The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has confirmed dates for ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) Abu Dhabi and WTS Yokohama for 2018. The season will head over to the UAE again to start next year’s ITU World Triathlon Series, with WTS Abu Dhabi taking place on 2-3 March, while WTS Yokohama will take place on the weekend of 12-13 May.
For the fourth year in a row, the series will start in Abu Dhabi, at the impressive backdrop of the Yas Marina circuit, which will be home again for many of the world’s best triathletes to kick-off their season.
“We are thrilled to come back to UAE again,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “Yas Island is the perfect fit for the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi and the magnificent venue will build on the competition’s success by helping us accommodate larger numbers in line with our objectives for this event.”
ITU adds that Yas Island boasts a series of attractions, pristine beaches and some of the most picturesque sights in all of Abu Dhabi, ‘a perfect set up to start to the ITU World Triathlon Series for 2018.’
Only two months after the start of the WTS season, triathletes will travel to Japan for another edition of WTS Yokohama. One of the oldest races on the circuit will be ready again to welcome ITU races as the country’s excitement builds towards Tokyo 2020.
“Yokohama is one of the most amazing venues on our series,” continued Marisol Casado. “The city and the spectators love triathlon and they show it every time we go there, so we are thrilled to welcome them on our circuit once more, like they’ve been doing consistently since 2011.”
For the 2018 season, ITU has already announced the dates for the Grand Final, which will be hosted in the Gold Coast, Australia, from 12-16 September, while Bermuda will for the first time ever welcome a WTS event next year, with World Triathlon Bermuda taking place on 28 April 2018.
All WTS races will be broadcast live to a worldwide television audience as well as on triathlonlive.tv. Last year, ITU increased the prize money for the ITU World Triathlon Series by US$100,000, with a total of US$855,000 available to the top 35 men and women. With nearly US$2.5 million up for grabs, the WTS remains one of the richest triathlon circuits worldwide.