The 2019 Triathlon season promises to deliver another thrilling ten months of racing, with Spanish legend Javier Gomez returning to do battle with teammate Mario Mola, Flora Duffy eager to check Vicky Holland and Katie Zaferesí progress, and a host of breakthrough talent displaying their skills at 17 World Cups around the globe.
A year out from its Olympic debut, the Mixed Relay World Series will encompass four stages (including Augustís Tokyo 2020 Test Event), Pontevedra hosts the Multisport World Championships, and Aquathlon makes its debut at the World Beach Games.
Buckle up, itís going to be quite a rideÖ
The season gets underway on the second weekend of February in the summer sun of South Africa and the snow-covered Alps. Cape Town will host the World Cup curtain-raiser, a race that always attracts a host of stars looking to get their years off to a good start, while the Italian town of Asiago will see the run-bike-ski Winter Triathlon World Championships.
March sees the first top-tier race of the year with the Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi where Great Britainís Holland and Spainís Mario Mola begin the defense of their world titles with the likes of Bermudaís Duffy and Vincent Luis hot on their heels and the weekend also kicks off the 2019 World Mixed Relay Series. That all comes the week before the Mooloolaba World Cup. The month is wrapped up in New Zealand with the long-running New Plymouth World Cup sprint-distance race.
The action then ramps up once again at the end of April with the WTS action return to tropical climes for the MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda, where Duffy made light work of Corkscrew Hill to deliver a consummate performance for the raceís debut on the calendar last year.
The World Cup season draws to a close in November, with the Ecuadorian city of Salinas holding the penultimate race of 2019. The curtain then comes down on another packed calendar in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, where a warm Caribbean send-off awaits the athletes at the end of a busy year.