By Erin Greene on 23/10/13 at 10:23 am
As the 2013 season comes to a close this weekend in Guatape, it’s time to look ahead to the year ahead of us. While the off season is an opportune time to look back on all of your hard earned laurels from this year, it’s also the time to think about the year ahead of us. Because what good is reflection if it doesn’t drive you forward?
Whether you’ve raced a World Triathlon Series event before or are just starting out on your triathlon journey, we have something for everyone. Join us and race some of the same courses as the world’s best triathletes. They’re fast, they’re challenging, and they’re waiting for you. But wait not, register now.
Here’s what we have in store for your in the 2014 season::
April 5-6: Auckland, New Zealand
May 17-18: Yokohama, Japan
May 31-June1: London, England
June 28-29: Chicago, USA
July 12-13: Hamburg, Germany
August 23-24: Stockholm, Sweden
Grand Final - August 26-September 1: Edmonton, Canada
The 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series will again open in beautiful Auckland as it did for this year’s season. Set along the Queen’s Wharf, you’ll be treated to sweeping ocean views while being cheered on by a downtown crowd.
After taming your wild side in New Zealand, get lost in translation in Japan at the second World Triathlon Series stop. But forget carbo loading for this race, sushi and sake diets are required for these racers.
When you’ve had all the raw fish you can muster, follow the series back to London where you can be a hero, just like this year’s World Champions and the 2012 Olympians. If this year’s event was any indicator, you’re not going to want to miss out based on the after party alone.
The Windy City of Chicago will next debut as a WTS race in its preparation to host the 2015 Grand Final. Athletes will have a beachy good time as they run into Lake Michigan before hitting a course that meanders through the historic streets of Chicago. And while we encourage you to take in the sights, just be warned we will know who stops at Gino’s East for a slice of deep dish pizza.
After hitting the Americas, the circuit moves back to Europe for stops in Hamburg and Stockholm. A race that always maxes out, you’ll want to sign up for Hamburg early. With 10,000 competitors taking to the streets of Hamburg every year, the rowdy atmosphere is incomparable. As one athlete put it this year, the spectator lined streets make you feel like a rock star while racing. And since there’s no better way to finish off a tough day of racing than with a nice beer, Hamburg offers the best of both worlds.
Stockholm’s famous cobblestoned roads will then serve up the penultimate round of the series over a sprint distance in late August before the season culminates in Edmonton August 30-September 1. With it’s intricate waterways, classic architecture and modern society, Stockholm offers an upscale race without the pretension.
Split on either sides of the Saskatchewan River, Edmonton will welcome the next crop of ITU World Champions. Get ready to be wowed by Canadian hospitality while enjoying bits of international culture downtown. Nobody loves a good sporting event like a Canadian, so expect this World Championships to impress. The time is now. Register.