WTCS Montreal to debut new Eliminator format

WTCS Montreal traditionally takes place at Montreal's Old Harbour. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

Originally scheduled to take place before the Olympics, the World Triathlon Championship Series Montreal race has been moved to August 13 to 15 and will debut a new format for the WTCS series, the Eliminator. We’ve seen that style of racing at Super League Triathlon events in the past, but it is new for the highest tier of World Triathlon racing.

According to World Triathlon, the event will take place over two days and feature a super-sprint course – 300 m swim, 6 km bike and a 1.5 km run. There will be up to 60 men and women in each field, who will race in two qualifying races on the first day, Friday August 13. The top-10 from each race automatically move on to the next day. Another 10 athletes will qualify through to the second day through one or two repechage races.

The 30 athletes who make Saturday’s final will compete over three more super-sprint races. The last 10 finishers at the end of the first race will be “eliminated,” with another 10 being dropped after the second race, setting up the final showdown between the last 10 competitors,

“As part of our mission to innovate and entertain, World Triathlon is constantly exploring different models for competition. The huge success of the Mixed Relay will see it make its Olympic debut in Tokyo, and now the Eliminator is set to bring another fresh and exciting new format to the sport’s most prestigious events: The World Triathlon Championship Series,” says World Triathlon President Marisol Casado.

Montreal will also feature a World Triathlon Mixed Relay Championship Series race on Sunday, August 15.

The Eliminator format will also be used for the elite races at WTCS Bermuda in October.