After an eight-year hiatus, ITU World Cup racing returns to Spain on Sunday 28 May, as the Spanish capital hosts the 2017 Madrid ITU Triathlon World Cup. First appearing on the calendar in 2003, Madrid hosted an ITU World Cup event every year until 2008, until it became a regular stop on the World Triathlon Series from 2009 to 2013. As one of the headquartering cities of ITU, the city of Madrid is seen as ‘a special place for triathlon, sure to produce an exciting event’.
Athletes are in for a challenging race day as Madrid is serving up one of the toughest courses of the 2017 ITU World Cup season. The elites will dive in the water of the Casa de Campo lake for two laps of 750m each to then grab their bikes for 5K in the same park before heading across the city centre to do six bike laps of a demanding, technical and tough circuit, including the Cuesta de la Vega, a demanding slope with an 8% gradient.
The second transition area and finish line is situated on the Plaza de Oriente, right in front of Madrid’s Royal Palace. During the run, athletes will face four laps of 2.5 kilometres each on a flat road that will allow them to enjoy the sights of the city including the Debod Temple.
The women will get the 2017 Madrid ITU Triathlon World Cup underway with the first race starting at 10:55 CET on Sunday 28 May; while the men will follow at 13:15 local time.