The inaugural ITU World Triathlon Cape Town’s route will offer elite athletes spectacular scenery as only the Mother City can provide. The event takes place on 26 and 27 April and will see elite athletes from more than 60 countries, including Olympians, battle it out for top honours in a standard distance triathlon.
The 1 500 metre swim will have a a dry start at Quay 6 in front of the Table Bay Hotel. Athletes will swim two laps of 750 metres each. The course will be confined to the Victoria basin, providing spectators the chance to view the action for the entire duration of the swim. The first transition area (T1) is located at Quay 6 in front of the Table Bay Hotel. From T1 the cycle route departs. The first kilometre will take riders around the hotel, up Breakwater Boulevard and onto Haul Road towards The Lookout where the finish line is located.
Here athletes will pass through the grandstands packed with spectators before exiting onto Beach Road where they will find the first Wheel Station within a 100 metres. A second Wheel Station accessible on the outward leg of the course will be placed 1.5 kilometres from the first Wheel Station. At the intersection of Beach and Park Roads, athletes will make a 180 degree turn and cycle until they reach the right turn into Fritz Sonnenberg Road.
A third Wheel Station will be placed on Fritz Sonnenberg Road, 1.5 kilometres from the second Wheel Station. With Cape Town Stadium to the left, athletes will continue up to the left turn into Granger Bay Boulevard which will lead them towards the grandstands on The Lookout once more. The cycle will consist of eight laps of 4.8 kilometres each. Athletes will have access to all three Wheel Stations on each lap, however, no Water Stations will be available on the cycle leg of the event.
The second transition area is located on The Lookout, parallel to the finish line. The run course will take the participants onto Beach Road where the first Water Station will be located within 100 metres. Circling Cape Town Stadium, the course will turn left at Fritz Sonnenberg Road. The second Water Station will be located at the turn into Fritz Sonnenberg, 600 meters from the first. Athletes will turn left once more into Granger Bay Boulevard. The third Water Station will be placed at this turn. The distance between the second and third Water Stations will be 900 metres. To complete a lap, athletes will turn left from Granger Bay Boulevard onto The Lookout and pass through the grandstands again. After four laps of 2.5 kilometres each, athletes will reach the finish line at The Lookout.
Amateurs will also have the opportunity to take part in the event, enjoying the same world class course as the elite athletes. In addition to the Standard distance, a Sprint distance option is available to those athletes who are keen to join in the fun without doing the full Standard distance. With a 500 metre swim, 20 kilometre cycle and 5 kilometre run, the Sprint distance is an ideal option for weekend warriors and families. However if you are keen to take part, the minimum age for the Sprint distance team relay is 11 years.
Participants and the public will be treated to a weekend full of festivities including sundown concerts, the very first Cape Town Tri-Fest Expo and family races and activities. You can enter online now at capetown.triathlon.org. This map shows the route.