Triathlon New Zealand is pleased to confirm and announce the Suzuki National Championship 2018/19 season calendar. This season will feature 8 Suzuki National Championship events, with some old favourites and a new face added to the series.
The season will be kicked off at Pukekohe Raceway, with the Schools and Sprint Duathlon hosted by Auckland City Triathlon Club. Racing on the impressive Pukekohe race track, with not a V8 in sight, this which has been run for over 10 years delivers a mix of a great cinder track run and fast-hot mix bike laps. Kick those winter blues with same flat and fast racing!
Next up on the calendar is the Classic Builders Tinman Triathlon, including the Tri NZ Standard and Paratriathlon Championships, hosted by Tauranga Triathlon Club. A favourite with the Triathlon community this event, for the first time, will be hosting the Standard Distance Champs, a beautiful course in a great holiday spot.
Jumping islands, we head south to Wanaka for the Tri NZ Cross-Triathlon Championships, this event is hosted by Active QT. A destination event taking place in and around the beautiful Lake Wanaka, it is a must-do on your race calendar.
The fourth Suzuki National Championship event is in sunny Mt Maunganui at the Tauranga Half with the Tri NZ Mid Distance Championships hosted by SMC Events. This iconic event has a rich history in the local Tauranga and triathlon community. The 2019 event marks this events 30thyear celebration and is one not to be missed!
Taupo sets the scene for the Suzuki National Championship sprint-distance race, being held at the long-standing Kinloch Triathlon, hosted by the Tri-Sport Taupo Triathlon Club. This event has been a staple on the National triathlon circuit for over 30 years and is always a good challenge for Age Group racing with deep and competitive fields.
After Taupo it’s back to Wanaka for one of New Zealand’s largest triathlon festivals, Challenge Wanaka. This year the event is hosting the Tri NZ Aquabike National Championships. After Challenge Wanaka held a successful Aquabike race in 2018, with massive local support and involvement, this year’s event is looking to shine.
The penultimate event of the Suzuki National Championship season is the historic Kellogg’s Nutrigrain IRONMAN NZ, hosting the Tri NZ Long Distance National Championships. This epic event is pure satisfaction for all who compete in it, it is an event to aspire to.
Last but not least we round out the Suzuki National Championship series under the majestic Mount Taranaki in New Plymouth with the Tri NZ Schools Triathlon Championships, hosted by SB Events. In 2019 NZ Schools athletes will be racing on an ITU standard Blue Carpet course finishing under the grand ITU Finish arch at Ngamotu Beach. Athletes can then be inspired watching the Elite athletes compete in the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup.
The team at Triathlon New Zealand is excited and looks forward to working with these great partners and our sponsors to deliver another exhilarating Suzuki National Championship season!
2018/19 Suzuki National Championships Calendar
Event: Pukekohe Raceway
Hosted by: Auckland City Tri Club
Event: Classic Builders Tinman Triathlon
Hosted by: Tauranga Tri Club
Event: Cross Triathlon
Hosted by: Active QT
Event: Tauranga Half
Hosted by: SMC Events
Hosted by: Tri Sport Taupo
Event: Challenge Wanaka
Hosted by: Challenge Wanaka
Event: IRONMAN New Zealand
Hosted by: IRONMAN NZ
29thand 30thMarch 2019
Event: New Plymouth
Hosted by: SB Events
*Please note that due to international season timeframes this event is not able to be an Age Group Selection event for the 2019 ITU Multisport Sport Festival in Pontevedra, Spain.