ITU today announced that Mexico will host the 28th edition of the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in 2016. Additionally, ITU also revealed Rotterdam, Netherlands will organize the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final.
Mexico has been a long-time host of ITU events, having organised the World Championships in 1995 and 2002, as well as the Team Triathlon World Championships in 2006, which saw men and women competing in separate relays. The National Federation has also seen numerous World Cup races contested on Mexican soil, and will confirm the exact city for the Grand Final early in 2015.
Rotterdam will debut as the host of the Grand Final in 2017. However, the Dutch country is familiar with elite triathlon, having held a World Cup in 2010 in Holten, as well as the Cross Triathlon World Championships in The Hague last year.
Rotterdam has proposed a circuit in the heart of the city on the famous peninsula Kop van Zuid in front of the popular New York Hotel, making it a pristine spot to capture top-notch elite and age group triathlon action.
In addition to crowning the elite ITU World Champions, the Grand Final will also award world titles in Junior and U23 categories, as well as Paratriathlon. The Grand Final includes the ITU Age-Group World Championships, which offers sprint and standard distance races to thousands of amateur athletes who qualify to represent their respective countries at the pinnacle race of the season.Official dates for the 2016 and 2017 World Championships will be confirmed and announced as soon as possible