Following on from a hugely frustrating season which has seen the cancellation of almost all events within Wales, Welsh Triathlon and the wider collective of domestic event organisers are looking forward to welcoming you all back in the 2021 season.
The Welsh Triathlon Super Series will return for its third instalment, and a full National Championship programme will also take place across all disciplines within the 2021 season. “Where possible, events that were due to host the Super Series and National Championships in 2020 will return for 2021, but given the circumstances and the re-arrangement of events, there would have been some clashes” said Head of Development, Gareth Evans. “As such, Welsh Triathlon would like to thank the event organiser network for their flexibility in re-arranging and repositioning events, as well as their adaptability in changing those selected for the Super Series where needed. Our aim as a Governing Body is to support as wide a range of event facilitators as possible as the disruption has hit everyone over 2020. We hope that our members and participants understand that some changes needed to happen to sustain the wider calendar.”
The Super Series will be televised for the third time, with greater emphasis this year being placed on the stories around the club competition and wider age group athletes as they all return from a year of non-competitive activity. The first stage will kick off in Barry at the SWYD Sprint Triathlon, followed by the TATA Steelman over the last two weekends in May. In June, the third stage has been re-arranged for the Fishguard Sprint event, with the fourth stage returning to Broadhaven for the Pembrokeshire Coastal Triathlon in July. Two stages in the South and two in the West are then followed by two in the North, as The Bala Standard Triathlon and the Sandman Sprint end the season in September.
The sprint and standard national championships have been removed from the Super Series for 2021 as Welsh Triathlon looks to support a wider number of event organisers. The sprint will now take place at the Llanelli Sprint Triathlon, whilst the standard championship will take place at Porthcawl in early August.
The duathlon championships return to Harlech, the middle distance will take place at Fishguard over the same weekend as stage 3 of the Super Series. Whilst the cross duathlon returns to Afan-Argoed in November. Details of the Aquathlon will be posted in due course.
Following the successful completion of a Test event for Welsh Government in September, we are confident that, as a sport, our guidance documentation and permitting process will ensure Covid-Secure events for our members and wider participants. Each of the event organisers are prepared and ready to take on the 2021 season once Welsh Government and conditions allow, all we need is the support and confidence of the triathlon community to share that message. Welsh Triathlon CEO, Beverley Lewis stated that “We’d like to thank the event organiser network for their continued support with these showcase events and those events across the wider domestic calendar. Its been a challenging year for everyone involved with the sport, but the event sector is where it has been hit the hardest. We are very much looking forward to getting the show back on the road”.
The Welsh Age Group Representative team, ‘Tîm Tri Cymru’ will also return across Sprint and Standard disciplines this year, although qualification will be for British Sprint and Standard Championships in 2022. Two British Age Group events will also take place within Wales, with the ETU 2021 Sprint Duathlon qualifier taking place at the AAH Slateman on June 12th, as well as the 2021 World Triathlon Sprint Distance World Championship Qualifier taking place at the Cardiff Triathlon on the 27th June.
All of the wider showcase events across British Triathlons Calendar can also be found by clicking here
Everyone associated with the calendar is look forward to seeing you at one of these showcase events in 2021 and appreciate your understanding with those events that have been repositioned.
Welsh Triathlon Super Series 2021
Stage 1 - SWYD Sprint Triathlon, Barry – Sunday 23rd May – All or Nothing Events
Stage 2 - TATA Steelman, Port Talbot – Sunday 30th May – Port Talbot Harriers
Stage 3 - Fishguard Sprint, Fishguard – Saturday 12th June – Activity Wales Events
Stage 4 - Pembrokeshire Coastal Triathlon, Broadhaven - Saturday 10th July – Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club
Stage 5 - Bala Standard Triathlon, Bala – Sunday 5th September – Clwb Beicio Bala
Stage 6 - Sandman Sprint Triathlon, Newborough Forest - Saturday 18th September – Always Aim High
National Championships 2021
National Sprint Triathlon Championship – Llanelli Sprint, Sunday 16th May – Healthy Life Activities
National Standard Triathlon Championship – Porthcawl Standard, Porthcawl – Sunday 8th August– Aim2Tri & Pencoed Triathlon Club
National Sprint Duathlon Championship – Harlech Duathlon, Harlech – 18th April 2021 – Always Aim High
National Middle-Distance Championship – Wales Triathlon, Fishguard – Saturday 12th June 2021 – Activity Wales Events.
National Cross -Duathlon Championship – Escape to Afan Sprint Duathlon, Afan Argoed - Saturday 27th November – Tough Runner Events
National Aquathlon Championship – TBC