It’s a race that’s already become a major event event on the global triathlon circuit with it’s glamorous set up and stunning setting, and now the Abu Dhabi Triathlon will be a world series race too.
Abu Dhabi will debut on the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) calendar for the first race of a five-year partnership starting with it kicking off the WTS season on March 6-7.
Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, who collected gold and bronze at the 2012 Olympics respectively, are familiar with the race, with Alistair having won in 2013, and the brothers having crossed over together last year.
TriReview raced the short course in 2012 – one of the best races we’ve ever done.
The event, slated as a sprint for the elites with both standard and sprint races on offer for age groupers, will be headquartered at the Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club where a spectator-friendly environment including a 2,000-seater grandstand, a bike park, a ‘Friends and Family’ area, refreshment kiosks and a kids zone will be built.
It will also feature a ‘swim start’ off the Volvo Ocean Race yacht pontoons on Abu Dhabi Corniche – a first for the World Triathlon Series.
ITU also confirmed that the dates for the World Triathlon London are officially set for May 30-31 and will again offer a sprint distance course. The Hamburg and Edmonton stops on the Series will also feature the fast and furious sprint races.
Abu Dhabi is the only new stop on the 2015 calendar, while Gold Coast returns for the first time since 2009 for a Series that will feature a total of 10 cities.
2015 World Triathlon Series complete calendar:
6-7 March – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
28-29 March – Auckland, New Zealand
11-12 April – Gold Coast, Australia
25-26 April – Cape Town, South Africa
16-17 May – Yokohama, Japan
30-31 May – London, Great Britain
18-19 July – Hamburg, Germany
22-23 August – Stockholm, Sweden
5-6 September – Edmonton, Canada
15-20 September – Chicago, USA