2014 ITU World Triathlon Series and World Cup calendar announced
Now entering its sixth season as a series, the ITU have announced which races will feature in the WTS next year, though a few question marks remain as to the final line up.
As in 2013, the series is set to begin in Auckland in April before heading to Yokohama for the fourth time in May. London features in an early May-June slot, while Chicago features for the first time at the end of June in anticipation of the city hosting the 2015 Grand Final.
It’s then back to familiar territory with Hamburg and Stockholm taking centre stage in July and August before the grand final in Edmonton, Canada – which will mark the fourth time Canada has hosted the ITU Grand Final, with Edmonton having organised the race in 2001.
The ITU also stated: “ITU and its commercial partner Upsolut are currently in negotiations with two additional cities for the early part of the WTS season in April. A complete calendar is expected in the coming weeks.”
Races being dropped from the circuit for 2014 are San Diego and the mountainous Austrian leg in Kitzbuehel.
Every event will feature age-group races and all elite women’s and men’s races will be broadcast live to an international audience and streamed online live. In 2012 and 2013, the series was broadcast in more than 160 countries.
2014 ITU World Triathlon Series:
April 5-6: Auckland, New Zealand
May 17-18: Yokohama, Japan
May 31-June1: London, England
June 28-29: Chicago, USA
July 12-13: Hamburg, Germany
August 23-24: Stockholm, Sweden
Grand Final – August 26-September 1: Edmonton, Canada
“The popularity of triathlon continues to soar, which was evidenced by the record participation we had at our Grand Final last week,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “The World Triathlon Series is the premier triathlon circuit, which continues to garner more and more broadcast and spectator attention each year.”
In addition to the World Triathlon Series, the ITU has also confirmed a number of World Cup races:
March 15-16: Mooloolaba, Australia
March 22-23: New Plymouth, New Zealand
May 10-11: Chengdu, China
June 14-15: Huatulco, Mexico
August 9-10: Tiszaujvaros, Hungary
While dates are pending, bids to hold a World Cup have been received from and will take place in the following cities:
Tongyeong, South Korea
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Expression of interest for World Cups was also received from Spain, Columbia and USA. The full schedule and dates will be confirmed in the coming weeks, with all dates for the WTS and World Cup races subject to change.