The association "/tri club denmark" was founded on 16 July 2013 with its headquarters in the municipality of Copenhagen by Brian Overkær and a handful of enthusiasts who all came from Fitness.dk TRI. The club emerged from the Fitness.dk TRI team, which Brian Overkær and Anders Rørbæk ran successfully from 2010-2013.
The focus was primarily to get people to Ironman, so training programs etc. were all set up for this, as a big common goal. But DTriF has never approved Fitness.dk TRI, as being a club, but a commercial company. And together with other reasons for a freer opportunity to define oneself, Brian Overkær formed /tri club denmark in the summer of 2013.
During the 2014-2015 season, the club reached just over 800 members, thus becoming Denmark's largest triathlon club in just one year. Many of these were T1 (Basic members), who could make do with a license-like subscription type if you had your own trainer. The Danish Triathlon Association (DTriF) also experienced the highest number of members in 2015, with just over 15,000 members. The club's rapid and strong growth was difficult to handle in practice, as much more administration and management is also required. As a result, several broke away from the club in 2015, forming TRI-X14, and the club lost a good 1/4 of its members.
In addition, the number of members in general in the Danish Triathlon Association fell from 16,000 in 2015 to around 10,000 today. /tri club denmark has also experienced the same decline and consolidation. We have gone from just over 800 in 2015, to just over 400 members at the end of 2017. The hype about triathlon is on a different level, and you see the small clubs closing, or consolidating with the bigger clubs.
Since 2016, the club has therefore gone through a reboot, where the focus has initially been on a re-organization of the club's management and structure. Ambitions remain high, but the club's goal is not necessarily to be the biggest. On the other hand, increased focus has been placed on administration of the club, delegation of tasks in various committees, as well as helping the triathletes to achieve their goals.
Sports-wise, /tri club Denmark does not have an elite division. In 2016 we still had 11 with us for the WC in Kona. And in the same year we also became No. 1 among the largest clubs in the Ironman Triclub program in Europe, as well as No. 4 in the world. And it looks like we will be in 2017 as well.
The association is connected to Triathlon Denmark, belongs to the Danmarks Idræts-Forbund (DIF) and is subject to its laws and regulations.