Perfect debut for ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi… so what next?


Swim caps and cycle helmets off to the people behind ITU’s debut in the Gulf with the triathlon in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, which proved to be a successful first outing.

There were concerns ahead of the event that it ‘wouldn’t be as good’ as its exhibition predecessor, the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, which had been much-loved, and well supported, over the previous years.

Changes there were a plenty for 2015, gone were the laps around the Yas Island’s formula one track for the olympic and long distance triathletes, gone were the huge communal transition / changing tents with individual pegs for your gear, gone were the pasta-laden briefings at the Hiltonia and the registration at the Rotana Khalidiya Palace.

In its place we got ITU’s more stripped down, efficient organisation. This was a real triathlon with real rankings up for grabs and the frills and fripperies removed, all your…

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