A few weeks ago, the organizers of the World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg announced that the race, which was supposed to take place in July, would be postponed to a time later this year. The new date for WTCS Hamburg is now confirmed to be Sep. 18-19, 2021. Since the race takes place after the 2021 WTC-finals in Edmonton, it will mark the opening of the new WTCS-year, as Hamburg is the first race on the program that counts for the 2022 World Championship title.
There are two more events later this year that count for the title in 2022: WTCS Bermuda on Oct. 16-17 (alongside the Sprint and Mixed Relay World Championships) and WTCS Abu Dhabi on Nov. 5-6. The complete 2022 WTCS-calendar has yet to be announced.
With so many events being postponed to the last months of 2021, World Triathlon understands that the planning might not be ideal considering other events taking place around that time. “All parties are conscious that there are other events which might be of interest to the elite athletes on the same weekend but, unfortunately, the ongoing impact of the pandemic has meant that this was the only possible window for the event to take place,” they wrote in a press release.
Besides the WTCS-race for elite athletes, there will also be an Age Group race in Hamburg. “The Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon has a very special significance for Triathlon Germany. Therefore, I am very happy that a new date could now be found in coordination with the city of Hamburg with all the challenges that still have to be mastered at the moment. While last year only one competition for the elite could be held due to the pandemic situation, I am now especially happy for the many age group athletes who will get the opportunity to compete themselves this year after all,” Martin Engelhardt, President of the Deutschland Triathlon Union, said.