Leeds eyes treble shot at staging world triathlon

Leeds's Brownlee brothers celebrate their triathlon medals at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Leeds's Brownlee brothers celebrate their triathlon medals at the 2012 Olympics in London.
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Leeds has set its sights on hosting a high-profile hat-trick of world triathlon events, the Yorkshire Evening Post can reveal.

The city was confirmed earlier this year as the location for one of the stages of 2016’s ITU World Triathlon Series.

Now it has emerged that Leeds has also been picked as the British Triathlon Federation’s preferred site for the same event in 2017 and 2018.

The Leeds treble is not yet nailed on, as the final decision on any British host city for those two years will be taken by the International Triathlon Union (ITU), the sport’s world governing body.

But today Leeds City Council told the YEP it was “hopeful” a successful staging of 2016’s event would sway the ITU in its favour.

Next year’s triathlon is being organised by the ITU in conjunction with the British Triathlon Federation (BTF) and the city council.

The YEP can today also reveal that the cost to the council of delivering the race will be around £230,000.

As much as £75,000 will be paid on top of that to outside firm Podium Projects UK Ltd to help with the event.

A council report on the outlay says Podium was selected for the job as it offered value for money, competitive daily rates and experience of major events such as the Tour de France.

It goes on: “Whilst Leeds has secured candidate city status for the 2016 – 2018 events through the BTF, the second stage of bidding to the ITU to host the events in 2017 and 2018 still requires completing.

“This can only be carried out following a successful 2016 event. The focus of activity is therefore now on delivering a successful event for 2016 before the next two years can be secured.”

Taking place over the weekend of June 11 and 12, next year’s triathlon is expected to start in Roundhay Park with a 1500m swim and finish in the heart of the city following a 40km bike ride and 10km run.