The longest-running World Triathlon Series event returns to the calendar as this weekend the elites head to Germany to compete at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. As one of the busiest races of the season, the crowds come in the thousands to line the streets and shut down the city in order to cheer for the world’s best triathletes.
This year the elites welcome back the familiar sprint distance course as the WTS begins the second half of the season. The individual races will also once again open up the weekend with both the men and women racing on Saturday followed by the annual Team Mixed Relays event to take place on Sunday for the first time since the exciting announcement that the sport will officially be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic programme.
ABOUT THE RACE:
Hamburg is the longest-standing venue on the ITU World Triathlon Series calendar, having hosted events since 2002, including the 2007 World Championships, but has featured a twist the last five years. In 2012, the event featured a fast and furious sprint race. After such a successful event, the sprint race format returned again in 2013. Not only is Hamburg the oldest event on the WTS schedule, it hosts the world’s largest age-group triathlon with more than 10,000 athletes having races last year. The entire city of Hamburg shuts down for the event, which is no easy feat considering it is the second largest city in Germany. This year, Hamburg will also again host the Mixed Team Relay World Championships.
Elite Women – Saturday 15 July – 14:10 UTC/GMT +2
Elite Men – Saturday 15 July – 16:00 UTC/GMT+2 Click here for the time in your area
$150,000 USD (equal for men & women)
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Swim (750m) – With a waterstart, athletes dive into an artificial lake within the city limits of Hamburg for a one-lap swim that exits after swimming through a dark tunnel for 40m.
Bike (20km) – Athletes will bike six laps of a 3.33km loop on a flat, technical course that includes eight sharp turns around downtown Hamburg. Generally flat profile with no noteworthy climbs.
Run (5km) – Off the bike, athletes will run two laps of a 2.5km loop on a flat course. There are two 180 degree turns per lap.
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