The International Triathlon Union, the sport's governing body, today unveiled the provisional schedules for the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series and World Cup, the sport's annual elite and second-tier series, respectively.
The World Triathlon Series has traditionally featured eight rounds followed by a Grand Final, although the ITU said it is considering adding a ninth round for 2014.
Edmonton in Canada is the venue for the 2014 ITU Triathlon World Championship Grand Final.
Chicago in USA has already been selected to host the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, and in preparation it will hold a race in next year's series. The ITU had previously announced Hamburg, London, Yokohama and Auckland as hosts of the 2014 series, and Stockholm has also been confirmed on the calendar.
The ITU and Upsolut, a subsidiary of French media group Lagardère Unlimited that markets the commercial and media rights of the World Triathlon Series, are presently negotiating with two additional cities to host races in early April 2014.
San Diego, Kitzbühel and Madrid hosted rounds in this year's series, which ended with the Grand Final in London yesterday, but are not, as yet, on the 2014 schedule.
Marisol Casado, president of the ITU, said: "The popularity of triathlon continues to soar, which was evidenced by the record participation we had at our Grand Final last week. The World Triathlon Series is the premier triathlon circuit, which continues to garner more and more broadcast and spectator attention each year."
The 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series will once again begin in Auckland in early April, with the Grand Final in Edmonton slated for late August.
The ITU said it received a range of expressions of interest for the World Cup, which will feature 10 rounds in 2014. Events will be staged in: Mooloolaba, Australia; New Plymouth, New Zealand; Chengdu and Jiayuguan, China; Huatulco and Cozumel, Mexico; Tiszaujvaros, Hungary; Alanya, Turkey; Tongyeong, South Korea; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The ITU said that expressions of interest for World Cups was also received from Spain, Colombia and USA.