The Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds returns to the city for a second time on 10-11 June 2017, representing the pinnacle of triathlon competition in the UK and providing more than 5,000 recreational triathletes with the unique opportunity to compete on much of the same course as the world’s best. Following in the footsteps of the unforgettable 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ in Leeds and Yorkshire, 2016's event saw in excess of 80,000 spectators line the streets as the world's best were roared home by a huge and passionate Leeds crowd.
The 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds will be organised exclusively by British Triathlon in partnership with Leeds City Council, UK Sport and the ITU. The new team working on the event in 2017 has extensive experience of delivering a world-class standard of triathlon including Tri Liverpool and the ITU World Triathlon Series event in Hyde Park, two events well known for their event experience.
2017's Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds will see both the amateurs and elite – including many of Team GB's Rio Olympians, once again head back to Leeds for what is set to be an unforgettable event on the triathlon calendar.
On Saturday 10 June newcomers to the sport are given the chance to take part in a fun-filled GO TRI event contained entirely in Roundhay Park, with manageable distances perfect for first timers.
Sunday 11 June will see athletes take to the sprint and standard distance events in a unique ‘point to point’ course. A swim in Roundhay Park’s Waterloo Lake will precede a challenging bike route towards the city centre, before athletes re-rack their bikes in Roundhay Park and head on foot to the world famous blue carpet finish in the city centre's Millennium Square.
Following the amateurs on Sunday, it’s the turn of the world’s best triathletes to take to the stage. Contested over the standard distance with a more technical, city centre-based bike course, the race is guaranteed to deliver a thrilling showcase of endurance and strategy in front of tens of thousands of Leeds’ sports-loving residents, creating a unique Yorkshire atmosphere along the course.