With WTCS Abu Dhabi providing the eagerly awaited 2023 curtain-raiser at the start of March, the new World Triathlon season continues to welcome exciting events to the calendar.
WTCS Sunderland takes over hosting for this year’s GB leg of the Series in the north of England, and a Mixed Relay has now been added to the programme for 30 July, giving athletes and teams another opportunity to test their squads and set ups ahead of the format’s second Olympic showdown at Paris 2024.
With the World Triathlon Cup circuit already destined for South America later in the season, Brasilia is another timely new addition to the calendar. The standard-distance World Cup will take place on 15 October, coming just ahead of the Pan American Games Santiago and the World Cups in Vina Del Mar (CHI) and Montevideo (URU).
The World Triathlon Cup Yeongdo in South Korea, originally planned for 6-7 May, has been rescheduled and will now take place in the second half of the season and will form part of the second Olympic qualification period events, the exact date will be confirmed shortly.
Finally, Alhandra will host a World Triathlon Para Cup on the West coast of Portugal for the third consecutive year on the 7-8 October, also forming part of the Paris 2024 Paralympic qualification period.
The Executive Board has also decided that the Paris Test Event, planned to take place 17-20 August, 2023, will also count for the World Triathlon Championship Series rankings. This season, the best four scores plus the Championship Finals in Pontevedra will count for the Series Rankings.
World Triathlon’s Board has approved to change the 2023 Prize Money distribution, allocating more money to the WTCS events and the Finals and less to the Bonus Pool that is distributed at the end of the season, but also distributing it to a wider representation of athletes, so that at each WTCS event 200,000 USD will be distributed among the top 30 athletes, while at the Championship Finals it will go down to the 40th place, and for the Bonus Pool until the 35th athlete. In all cases, all prize money will be distributed equally at men and women races.
In 2023, World Triathlon will distribute a total of 3,480,000 USD on prize money for the World Triathlon Championship Series, Championship Finals, Bonus Pool, Mixed Relay and World Cup circuit, compared to 2,960,000 USD distributed last year.