ITU World Triathlon Series returns to Leeds – 8 & 9 June

I have been sent the information below:

The ITU World Triathlon Series returns to Leeds for a fourth year on Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 June 2019. Leeds is one of just eight races in the series, along with other host cities Abu Dhabi, Bermuda, Yokohama, Montreal, Hamburg, Edmonton and Lausanne.

The event will follow a very similar format and the same routes as 2017 and 2018, and once again we are expecting up to 5,000 athletes to take part over the weekend with an estimated 80,000 spectators.  As in previous years, we are working hard with British Triathlon and local partners to minimise any disruption for local residents and businesses, but some roads on and around the route will need to be closed for safety reasons. The route will be officially announced on 4 February. Local residents and businesses who will be directly affected will receive a letter by the end of this week to let them know and to help them prepare. They will also be sent a reminder letter a few weeks before the event. Please see a version attached for reference.

Details of the event in summary:

Saturday 8 June

Saturday will host a GO TRI event for newcomers to the sport as well as other family-friendly activities. These will be based in and around Roundhay Park. 

Sunday 9 June

On Sunday, the longer distances for both the amateur mass participants and elite athletes will be staged. Sunday’s routes will take in areas of Roundhay, Harehills, Chapel Allerton, Hunslet, Moortown, Meanwood, Oakwood, Weetwood, Headingley, Hyde Park, Woodhouse and the city centre.

As well as developing early and clear communications with residents and businesses, we are also working with West Yorkshire Metro to ensure public transport can be planned accordingly, liaising with emergency services to agree access routes, developing plans with Adult Social Care to ensure those who require services over the weekend will still get them, and sharing these plans early with health and social care partners across the city.

If you would like further details about the event, please visit leeds.triathlon.org or email the project team at worldtriathlonleeds@leeds.gov.uk

2019 is set to be an extraordinary year for sport in Leeds. In addition to World Triathlon Leeds, the city will also host:

  • parts of Tour de Yorkshire in May
  • four matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup in June and July
  • the Third Specsavers Ashes Test Match between England and Australia in August
  • the IFAF Women’s American Football European Championship, also in August
  • the UCI Road World Championships in September

All of this in the year Leeds United celebrate their centenary.

I’m sure you’ll all agree that 2019 is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our sporting pedigree and amazing city to the world. These events also come with many opportunities for local residents and businesses, from taking part, volunteering, spectating, or just enjoying the fun and celebrations in the city.

To find out more please visit www.leedssportingcity.uk