Grand Finals to Bermuda and Abu Dhabi, Multisport Festival to Almere

The ITU has announced that the WTS Grand Final will take place in Bermuda and Abu Dhabi in 2021 and 2022, while the 2020 ITU Multisport World Championships will take place in Almere.

| September 12, 2018 | NEWS

Racing along the Formula 1 track in Abu Dhabi

Racing along the Formula 1 track in Abu Dhabi

Photo >Frank Wechsel / spomedis

Since 2009 the International Triathlon Union (ITU) has organized its world championships in series format. The World Triathlon Series (WTS), which consists of several events over the standard (1.5 km/ 40 km/ 10 km) and sprint (750 m/ 20 km/ 5 km) distance, rounds out with the Grand Final, which not only offers significantly more points for the World Cup classification than previous races, but also serves as the world championships for juniors and agegroupers.

This year's season comes to an end this weekend on the Australian Gold Coast. Next year the Olympic capital of Lausanne on Lake Geneva in Switzerland serves as the host, while in 2020 Edmonton will host the event in the Canadian province of Alberta. The three cities have already hosted the title (Lausanne when the world champions were determined in a single race).

For 2020 and 2021, the Executive Board of the ITU has announced the Grand Final locations to two events that have been part of the series, but have never hosted a Grand Final before. In 2021, the race will be held in Bermuda, home to world-champion triathlete Flora Duffy and the host of a WTS event for the first time this spring.

A year later, the event will be held in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. The coastal city in the desert state was initially introduced to the sport through the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, which took place over an unusual long-distance format and also, at that time, also featured a professional team that was based around the German Ironman world champion Faris Al-Sultan. When the long distance race ended, the ITU held short-distance races in Abu Dhabi, first in the city, then later on the Formula 1 circuit outside the city. The elite races took place with almost no spectator involvement from the public that doesn't show much interest in the sport. That will likely change at the Grand Final thanks to the numerous age groupers from all over the world.

Multisport Championships in Almere in 2020

Still a new format on the ITU calendar is the Multisport World Championships which hosts a series of world championships over a one week period. Included in the event are the world championships in duathlon, aquathlon, cross triathlon and long distance. The new festival format has been a big success after premiering in Canada in Canada 2017 and then taking place on the Danish island of Fun this year. In 2019 the festival will take place in Pontevedra (Spain), followed by the Dutch city of Almere in 2020.

Die Austragungsorte der ITU Grand Finals

Jahr

Gastgeber

2009

Gold Coast (AUS)

2010

Budapest (HUN)

2011

Peking (CHN)

2012

Auckland (NZL)

2013

London (GBR)

2014

Edmonton (CAN)

2015

Chicago (USA)

2016

Cozumel (MEX)

2017

Rotterdam (NED)

2018

Gold Coast (AUS)

2019

Lausanne (SUI)

2020

Edmonton (CAN)

2021

Bermuda (BER)

2022

Abu Dhabi (UAE)

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