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Canada’s 22,000+ age group athletes are the heart of Triathlon Canada Nation.

Is your goal simply to cross the finish line, or do you want to aim as high as you can in the amateur world? Either way, age-groupers are your people. The age-group stream includes athletes of all ages and abilities united in their pursuit of the triathlon lifestyle. Some are first time participants, while others are dedicated athletes who have represented Canada at Age Group championships or participated in Ironmans. By definition, an age-group athlete or para-athlete is an amateur athlete 16 years or older. Age-groupers are categorized according to gender and age bracket (16-19, 20-24, 25-29, etc.). At Triathlon Canada, we recognize age-groupers as the beating heart of our Triathlon Canada Nation! Get in touch with your provincial triathlon association to find a club near you.

The 2017 Domestic Race Schedule can be found here.

Age-Group Team Canada

The Canadian Age-Group World Championship Teams consist of top performing age-group athletes and para-athletes in Canada who earn a spot at a Qualification Race to represent Canada on the world stage at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships. Team members have the unique opportunity to proudly represent their country, participate in a unique team environment and celebrate their sport within the global multisport community. The age-group team is one hundred percent self-funded.

Each year, there are two world championship events. Details for the 2017 events are listed below. More information about the 2018 events will be posted as soon as they are available.

Para-triathletes compete in age-group competition according to their classification.  If they are not officially classified through the ITU process, para-triathletes can always race locally in a self-identified “Open Paratriathlon”.

2017 Penticton ITU Multisport World Championships

Date: August 18 – 27, 2017
Location: Penticton, BC Canada

2017 Rotterdam ITU Triathlon World Championships

Date: September 14 – 17, 2017
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands

2018 Gold Coast ITU Triathlon World Championships

Date: to be announced
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

2018 Fyn ITU Multisport World Championships

Date: July 6 – 14, 2018
Location: Fyn, Denmark

How to qualify

Eligibility

Eligible athletes/para-athletes wishing to obtain a spot on the ITU Age-Group World Championship team must meet the following criteria. Please note that para-athletes must also fulfill the classification guidelines outlined in the next accordion.

  • Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be a full annual member of his/her provincial sport organization for triathlon prior to the qualification or provincially sanctioned event
  • Complete a race of equal or greater distance in the discipline in which they wish to represent Canada at the ITU World Championship. The race must be completed in the qualification year (e.g. Complete a race in 2017 for the 2018 World Championship)
  • Pay Triathlon Canada Management Fee to claim your spot on Age-Group Team Canada. Note: This is NOT your race entry fee

Exceptions

    1. Athletes may qualify for long distance triathlons using a middle/half distance triathlon or greater
    2. If there is no Aquabike event at a Provincially Sanctioned race, athletes that complete the swim and bike portion of a middle or long distance portion may qualify
    3. Athletes that are unable to complete a full race due to injury or other medical issue may apply in Stage 2 (see Team Selection details below) but must either:
      • complete a relay with teammates in the portion of the event they are able to complete; or
      • volunteer for their PSO, for Triathlon Canada or at a provincially sanctioned race
    4. They must also provide a full race resume that demonstrates that they are able to represent Canada at the highest level of the sport.

Cross Canada Qualification

An athlete/para-athlete wishing to obtain a spot can race in any qualifying event across Canada granted they are an annual member of their provincial sport organization for triathlon. For example, a Triathlon Ontario member can race in a qualifying event in British Columbia and obtain a spot.

Age-Adjusted Results

Because athletes are qualifying for the following year World Championships, qualification will be determined by age-adjusted results – results with birthdays as of December 31 the following year and NOT race-day results. If an athlete is first in the race-day results, but is bumped to second in the age-adjusted results, that athlete does NOT automatically qualify for a spot if there is only one spot available at the qualifying event.

Age-Group Team Selection

There are two stages of selection.

Stage 1:

Automatic Qualification: Registration is available upon verification of qualification

Athletes who “Automatically Qualify” are those who have earned a “spot” at a qualification event. For example, an athlete that placed first in their age-adjusted age category that had one qualification spot is an automatic qualifier. If an athlete does not have an annual membership, they will not take a qualification spot and that spot will roll-down to the next eligible athlete.

NOTE:  Athletes that qualify will be given the information needed to qualify as soon as their eligibility is verified. Please allow one month following each race due to the administration necessary. If you do not received notification following one month, please contact as the email may not have reached you.

