2015 itu wts launched

The globe-trot­ting world triathlon se­ries re­turns with nin­er­ace se­ries that could ex­pand later in the year

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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

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