The World Triathlon Executive Board, which met via teleconference, approved the commencement of the bidding process for the 2021 World Triathlon Series, World Cup and Paratriathlon events. The 2021 series will include events which award points scoring toward Olympic and Paralympic qualification rankings, and will once again showcase iconic cities across the globe giving all athletes the best possible scenarios in which to perform.
“It is again a great honor for us to be looking for cities around the world that want to partner with us in order to host our top tier events, the World Triathlon Series, the World Cups and of course the Paratriathlon events. We know that the world is currently affected by the pandemic, but we also know that we will overcome this situation, and we will resume our events worldwide when it is safe and fair to do so. These events are the pinnacle of our sport, and bring the World’s best Triathletes to a city, offering international exposure to a global audience, and a live thrilling atmosphere of elite level racing. We are eager and excited to start planning our next season,” said World Triathlon President and IOC Member Marisol Casado.
The ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) is the premier Triathlon series in the World and features the World’s best Triathletes racing head-to-head in up to 10 races around the globe, including the flagship Grand Final.
The World Triathlon Series comprises Olympic Distance (1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run), Sprint Distance (750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run) and Mixed Relay events, including the annual ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships, one of the most thrilling and engaging events that will make its Olympic debut in the Tokyo Olympics next summer.
Elite triathletes now compete in these prestigious event in search of the World Triathlon WTS World Championship title. Since its launch in 2009, the profile of the World Triathlon Series has grown rapidly, establishing itself as the pinnacle of Olympic and Sprint distance triathlon racing across the globe.
The hosting of WTS events offers cities opportunities to showcase their cities to millions of people via a live international television broadcast as well as to attract thousands of local, national and international guests and race participants. To date, annual on-site spectators for the Series events are upwards of 1 million.
The Triathlon World Cup competitions are the World Triathlon’s second tier events, intended to provide a solid and professional base for Triathletes pursuing entry to the World Triathlon Series. These events are aligned with the World Triathlon Development programmes. They carry a substantial prize purse, have significant media, television and internet coverage and are also attractive for tourist destinations and major cities.
Cities hosting World Cup events can expect to attract an audience of millions of people around the world, including live internet streamings on TriathlonLive and the distribution of features and interviews on all World Triathlon platforms, as well as international news distribution and international print media coverage.
The Paratriathlon events open for bidding are the 2021 Paratriathlon World Championships, and Paratriathlon World Series events. There are between two and four of these events per year whilst Paratriathlon World Cups are between eight to 10 events per year.
Cities interested in hosting a race on the 2021 World Triathlon Series, 2021 ITU World Cup events or paratriathlon events must submit their bid to World Triathlon by June 30th, 2020. Successful cities will be notified on September 1, 2020.