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Athletes will have the opportunity to get their hands on a sought-after Great Britain tri suit after it was announced that Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds will double-up as a qualification race for the Great Britain Age-Group Team.

With the standard distance event in Leeds playing host to the 2017 British Championships, age-group athletes will now be given an additional incentive as they are offered the first chance to book their spot at the 2018 Gold Coast ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships.

There will be a total of four qualification races to secure a place on the team, with the further three taking place in 2018. Details of these races will be released in due course.

Across 10-11 June, Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds will witness participants of all levels get involved in the sport, from beginners making their triathlon debuts on Saturday with GO TRI, before age-group athletes are roared home to the blue carpet by the Yorkshire crowds.

The weekend reaches its pinnacle on Sunday afternoon when the world’s best go head to head in the fourth leg of the ITU World Triathlon Series, supported by UK Sport and The National Lottery.

2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds will be organised exclusively by British Triathlon, in partnership with Leeds City Council, UK Sport and the ITU. For more information and to enter, please visit here.

For further information about the 2018 Gold Coast ITU Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships, please visit here.