World Triathlon Series Grand Final

Competitors at last year's London Triathlon

The 2013 World Triathlon Grand Final will take place in Hyde Park, the triathlon venue of the 2012 Olympic Games. The previous eight races of 2013's series will culminate in the Grand Final with the world's best triathletes competing head-to-head to be crowned World Champion.

Those racing in the elite groups will be completing:

  • a 1.5 km swim,
  • followed by a 40 km cycle,
  • finishing with a 10 km run.

The elite women's triathlon takes place on 14 September and the men's event takes place on 15 September, with the first man and woman crossing the finish line crowned World Champion.

Along with the Senior Elite showcase event for men and women, London will also host the U23 and Junior Elite divisions. For more information please visit the ITU World Triathlon website.

Forecast

12 - 16 September - Will conditions be favourable for the athletes swimming, cycling and running around Hyde Park in the triathlon? Check the forecast.

Athletes will swim in the Serpentine in Hyde Park before completing a seven lap cycle taking in some of London's most iconic tourist attractions, including Buckingham Palace and Wellington Arch. Competitors will then finish the triathlon with a three lap running course alongside the Serpentine.

The winner of the Series will be the athlete with the highest number of points gained from competing in four series events and the Grand Final.

Jonathan Brownlee won the 2012 ITU World Triathlon in Auckland, while his brother 2012 Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee had previously won the 2011 ITU world title after winning the Grand Final in Beijing. Both Brownlee brothers have competed in the events leading up to the grand final so no doubt they will both be competing to be win this year.

Great Britain's Helen Jenkins won the 2011 World Triathlon Series, however this year Great Britain's Jodie Stimpson and Non Stanford are the ones to look out for as both have already taken a gold in a series event in the lead up to the final.

While these World Championship races require athletes to qualify via their home federation, the Open Age Group Races on 14 September are open to everyone. For more information please visit the ITU World Triathlon website.

Triathlon and the weather

Athletes will be hoping the Great British weather is favourable for the triathlon events. Light winds and overcast conditions are preferable for triathlon events however a tail wind will assist athletes when running and cycling.