The New Year once again brings with it a calendar of events to whet the appetites of triathlon fans the world over. Competitions such as the Commonwealth, Youth Olympic Games, ITU’s World Multisport Championships Festival and the WTS Event in Bermuda are just some of the Highlights.. Here is the month-by-month breakdown of some of the highlights.
The year begins in grand style in the heart of Romania, when the Winter Triathlon World Championships from the 26th – 28th.
The World Cup season kicks off on the 11th in Cape Town, South Africa, where the Elite men and women will get 2018 up and running under the watchful eye of Table Mountain. On the 17th, the Paratriathlon World Cup series gets underway.
Abu Dhabi will once again be the scene of the first WTS action of the year, before attentions turn back to the World Cup with two races - the first in Mooloolaba, Australia 10th and the second in New Plymouth, New Zealand 25th.
The hotly anticipated 2018 Commonwealth Games take place in Australia’s Gold Coast in April, racing continues with the New Orleans World Cup 14th – 15th, before the second stop of the WTS season in Bermuda on 28th.
The Aguilas Paratriathlon World Cup take place in Spain from 5th – 6th, while over in China the same weekend the Chengdu World Cup race will see semi-finals and a final. The Yokohama WTS and World Paratriathlon Series races hit Japan on 12th – 13th, before the World Cup heads to Astana, Kazakhstan on the 20th. Eton Dorney then hosts the Paratriathlon World Cup on 27th – 28th.
The UK cities of Nottingham and Leeds hosting the World Mixed Relay Series and World Series on 6th and 9th – 10th respectively. The Italian city of Cagliari 2nd – 3rd, Huatulco in Mexico 9th – 10th and the Belgian port city of Antwerp 16th – 17th. The 2018 Paratriathlon World Cup moves on to Besancon in the east of France on 16th – 17th.
The highly anticipated second edition of the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival heads to the Danish island of Fyn from 6th – 14th, the Tiszaujvaros World Cup in Hungary from 7th – 8th, ahead of the WTS Hamburg and Mixed Relay World Championships in the same city on 14th – 15th. Edmonton, Canada then hosts the WTS, World Paratriathlon and Mixed Relay Series from 27th – 29th.
The Lausanne Triathlon and Paratriathlon World Cups take the action to Switzerland from 18th – 19th before the WTS series hots up once more in Montreal from 25th – 26th.
This year’s WTS Grand Final puts Australia’s Gold Coast firmly on the 2018 triathlon map once more following April’s Commonwealth Games. The Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships are held in Zofingen, Switzerland from 1st – 2nd, the same weekend as the Karlovy Vary World Cup in the Czech Republic and FISU Triathlon Championship in Kalmar, Sweden. September will also see Weihai, China 22nd – 23rd and the Spanish capital Madrid 29th – 30th host important World Cup events.
The headlines in October will be all about the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, with the triathlon events taking place between the 7th – 11th. World Cup races will be held in Sarasota USA 13th – 14th, the Ecuadorian city of Salinas 20th – 21st and South Korea’s Tongyeong 27th – 28th as the season reaches its climax, and the ITU Paratriathlon year also closes out in Funchal, Portugal on 27th – 28th.
The Japanese city of Miyazaki brings the World Cup season to a close in style for the third year running on the 3rd.