Stage 2:

Open Registration: Registration will begin November 15, 2017

In an effort to provide accessibility to athletes that are unable to travel distances to races that are not in their region, athletes that meet eligibility requirements and complete a Provincially Sanctioned Race are able to register in Open Registration. Selection of athletes to the team at this stage is on a first-come, first-serve basis, as determined upon receipt of fully completed registration documents. Athletes deemed ineligible due to being unable to support a provincially sanctioned race in Canada can register for an additional fee.

Registration Closed:  To be determined upon confirmation of race dates.

All athletes are responsible for knowing the time-frame for application. Athletes are confirmed on Age-Group Team Canada upon completion of registration.  Should Triathlon Canada find an error within their registration, athletes will be notified that their spot has been revoked.

Non-Refundable Triathlon Canada Management Fee Policy

In order to confirm your spot, athletes will pay a non-refundable Triathlon Canada Management Fee. This fee goes toward the administration and management of the team and one social event at the event. The cost of race entry fees and uniform fees will be payable at a later date and exact amounts will be announced once they are determined.

Para-triathlete classification
How to become classified as an age-group para-triathlete:

  • Triathlon Canada must initiate the process, on behalf of an athlete, by providing medical documentation and any other records to the ITU Head of Classification, or representative, so that the existence of the Eligible Impairment can be verified.
  • Every athlete requiring classification must submit to the ITU, through its National Federation, no later than six (6) weeks prior to the competition, the Physical Impairment (PI) or Vision Impairment (VI) Medical Diagnostics Form and all relevant medical documents.
  • Athletes must provide the classification panel with a copy of the ITU Physical Impairment (PI) Medical Diagnostic Form”, completed by their medical doctor, or the “ITU Visual impairment (VI) Medical Diagnostic Form”, completed by an ophthalmologist.

Forms can be found under the following link: http://www.triathlon.org/paratriathlon/documents

Because there will not be any opportunities for classification of multisport athletes in Canada in 2017, this process will be a “Provisional Classification”. You may race with this status at the ITU World Championships in Penticton and Rotterdam.

If you have any questions, please contact . If you’d like to learn more about the Paralympic pathway, visit our Athletes and Teams section.

New to tri or para-tri? Contact your provincial sport organization to get involved today!

Fees, accommodation and uniforms
Participating on Age-Group Team Canada is 100% participant paid.  As such, athletes should expect the following costs:

Item Estimated Cost Estimated Due Date
Triathlon Canada Management Fee (mandatory) ~ $150-200

(TBD based on location of event)

At the time of registration (non-refundable)
Race fees

(mandatory)

~ $200-700

(Depends on race, location of event, currency)

TBD – dependent on release of fees and event dates.
Mandatory Team Canada Uniform (jacket, race uniform, shirt and bottoms) ~ $425

(includes duty, taxes, shipping)

March prior to the event
Team Canada Hotel

(not mandatory)

~ $150-250/night

(Depends on location of event)

January prior to the event
Team Canada Social Activities

(not mandatory)

~ $100 Scheduled in the spring prior to the event.

Triathlon Canada Management Fee

Team Fees support the year-round administration and management of Age-Group Team Canada.  Specifically, the funds support the identification and selection of Triathlon Canada Qualification Events, athlete registration and acceptance, development and coordination of accommodation, travel, uniform design and administration, health and safety of athletes, insurance and bike support. At the race there is a management team that provides daily information updates, video memories, briefings, coached familiarization rides, organized team dinners and “office hours” to help each and every athlete in their race preparation.   Finally, it includes a “Meet and Greet”.  The meet and greet is organized in a facility where athletes can get to know their teammates over some munchies and a drink.  There are often prizes, and they are a whole lot of fun!

Event race fees

Race fees are set by the local organizing committee (LOC).  Triathlon Canada only collects the fees and directly transfers them to the LOC. To reduce the risk of currency exchange, fees will be collected in the currency that the LOC requests.  Please understand that international events most often charge in US dollars, Euros and in some cases their local currency.

Team Canada hotel

Triathlon Canada recommends accommodation for athletes, their friends and family and will base activities from that location (e.g., team warm-up rides/runs, office hours).  Staying at the Team Canada hotel is not mandatory but is recommended for ease of race logistics and social activities.  All athletes are welcome to find a travel agency or accommodation that suits their arrangements and needs. There is no obligation to stay at the Team Canada Hotel.

Team Canada uniform

The Team Canada uniform includes a race suit, jacket, t-shirt and one additional item. The race suit in 2018 will be the same as in 2017, thereby reducing the total cost. The parade outfit will change each year.

Qualification events in Canada
Frequently asked questions

Q: What is the ITU and what are the ITU World Championships?

