New format for Kitzbühel World Cup
The innovative new format of a triathlon race will be in the morning, and contested over 2/3 the distance of a sprint triathlon, with athletes going off at 30-second intervals. The athletes with the top 30 times in the time trial will then advance to the finals later in the day, which is over a super sprint triathlon course, (1/3 distance of a regular sprint race). For the finals competition athletes will begin with a mass start.
The new format allows more athletes to compete as they are sent off one by one. The dynamic, quick tempo race style also provides a strong platform for younger athletes to prepare for the leap to elite racing.
“I’d like to extend a warm thank you to the ITU team to permit us to work on a new format like this,” said Triathlon Austria President Walter Zettinig, “We are looking forward to organizing a great World Cup race in Kitzbühel again.”