2018 BC Championship Calendar Confirmed
On the heels of two major event announcements made earlier this month, today, Triathlon BC confirms the 2018 Provincial Championship event schedule. Competitors from around the province will vie for top Champion titles, with some athletes, competing at the Bare Bones Duathlon and Peach Classic, that will go on to qualify for the 2019 ITU Duathlon World Championships and the 2019 ITU Aquabike World Championships. The marquee events take place over the span of 5 months, from May through to September;
- Duathlon Championships* – BareBones Duathlon, May 12
- Standard Distance Triathlon Championships** – Peach Classic Triathlon, July 15
- Junior & U23 Triathlon Championships – Paradigm Naturopathic Kids Triathlon, September 9
- Sprint & Long Distance Triathlon Championships – Cultus Lake Triathlon, September 16
*2019 ITU Multisport World Championship Qualifier – Duathlon
**2019 ITU Multisport World Championship Qualifier – Aquabike
“We’re very excited to be part of the 2018 Provincial Championship race calendar. With Tourism Chilliwack backing our bid, we will host two fantastic championship events at one of the province’s best venues for triathlon, Cultus Lake,” said Joe Dixon of Dynamic Race Events.
“As the sport continues to evolve, it’s a very exciting time for aspiring high performance athletes. In the Okanagan, we are seeing a new generation of young athletes choosing triathlon as their sport of choice. The launch of the draft legal SuperSeries in 2016, and the addition of the U23 category next season are key to developing the skills and race expertise necessary to launch these young athletes into the next phase of their HP pathway. We are thrilled to be involved again this 2018, not only in the SuperSeries, but hosting the Junior and U23 Provincial Championships!” Exclaimed Laura Medcalf, Race Director for the Paradigm Naturopathic Kids Triathlon.
With Triathlon Canada set to restructure the qualification process for National Championship events and ITU World Championship qualifying with the start of the 2019 season, the significance of Provincial Championship events is set to spike. Athletes looking to tackle the National Championships and go on to represent their country at the 2020 ITU World Championships will first be required to qualify at their regional Provincial Championship, a significant reframe from the current open formula for the National Championships.
Athletes should note, the qualifying process for the 2018 season remains unchanged; athletes looking to qualify for the 2019 World Championships must participate in the identified 2018 World Championship qualifying events.
Triathlon BC hopes to confirm the date and location of 2018 Cross Triathlon Championships before the end of the year, stay tuned!