The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has to announced that the 2019 Winter Triathlon World Championships will be held in the Italian town of Asiago, in the heart of the Alps, on February 9-10, 2019.
The races will be contested in the Centro di Fondo Campolongo, in Altopiano di Asiago, one of the key areas in the Venetian mountains. With an average altitude of 1500m, ‘the snow arrives abundantly every winter’, and is seen as ‘the perfect location for competitions and training of cross-country ski, mountain bike and trail running, all around magnificent forests.’
ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado said “I am really glad to return to the Alps for the 2019 Winter Triathlon World Championships, and Asiago seems just like the perfect venue for this, with a mix of great facilities, lots of snow, and a convenient location which I’m sure will help to attract not only the elite winter triathletes from all over the world, but also the upcoming stars of the sport, the para athletes and age groupers.”
She continued, “With the continuous support of the Italian Federation, always contributing to hosting high-quality winter events, and the local organising committee, I’m positive that the winter version of our sport will continue growing, with more events coming and the number of participants constantly increasing.”
Winter triathlon is one of the newest events on ITU’s calendar, with elite athletes usually racing for an approximately 8km run on the snow, 14km of MTB also on the snow and 12km of cross-country skiing. Distances for the 2019 World Championships will be announced shortly, according to local conditions and ITU’s competition rules.
In addition to the Elite World Championship, Asiago will welcome Under23, Junior, Paratriathlon and Age Group athletes to vie for a chance at becoming the next World Champion in their respective divisions.