The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has confirmed that the 2020 Winter Triathlon World Championships will take place for the second consecutive year in the Italian town of Asiago. Nestled in the heart of the Alps, the championships will run from 7-9 February 2020.
With an average altitude of 1500m, snow typically arrives abundantly every winter. The organisers encourage participating athletes to arrive early, to train along the running, biking and cross‐country skill trails, all the while ‘enjoying the view, smells and sounds of the magnificent forests that surround them.’
“I am really excited to return to Asiago for the 2020 Winter Triathlon World Championships,” said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “It is great to see the commitment of the organisers and the city and return to a place that has so clearly proved to be fantastic for all participants last year.
“Being in the heart of the Alps guarantees excellent snow conditions for the participants, a magnificent scenario, and a really convenient location close to airports and hotels, which brings a perfect combination both for the athletes and their friends and families to come and enjoy this amazing spectacle live.”
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 absolutely convinced that the winter version of our sport will continue to grow in terms of participation and popularity and Asiago will be the perfect set up to showcase this wonderful sport to the whole world.”
Winter triathlon is one of the newest additions to the ITU calendar. It was in Italy, back in 1997, where the first-ever World Championship was held. Back then, athletes raced in Malles Venosta. Victory went to Italy in both the women’s and men’s event; and since then, Italy has been one of the leading nations in the sport.
The 2020 edition in Asiago will see not just the Elite but also the U23, Junior, Para, Mixed Relay and Age Group athletes all racing for medals and titles.