2023 World Cup circuit packing in 13 stops across the year including three new venues

by doug.gray@triathlon.org on 22 Mar, 2023 09:52 • Español
2023 World Cup circuit packing in 13 stops across the year including three new venues

A full World Triathlon Cup circuit is back on the menu for 2023, starting in New Plymouth on 26 March before traversing the globe and offering precious Paris 2024 qualification points as well as prize money in 13 magnificent cities and world-class courses between March and November.

From famous South American capitals to the beaches and hills of Europe and Asian classics and newcomers alike, the 2023 season will see athletes putting it all on the line once more to try and edge closer to realising their Olympic dreams. Watch all the action from what is set to be another sizzling season on TriathlonLive.tv.

World Triathlon Cup New Plymouth

25-26 March
The welcome return of New Zealand to the start of the World Cup calendar in 2023 also packs an extra surprise with Rio 2016 Olympic Champion Gwen Jorgensen making her comeback to the circuit in New Plymouth. A sprint-distance course with a beach start and 60m climb on the bike wraps up with a flat 5km to the tape, and while all eyes will be on the return of a true American great, the likes of Hayden Wilde and Tyler Mislawchuk will make this one not to miss. Watch on TriathlonLive.tv.

World Triathlon Cup Huatulco

17-18 June
June’s familiar World Cup stop in Mexico will see the action shift once more to Huatulco, the laidback beach town 700km south of the country’s capital. This will be the 14th edition of the event and incorporates the continental Mixed Relay Championships for the first time, adding another layer of excitement to the programme of an event that always attracts big crowds to the streets and big names to the start lists. There are few constants in triathlon, but here in Huatulco it will be hot, it will be humid, and Tyler Mislawchuk will more than likely be there at the pointy end of the action.

World Triathlon Cup Tiszaujvaros

8-9 July
Tiszy is back! After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Hungarian town of Tiszaujvaros will once again host a stop of the World Cup circuit in 2023, bringing all the passion and history that are the hallmarks of its long relationship with the sport. The tight lake swim is legendary, the bike and run legs are flat and fast, and the two-day, semi-final/final format has seen legends come and sample the unique flavour and hospitality to be found here a two-hour drive east of Budapest. The welcome return of an old favourite.

World Triathlon Cup Valencia

2 September
Previously host of European Championships and the FISU World Championships, Valencia hit the World Cup circuit in 2020 with a bang, Vincent Luis edging Alistair Brownlee to men’s gold, Beth Potter pipping Nicola Spirig to the women’s. It’s a standard-distance course with long, flat straights, where the heat usually provides the athletes with an extra test here on the steamy edge of the Mediterranean.

World Triathlon Cup Karlovy Vary

10 September
The Czech hills have provided a fitting Autumnal late-season test over the years, Rolava Lake the site of a challenging 1.5km swim before a two-part bike that first sees a point-to-point into the picturesque centre of Karlovy Vary, then a 7-lap ride through the town’s streets, cobbles, climbs and quick descents thrown in. Wrapped up with a gruelling 10km run, it’s arguably the toughest two hours on the circuit, and a race that always takes something extra special to hit the podium.

World Triathlon Cup Arzachena

7-8 October Arzachena
Another race that packs a hefty punch on the bike segment is the Arzachena World Cup. Moved back to later in the season with nearby Cagliari now a WTCS fixture, it was here that Vincent Luis and Kristian Blummenfelt had a memorable battle back in 2020 and Flora Duffy also reigned supreme. The beach swim is straightforward, the long, sharp bike climb stings the legs and the dependable heat here in Sardinia is sure to drain the energy reserves over the 5km run to gold.

World Triathlon Cup Chengdu

14 October
After six sparkling World Cups since 2014, the brakes were put on the Chengdu World Cup, but 2023 is set to see its return after a three-year absence from the calendar. The format has seen several iterations over the years including sprint and two-day super-sprint set ups, but it is to the standard format that it returns this year, last seen in 2016 and following quickly on the 2023 calendar behind the Asian Games in Hangzou. Our last champions of Chengdu? Matthew Hauser and Laura Lindemann.

World Triathlon Cup Brasilia

15 October
Host of the 2014 World University Triathlon Championships and Continental Cups, Brasilia makes the move to hosting a World Cup for the very first time in 2023 – and the first in the country since 2004 – so you can expect the biggest names in Brazilian triathlon to put it all on the line in an effort to mark the occasion with a home winner. The capital’s iconic Paranoa Lake will be the focus of the standard-distance action, with the bike course crossing it via Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge ten times over the five laps and the 10km run winding up on the edge of the water.

World Triathlon Cup Tongyeong

21 October
A central stop of the World Triathlon circuit since way back in 2003, Tongyeong has welcomed some of the biggest names in the sport over the years. This will be the 17th year that a World Cup or Series event has taken place in Korea’s south coastal town, where the sprint-distance course includes some steep, grinding hills on both the run and bike that makes it a favourite for the strongest runners. A race of attrition where only the strongest will podium.

World Triathlon Cup Miyazaki

28 OctoberMiyazaki
On Japan’s southern coast, Miyazaki first welcomed World Triathlon Cup racing in 2016. It is a classic fast and flat coastal course that awaits the world’s best as the season nears its close, the sea swim invariably packing a rolling swell to make sighting tricky for the 1.5km swim. A 40km bike course with dead turns at each end transitions to a beachfront 10km run to the tape, where USA’s Summer Rappaport has seen more success than anyone. A tropical test of the very best.

World Triathlon Cup Vina del Mar

11-12 November
In late 2022, Chile held its first ever World Cup in Vina del Mar, two hours west of Santiago and the site of the triathlon events of the 2023 Pan American Games. This year it returns to the calendar the week following the Games, 12 months after what felt like a historic moment for triathlon in the country as the crowds cheered Diego Moya home in second, their hero greeted at the finish like a champion. The Pacific swell made for an intense swim, the bike was fast along the coast and technical through the old town, and the run hot and flat. A modern classic.

World Triathlon Cup Montevideo

18-19 November
Uruguay first hosted a Continental Cup back in 1998, but has only been a regular on the calendar since 2017, making the country’s first World Cup a big moment for the sport in South America. It was here that the Continental Championships were held in October last year, and the world’s athletes will look forward to the chance to attack this demanding standard-distance course, that has three dead turns on the 40km bike and grinding climbs on bike and run.

World Triathlon Cup Yeongdo

Date TBC
Rescheduled from the start of the season, the Korean city of Yeongdo picks up hosting duties in the country alongside Tongyeong for 2023. Located close to that long-term World Cup cracker, Yeongdo will be looking to make its sprint-distance action every bit the staple of the calendar that Tongyeong has become over the years, welcoming those in search of a late-season test and the prospect of picking up precious Olympic qualification points.

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