2015 itu wts launched
The globe-trotting world triathlon series returns with ninerace series that could expand later in the year
The international Triathlon Union has announced details of next year’s World Triathlon Series, in a programme that could prove crucial for athletes as the final season before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The calendar includes nine events with the possibility of a tenth being added later in the season. It begins as it did last year in Auckland, New Zealand. The series will then move on to Australia’s Gold Coast – its first visit there since the country hosted the first Grand Final when the World Championships became a series in 2009 – and stays in the Southern Hemisphere for a repeat race in Cape Town, South Africa and back to Yokohama in Japan. The series then moves to Europe to race in London on yet to be specified date; then on to Hamburg and Stockholm, before crossing the Atlantic to return to this year’s Grand Final venue, Edmonton in Canada, and on to the 2015 Grand Final in Chicago, USA.
The 2014 series attracted criticism from some athletes who felt their needs hadn’t been properly considered: back-to-back long haul journeys were required as the series criss-crossed the planet, and chasing vital Series points became difficult, especially for those with a dual focus on the Commonwealth Games. The 2015 series follows a more manageable travel pattern. As in previous years, the rankings and overall title will be decided by adding points earned in the Grand Final to the athletes’ top five best scores in the other WTS events. As always, age-groupers will be able to enter open races at each venue, too, with spots in the Grand Final reserved for those who qualify at their country’s chosen selection races (see page 16).
“We have an incredibly exciting season lined up for 2015,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “As we continue to evolve the sport of triathlon, the Series will be showcased in more countries
This year’s Grand Final venue, Edmonton, will feature as the penultimate 2015 race