Preparations have already begun for the 2018 Paratriathlon World Series and World Cup as the International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced, on Tuesday the opening of the bidding process for the event.
2017 was the first year of the world Paratriathlon Series,the new premier event in the sport run by the ITU. In 2017 three cities hosted phenomenal races that showcased the best of the sport and brought big crowds to the sport, exposing new fans to the sport.
The ITU will allow for four events in the WPS, and those events can be combined with a World Triathlon Series event, but do not have to be. Combining was how most cities did it in 2017, creating a big stage for the paratriathletes.
At the next level down is the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup(PWC) and with that comes more flexibility, they can be staged alongside any other ITU event, not just World Series events. That will open things up for smaller cities to bid, whether they have an ITU event or not, and will see moreevents hosted with ITU announcing there will be 8-10 events.
Both types of event will be crucial for the preparations of athletes as they head toward Tokyo 2020, the second time Paratriathlon will befeatured at a Paralympic Games. 2018 is the first year that events will heavily impact Tokyo qualification, so the competition will be fierce to secure a spot early.
The 2017 Paratriathlon World Championship will take place at the Gold Coast in Australia as part of the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final, similar to the Cozumel event in 2017.
Bids will be due September 4 2017, with cities having to submit bid documents along with their national federations.