A: The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the world governing body of the sport of triathlon and associated multisport disciplines (e.g., long distance, duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike). Each year the ITU hosts World Championships in Triathlon and Multisport for both elites and age-group athletes at the same venue and time.  To participate in the ITU World Championships each athlete must qualify at an event in their country and register through their national federation.  It is the responsibility of the national federation to identify athletes for the world championship start list.

Q: Are there other ITU age group races other than the ITU World Championships?

A: The ITU aims to provide the opportunity for competition and sport development from grassroots to the elite level at all their events. The idea of grassroots to elite is unique to the sport of triathlon, where one can witness athletes racing from a wide range of ages. The entire event is a visual spectacle that will inspire and motivate. As such, almost all ITU races host an open age-group component where Canadian athletes can enter.  Check http://www.triathlon.org/ for events and the specific event website for more information.

ITU Competition Rules (equipment/uniforms)
ITU Competition Rules

Wetsuit use

Wetsuit use is governed by the following table:

Swim Length Forbidden Mandatory
Up to 1500m 22° and above 15.9° and below
1501 m and longer 24.6° and above 15.9° and below

Should the event be a non-wetsuit swim, uniforms must comply with ITU Uniform rules and cannot be removed during the entire competition, except in the middle and long distance events. That is, in standard and sprint distance triathlons, whatever is worn in the water must be worn throughout the race. Athletes are not able to cover their arms or legs below the knee (no compression gear).

Bike Equipment

Summary of ITU Equipment Guidelines for Draft-Legal Racing

In draft-legal age group events, bikes with the UCI Road Race homologation label (Code RD) are allowed. All bikes in age group draft legal racing must be fitted with standard drop bars only. Clip-on bars are forbidden.

Bike Frame
  • The frame of the bike shall be of a traditional pattern, i.e., built around a closed frame of straight or tapered tubular elements (which may be round, oval, flattened, teardrop shaped or otherwise in cross-section)
  • Only logos of bicycle-related products may appear on the athlete’s bicycle
  • Specific dimensions of the bike frame can be found on page 30 of the ITU Competition Rules
Wheels
  • Wheels shall have at least 12 spokes
  • Disc wheels are not allowed. 
Handlebar
  • Only traditional drop handlebars are permitted
  • The handlebars must be plugged;
  • Clip-ons are not allowed.
Brakes

Disc brakes are not allowed in draft-legal racing.

NOTE: Disk brakes are only allowed in:

  • All draft-illegal triathlon and duathlon competitions
  • Cross Triathlon, Cross Duathlon
  • Winter Triathlon.
Helmets

Helmets must be approved by a national accredited testing authority recognized by an NF affiliated with ITU. Before you purchase any helmet, ensure it has a certification sticker from the CSA, EN, ASTM, CPSC or Snell B90/B95.  Do not remove this sticker as this provides the assurance to technical delegates that the bicycle helmet meets certified safety standards.

ITU Multisport World Championship Team Canada

Penticton, BC Canada
August 18-27, 2017

Disciplines

Sprint Duathlon, Standard Duathlon, Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon, Long Distance, Aquabike

Registration
  • View the Start List here.
  • Registration is now closed.
  • Athletes that are registered may add additional events until April 26th. Please contact Shauna Clarke at
  • There will be no refunds or transfer available.
Travel

For information on travelling to and from Penticton please visit the Penticton 2017 website. For your personal travel needs, Triathlon Canada is pleased to work with Flight Centre.

Flight Centre Contacts: Arlena Hell & Miriam Cloutier

615 Broughton St, Victoria BC, V8W 1C8 Phone: 250 360 2058 Toll Free: 1 866 420 4410 Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 9AM – 5PM Pacific Standard Time Email:   &   

Shuttle to/from Kelowna

Please see the pamphlet on airport transfers provided by Top Cat Tours.

Accommodation

Team Canada has selected the following hotels.  Please contact them directly to book your accommodation. Host Hotel:  Penticton Lakeside Resort.

Additional Hotels:

Race Week Schedule

Team Canada Schedule

Please see the ITU website for the most up to date race schedule https://penticton2017.com/event-schedule/

General Race Information
Triathlon Canada Bike Mechanical Support

velofix is the official Bike support for the Age-Group Team Canada in Penticton! We are thrilled to be working with velofix to ensure our athletes are supported with the bike needs. What velofix will provide:

  1. Bike safety checks for all Canadian athletes
  2. Priority booking for Canadian maintenance and repairs.
Course maps

https://penticton2017.com/course-maps/ Extensive information will be provided to athletes leading up to and during race week on the Penticton2017 website.  Please ensure you check here for race week and race day information as it will be continuously updated!

