Almere maakt zich op voor aangepast WK Triathlon

Na een bizar jaar waarin COVID-19 nog steeds om zich heen slaat en wereldwijd strenge maatregelen met zich meebrengt, heeft de organisatie achter Challenge Almere-Amsterdam, na uitvoerig overleg met World Triathlon en alle overige betrokken partijen – besloten dat het 2021 World Triathlon Long Distance Championships Almere-Amsterdam in aangepaste vorm zal plaatsvinden. Belangrijkste nieuws: het WK Long Distance en het WK Aquabike zullen blijven plaatsvinden op zondag 12 september. Andere WK-disciplines komen te vervallen.

Terwijl het WK Long Distance  en WK Aquabike dus doorgaan, geldt dat niet voor de overige WK-races: het WK Sprint Duathlon, het WK Standard Duathlon, het WK Cross Triathlon en het WK Aquathlon worden dit jaar niet georganiseerd. Dat betekent dan ook dat Almere niet twee weken, maar ‘slechts’ vier dagen in het teken staat van het WK. “Natuurlijk is dit een heel moeilijk besluit, maar tegelijkertijd de enige juiste beslissing die we kunnen nemen”, legt Race Director Richard Belderok uit. “Een tiendaags evenement zou een enorme impact hebben op de vergunningsverlening, politie en medische diensten. Iets dat in deze tijd nog niet haalbaar lijkt. Ondanks deze beperkingen, hebben we nu gelukkig de best mogelijke oplossing gevonden.”

Belderok toont zich dan ook tegelijkertijd blij en enthousiast dat er in samenspraak met alle partijen wel is besloten dat het WK Long Distance en World Triathlon Aquabike Championships door kunnen gaan. “Daarnaast zullen ook onze side events op het programma blijven staan”, doelt Belderok op onder andere de Junior Challenge (9 september), Rabo Business & Family Relay (9 september), de Open Series Middle Distance (10 september) en de Senior & No-Limit Challenge (10 september). “Natuurlijk voelt het alsof ons evenement een jasje uitdoet en heel graag hadden we dit anders gezien, maar tegelijkertijd zijn we erg blij met het feit dat we alsnog vier dagen kunnen genieten van een groot triathlonfeest. Het WK Long Distance vormt uiteraard de absolute apotheose van dit lange triathlonweekend. Almere zal die dagen echt in het teken van de triathlonsport staan.” 

Ook World Triathlon President en IOC-lid Marisol Casado reageert op de nieuwe situatie. “Ondanks dat dit nieuwe scenario voor ons én de organisatoren niet ideaal is, wil ik mijn dank uitspreken dat de organisatoren niet hebben opgegeven en het toch mogelijk maken om in ieder geval het WK Long Distance en WK Aquabike te organiseren. Ik ben er absoluut van overtuigd dat het een geweldig evenement voor alle deelnemers wordt.”

Het volledige wedstrijdschema:

THURSDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2021

DateTimeEventLocation
9th September09:00 – 11:00 amRegistration Junior ChallengeTheatre
9th September11:00 amSide Event – Start Junior ChallengeEsplanade
9th SeptemberSide Event – Briefing Middle Distance TriathlonTheatre
9th September02:00 – 05:00 pmRegistration Business&Family RelayTheatre
9th September02:00 – 07:00 pmRegistration World Triathlon Multisport Championships and Open seriesTheatre

FRIDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2021

DateTimeEventLocation
10th September08:00 – 10:00 amRegistration Side Event – Middle Distance TriathlonTheatre
10th September08:00 – 10:00 amBike Check-In Side Event – Middle Distance TriathlonEsplanade
10th September09:30 amSide Event – Start Senior & No-Limit ChallengeVan Rheenen Sport
10th September10:30 amSide Event – Start Middle Distance TriathlonEsplanade
10th September02:00 – 07:00 pmRegistration AG/Para Long Distance Triathlon/AquabikeTheatre
10th September05:30 pmCut-off Middle DistanceTheatre

SATURDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2021

DateTimeEventLocation
11th September12:00 – 01:00 pmAthletes Briefing Elite Long Distance TriathlonTheatre
11th September01:00 – 02:00 pmAthletes Briefing AG/Para Long Distance Triathlon/AquabikeTheatre
11th September02:00 – 07:00 pmRegistration AG/Para Long Distance Triathlon/AquabikeTheatre
11th September02:00 – 08:00 pmBike Check-In Long Distance Triathlon/AquabikeEsplanade

SUNDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2021

DateTimeEventLocation
12th September07:00 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start Elite MenEsplanade
12th September07:05 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start Elite WomenEsplanade
12th September07:08 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start ParatriathlonEsplanade
12th September07:35 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start Age Group M18 – M39Esplanade
12th September07:40 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start Age Group M40 – M49Esplanade
12th September07:45 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start Age Group > M50Esplanade
12th September07:50 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start Age Group F18 – F44Esplanade
12th September07:55 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start Age Group > F45Esplanade
12th September08:05 amLong Distance Triathlon – Open Wave MenEsplanade
12th September08:10 amLong Distance Triathlon – Open Wave WomenEsplanade
12th September08:32 amAquabike – Start Age Group M18 – M49Esplanade
12th September08:40 amAquabike – Start Age Group > M50Esplanade
12th September08:45 amAquabike – Start Age Group F18 – F49Esplanade
12th September08:55 amAquabike – Start Age Group > F50Esplanade
12th SeptemberStart Finishline PartyEsplanade
12th SeptemberAward Ceremony Aquabike & Long Distance TriathlonEsplanade

