Bright lights, big cities…the 2013 triathlon calendar takes you to some of the world’s most famous ones – if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere.

Competitors racing through the streets of Frankfurt

  •  ITU GRAND FINAL LONDON

Where: London, UK
When: 14 September 2013
More Info: www.london.triathlon.org

For four weeks last summer London was the only place to be, and the city’s reputation as a sporting hotspot sky-rocketed. Queue 2013 and the identical course graced by the Brownlee brothers and other 2012 Olympic stars has been selected to host the eighth and final leg of the ITU World Triathlon Series. The 1500m swim will take place in the Serpentine Lake, which sits smack-bang in the middle of the infamous Hyde Park. The bike leg is pan-flat with only a few nasty switchbacks and speed bumps to contend with as competitors race past all the famous London landmarks, including Buckingham Palace. The race ends with a fast four-lap, 10km run around the Serpentine to the finish.  So if smashing PBs is what you are all about then this little gem, could just be the race for you. Entries are likely to fill up fast, so get a move on.

  • FRANKFURT CITY TRIATHLON

Where: Frankfurt, Germany
When:  4 August, 2013
More Info: www.frankfurt-city-triathlon.de

The skyscrapers illustrate the financial clout that this impressive modern city possesses, being the largest financial centre of mainland Europe. It’s listed as a global ‘alpha’ city, making it one of the most important in the world from a commercial point of view. Frankfurt frequently features on lists of the most desirable cities in Europe to live and is packed with history too, such as the awe-inspiring St Bartholomew’s Cathedral that dates back almost 700 years. You can see all the amazing sights for yourself this September at the 2013 Frankfurt City Triathlon.

  • LA TRIATHLON

Where: Los Angeles, USA
When: 13 October, 2013
More Info: www.latriathlon.com

If you fancy injecting a bit of race-day glamour into your tri season then get yourself to Tinseltown this October and race alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood. In true American style, there is nothing-small scale about this event and it attracts 1000s of competitors every year. As far as city triathlons go, the course is pretty scenic but its also brutal and so not ideal for first-timers – the bike leg is pretty much 40km of gradual climbing.

  • IROMAN 70.3 AUCKLAND

Where: Los Angeles, USA
When: 19 January, 2014
More Info: www.ironman.com

The inaugural event last year received a bucket-load of top reviews and the event is set to become a stalwart of the triathlon-racing calendar for years to come. The 2014 event will again double as the official Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships, and will offer 50 places for the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship as well as 30 slots for the 2014 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Set in the heart of New Zealand’s thriving metropolis of Auckland, the course showcases the city’s best bits with a swim in the Viaduct Harbour, a bike course that includes the Auckland Harbour Bridge and a run along the Auckland waterfront.

  • ENDUROMAN ARCH TO ARC

Where: London, UK
When: Variable
More Info: www.enduroman.com

Why race in one city when you can race in two? The Arch to Arc triathlon from London to Paris is a challenge of dinosaur proportions and only the toughest triathletes that crave massive endurance challenges need apply. The course is over 300 miles long and includes an 87-mile run from London’s Marble Arch to Dover, a 26-mile channel swim and a 180-mile bike ride to finish at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. This event has ‘once in a lifetime’ stamped all over it – complete this and its safe to say, you can pretty much do anything.

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