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World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds routes announced

Following the success of the event moving to see all races start and finish in Roundhay Park in 2021, this year’s routes will once again see the park be the focal point of the weekend to create a festival atmosphere around the site.

The event provides the opportunity to compete on much of the same course as the world’s best athletes, with the tree-lined routes around the park providing a picturesque setting for the thousands of amateur athletes who will be on the start line. Waterloo Lake is a familiar start point for the event, with tens of thousands of athletes having swum their way around the course since the first edition back in 2016.

The bike and run courses will utilise the roads and paths around the park and see participants make their way past iconic locations such as Mansion House, Barrans Fountain and Upper Lake. The bike route for the standard distance open races will see participants take to the roads outside Roundhay Park, whilst the shorter sprint and GO TRI races will see participants remain on roads immediately in and around the park.

The standard distance route will comprise a 1,500m swim, 36km bike and 10km run, the sprint distance will see participants complete a 750m swim, 18km bike and 5km run, with GO TRI entrants swim, bike, running 200m, 9.5km and 2.5km. To find out more about the options, including how you can enter as a team, visit the www.leeds.triathlon.org website.

The finish for all the races from GO TRI to World Triathlon Championship Series will be back near the lake, with the single finish line offering all participants the same experience throughout the weekend. The unique experience of a blue carpet finish will provide a memorable moment for athletes whether they’re completing their first triathlon, represent the Great Britain Age-Group Team or competed in Tokyo last summer.

To go with the swim, bike, run at Roundhay, a range of food and drink concessions and entertainment will be on offer in the event village, once again making it the place to be having raced or cheered on a loved one to enjoy watching the best in the world battle it out. TriStar 2 and 3 routes have been announced as part of the release, with entries for these races coming soon. View the routes www.leeds.triathlon.org

On the announcement of the routes, Andy Salmon, British Triathlon CEO commented:

“Roundhay Park is a great setting to be able to host swim, bike, run. The routes provide the chance to see a lot of what the park has to offer and, having it all within the same site, makes for a great atmosphere for both the participation and elite racing.

“Providing the same finish is fantastic because it helps to connect all levels of triathlon in the one weekend. We’ll have individuals completing their first ever event and elite teams battling it out in the exciting mixed relay all crossing the same line and we hope to see you there.”

Lindsay Impett, Event Director World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds said:

“From start to finish, the routes will show participants the best of Roundhay Park and our team have done a great job in mapping them out. With what’s being planned for the event village and the chance to watch elite racing on both days, there’s also the opportunity to enjoy the park and be part of the weekend whether you’re taking part or not.”

Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s deputy leader and executive member for economy culture and education said:

“We are delighted to once again be hosting the World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds. This is one of the biggest and best events in the city’s calendar and we hope as many people as possible get involved, whether that’s by taking part or spectating.

“Roundhay Park is one of Leeds’ best assets, covering more than 700 acres of parkland, lakes and woodland, and we are proud that we will once again get the opportunity to showcase its beauty to the world.”

About British Triathlon: British Triathlon is the Governing Body for the sport in Great Britain. It is responsible for raising the profile and delivering elite performance for Triathlon, Paratriathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain. Triathlon is a fast growing, dynamic and modern Olympic and Paralympic sport with talented world class athletes, coaches and support staff, focused around delivering world-class success and inspiring participation.

Great Britain is home to double Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee, 2016 silver and 2012 bronze medallist Jonathan Brownlee and 2016 bronze medallist Vicky Holland. In addition, British paratriathletes returned from the Rio 2016 Paralympics with one gold, two silver and one bronze medal courtesy of Andy Lewis, Lauren Steadman, Alison Patrick (Guide: Hazel Smith) and Melissa Reid (Guide: Nicole Walters) respectively.

We also have a strong squad of highly world ranked elite triathletes, and emerging talent from our youth development programmes www.britishtriathlon.org There are over 1,200 triathlon events conducted in Great Britain each year, a figure which grew by 63% between 2012 and 2016. British Triathlon is committed to being a leader in environmental awareness in sport, protecting the environment in which we operate today and in the future.

British Triathlon is a beneficiary of the UK Sport Lottery funded World-Class Programmes (WCP). The programmes focus on performance sport with the aim of achieving sporting excellence on the world stage. Further information can be found on the UK Sport website at www.uksport.gov.uk

Visit www.britishtriathlon.org for downloadable image galleries, detailed athlete profiles, results, stats and information.

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