While Olympic distance is the focus next week in London, this week some of the world’s best endurance multi-sport athletes will head to Spain to contest the 2012 Vitoria-Gasteiz ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships. The event has a strong history, with athletes like Simon Lessing, Greg Welch and Chrissie Wellington taking the titles in the past, and this year athletes like Enelko Llanos, Dirk Bockel, Chris McCormack, James Cunnama, Jodie Swallow and Caroline Steffen are aiming for gold.
The 2012 world titles will be decided over a 4km swim, a 120km bike leg and a 30km run in Vitoria-Gasteiz, which is the capital city of the province of Álava in northern Spain.
The Vitoria-Gasteiz ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships get underway when the Elite Men start at 8:30am (local time) on Sunday July 29, followed in waves by the Elite Women at 8:33am. As well as the elite races, Vitoria-Gasteiz also hosts the 2012 Long Distance Paratriathlon and Age-Group world titles. All races are on Sunday, July 29.