It has been announced that Strathclyde Park in North Lanarkshire, triathlon venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, will be hosting the fifth race of the 2010 ITU Triathlon European Cup. The event will be held on the Sunday 23 May 2010 and signifies the first ever ITU Triathlon European Cup event to be held in Scotland.
In 2009 the Strathclyde Park Triathlon saw English Olympians Will Clarke and Jodie Swallow triumph in the male and female races but with an even stronger field expected for 2010 the competition is likely to be even tougher. Organisers have also confirmed that the May event will incorporate a mass participation element which means that amateur athletes can enter the race and compete on the same world-class course as the elite athletes.
Kerry Lang, Scottish triathlete, is looking forward to the home race: "After finishing second in Strathclyde Park last year, I am definitely aiming for top spot in 2010. Being able to compete again in Strathclyde Park is only going to be beneficial for 2014 when the Commonwealth Games come to Scotland".
Zara Hyde-Peters, Chief Executive Officer of British Triathlon said "We are very proud to be bringing an ITU Triathlon European Cup event to Scotland for the first time. Strathclyde Park has demonstrated its suitability as a setting for world class triathlon events and North Lanarkshire and Event Scotland have made this a venue we keep going back to. This event will give our domestic athletes a great opportunity to take on a global field and gain world ranking points"
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said: "Scotland has a fantastic reputation for hosting multi-discipline sporting events and 2010 will be an incredible year to further establish the nation as an unrivalled destination for Triathlon. EventScotland has supported the Strathclyde Park Elite Triathlon since 2007 and in that time the event has become an established part of the world triathlon events calendar. The addition of hosting a stage of the prestigious ITU Triathlon European Cup in 2010 is a fantastic coup for Scotland and will ensure that the profile of the nation as a host destination for this exciting sport is raised through additional broadcast and global media coverage.
2010 will be an exceptional year for multi-discipline sports in Scotland and the ITU Triathlon European Cup will take its place in the nation's sporting calendar alongside the 2010 World Duathlon Championships in Edinburgh in September. Both events are will attract hundreds of elite triathletes and duathletes, amateur competitors and spectators to Scotland for what will be an outstanding year of competition."
The British Triathlon Super Series creates a world class environment for domestic and international competitors, providing a high profile shop window for Triathlon in the UK. The Series aims to raise awareness and encourage participation in the country's fastest growing sport in the build up to London 2012.
About British Triathlon
British Triathlon is the National Governing Body for triathlon, the UK's fastest growing sport. At international level Great Britain boasts a strong squad of world ranked elite triathletes who regularly achieve international success and has some outstanding young talent emerging from its youth programmes. Since becoming an Olympic sport in 2000, British Triathlon has seen annual increases in membership numbers of 10%. There are over 700 triathlon events conducted in Great Britain each year including the renowned Mazda London Triathlon and British Triathlon Elite Series which attracts athletes from all over the world. Great Britain currently boats a world champion (Alastair Brownlee), U23 World Champion (Hollie Avil), World Long Distance Triathlon Champion (Jodie Swallow), and World Ironman Champion (Chrissie Wellington) as well as numerous other world medallists. BritishTriathlon.org.
EventScotland, the national events agency, was established in 2002 with the aim of strengthening and promoting Scotland's events industry. EventScotland does this by attracting, generating and sustaining a portfolio of world class events in Scotland.
In 2009, EventScotland launched the new national events strategy which will lead Scotland's events industry into and beyond 2020.
The national events strategy, Scotland: The Perfect Stage, outlines a clear mission and vision to further establish Scotland as a world leading event destination, to grow the industry and the expertise within it and to deliver events which provide impact and international profile for Scotland.
EventScotland offers funding through two programmes: the National Programme which funds events which drive domestic tourism and the International Programme which funds events which raise the profile of Scotland on a international stage and generate economic impact.