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