The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced that the first-ever Winter Triathlon World Cup will be held in the Chinese resort of Harbin on January 4th, 2020. Winter triathlon involves a run, mountain bike and cross country ski all on snow. Course distances are set to achieve a winning time of around 80-90 minutes.
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 of the discipline was held. In 2020, the Italian ski resort of Asiago will host the World Championships in February, while Romania will host the European Championships.
The Harbin Winter Triathlon World Cup, organised by the Chinese Federation, will offer travel subsidies for two athletes and one coach from 10 countries around the world. ITU will be in contact with the potential countries eligible to receive such a grant.
ITU has also announce that Spanish city, A Coruna, will play host to a ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in 2020. This will be held on June 6-7. The race will be included in the Paralympic Qualification period, offering opportunities to paratriathletes that are vying to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Another new addition to the Paratriathlon World Cup calendar in 2020 is Bermuda, which will host the paratri race in the same weekend of the ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS), on April 19th. Hosting a paratriathlon race in Bermuda is ‘key on the country’s strategy to make the island more accessible.’