The AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds and World Paratriathlon Leeds 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: 20/04/2021 21:00
Why is there a charge for the Plus One places to attend the event? (Elite and Grassroots)
This year we are required to implement changes to follow the Government Covid-19 guidance on phased return of sport and recreation
To achieve this we have had to put a number of additional measures in place including creating a closed venue which includes mechanisms to control access and numbers into the park, thus creating a venue capacity
Subject to Step 3 of the Government Road Map (due for announcement on 17 May), participants and their plus one will be able to also spectate the relevant World Triathlon Elite Triathlon or Paratriathlon event taking place on the respective day of their competition (Para Series on Saturday and Championship Series on Sunday). This ticket will allow the plus one to remain in the venue to watch the Elite racing action
What happens if spectators are not allowed to remain in the park and watch the Elite racing?
After the Road Map announcement due on the 17 May we will be in a position to confirm if participants and spectators will be allowed to remain and watch the Elite Racing.
Should the news not be as we are hoping the £5 ticket cost will be refunded to all plus ones.
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.
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.
What happens if I cannot make the new date, can I have a refund?
A series of communications were sent to all 2020 entrants after the announcement of the new 2021 dates offering a refund due to the exceptional circumstances presented by COVID 19. This enabled anyone who wanted to do so to claim a refund on their 2020 entry fee (but note, not the booking fees), by 5pm on Friday 16 October 2020.
After this date, the standard 2020 terms and conditions of entry apply for those people who have not accepted the 2021 terms and conditions
What happens to my 2020 race entry?
Your 2020 entry is currently holding a place in the 2021 event. However, you have to enter the 2021 event by accepting the 2021 terms and conditions. All your details have been carried through from when you entered for 2020.
Please log in to your Active account to read and accept the 2021 terms and conditions by Monday 11 January
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.
Why has the Sprint Distance event been moved to the Saturday?
The Sprint Distance has been moved to the Saturday from the Sunday to ensure that both this and the Standard event can comply with the social distancing and Covid Secure guidelines
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.
When will new entries for the 2021 event open?
Additional entry places will be made available on a periodic basis as we mover through the planning for 2021.
Please keep an eye out on the website and our social media platforms for more information.
I have other specific event questions regarding the race, where and when can I get this information?
More information on how the event will be delivered, including changes to the course, will be made available in the coming months. Please keep an eye on the website – leeds.triathlon.org and our social media platforms for further updates.