Set over a 1.5km swim, 31km off terrain bike and 9.6km cross country run, the 2015 Sardegna ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship sees athletes compete for a chance to call themselves the world’s best.

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With a challenging course that offers technical turns, sandy sections and off road tracks, this race is not for the faint of heart.

Saturday will feature a mixture of veterans and newcomers as well as the additions of the Under23, junior, age group and paratriathlon divisions that will be contested.

Women’s Preview
Kathrin Muller (GER) returns as the reigning Cross Triathlon World Champion after collecting her first title in Zittau last year.  This year, with Erbenova off the start list, it is Muller’s race to lose as she vies for a back-to-back title.

Lining up second against Muller is Flora Duffy (BER), who earned silver last year, followed by Renata Bucher (GER) who won the 2015 Schluchsee ETU TNatura Cross Triathlon European Championships.

Jacqueline Slack (GBR), Elisabetta Curridori (ITA) and Carina Wasle (AUT) round out the rest of the competitors, along with newcomer Barbara Riveros (CHI).

Men’s Preview

After being crowned World Champion last year in Zittau, Ruben Ruzafa(ESP) returns.

While also holding the honour of being named the XTERRA World Champion for the last two years, he will also have the chance of becoming a three-time consecutive gold medallist when the race is held in November.

Conrad Stoltz(RSA) also returns to reclaim his throne, with the three-time World Champion lines the start list looking to get back to his former glory after only finishing eighth in Zittau last year.

Another South African on the line is Bradley Weiss. While he has not raced in an ITU competition since the World Championships last year, he has been a constant competitor in the XTERRA circuit. He has podiumed at gold or silver in every race he has contended in this season.

Next to them will be Belgium’s Kris Coddens, Frenchman Francois Carloni and Australian Ben Allen round out the rest of competitors.

SCHEDULE:
Elite Women
Saturday 26 September – 09:00 UTC/GMT +2 Click here for the time in your area
Elite Men
Sunday 26 September – 09:05 UTC/GMT+2 Click here for the time in your area 

Follow along on twitter on @triathlonlive for race updates

START LISTS:
Click here for the women’s start list
Click here for the men’s start list

PRIZE MONEY:
$45,000 USD (equal for men & women)

COURSE PROFILE:
Swim (1500m) – 2 x 750 m laps
Bike (31km) – 2 x 15 km laps
Run (9.6km) – 3 x 3.2 km laps