Leeds is being considered to stage a round of the prestigious ITU World Triathlon Series.
If successful it would give Leeds’-own triathlon superstars Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee the chance to compete in front of packed home crowds.
Being chosen for next year’s series would see Leeds join other major international cities such as Cape Town, Auckland, Gold Coast, Yokohama, Chicago, Abu Dhabi, Stockholm, Hamburg and Edmonton who are all hosting International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Series races this season.
The brothers are said to have helped compose the course plan. After all, they have some great local knowledge. Hopefully we’ll get some views like in this advert series they’re filming.
Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee and bronze medallist at London 2012 Jonathan Brownlee have advised on a potential race route in the city, which could see the Leeds-based brothers compete in front of a home crowd in one of the final races before the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Olympic Triathlon Champion Alistair Brownlee said:
“The ITU World Triathlon Series is about delivering world-class racing in iconic locations and Leeds will guarantee to do just that. I am sure that spectators will line the route and the city centre will be full of fans cheering on the athletes as we cross the finish line.”
The event in Leeds would see Olympic-distance elite men’s and women’s triathlon races start with a 1500m swim in Roundhay Park, before making the transition onto a 40kilometre bike route into the city centre where they would complete a number of circuits before finishing with a 10km run through the heart of Leeds in front of a possible crowds in excess of 40,000 spectators lining the free-to-view route.
We’ll find out the full calendar for next year in May. Fingers crossed Leeds!