The countdown to the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds on 10 and 11 June 2017 has begun with details of this year’s routes for the elite and amateur events being released today.
The much-anticipated UK Sport National Lottery-funded event, organised by British Triathlon in partnership with Leeds City Council and the International Triathlon Union (ITU), has revealed new and improved routes to be followed by over 5,000 amateur triathletes and the official route for the ITU World Triathlon Series where local heroes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee take on the rest of the world on the streets of Leeds on Sunday 11 June.
More than 2,000 entries have already been sold in the amateur events and the new and improved routes for the sprint and standard distance courses have been designed to maximise the racing and overall event experience. Entries are still on sale with distances to suit all abilities available via leeds.triathlon.org
Olympic gold and silver medalists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee helped launch the new route for the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds 2017, which takes place this June. The bus tour followed the new 2017 route allowing the Brownlee brothers to take a trip down memory lane and highlight some of their special moments from last year’s event, and gave an opportunity for the new in-house team at British Triathlon to explain where the changes have been made to improve the open entry race experience this year.
Amateur triathletes will complete a swim (750m/1,500m) in Waterloo Lake in Roundhay Park before completing a new bike route (19km/36km) that takes participants towards Headingley before returning to Roundhay Park where they will rack their bikes in a single transition hub. The final leg will see participants embark on a (7.5km/10km) run towards the city centre where they will experience the huge crowds on the Headrow before finishing in front of a packed grandstand on the blue carpet.
The elite triathletes, including last year’s winner and Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee, will start with a 1500-metre swim in Roundhay Park’s Waterloo Lake. They will then make the transition to their bikes and follow a 40km bike through Roundhay and towards the city-centre via Moortown, Meanwood, Headingley and Burley before completing 7 laps of a city-centre loop.
They will then transition on Millennium Square before covering 10km in 4 shorter laps of the city-centre loop, passing through Millennium Square on each lap, culminating in the thrilling finale of the event to be played out on the blue carpet finish in the square.
British Triathlon has made the innovative move to bring the management of the event in-house this year with an experienced team of professionals on board to ensure the 2017 event delivers a world-class spectacle for participants and spectators.
Olympic silver medallist, Jonathan Brownlee said:
“The route shows what an exciting race the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds will be for spectators. The multi-lap bike course goes into the heart of the city centre making it really technical and spectator friendly with plenty of opportunities to watch the racing. With an iconic finish in Millennium Square, it’s going to be brilliant. It’s always great to have the triathlon community out in force and if you love triathlon then you need to join us in Leeds in June.”
Chief Executive Officer at British Triathlon Jack Buckner said:
“The 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds is going to be the best organised, and most enjoyable triathlon event in the UK this year. We have given careful and detailed consideration to every single element of the event and will deliver a world-class triathlon experience for every triathlete.”
Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said:
“We are delighted to reveal the full route for the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds which will be one of the standout, must-see events of the year in our city.
“The route has been designed very much with both participants and spectators in mind, so it will be fantastic to see thousands of people all along the route watching the world’s best, including our own home stars, do battle on the streets of Leeds in an incredible atmosphere. This promises to be another thrilling spectacle to showcase Leeds to the world, so it really is something to look forward to.”
Global Head of Brand and Marketing at Columbia Threadneedle Investments Rupert Pybus said:
“We are really looking forward to this event and are delighted to be able to support what will be an excellent display of both elite and amateur triathlon. We can’t wait to see the streets lined with spectators cheering on the athletes.”
Please visit leeds.triathlon.org/local for latest information and an interactive map that will allow you to see the route in detail and help you to plan any journeys you need to make during the event.
View an animation of each route here:
For the latest information on the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds visit leeds.triathlon.org