The countdown to the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds has begun with the details of this year’s routes being released today.
The much-anticipated event takes place 10th-11th June 2017 and has been organised by British Triathlon in partnership with Leeds City Council and the International Triathlon Union (ITU). The organisations have revealed a new and improved route for the 5,000 amateur entrants and the official route for the ITU World Triathlon Series.
Amateur triathletes will complete a swim (750m/1,500m) in Waterloo Lake at Roundhay Park, before completing the new bike route (19km/36km) take will see participants ride towards Headingley before returning to Roundhay Park. The final leg of the event will see participants embark on a (7.5km/10km) run towards Leeds city centre.
Elite triathletes, including last year’s winner and Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee, starts with a 1,500-metre swim in Roundhay Park’s Waterloo Lake. They will then make the transition to their bikes and follow a 40km route through Roundhay towards the city centre, passing through Moortown, Meanwood, Headingley and Burley before completing seven laps of a city-centre loop.
The final leg begins at Millenium Square, with the triathletes covering 10km in four shorter laps of the city-centre loop, passing through the square on each lap.
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.”