This year marks the 10th year of an ITU race in Madrid; from its start as a European Cup venue; then World Cup; and then the ITU World Triathlon Series, which got under way in 2009. In 2012, Madrid is also special because it’s where the London 2012 Olympic Games qualification period started two years ago and also where it ends.
Aside from the Olympic dreams that could be decided this coming weekend, there are also two elite titles on the line, and the two fields assembled mean both races are going to come down to the wire.
Madrid has an impressive triathlon history, having hosted an ITU Triathlon World Cup from 2003 to 2009 – when it then became one of the host cities for the first season of the ITU World Triathlon Series. The unique course winds its way through Casa de Campo park in central Madrid, offering a quick sightseeing crash course around one of Europe’s most dynamic cities. Sitting at almost 700m above sea level, Madrid’s climate is dry with very warm afternoons and cool nights during summer.
- Elite women – Saturday 26 May – 17:45 (UTC/GMT + 2)
- Elite men – Saturday 27 May – 13:55 (UTC/GMT + 2)