With the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series now set to begin in Yokohama on 15 May, it has been confirmed that August’s Groupe Copley WTCS Montreal will see another exciting first for the sport’s top tier of racing: the Eliminator.
The intense new format takes place across two days and over a super-sprint course: 300m swim, 6km bike, 1.5km run.
The Montreal race will see up to 60 athletes drawn in two qualifiers on day one. The top ten from each race will progress through to the next day, along with ten more from the repechage races for those who did not make the cut (the top ten in the case of a single repechage, the top five of each in the case of two).
All 30 athletes classified for the final round will then line up on day two to battle it out for gold over three more super sprints.
At the end of the first race, the last ten across the line will be eliminated. At the end of the second, the final ten will also be eliminated. The last race of the weekend will see the remaining 10 athletes race for gold in a dramatic finale.
“As part of our mission to innovate and entertain, World Triathlon is constantly exploring different models for competition. The huge success of the Mixed Relay will see it make its Olympic debut in Tokyo, and now the Eliminator is set to bring another fresh and exciting new format to the sport’s most prestigious events: The World Triathlon Championship Series,” said World Triathlon President Marisol Casado.
After its debut in Canada, the Eliminator will also be the format for the men’s and women’s elite races at October’s WTCS Bermuda.