A mixture of national championship racing alongside opportunities for beginners, paratriathletes and up and coming youngsters offers a lot to look forward to at this year’s Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds in Yorkshire, England.
With the Sunday event schedule already announced, jam-packed with age-group and elite action on 11 June, a host of racing opportunities have now been confirmed on Saturday 10 June within Roundhay Park to whet the appetite of a new batch of potential participants.
Saturday will witness a TriStar triathlon, with opportunities for young TriStar 2 and 3 athletes to test their speed over a short course within the park’s grounds before youth and junior athletes line up for the next instalment of the British Triathlon Youth and Junior Super Series. Britain’s top youth and junior talent will race the three disciplines over the super-sprint distance in a bid to collect those all-important points for towards their series tally.
The spotlight will also fall on the Triathlon England National Aquathlon Championships as some of Britain’s top multisport athletes take on the sprint distance event on Saturday afternoon. The second of six Triathlon England National Championships in 2017, the 750m swim and 5km run will decide who picks a coveted national title in June.
24 hours before the world’s best take to the stage in Leeds, triathlon beginners in their hundreds will embark on their own personal challenges in Roundhay Park with the GO TRI event. Designed to allow participants to experience the atmosphere of the weekend whilst offering a taster of the sport, they will together tackle a 400m swim, 10km bike and 2.5km run.
A new addition to the calendar, Saturday also offers a chance for paratriathletes to be part of the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds action. Over a 400m swim, 10km bike and 2.2km run, up and coming paratriathletes have the opportunity to compete alongside experienced racers and enjoy the moment of crossing the Roundhay Park finish line.
Jack Buckner, CEO at British Triathlon, said “We now have a full weekend schedule of triathlon activity confirmed for Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds and are thrilled to be able to offer opportunities to participants of all abilities across 10-11 June.
“From those embarking on their very first swim in Waterloo lake, right through to our next generation of sporting talent, we’re confident both competitors and spectators will be soaking up some amazing atmosphere in Roundhay Park, which will reach its peak on Sunday afternoon when the world’s best go head to head.”
Rupert Pybus, Global Head of Brand at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, added “With just four months to go until the tape is cut on Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds, we’re proud to be supporting a fully inclusive event that caters for all abilities.
“Triathlon is well and truly set to take over the city of Leeds in June and we can’t wait to be part of that for another year.”
Cllr Judith Blake, Leeds City Council, said “The arrival of the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon in Leeds promises to be another fantastic occasion, and we are delighted to see a packed schedule once again on offer over the weekend.
“On the Saturday, triathletes of all standards will have the chance to enjoy and test themselves in a number of different events within our very own Roundhay Park, which will be something very special.”
2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds will be organised exclusively by British Triathlon, in partnership with Leeds City Council, UK Sport and the ITU.