Spectators are in for a treat when the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town hits the Mother City.
When looking to build the perfect Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town course, the organisers consider a handful of crucial aspects. Safety is the highest priority. Stakeholder involvement is also important; residents, businesses and city inhabitants not part of the event are all consulted to ensure minimum disruptions on the day. Then comes athlete and spectator experience.These last two factors determine how people will view the race once the prize giving is over and the series moves on to its next venue. That’s what makes the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Series so special. All the events in the series, from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to Cozumel in Mexico, take place in iconic cities.
“The World Triathlon Series attracts the best athletes in the sport,” says Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town race director Gary Marescia. “Partly that’s because it’s become a strong brand over the years, but there is also the unique aspect that all the events are inner-city races in stunning locations around the world. That really adds to the status and the appeal. For the elites, they get to compete in front of great crowds, while the rest of the field experiences the fairly novel aspect of doing an event on their doorstep.”
Thanks to the city-centric course and the race format of laps in the cycle and run, the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town is extremely spectator friendly. “The World Triathlon Series is the only triathlon series that brings the top international triathletes together, in big cities,” says Marescia. “And at this year’s event there is the added bonus of the Rio Olympics just around the corner, so people watching will see athletes at the very top of their game.” Not only that, but the event will take place in open and familiar locations like the V&A Waterfront, the Green Point Urban Park and the superbly refurbished Green Point Athletics Stadium.
Fans coming to watch the elites or support loved ones at the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town will have some excellent vantage points to choose from. “The swim is a real spectacle,” says Marescia. “Not only does it take place in the V&A Waterfront, another iconic Cape Town setting, but the action in the water is thrilling. The swim course is one of the best places to watch.”
The cycle and run circuit takes multiple laps around the same course, so spectators get to see the elites pushing the limit. “Even if you’re seated in the stadium, you get to see them cycle through there four times. You can see the effect the race has on the participants and what they are putting themselves through to claim a vital victory,” says Marescia.
The Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town is a sprint triathlon for the elites, so the transition zones and the time spent in them become another important race element. “The transition zone is spectacular. I highly recommend people watch the action here. The elites fly though, averaging around 30 seconds to do a transition. The average transition is about three minutes; some people take as long as eight. But the top athletes are super fast. To see them in action is quite a sight.”In short, the World Triathlon Series is action packed. With the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town showcasing the world’s best at the height of their game, the South African stop of the series should be a thrilling day of racing. “The speeds are incredible,” says Marescia. “There is absolutely nothing slow about it. It really does live up to its name of a sprint.”
- The Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town, along with the Discovery Duathlon Cape Town, forms part of a weekend festival of multisport in the Mother City. With both events over the same weekend, it’s the ideal opportunity to get active with friends and family. The Discovery Duathlon takes place on Saturday, April 23, and its run-cycle-run format is aimed at newcomers to multisport events and families or people looking for an enjoyable athletic outing. The Discovery World Triathlon, for elite and accomplished athletes, takes place on Sunday, April 24, and includes a schools challenge. The route takes competitors around the V&A Waterfront and Green Point, with the Green Point Athletic Stadium providing an excellent venue for fans to get a good view of the thrilling racing.
Enter at http://capetown.triathlon.org
Participants have the option to enter sprint or Olympic distance. The Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town welcomes paratriathletes to enter the sprint event.
The Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town (24 April 2016)
Sprint individual 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run
Sprint team 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run
Standard individual 750m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run
Standard team 750m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run
Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town Schools Challenge (24 April 2016)
Schools Challenge individual 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run (Ages 16 – 19)
Schools Challenge team 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run (Ages 14 – 19)
Discovery Duathlon Cape Town (23 April 2016)
Super Sprint Distance 2.5km run, 10km cycle, run 2.5km
Sprint Distance 5km run, 20km cycle, 2.5km run
Standard Distance 10km run, 40km cycle, 5km
Discovery Kids Duathlon Cape Town (23 April 2016)
5-6 years: 500m run, 1.3km cycle, 650m run
7-9 years: 500m run, 2.6km cycle, 650m run
10-11 years: 1km run, 3.9km cycle, 1,3km run
Elite Race Start Times for Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town (24 April 2016)
Elite Women: 14h06
Elite Men: 16h36
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