It’s happening. 11-12 June 2016 the world series will come to Leeds, the home city of Britain’s best love triathlon brothers.
The June date sets things up for ITU World Triathlon Leeds to be the final opportunity to see Team GB triathletes swim, bike and run on home soil before they compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
As the baton is passed from London to Leeds, Alistair Brownlee celebrated another memorable win at the Vitality World Triathlon London on 31 May before looking ahead to the ITU World Triathlon Series being hosted in Leeds next summer.
Hyde Park has hosted a major triathlon every year since 2009. This year’s event on 30-31 May featured as part of UK Sport’s National Lottery funded #EveryRoadtoRio events series, attracting 5000 amateur athletes and the elite competitors battling to win the 2015 ITU world titles. The London event attracted 1.2 million viewers for the live BBC broadcast.
Alistair said: “Triathlon has come from a sport that hardly anyone knew about, to in 2016 there being a World Series race in my home city of Leeds.
“In Leeds the entire city is going to be behind the triathlon. It’s going to be the major event of the summer, and I think the whole city will get behind it. Hopefully hundreds of thousands of people are going to come out to support the sport.”
Jonathan Brownlee added: “Having a World Series race right here at home is amazing, and it’s just a year away. This will be a really big part of our Olympic build up, and what a send off it will be to be cheered along by thousands of home fans before we go.”
Amateur triathletes will have the opportunity to compete on the same course as the elite competitors in mass-participation races, and the event will be supported by a range of cultural activities in the build-up. Roundhay Park will also host novice GO TRI events aimed at encouraging new triathletes to take up the sport. Prospective competitors, spectators and volunteers are invited to register their interest via http://www.britishtriathlon.org/leeds.