China to stage inaugural Winter Triathlon World Cup

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The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has awarded the Chinese resort of Harbin hosting rights for the first-ever edition of its Winter Triathlon World Cup.

The event, which will take place on January 4, 2020, will be organised by a local Chinese federation and will offer travel subsidies for two athletes and one coach from 10 countries around the world. The ITU said it would be in contact with prospective countries to receive the grants.

Winter triathlon comprises a run, mountain bike and cross-country ski all on snow, with courses set up to achieve a winning time of around 80-90 minutes.

Winter triathlon’s first-ever World Championship was held in Italy in 1997 and the discipline is one of the newest additions to the ITU calendar. The Italian ski resort of Asiago is scheduled to host the 2020 World Championships, with Romania to host the European Championships.

In other news, the ITU has announced that A Coruña in Spain will host a Paratriathlon World Cup on June 6-7 next year. The race will form part of the qualification period for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Next year will also see Bermuda host a Paratriathlon World Cup for the first time. The event will take place on the same weekend of the World Triathlon Series race on April 19.