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Hong Kong Triathlon this weekend, learn more about the new course

The 2014 Hong Kong ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup is a signature triathlon event owned by the TriHK (TriHK), organised by leading multi-sport event organiser MetaSport and sub-vented by Home Affairs Bureau (Arts & Sports Development Fund).
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The race is to be held on 25-26 October 2014 (Sat & Sun), Lantau Island and will host both amateurs and professional athletes as part of an ITU Continental Cup, the Asian Championships and will handle out points for the Olympics ranking.

 

Olympic & Olympic Relay Swim 1.5km Bike 39km Run 10km
Sprint Swim 750m Bike 17km Run 5km
Youth & Youth Relay Swim 375m Bike 9km Run 2.3km
Discovery & Discovery Relay Swim 375m Bike 9km Run 2.3km
Kids & Kids Relay Swim 195m Bike 5km Run 2.3km

Course Description

Swim Course

The swim course is a 1 loop affair for all distances, except the Olympic Distance (2 laps), and swam anti-clockwise. Athletes start in the water in front of the floating pontoon and navigate the rectangular course by keeping the marker and buoys to the left. Water temperature is expected to be between 24-28 degree Celsius and thus wetsuits will not be allowed on the course. The water at Discovery Bay is usually quiet to mildly choppy and swimmers can expect minimum swell on race day.

Bike Course

The bike course is mostly flat, with the exception of a section going over a bridge where athletes can expect a short progressive climb followed by a mirroring downhill. The course is entirely closed to traffic and bikes will be the only vehicles moving on the roads, alongside race officials and emergency vehicles. The only technicality of the course will be the U-turn points and a ramp at the exit of Inspiration Lake. The Olympic distance athletes have 3 laps to complete, between Sunny Bay Road and Cheung Tung Road, before heading back to transition area. The sprint distance athletes have only 1 such loop to complete prior to heading back to transition. The Kids, Youth and Discovery course stays within the Inspiration Lake area, where Youth and Discovery complete 3 laps and Kids 1 lap before returning to the transition area.

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Run Course

The run course is flat and fast. The first part of the course will take the athletes on the promenade on the sea front. Then they will head back towards transition and along the canal, crossing Magic Road up the finish area located below Fantasy Road. Athletes of the Olympic distance will have 3 repetitions of the seaside promenade to run prior to heading to the finish. Whilst athletes of the Sprint distance will have to run a single out & back on the promenade and then head straight to the finish. The Kids, Youth and Discovery athletes skip the sea side promenade and head straight to the finish area.

The pros will be racing for the ITU Asian Championships and points for the Olympic ranking

Professional Start List

Elite Men

Elite Women

More info at http://www.hongkongtriathlon.com
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