon Lessing crossing the finish line in 2002.

In the vision of Daniel Rambaldi, shrewd director of the event, there was a willingness to expand the “control room” so, in 2003 he asks a young Daniele Moraglia to help with the organization. Rambaldi’s project was to bring a World Cup race to the City of flowers.

Eventually, in 2004, the Organization Team apply officially for the nomination to organize the Italian Championship on the Olympic distance in 2005. The nomination was accepted by FITRI in spite of Daniele Rambaldi’s sudden and premature death and the handover to Daniele Moraglia.
The 2005s’ edition saw the winning, and thus the crowing of Italian Champions Emilio D’Aquino and Nadia Cortassa.

In the same year, it was also decide to award a trophy to the best U23 in memory of Daniele Rambaldi. Francesco Cucco won the first edition.

The editions of 2006 and 2007 became part of the ETU Premium European Cup Circuit and consisted of 4 races: 2 dedicated to the best world athletes in the Olympic Distance and 2 dedicated to Age Group on the sprint distance. Ivan Rana and Magali Di Marco won the 2006 edition; Giuseppe Ferraro and Lenka Zemanova the one in 2007.

Il podio della ITU Premium European Cup del 2006

Il podio della ITU Premium European Cup del 2006

In 2008, the race that should have become an event of the World Cup, did not take place due very harsh contrasts between the President of FITRI and the President of the Organization that was meant to organize the event. Also the 2010 edition did not place: in this case the cause was the non-approval of the events calendar by the State Officer that for the year replaced the City Mayor.

In 2009 the event was organized solely for the Age Group Category on Olympic distance and the winners were Davide Bettini and Ilaria Zavanone.

Since the 2011 edition the Sanremo Olympic Triathlon decided to become an event for the adults, youth and juniors. Therefore the event now takes place over 2 days.

I premiati dei Campionati Italiani Giovani di Duathlon nel 2012

Youth Duathlon Championship Prize winners in 2012

In 2011 and 2012 the youth and junior races assigned the Regional titles. Moreover, in 2012 the National and Individual and Duathlon relay were assigned to youth and junior categories.

All the races dedicated to adults are over Sprint Distance.

Karl Shaw and Alessandro Degasperi were the winners for the man category respectively in 2011 and 2012 (when the race became a Duathlon due to rough sea and the consequential order from the Coast Gurad to cancel the swimming part). Giorgia Priarone was the female winner of both editions.

The 2012 edition brought 753 athletes at the starting line and it came out as the 9th most attended race in Italy over more than 200 events.

The 2013 and 2014 editions saw the youth competitions take place on Saturday and those reserved for Elite and Age Group Olympic Distance on Sunday. The bike course returns to the original one with the passages to Bussana, Poggio and Ceriana.

From 2016, due to security issues following the terrorist attack in Nice, the transition area was moved from Piazzale Carlo Dapporto to Corso Salvo D’Acquisto.

In 2017 Portosole, a marina controlled by the Cozzi Parodi Group, becomes an important partner of the event and that is how, for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions the Sanremo Olympic Triathlon will be also the event for the Italian Championships and the Regions Cup.