Europe Triathlon Cup racing at inaugural Cork City Triathlon

Cork City Triathlon

National governing body Triathlon Ireland has confirmed that the new Cork City Triathlon will also be the stage for a 2024 Europe Triathlon Cup, set against the backdrop of the area’s scenery and historic landmarks.

This event will take place on the weekend of July 13-14, and marks a key moment in Irish Triathlon history as Cork welcomes both elite and aspiring athletes to its shores for a race that will the organisers say will be ‘both challenging and breath-taking’.

The weekend is set to become a festival of Triathlon with more than 11 races scheduled across the weekend of the 13th & 14th of July.

Over 170 athletes are expected to impress the crowds between the Europe Triathlon Elite Cup and Europe Triathlon Junior Cup races on the Saturday,. Sunday plays host to a variety of races between the closely fought Sprint Triathlon National Series event, the Sprint Aquabike, Sprint Duathlon, Try-a-tri, Relay, and the Youth Series.

Over 1,000 athletes are expected to descend on Cork City over the two days of the Cork City Triathlon and Europe Triathlon Cup, with the Youth Series races are expected to showcase the largest field to date.

The Cork City Triathlon and Europe Triathlon Cup begins in the River Lee. Athletes will dive into the river and navigate a swim course that showcases Cork’s natural landscape.

Athletes will then transition onto their bikes for a route consisting of five 4km laps taking place against the waterfront setting of Marina Park. The flat but technical bike course offers spectators a chance to follow the race at multiple points and witness some of Europe’s best triathlon talent on numerous occasions throughout the day.

The run course then winds around and through SuperValu Pairc Ui Chaoimh – Cork’s Gaelic Games stadium, often referred to simply as ‘The Park’.

Race Director Paul Mooney said “Cork City is so accessible by road, rail, sea and air making the location for a triathlon idyllic. One thing Corkonians have in common is a love for their city; we are extremely proud of what we have to offer.

“It is a city location, with the swim being a wide open river, a flat and fast yet technical bike course. and a run that passes through and finishes near Supervalu Pairc Ui Chaoimh, an iconic stadium for many.”

Shane Califf, Director of Sport Ireland, said “Triathlon Ireland and its affiliates have an extensive record of delivering high quality races in beautiful, scenic locations. In bringing elite and youth races to Ireland, Triathlon Ireland is delivering against its strategic vision for inclusion, youth development and high performance.”