Photos: The 8 Stops on ITU’s 2018 World Triathlon Series Calendar

2018 ITU WTS Abu Dhabi: March 2-3

For the fourth consecutive year, Abu Dhabi will kick off the ITU World Triathlon Series.

In 2017, the women’s race saw an epic sprint finish between defending champion, Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson, and New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt—with Hewitt snatching victory in the nail-biting final moments. In the men’s race, five-time ITU world champion Javier Gomez (ESP) put on a stellar show to claim his first victory in Abu Dhabi, ahead of Great Britain’s Tom Bishop. Can Andrea and Javier defend their titles?

Alongside the elite race, 3,500 amateur athletes and tiny triathletes can choose from multiple ‘age-group’ race options, for their chance to race on the same course as Olympic and world champions.

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2018 ITU WTS Bermuda: April 21-22

The home of two-time ITU world champion Flora Duffy, Bermuda promises perfect warm conditions, the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear Atlantic, bike over hilly terrain and run along picturesque colorful buildings.

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2018 ITU WTS Yokohama: May 12-13

The ITU World Triathlon Series returns to Yokohama for the ninth time. The series first appeared in Japan in 2009. The Japanese portal city skipped the 2010 series, but it reappeared on the WTS calendar in 2011. Eventual world champions Mario Mola (ESP) and Flora Duffy (BER) will enter the race as the defending champions.

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2018 ITU WTS Leeds: June 9-10

In 2017, Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee delighted their hometown crowd with a repeat gold and silver performance at the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds. Bermudian Flora Duffy earned her fourth career World Triathlon Series victory and second consecutive win of the season in front of over 50,000 passionate sports fans.

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2018 ITU WTS Hamburg: July 14-15

In 2017, thousands of people shut down the city of Hamburg to line the streets and watch the world’s fastest triathletes compete at the race. The event is widely known as being the world’s biggest triathlon. In 2017, Mario Mola and Flora Duffy each took their first WTS titles of the season at this race.

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2018 ITU WTS Edmonton: July 27-29

Nine World Cups have been held in Edmonton since 2002. Edmonton also holds a special place in ITU history, having set a new standard for the triathlon world championships in 2001. In 2014 it was also the host city for the Grand Final and returned in 2015 as a World Triathlon Series race. In over 20 years of World Cup races only one race has ever had to be cancelled, which was in Edmonton in 2004. After Loretta Harrop (AUS) won the women’s race, a wintery blast hit the city and the men’s race was called off. Flora Duffy (BER) and Mario Mola (ESP) won the race in 2017.

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2018 ITU WTS Montreal: Aug. 25-26

In 2017, Montreal joined the WTS family as the 24th city to ever hold the honor of hosting a WTS race since its inception in 2009. It is also only the second Canadian city to do so, and with back-to-back race weekends held in Edmonton and Montreal, it was the first time in WTS history that two races were held in the same country in the same season. Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt and Flora Duffy won this race last year.

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2018 ITU WTS Grand Final Gold Coast: Sept. 12-16

More than 5,000 of the world’s best elite and age group triathletes will be heading to Queensland for the final race of the 2018 season.

Athletes representing 46 nations will be competing at Southport Broadwater Parklands, the site of the highly successful ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast and home to the 2009 ITU World Championships.

The 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final will celebrate the diversity of the sport of triathlon with athletes competing in Elite, Under 23, Junior and Elite Paratriathlon categories as well as the U23/Jnr Mixed Team Relay, Age Group – Standard and Sprint Distance-, and Open Paratriathlon events.

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2018 Series Map - Version

The 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series map

In its 10th season, the World Triathlon Series will feature eight stops, with one city debuting for the first time in the calendar. The WTS will again get underway in Abu Dhabi on March 3, to then move onto a new addition to the calendar, Bermuda. The beautiful Atlantic Ocean island will host its very first WTS race on April 21.

Next stop will be Japan for one of the longest running events on the calendar, Yokohama, where triathletes will be performing on May 12 to then move over to Europe for the third edition of WTS Leeds, which will take place on June 10.

The series will continue its journey through Europe for again another classic Series, Hamburg, not only for a WTS race, but also one of the most spectacular events on ITU’s calendar, the Mixed Relays World Championships. The excitement and emotions of the team event will be showcased again in front of thousands of spectators on the weekend of July 14-15.

For the second year in a row, two Canadian cities will host a WTS race. First, triathletes will stop in Edmonton on July 28-29 for a fast an exciting race on a challenging course. The last stop before the ITU Grand Final will be Montreal, ready to welcome athletes to the old port on Aug. 25-26.

The golden beaches of the Gold Coast will host the Grand Final, as well as the Junior, U23 and Paratriathlon World Championships Sept. 12–16.