First Aid / Medical

All Canadian athletes will be insured by both their Provincial Sport Organization and by the Local Organizing Committee for all race related and team activities.

Local Hospital/Walk-in Clinics
  • Penticton Regional Hospital – 550 Carmi Ave, Penticton, BC V2A 3G6
  • Apple Plaza Walk-In Clinic – 1848 Main St, Penticton, BC V2A 5H3
  • Peach City Medical & Urgent Care Centre Inc – Cherry Lane, 2111 Main St, Penticton, BC V2A 6W6

Because the race is in Canada, there will be no Volunteer Medical Doctor Support. It is up to each individual athlete to seek the care and medical support needed leading up to and during the race.

Uniforms

For those that would like to order additional clothing items we will be opening up the project clothing store in the first week of July for ONE WEEK ONLY.  Clothing orders are expected to arrive by the end of June so there will be a quick turn-around to make sure you have all the gear you need. We are excited that Project will also be in Penticton as our official Triathlon Canada merchandise vendor. They will have merchandise for sale.

For all Project related questions please contact 

Please see Triathlon Canada Uniform Policy if you have questions.

  • Personal Sponsor Logos: Please ensure you consult the ITU Competition Rules for all rules pertaining to sponsor logo placement and size.
Team Management / Volunteers
Shauna Clarke, Team Logistics Lead – Triathlon Canada

Shauna started working with Triathlon Canada in 2015 and supported Team Canada in Spain at the 2016 ITU Duathlon World Championships and Cozumel ITU Triathlon World Championships. Shauna has a degree in Recreation and Health Education and has worked 3 seasons with IRONMAN as an integral part of Athlete Services. At Triathlon Canada Shauna is works on Team Canada World Championship registration and administration, High Performance logistics and is a project support on the national triathlon registration system. Shauna brings to the team great energy and is committed to supporting each athlete with their individual needs as best as possible.

Christian Milette, Co-Team Lead

Christian Milette supported Triathlon Canada as a Team Manager at the 2015 ITU Triathlon World Championships in Chicago, 2016 ITU Duathlon World Championships and the 2016 ITU Triathlon World Championships. He also has represented Canada at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 so is no stranger to the highest level of competition as an athlete. For the last 16 years Christian has been working for Radio Canada as an Animateur-videojournaliste. He also produced Triathlon Canada’s first ever video linked here! We are thrilled to have Christian as part of our management team again and are lucky to have his support!


Volunteer call coming soon, variety of positions available for all experience levels. Excellent opportunity to support your Age-Group Team Canada athletes in achieve podium performances, while giving back to the Triathlon community.

Facebook Group

You can find the latest updates and connect with other members of 2017 Age-Group Team Canada on our Facebook page.

ITU Triathlon World Championship

Rotterdam, Netherlands
September 14-17, 2017

Disciplines
Standard Triathlon and Sprint Triathlon
Registration
  • View the Start List here.
  • Registration is now closed.
  • Who is Age-Group Team Canada? Age Group Team Start lists will be posted prior to July 30th
  • Please see the ITU Start List to verify your registration.
Travel
Flights

There are two airports to choose:

  • Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (International flights)
  • Rotterdam The Hague Airport (Domestic and European flights)

It is recommended that you travel to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport due to the large volume of international flights available.

Need Help? Please contact Flight Centre

Flight Centre Contacts

Arlena Hell & Miriam Cloutier
615 Broughton St, Victoria BC, V8W 1C8
Phone: 250 360 2058
Toll Free: 1 866 420 4410
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 9AM – 5PM Pacific Standard Time
Email:  & 

Travel to Rotterdam from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

The train system is the fastest and easiest method of transportation from Amsterdam. Please follow the link to learn more about train times and rates

Nervous about travelling with your bike?

Please click here for some useful information!

Interested in Shipping your bike?

If you would like to ship your bike via UPS please contact Simple Bike Store () and mention you are part of Team Canada. The approximate costs are as follows:

FROM:  Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto
Shipping: 212.69 Euro ( single bike ) / Pickup: 227.15 Euro ( single bike )

Accommodation
Team Canada’s Host Hotel: SS Rotterdam.
Recommended check in/out dates: September 12th – September 18th, 2017
Address: 3e Katendrechtse Hoofd 25, 3072 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31 10 297 3090

 

 

 

 

Block bookings for our host hotel have now been released. If you still wish to try and book the SS Rotterdam or another nearby hotel please follow the link: http://eventstay.nl/en

You can also contact Flight Centre and they will be happy to assist you with all your accommodation needs.
Miriam Cloutier or Arlena Hell at 1-250-360-2058 or 1-866-420-4410, or .

