2016 ITU WTS Abu Dhabi – March 4-5
This will be the first time the Olympic distance will be contested in Abu Dhabi as part of the World Triathlon Series. Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org
2016 ITU WTS Gold Coast – April 9-10
The Broadwater Parklands at Southport in Queensland, Australia will host the Olympic-distance event. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org
2016 ITU WTS Cape Town – April 24
Cape Town will be a sprint distance made up of a 750m swim, 20K bike and 5K run. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org
2016 ITU WTS Yokohama – May 14-15
Yokohama, an Olympic-distance event, will serve as the final Olympic qualification opportunity for U.S. athletes. Learn more here. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org
2016 ITU WTS Leeds - June 11-12
The Olympic-distance event will mark Leeds' first time on the World Triathlon Series Schedule. Photo: Shutterstock.com
2016 ITU WTS Stockholm – July 2-3
The Olympic-distance race will take place in central Stockholm with the transition area for the age group race located at City Hall. Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org
2016 ITU WTS Hamburg – July 16-17
Hamburg will host the fast-paced Mixed Relay World Championships (in addition to a sprint race). Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org
2016 Rio Summer Olympics – Aug 18 & 20
It's not technically part of the World Triathlon Series, but the Olympic events in Rio are definitely the biggest dates on the calendar for all of these ITU athletes. Photo: Wagner Araujo/Triathlon.org
2016 ITU WTS Edmonton – Sept. 3-4
Following the 2016 Rio Olympics, the WTS will resume in Edmonton, the host of the 2014 Grand Final, with a sprint race. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org
2016 ITU WTS Grand Final Cozumel – Sept. 11-18
Cozumel will debut on the World Triathlon Series circuit by hosting the Grand Final. After an Olympic-distance race, a male and female world champion will be crowned. Photo: Rich Cruse/Triathlon.org
With nine races on the ITU World Triathlon Series calendar, both Olympic qualification and World Championship crowns are on the line.
The ITU World Triathlon Series kicks off with the elite men scheduled to start at 1 p.m. local time on March 5 in Abu Dhabi, and the women set to start at 4 p.m. local time. The Series will then stop in an additional eight continents, with six races featuring Olympic distance races, while three events will offer sprints.
Yokohama remains the last WTS event to score Olympic Qualification Points, while Hamburg will serve as the final WTS event ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The German city will also host the Mixed Relay World Championships.
How To Watch
The ITU is offering its 2016 All-Access Season Pass for €19.99 (~$21.75 USD), which includes live and on demand access to the nine World Triathlon Series events and a few other fun features. Learn more here.