ITU Long Distance World Championships Return To France

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  • Published May 30, 2013
  • Updated Oct 12, 2013 at 9:16 PM UTC
Sylvain Sudrie (FRA) will look to take the title in his home country. Photo: Jayne Furman

It has been announced that the race will take place under a duathlon format due to colder-than-expected weather and water temperatures.

The ITU Long Distance World Championships returns to France after a six-year absence on Saturday June 1 as Belfort welcomes some of the world’s best athletes battling it out for glory. The men’s and women’s races at the 19th Long Distance World Championships are full of former medalists including Caroline Steffen (SUI), Jodie Swallow (GBR), Dirk Bockel (LUX), Martin Jensen (DEN) and Sylvain Sudrie (FRA).

France has a close affiliation with the event, having hosted the very first race in 1995, and the 2013 race in Belfort marks the sixth time the race has been held in the country. The last time it was held in France—in Lorient in 2007—the Elite Men’s race was dominated by French athletes and it is the only time in the event’s history where one nation has occupied all three places on the podium.

The 2013 world titles will this year be decided over a 9.5km run, 87km bike, 20km run due to unforeseen cold weather and water temperatures.

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