Race Week Schedule

Please see the ITU website for the most up to date race schedule http://rotterdam.triathlon.org/event_info/program/

 

 

 

Team Canada Schedule

Find the most up-to-date version of the event schedule, including Team Canada events here.

Rotterdam Event Schedule

General Race Information
Course Maps:

http://rotterdam.triathlon.org/event_info/course/

Swim Quick Facts
  • Swim race start:  In the water start.
  • Wetsuits:  Wetsuits will likely be permitted.
  • Swim Exit and transition: The distance between the swim exit and transition is quite long, about 300-400m. The type of ground is asphalt with blue carpet. Swim exit is on stairs and will be carpeted into transition.
  • Uniform: There are no change tents.  You must wear the Team Canada uniform throughout the race.
  • Water Temperature:  18 degrees
Bike Quick Facts
  • Bike Mount Line: More information to be provided
  • Terrain: It’s flat
  • Aid Stations: There will be NO aid stations on the bike course. You are responsible for your own Race Nutrition
  • Penalties: If you are given a penalty, you MUST stop at the designated penalty tent.
  • Race Bib: You MUST wear your race bib on both the bike and run courses. You will also have body decals.
Run Quick Facts
  • Course Markings: The course will be identified with flags and billboards.
  • Timing Mats: Yes there will be mats at the turn-around points. Kilometer markers will identify distance.
  • Aid Stations: On the run course will be 2-3 aid stations.
  • Nutrition Type: Water, energy drink and fruit will be offered at the aid stations.
  • Penalties: If you are given a penalty, you MUST stop at the designated penalty tent.
Transition Quick Facts
  • There will be two bags, one swimming bag which you can put the stuff in you want after the swim and you can put your swimming stuff in this bag. This bag will be transported to the finish. There will also be a finish bag, in which you will put the stuff you want at the finish line.
  • Bike Rack:  Rack your bike in T1 by the saddle. In T2 by the handlebar.
  • Bike Numbers:  Your spot in transition will be marked with a number
General
  • Race Garbage must be disposed of only at AID stations and designated areas.
  • Awards:  You must wear your Triathlon Canada Race Uniform for Awards. No exceptions. Please ensure you arrive early.
  • Average temperature in the early morning (Prior to race start): 10-13 degrees Celsius.
First Aid / Medical
Triathlon Canada has provided athletes with a medical First Aid/Medical response plan for age-group athletes representing Canada overseas. Please ensure you have read this document before you travel to understand your responsibilities.

 

 

 

 

During competition times, medical services and first aid will be provided to all athletes at the race site and on course by the local organizing committee. If an athlete requires additional medical attention such as hospital services this will be at the cost of the competitor. All Team Canada athletes must have their appropriate medical insurance plans in place in order to compete as per ITU Rules.

Team Medical Volunteers

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer?  Please contact Tenille Hoogland at

Local Hospital Location

More information to come closer to event date.

Uniforms
Uniforms will be ordered through the Project Clothing Team Canada Store.
Team Management / Volunteers
Shauna Clarke, Team Logistics Lead – Triathlon Canada

Shauna started working with Triathlon Canada in 2015 and supported Team Canada in Spain at the 2016 ITU Duathlon World Championships and Cozumel ITU Triathlon World Championships. Shauna has a degree in Recreation and Health Education and has worked 3 seasons with IRONMAN as an integral part of Athlete Services. At Triathlon Canada Shauna is works on Team Canada World Championship registration and administration, High Performance logistics and is a project support on the national triathlon registration system. Shauna brings to the team great energy and is committed to supporting each athlete with their individual needs as best as possible.

Christian Milette, Co-Team Lead

Christian Milette supported Triathlon Canada as a Team Manager at the 2015 ITU Triathlon World Championships in Chicago, 2016 ITU Duathlon World Championships and the 2016 ITU Triathlon World Championships. He also has represented Canada at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 so is no stranger to the highest level of competition as an athlete. For the last 16 years Christian has been working for Radio Canada as an Animateur-videojournaliste. He also produced Triathlon Canada’s first ever video linked here! We are thrilled to have Christian as part of our management team again and are lucky to have his support!

News
Rotterdam 2017 Newsletters

 

 

 

 

Facebook Group
You can find the latest updates and connect with other members of 2017 Age-Group Team Canada on our Facebook page.

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Triathlon Canada
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