Modified format 2021 World Triathlon Long Distance Championships Almere-Amsterdam, World Triathlon Championship remains on schedule

After a bizarre year in which COVID-19 is still sweeping around and bringing with it strict measures worldwide, the organization behind Challenge Almere-Amsterdam has – after extensive consultation with World Triathlon and all other involved parties – decided that the 2021 World Triathlon Long Distance Championships Almere-Amsterdam will take place in an adjusted way. Most important news: the World Triathlon Championship and the World Triathlon Aquabike Championship will continue to take place on Sunday, September 12. Other World Triathlon Championships will not be organized in Almere in 2021.

This means the World Triathlon Sprint Duathlon Championship, the World Triathlon Standard Duathlon Championship, the World Triathlon Cross Triathlon Championship and the World Triathlon Aquathlon Championship will not be held in Almere this year. This means that Almere will not have two weeks, but ‘only’ four days dedicated to the 2021 World Triathlon Long Distance Championships Almere-Amsterdam. “Of course this is a very difficult decision, but at the same time the only right decision we can make,” explains Race Director Richard Belderok. “A ten-day event would have a huge impact on permitting, police and medical services: something that does not seem feasible in this day and age. Despite these limitations, fortunately we have now found the best possible solution.”

Belderok is therefore pleased and excited that in consultation with all parties it has been decided that the World Triathlon Championship and the World Triathlon Aquabike Championship can go ahead. “In addition, our Challenge Almere-Amsterdam side events will remain on our program,” Belderok is referring to the Junior Challenge (September 9), Rabo Business & Family Relay (September 9), the Open Series Middle Distance (September 10) and the Senior & No-Limit Challenge (September 10). “Of course it feels like our event is seized down and very much we would have liked this to be different, but at the same time we are very happy with the fact that we can still enjoy four days of a great triathlon festival. The World Triathlon Championship is of course the absolute apotheosis of this still spectacular triathlon weekend. Almere will really be under the sign of the triathlon sport those days.” 

Also World Triathlon President and IOC member Marisol Casado comments on the new situation. “Even though this is not the perfect scenario for us or the organizers, I want to express our total gratitude to the organizers of the 2021 World Triathlon Multisport Championships Almere-Amsterdam for not giving up and find solutions so that at least the Long Distance and the Aquabike World Championships can take place as planned. And I am absolutely convinced that it will be a magnificent event for all participants.”

This is our schedule:

THURSDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2021

DateTimeEventLocation
9th September09:00 – 11:00 amRegistration Junior ChallengeTheatre
9th September11:00 amSide Event – Start Junior ChallengeEsplanade
9th SeptemberSide Event – Briefing Middle Distance TriathlonTheatre
9th September02:00 – 05:00 pmRegistration Business&Family RelayTheatre
9th September02:00 – 07:00 pmRegistration World Triathlon Multisport Championships and Open seriesTheatre

FRIDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2021

DateTimeEventLocation
10th September08:00 – 10:00 amRegistration Side Event – Middle Distance TriathlonTheatre
10th September08:00 – 10:00 amBike Check-In Side Event – Middle Distance TriathlonEsplanade
10th September09:30 amSide Event – Start Senior & No-Limit ChallengeVan Rheenen Sport
10th September10:30 amSide Event – Start Middle Distance TriathlonEsplanade
10th September02:00 – 07:00 pmRegistration AG/Para Long Distance Triathlon/AquabikeTheatre
10th September05:30 pmCut-off Middle DistanceTheatre

SATURDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2021

DateTimeEventLocation
11th September12:00 – 01:00 pmAthletes Briefing Elite Long Distance TriathlonTheatre
11th September01:00 – 02:00 pmAthletes Briefing AG/Para Long Distance Triathlon/AquabikeTheatre
11th September02:00 – 07:00 pmRegistration AG/Para Long Distance Triathlon/AquabikeTheatre
11th September02:00 – 08:00 pmBike Check-In Long Distance Triathlon/AquabikeEsplanade

SUNDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2021

DateTimeEventLocation
12th September07:00 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start Elite MenEsplanade
12th September07:05 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start Elite WomenEsplanade
12th September07:08 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start ParatriathlonEsplanade
12th September07:35 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start Age Group M18 – M39Esplanade
12th September07:40 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start Age Group M40 – M49Esplanade
12th September07:45 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start Age Group > M50Esplanade
12th September07:50 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start Age Group F18 – F44Esplanade
12th September07:55 amLong Distance Triathlon – Start Age Group > F45Esplanade
12th September08:05 amLong Distance Triathlon – Open Wave MenEsplanade
12th September08:10 amLong Distance Triathlon – Open Wave WomenEsplanade
12th September08:32 amAquabike – Start Age Group M18 – M49Esplanade
12th September08:40 amAquabike – Start Age Group > M50Esplanade
12th September08:45 amAquabike – Start Age Group F18 – F49Esplanade
12th September08:55 amAquabike – Start Age Group > F50Esplanade
12th SeptemberStart Finishline PartyEsplanade
12th SeptemberAward Ceremony Aquabike & Long Distance TriathlonEsplanade