Fancy racking your bike somewhere different this year? Scott Power runs through some of the best new triathlons on the calendar.

Challenge Henley-on-ThamesChallenge Henley triathlon

Where: Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

When: 18 September, 2011

The Challenge series (which includes the world-record course in Roth) comes to the UK for the first time this year, making its base in the historic sporting town of Henley, home to the famous rowing Regatta. The Regatta course forms part of the swim route in the Thames before the bike route rolls out to the beautiful hills of Berkshire and Oxfordshire. It’s nothing too tricky, but don’t expect Roth-like finish times. The run makes the most of the town centre location for plenty of crowd support, then follows the Thames for a bit of serenity and fresh air. With brilliant transport links to London and Heathrow airport, this is a great race for triathletes from outside the UK to experience a big European race in a quintessentially English setting.

Ironman 70.3 Mallorca

Where: Northern Mallorca

When: 14 May 2011

Located in the harbour, mountains and along the beach, Mallorca’s inaugural triathlon is varied in terms of its location, and its challenges. There’s a 1.9km swim through the harbour area of Alcudia, a 90km up and downhill cycle with long, flat periods among the mountains, and then the 21.1km run is  made up of a four-loop course on the sands of the beautiful beach in Alcudia, and then back down to the harbour for the finish. The water temperature will be around 18 degrees c, making for a comfortably warm swim, and the expected air temperatures of 15C to 25C won’t cook you as you run around the picturesque north of Mallorca. Definitely one to try and get to!

Abu Dhabi international Sprint Tri 2011

Where: Abu Dhabi across the city

When: 12 March 2011

After the first race that took place last year it returns this year with another race the Sprint Tri, a great introduction to the Abu Dhabi circuit. A 750m swim, 50km Bike and a 5km Run will take in some of the same stunning scenery as the full race, running along the west coast of Abu Dhabi, swimming through the sheltered lagoon with the 6 star Emirates Palace hotel as the back drop and the cycle taking you over to the east of the city and through the beautiful Saadiyat Island. Along the course you will see much of what Abu Dhabi has to offer in what will surely mature into a popular fixture on the Triathlon circuit among amateur and pro athletes alike!

MiamiSpeedTri (Sprint and Olympic)

Where: Miami, Florida

When: 22 May 2011

Miami’s Speedway track will be the setting for this unique addition to the 2011 triathlon calendar. The swim takes place in the centre of the track in a manmade lake, allowing for a fast time in the water. The cycle takes place round southern Miami county, with a one-loop course for Olympic- and sprint-distances, so you’ll have nothing but your bike and the road ahead to concentrate on. And finally, the run will take you around the Speedway circuit; two thirds of which are visible from the stands, allowing for family and friends to provide you with that extra support as you cross the same finish line as the champions of speedway and NASCAR. You can then round the race off with a short trip to the victory lane for a celebratory finisher’s photo.

Cotswold 113 middle-distance triathlon

Where: Around Ashton Keynes Water park, Cirencester, Cotswolds

When: 26 June 2011

This one is closer to home than the others on the list, but no less spectacular. Set in the Heart of England, the Cotswolds 113 middle-distance event will take in the best of the British countryside at the best time of year. The swim is in the well-known Lake 32, a popular open-water training spot. The bike and the run section are extremely flat, giving encouragement to new athletes to the distance as an ‘easy’ introduction to the discipline, or for those experienced triathletes trying to hammer out a new PB on this middle-distance course. The Cotswold 113 has something for everyone, and is a great addition to the British triathlon calendar.

Ironman Wales

Where: Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales

When: 11 September 2011

Ironman Wales is one of the most exciting additions to the tri calendar in 2011 – one of the reasons being that it has been allocated 50 qualifying spots for the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 2012. Other than that the main draws are the spectacular views and landscape in and around the beautiful Pembrokeshire National Park. The swim through Carmarthen Bay, bike ride up through the national park and the final run through the medieval town of Tenby, all provide their challenges, but the reward will be in the finish alongside the beach and the breathtaking scenery you will take in on your way round one of the new must-race courses for 2011.

South Carolina-Half rev 1.2/56/13.1

Olympic rev 0.9/24.8/6.2

Where: Anderson, SC

When: 8 and 9 October

The new South Carolina rev3 event is the latest triathlon to be added to the series, with other races in Costa Rica and the picturesque Portland, Oregon. Every race in the series is picked for its stunning scenery and  challenging course – and South Carolina’s no different. Anderson, SC has the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is also situated along the banks of the beautiful Lake Hartwell. This lake is where the swims take place, and is one of the largest and most popular recreation lakes in the southeast, with national parks lining the way, this is an event for the family to enjoy as well, with Rev3 ethos being that of making triathlon more of a family and spectator event. The bike section will take you through the stunning woodlands around Anderson and on to the run, which has a more urban setting going through some of Anderson’s quiet suburban roads.