Brighton & Hove Triathlon to host World Championship Qualifier in 2020
Brighton and Hove Triathlon 2020 have secured the ITU World Championship qualifier for the 2021 World Championships in Bermuda, the only British qualifier to offer a sea swim.
Due to unprecedented demand, the Triathlon’s 2019 event sold out early with entries reaching 1600 competitors. Next year, over 2,000 are expected making this the largest triathlon on the South Coast. “We are honoured to be given the ITU qualifier status in Brighton once again. 2020 will be the 5th year for us, in what is a very important Olympic year,2 said Race Director John Lunt. “This is great kudos for the city and will bring a lot of new athletes to Brighton. Over the course of the weekend we will see over 5,000 visitors to the Hove Lawns where there will be an event village with exhibitors, climbing wall, food and drink vendors and activities. We are delighted to be part of the great sporting heritage in Brighton”. The qualifier’s course offers a 5km loop on a wide, two–lane, closed road. It’s considered flat and very fast, while multiple laps allows easy spectator viewing. It’s the only qualifier with a sea swim and the only event with a mass start, so competitors can see who they are racing against from the outset.
The Brighton and Hove Triathlon has grown over the years to become the largest triathlon on the South Coast. 2020 is its 5th year on Hove Lawns, and will encompasses a full weekend of children’s events with the Scootathlon 3-8 years on Sat 12 Sept & the Children’s Triathlon 8 – 14 years and the Adult Triathlon and ITU qualifier race on the Sunday. “Increased participation in triathlon is one of the major objectives of the South East Region,” says Santi Brage, Chair of the BTF South East Region. “In a very short space of time Brighton & Hove Triathlon has proved that a main event in this area has attracted not just experienced triathletes, but also many new people to the sport. I’m delighted this is in our region and I know we will continue to work closely with the event team in order to continue to boost our sport in the area”.
Co-ordinated by an experienced team, many of whom have worked on Olympic and Commonwealth events, Brighton and Hove Triathlon is set to grow into one of the biggest events in the triathlon calendar. ‘The organisers submitted a bid detailing strong evidence of the positive race experience they can provide,” says Verity Miles, Age-Group Coordinator for The British Triathlon Federation. “We’re pleased to award them an ITU Age-Group Qualifier for the 2021 World Championships. It is great to see an annual event, which features a draft-legal race and sees hundreds of athletes enter year-on-year”.