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The AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds and World Paratriathlon Leeds 2021 will be delivered under the new British Triathlon Event Organiser guidance developed to ensure any swim, bike, run activity is operated within government guidelines. The guidance ensures a safe return of events for all participants, event staff and volunteers.

The event will be staged in and around Roundhay Park in 2021 with everyone, elite and mass participation alike, finishing on the blue carpet alongside Mansion House in the park, rather than in the city centre.

For more information about some of the changes you might see and steps being taken to create a Covid-Secure environment, please read our ‘Return to Play’ guidance.

UPDATE: 30/09/2020   13:00

AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds 2021 and Your Entry

  • Will the event still be the British Standard Distance Championships?

    Yes, WTS Leeds will host the British Age Group Standard Distance Championships for 2021.

  • How does the new date affect the Age Group qualification status of the event?

    The event will retain its Age Group qualification status. This is being rolled forward so that WTS Leeds 2021 becomes a qualification race for the 2022 Age Group Standard Distance World Championships due to happen in the autumn of 2022.

  • What would happen to my entry if the event was postponed or cancelled at a later stage due to COVID?

    ​The Local Organising Committee will continue to follow the relevant government and sport guidance that is in place throughout the planning, preparation, and delivery of the event. Should it be necessary to postpone or cancel the event, then this will be clearly communicated to all entered participants. As with the postponement of the 2020 event, every consideration will be given to reserving entry places or the refund of entry fees. Specific detail will be subject to the timing and circumstances of any cancellation or postponement at the time.

  • I entered the TriStar / Youth event for 2020 - what happens to my entry for 2021?

    Tristar and Youth entries to the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds 2020 will be carried forward to the 2021 edition of the event. All participants will be aligned into the correct age category with the specific race details regarding the entry sent at a later date.

    We hope that you will still be able to join us on the start line in Leeds, however if you wish to request a refund you should email leeds@britishtriathlon.org prior to 5 pm on Friday 16 October. After this date, the normal terms and conditions of entry will apply.

    It should be noted that any refunds given are for the cost of the entry fee and not the booking fees.

  • I purchased a Grandstand ticket through Active for the 2020 event - will I receive a refund?

    Due to the proposed layout for the finish area, it is unlikely at this stage that a grandstand will be provided at the finish area. As such a refund will be made for all grandstand tickets purchased through the Active site. You will not need to make a refund request for grandstand tickets as they will be made to you over the coming weeks.

    If you purchased grandstand tickets through the Leeds Box Office, then refunds should have already been processed. If you are still to receive this, please contact the Leeds Box Office directly.

  • When I entered, I hired equipment and bought additional items, will I receive a refund for these?

    All items purchased at the point of entry will be automatically transferred over to the new date alongside your event entry.

    If you are unable to attend the new date of the 5 – 6 June and request a refund, you will also be refunded orders for any merchandise, Sunday priority racking and bike hire.

  • If I claim a refund for my 2020 entry, will I be able to re-enter the 2021 event?

    Entries for the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds 2021 will re-open in the coming weeks once the event schedule has been released.

    If you would like to re-enter at this point, you will be able to do so. However, please be aware you will not be guaranteed entry to your preferred distance, and your entry will be subject to a usual booking fees.

  • When is the deadline for claiming a refund for my 2020 entry?

    The deadline for claiming refunds for 2020 entries is 5 pm on Friday 16th October 2020. After this date, the standard terms and conditions of

    entry will apply.

    Please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org to request your refund.

  • What happens if I cannot make the new date, can I have a refund?

    If you are unable to make the re-scheduled date a ‘refund window’ has been made available by the event organisers due to exceptional circumstances and uncertainty presented by COVID 19. This allows anyone that is currently entered in the event to claim a refund for their entry fee by 5 pm on Friday 16th October 2020.

    We hope that you will still be able to join us on the start line in Leeds however if you wish to request a refund you should email leeds@britishtriathlon.org. After this date, the standard terms and conditions of entry will apply.

    It should be noted that any refunds given are for the cost of the entry fee and not the booking fees.

  • What happens to 2020 race entries?

    As stated in previous updates, all entries from the 2020 event will automatically be transferred to the re-scheduled date, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June 2021. You don’t need to do anything additional; you will automatically be entered into the 2021 event.

  • What events will be included as part of the event weekend?

    The provisional event schedule will be published in the coming weeks. The event will host elite athletes as part of the World Triathlon Series and for the first time, the World Paratriathlon Series. In addition, the Festival of Triathlon will once again include Age Group Standard and Sprint distance events, GO TRI events plus the additional events that make the Festival accessible to all. Details of how you can take part will be publicised in the next few weeks.

  • Why has it taken until the end of September to confirm the date?

    British Triathlon and the Local Organising Committee (LOC), have been in consultation with relevant authorities and partners to find a suitable date since the decision to postpone the event was made in March.

    As the event is part of the World Series, there is need to agree the date with the ITU who in turn have several other events to re-schedule. Due to the complexity of the international calendar and these discussions, we have only been able to communicate the decision with participants now.

  • What is the confirmed date for the 2021 event?

    It has now been confirmed that the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds 2021 will take place on the 5 - 6 June 2021.

The Event Start and Finish

  • Is the route on closed roads?

    The parts of the event that take place on the highways will remain on closed roads as in previous years.

  • How will the current COVID restrictions be managed at Roundhay Park and what changes can I expect?

    Both British Triathlon and ITU have published a series of guidelines for event organisers to use to facilitate safe, Covid Secure events. These guidelines will underpin all event operations and participant services as we proceed through the various stages of the planning process and engagement with our local authority partners.

    Detailed information with regard to this event will be published and will be in line with the BTF’s Return to Play Participant Guidance - https://www.britishtriathlon.org/return-to-play/event-participants

  • Why will the event now start and finish at Roundhay Park?

    Due to the current COVID 19 government and sport guidelines, the Local Organising Committee and its colleagues at Leeds City Council have made the decision to minimise the impact on the City and its services by containing the main event operations, facilities, competition areas and services to a single venue. We are committed to delivering a world-class experience and safe environment for participants, spectators and all others involved. We believe that a single venue will provide not only this but also an environment to enjoy the event and provide attendees with a convenient, self-contained venue with everything in one place negating the need to move around the City on the event day.

  • Where will the event take place?

    All aspects of the 2021 edition of the event will start and finish in Roundhay Park with all participants enjoying the same ‘blue carpet’ experience as the world’s best elite Triathletes and Paratriathletes

    As in previous years, the swim will take place in Waterloo Lake followed by the bike and run sections which will take place in and around Roundhay Park. More information on the new course will be made available in the coming months, so please keep an eye on the website and our social media platforms for more details.