By Kent Gray/Triathlon.kiwi
Tangier in Morocco and the “Eternal City”, Rome, have been added to the 2023 World Cup circuit.
World Triathlon made the announcement early Thursday, bringing to 15 the total number of events at the second tier of international triathlon.
The World Cup season began in New Plymouth in late March where Hayden Wilde, Tayler Reid, Nicole van der Kaay and Ainsley Thorpe achieved historic gold-silver Kiwi doubles in both the men’s and women’s races.
The next round is in Huatulco, Mexico on June 17 while New Zealand’s top triathletes can now also look forward to Morocco’s World Cup debut in Tangier on October 1 and Rome’s bow the following weekend.
The addition of Tangier means there will be World Cup racing on every “Tri” continent in 2023 while Italy’s round on October 7 shifts to Rome following three years in Arzachena in Sardinia’s northeast.
Both new races will be staged over the sprint distance incorporating a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run.
Tangier will feature an ocean swim on Morocco’s north coast where the Mediterranean and Atlantic meet.
Rome has never hosted an international triathlon. That race will be staged in and around Lago dell’EUR with a lake swim and hilly bike and run around the city’s central park urban oasis.
The full 2023 World Triathlon Cup calendar:
26 – New Plymouth, NZL (Sprint)
17 – Huatulco, MEX (Sprint)
8-9 – Tiszaujvaros, HUN (Sprint, semi final & final)
5-6 – Yeongdo, KOR (Sprint)
26-27 – Weihai, CHN (Standard)
2 – Valencia, ESP (Standard)
10 – Karlovy Vary, CZE (Standard)
1 – Tangier, MAR (Sprint)
7 – Rome, ITA (Sprint)
14 – Chengdu, CHN (Standard)
15 – Brasilia, BRA (Standard)
21 – Tongyeong, KOR (Sprint)
28 – Miyazaki, JPN (Standard)
11-12 – Vina del Mar, CHI (Sprint)
18-19 – Montevideo, URU (Standard)