Previewing October’s swim, bike, run action


Look ahead to the World Triathlon, IRONMAN and Age-Group action from around the world and at home this month.

2021 Europe Triathlon Cup Barcelona, 10 October

Olivia Mathias, Kate Waugh, Sophie Alden, Hollie Elliott, Annabel Morton, Iona Miller and Katie Rodda will all be racing in the women’s race in the Catalan capital, with Jack Willis, Harry Leleu, Barclay Izzard, Connor Bentley and Morgan Davies going in the men’s race.

Mathias wears number two following a string of impressive performances in 2021 including second place in the U23 Europe Triathlon Sprint Championships, with Waugh racing again in Spain a few weeks after a top-five finish at the 2021 Europe Triathlon Championships Valencia.

Willis is the highest ranked British male in the race and heads to Barcelona having finished 11th in his last Europe Triathlon Cup race, in Tiszaujvaros in July.


2021 World Triathlon Cup Haeundae, 23 October

Kate Waugh is the sole British athlete on the startlist for this World Triathlon Cup event in South Korea.

Taking place in the Haeundae-gu district of Busan on the southern coast of the Korean Peninsula, a single lap swim will be followed by a five-lap 20km bike leg and 5km over three laps on the run.

This year, Waugh made her World Triathlon Championship Series debut in Hamburg where she finished 9th as well as earning a top-ten finish at the U23 World Championships in Edmonton.

(Updates 21.10.2021) Beth Potter will also be racing in South Korea alongside Waugh. The Scot finished seventh at the World Triathlon Championship Series race in Leeds earlier in the year.


2021 World Triathlon Cup Tongyeong, 30 October

Kate Waugh will make it back-to-back races in South Korea as she competes in the 2021 World Triathlon Cup Tongyeong. This sprint distance race will see Waugh and the rest of the field complete a one-lap 750m swim, three-lap 20km bike and two-lap 5km run.

The port city of Tongyeong plays host, with Triathlon Square forming the central venue for the event. The swim and run are based in and around the harbour, with the out and back bike route taking athletes along the hilly course.


2021 World Triathlon Para Cup Alhandra, 30 October

Finley Jakes (male PTS4), Michael Salisbury (male PTS5), Rhys Jones and guide Rhys James, Iain Dawson and guide Duncan Shea-Simonds, Fraser Kane and guide Jack Peasgood (male PTVI) and Katie Crowhurst and guide Grace France (female PTVI) will all be pulling on the GB trisuit in Portugal.

Alhandra, located on the banks of the River Targus, the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula, welcomes the British athletes amongst an international field for a 780m swim, 18.6km bike and 5km run.

This course is a compact one, with all three disciplines keeping athletes in and around the town. Classifications being competed over in Portugal are PTWC, PTVI and PTS2-5.


IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote, 9 October

Nikki Bartlett, India Lee, Lydia Dant, Thomas Davis and Harry Palmer are the Brits named on the startlist for this 70.3 race on the Canary Island.

Playa Blanca, in the far south of Lanzarote, is where the race will be based. Athletes will set off from Playa Dorada for the 1.9km swim to Marina Rubicon followed by a 90km bike ride around the southern part of the island, with the leg made up of two 40km laps and a single 10km lap.

The 21.1km run will keep athletes in and around Playa Blanca for four laps that will conclude the race.


IRONMAN Mallorca, 16 October

The Balearic island offers qualifying slots for the IRONMAN World Championships in 2022 in Kona. The one-loop 3.9 km swim course is located on the white sand beach in Port d’Alcúdia, with the waterfront a stunning setting with the surrounding mountains.

Port d’Alcúdia is located in the north of the island, with the 180km bike course taking the athletes around a challenging route in the north east. The four-lap run totals 42.2km and keeps the action near the coastline of the Badia d’Alcudia.

British interest in the race comes from Thomas Davis, Adam Bowden, Elliot Smales, Andrew Horsfall-Turner, Ruth Astle, Simone Mitchell and Fenella Langridge.


IRONMAN 70.3 Portugal Cascais, 23 October

Jonny Brownlee, George Goodwin, Thomas Davis, Elliot Smales, Will Munday, Harry Palmer, James Scott-Farrington, Liam Lloyd, Nikki Bartlett, India Lee, Lucy Hall, Tara Grosvenor and Flora College are all on the startlist as Cascais welcomes IRONMAN athletes to Portugal.

The Atlantic coastal town provides qualifying slots for the IRONMAN World Championships in 2022 in Kona with a 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run with a course that is entirely based around the coast to the west of Lisbon, Portugal’s capital.


IRONMAN California, 24 October

Sacramento plays host to this IRONMAN event which features a downriver swim with athletes starting in the American River. The 2.4 mile swim course is a point to point into the Sacramento River and exiting near the famous Tower Bridge.

A flat and fast, two-loop tour of the beautiful farm and wine country of the Sacramento River delta. The 112 mile bike leg back to transition ahead of the 26.2 mile run which finishes around the California State Capitol building and gardens, along with some scenic city scenery, and another peak at the Sacramento River.


Age Group Major Events

October also sees national championships and qualifiers for the Great Britain Age-Group Team. You can view the calendar and find out more by clicking on the button below.


Startlists are correct at time of writing and may be subject to change and athlete withdrawals. For the most up-to-date startlists, please visit the event websites.

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