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Whistler X Triathlon returns on September 12th, 2021. After the inaugural event in 2019, which drew a large participation of 175 athletes, the race was postponed in 2020. This left almost 250 registered athletes on hold but salivating to return to racing. Now we are back with a new date for 2021!
“It’s been a tough year for athletes, no doubt. Without events, many people’s motivation and training has waned. I can certainly say this has been true for myself and my own circle of friends. I’ve had countless people ask about the return of Whistler X Tri, so it’s pure joy to announce it’s back.” says Dale Tiessen, Race Director. “Our first year was such a success that we were going into 2020 with plans to grow the event and then bam, pandemic. We are keen to pick up where we left off last year and build momentum for our event, and cross triathlon in BC.”
If you had to pick anywhere in the world to hold a cross triathlon, Whistler would be #1. Idyllically set in the coastal mountains of British Columbia, Whistler has pristine glacier-fed lakes, world class trails, and alpine views in every direction. Whistler is purpose built as a tourist destination, making travel, accomodation, as well as extracurricular activities easy.
The race offers sport and championship levels, as well as team participation. The event is focused around Lost Lake Park, a short walk or ride from the Village (and parking). The swim is in Lost Lake, with either 1 or 2 laps of 750m. The ride then takes you out onto the famous ‘Zappa Trails’, again for either 1 or 2 laps of a 13km circuit that mixes Green and Blue single track, with gravel double track as ample opportunity for passing. The run is 5km or 10km, again with a mix of singletrack and wider trails. The 10km course climbs to a stunning viewpoint of Green Lake!
For 2021, the Whistler X Triathlon is an ITU Worlds Qualifier. A win in your age group will land you a chance to compete for Team Canada in Townsville, Australia in 2022. Additionally, this race is part of Triathlon BC’s new Cross Series, along with 2 races on Vancouver Island.
Registration will open on July 15th, and with the participant carryover from 2020’s cancelled event we expect it to sell out quickly.