On 4th May 2019, the urban zone of Pontevedra will have more prominence in the Long Distance and Aquabike World Championship races, which will be the grand finale of an intense week of competitions during the Multisport World Championships’ weeklong programme (also including Duathlon, Triathlon Cross and Aquathlon World Championships). All information about the Long Distance Triathlon and Aquabike race course is available on the event website here: https://bit.ly/2ExpJwl
The swim section will take place in the waters of the river Lerez which passes around and through Pontevedra, with the water start being right next to the bridge called Puente de los Tirantes, one of the main features of the Galician town. The bridge is very close to the Galician sports performance and training centre (GCTD) where the transition, finish line and athlete area with the main athlete services will be located. The swim will be one lap of 3kms before athletes jump on their bikes and head off on the bike section, which will take them through the town centre’s urban zone, allowing spectators to enjoy seeing and cheering the athletes on each of the three laps. The bike course profile is not incredibly difficult, yet it will certainly be demanding enough to make a difference on the run section. The run section will be 4 laps around the park near the river called Isla De las Esculturas, (the Island of Sculptures) full of nature and river views, then along the riverbank’s walkways and through the historic old town in the centre of Pontevedra, which has become well known for being pedestrianised and for its care for the environment, supporters will be lining the streets all along the course. Athletes will experience a very similar race circuit to the one used for the Spanish National Long Distance Championship in August 2018, with a few improvements and refinements. The run course profile is very flat, with a section that passes through the stadium of the sports centre (CGTD) and has been designed to allow the presence of the public at every moment, the layout of the course enables supporters to move around to various locations on foot to see their heroes run past them many times and at various locations.
Registration is now open via each country’s national federation and the closing date for registration is 27th March.