British Triathlon confirms 2018 Age-Group Major Events Calendar19th Sep 2017 | Written by Gemma Simpson
Following a hugely successful ITU Triathlon World Championships in Rotterdam, British Triathlon has unveiled the 2018 British Triathlon Age-Group Major Events Calendar, providing the chance for Britain’s top age-groupers to prepare for their own medal-winning success over the coming 12 months.
The British Duathlon Championships are set to kick-off the competitive season on Sunday 25 March 2018 and for the second consecutive year, the Bedford Autodrome Duathlon organised by Nice Tri Events has been awarded the honours. This will be followed by the British Standard Distance Triathlon Championships on 10 June 2018 which, following a successful 2017 event, will again be hosted by ITU World Triathlon Leeds. With the British Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships location still to be decided, the final event will be the British Middle Distance Triathlon Championships on 8 July 2018, to be held at The Festival of Endurance.
As in previous years, 2018 will provide high quality events for all age-group athletes with the prospect of earning the right to wear the Great Britain Age-Group Team Tri Suit. Marking a change for the coming season, Great Britain Age-Group Team qualification events for ITU Sprint and Standard Distance Triathlon Championships will be moving in line with the European qualification process so that athletes qualify a year in advance of their particular championship. 2018 will therefore represent the changeover year in which age-group athletes have an opportunity to qualify for both the 2018 and 2019 ITU Triathlon World Championships. This change offers age-group competitors additional opportunities in 2018 to qualify for the team.
In Scotland, the Stirling Duathlon will be a qualification race for the 2019 ITU Standard Distance Duathlon Qualifier (Draft Illegal). Follow Stirling Triathlon Club’s announcements about the race via their website.
British Triathlon Director Major and National Events, Jon Ridgeon, said “We’re delighted to be able to fully confirm the 2018 British Triathlon Age-Group Major Events calendar, offering all our athletes fantastic locations for them to compete for British titles over the coming 12 months.
“It’s great to be able to return to many of our previous locations for championships as well as welcoming athletes to some brand-new venues, with each having been chosen for it’s fantastic location and ability to stage a show-stopping event.”
All of the individual events comprising the 2018 programme offer athletes the chance to experience competing at the leading age-group races across the Home Nations. Each event demonstrates some of the highest quality event-management and will give each competitor an opportunity to achieve their personal triathlon challenges in a safe and enjoyable environment.
For full information on all opportunities in which athletes can compete for a British National title or qualify for the Great Britain Age-Group Team in 2018, please visit the British Triathlon website here. To download and print the race calendar in PDF format, please click here.
The 2018 Scottish Championships events will be announced in November.