World Triathlon Cup Napier
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 February
Napier has been unveiled as the new home of New Zealand’s popular stop on the World Triathlon Cup circuit.
The picturesque Hawke’s Bay coastal city, famed for its world class wine, annual Art Deco Festival and Ranfurly Shield-holding rugby team, will transform into triathlon central at World Triathlon Cup Napier on February 24-25.
In addition to hosting of the opening round of the globe-trotting 2024 World Triathlon Cup circuit on February 24, World Cup Napier will also incorporate the New Zealand Age Group Sprint Championships, part of the community focused Tri NZ Suzuki Series, the following day.
It means the spectacular two-day celebration of swim, bike and run is set to cater to hundreds of age group competitors as well as the world’s finest talent.
Plus, World Triathlon has confirmed World Triathlon Cup Napier will include a Mixed Relay (MR) on February 25. Given its positioning at the start of an Olympic year and just a month before the global MR qualification window for the 2024 Paris Games closes, the weekend is expected to entice even deeper elite men’s and women’s fields than usual.
Furthermore, the Oceania Junior (U19) Sprint and Mixed Relay Championships have been amalgamated into World Triathlon Cup Napier. The juniors will mirror the elites with their individual races on the Saturday (Feb. 24) – over the sprint distance of 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run – and the MR on the Sunday (Feb. 25) of the two-day bonanza.
The weekend, to be headquartered out of Ahuriri Beach, has also been brought forward from its usual mid-March timeslot, making Napier even more attractive for Paris-focused athletes looking for a sun-soaked training/race venue to kick-start their Olympic campaigns.