UP TO SPEED

There’s a much im­proved ex­pe­ri­ence for rac­ers at the World Triathlon Se­ries event in Leeds next sum­mer

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A new and im­proved WTS Leeds event, plus the Triathlon Trust re­veals its good work.

While last year’s elite race was her­alded as a huge suc­cess, the age group race was marred by re­ports of disor­gan­i­sa­tion with some rac­ers wait­ing more than five hours to be re­united with their bags.

The com­plaints led to an apol­ogy be­ing is­sued by or­gan­is­ers, Bri­tish Triathlon and Iron­man. In a state­ment, they ad­mit­ted “mul­ti­ple lo­gis­ti­cal prob­lems”, in­clud­ing the split tran­si­tion, bag col­lec­tion de­lays and un­sup­ported vol­un­teers, how­ever, they hoped they could earn back the con­fi­dence of rac­ers.

But Bri­tish Triathlon has an­nounced that this year’s Columbia Thread­nee­dle World Triathlon Leeds will be or­gan­ised ex­clu­sively by them­selves, in part­ner­ship with Leeds City Coun­cil, UK Sport and the ITU.

“The new team has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence of de­liv­er­ing a world-class stan­dard of triathlon, in­clud­ing Tri Liver­pool and the ITU World Triathlon Se­ries event in Hyde Park,” it said in a state­ment.

In the first week of ticket sales – open solely to Home Na­tion mem­bers and par­tic­i­pants from last year – nearly 1,000 slots were sold.

More than 5,000 rac­ers are ex­pected to race over the week­end of 10-11 June. Events in­clude GO TRI, and the Bri­tish Stan­dard Dis­tance Triathlon Cham­pi­onships, be­fore the world’s elite take to the York­shire course for the fourth leg of the global se­ries.

The new and im­proved course promised by or­gan­is­ers in­cludes a sin­gle tran­si­tion area within Round­hay Park. “Ath­letes will take on a chal­leng­ing bike route, be­fore head­ing into the city cen­tre on foot, with sup­port from the crowds ev­ery step of the way. The ex­pe­ri­ence will reach a peak as com­peti­tors en­ter Mil­len­nium Square to fin­ish on the world-fa­mous blue car­pet.” More im­prove­ments are ex­pected to be an­nounced in the com­ing months.

For more in­for­ma­tion, and to en­ter, visit leeds.triathlon.org.

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