In its eighth season, the 2016 World Triathlon Series will feature 9 stops, across five continents with two cities debuting for the first time. Six races will feature Olympic distance races, while three events will offer Sprints.
The WTS will again get underway in Abu Dhabi after successfully kicking off the Series this year before turning towards Oceania to the Gold Coast. Having returned this season after a five-year hiatus, the Australian coastal city will also organize the 2018 Grand Final.
Longtime host Yokohama returns as the third leg of the Series and will be the final opportunity for athletes to score Olympic qualifying points ahead of Rio.
The circuit then touches down in Europe for the debut of Leeds as a WTS event. The hometown of Olympic medalists Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, Leeds marks the first of three stops in Europe, followed by Stockholm and Hamburg.
The only city on the calendar to have hosted a WTS race each year since its inception in 2009, Hamburg will also organize the Mixed Relay World Championship in addition to the elite individual races.
2016 World Triathlon Series Schedule:
|ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi||Abu Dhabi, UAE||March 4-5|
|ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast||Gold Coast, AUS||April 9-10|
|ITU World Triathlon Cape Town||Cape Town, RSA||April 23-24|
|ITU World Triathlon Yokohama||Yokohama, JPN||May 14-15|
|ITU World Triathlon Leeds||Leeds, GBR||June 11-12|
|ITU World Triathlon Stockholm||Stockholm , SWE||July 2-3|
|ITU World Triathlon Hamburg||Hamburg, GER||July 16-17|
|ITU World Triathlon Edmonton||Edmonton, CAN||September 3-4|
|ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel||Cozumel, MEX||September 11-18|
Following the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, the tour will return to action in Edmonton, Canada, which served as the Grand Final host in 2014.
Cozumel, Mexico, a familiar ITU World Cup organizer, will join the World Triathlon Series for the first time next year as the site of the Grand Final, which will include Aquathlon, Age Group, Junior, and Under 23 World Championships as well as the final races that crown the elite men’s and women’s World Champion.
Visit wts.triathlon.org for additional information on the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Series.