The 2011 triathlon season for South Africans has been finalised with the big events to look out for being the World Championship Series, the Duathlon World Championships, Xterra World Championships, Africa Cups, Africa Championships and All Africa Games.
From a local perspective the first big event of the season is the Due South Xterra in Grabouw in February (26 Feb), as it doubles as the South African Championships and will be the selection race for the World Championships in Extremadura, Spain, in April.
Huge emphasis is placed on the ÔÇ£shorterÔÇØ distances as the combination of the 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run is the Olympic Distance, but South Africa has a great history in the longer distance events. Of great interest then to those who prefer the ultra-distance races will be the Midlands Ultra on 6 March. These double as the South African Championships, so the TSA selectors will be keeping a close eye on this race. The World Championships take place in Henderson, Nevada in November.
March is a busy time for South African triathlon. The SA Championships in PE on 20 March will also be the first Africa Cup of 2011 and will be valuable ITU Points for South African triathletes.
The hugely popular and challenging Iron Man, now part of the TSA Calender, is down in Nelson Mandela Bay on the 10 April.
Then it gets really busy for those competing in the European and World Circuit. From the end of April to the end of November, there are five World Championship Series Races (incl the Grand Final in Beijing on 10 September), five World Cups, four Africa Cups, Africa Triathlon and Duathlon Championships, World Duathlon Championships and the All Africa Games.
A busy year indeed, as towards the end of the year there will also be the BSG/Energade Series to contend with and in winter the Momentum I-flex National Duathlon Series.