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Canada’s 47,000+ age group athletes are the heart of the 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 World Championships or participated in Ironman competitions. By definition, an “age-group” 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.

Click here for 2020 Age Group World Championships Qualification calendar

Age-Group Team Canada

The Canadian Age-Group World Championship Teams consist of top performing age-group 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 opportunity to proudly represent their country, participate in a unique team environment and celebrate their sport within the global triathlon community. The age-group team is one hundred percent self-funded.

Each year, there are two world championship events:

  • ITU Multisport World Championships Festival
  • ITU World Triathlon Grand Final

Details for the 2020 events are provided below.  Event Information from the Local Organizing Committees isn’t typically posted until after the event for the current year is completed.

 

2020 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final

Date: Postponed – date pending
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

Website: https://www.donorth2020.com/

2020 ITU Multisport World Championship

Date: Postponed – Sept 3-12, 2021
Location: Almere-Amsterdam, NL

Website: https://almere.triathlon.org

How to Qualify

Team Selection

The most important information to read and understand if you are interested in becoming a member of Age Group Team Canada is the team selection policy.  It outlines eligibility, how athletes are selected, and the order in which athletes are confirmed to the team.

Triathlon Canada Age Group World Championship Team Selection Policy

Expression of Interest

An expression of interest is the mechanism by which athletes confirm their intention to compete and accept a place at the Age Group World Championships if they qualify. By expressing intent, the results can be filtered to a final list of athletes who wish to compete at the World Championships, and places can be “rolled-down”.  The application will open 3 weeks before each race and close the day before the event.

All athletes seeking to compete for a place must submit an Expression of Interest prior to each qualifying event. An online page will be available for each event and discipline.

There will be a $20 fee to complete the Expression of Interest to encourage only serious athletes to apply for a spot. The $20 will be considered a deposit for those who are successful in obtaining a spot and will be deducted from their race entry fee. The $20 fee will not be refunded for athletes who are not successful in obtaining a spot. However, it can be applied to a charity entry.

 

Submission of Results

Please allow one month from the date of your qualification event for generation of an invitation to join the team.

The qualification program is extensive with races running all over the country.  Processing results takes time and requires the following:

  1. Qualification event generates age-adjusted results
  2. Results are submitted to the affiliated Provincial Sport Organization (PSO)
  3. PSO verifies and submits top-8 age/gender category results to Triathlon Canada
  4. Triathlon Canada generates registration notifications

If you believe you have qualified and do not recieve a notification within one month, please contact .

 

What are Age-Adjusted Results?

Qualification events for Age Group World Championships are held during the competition season prior to the World Championship events. This means that the qualifying events and the World Championships events do not fall within the same calendar year. Athletes are qualifying for the age category they will represent at the World Championships, so results from the qualifying events are adjusted forward by one year. For example; for a 2020 qualification event, each athlete’s age is adjusted to represent how old they will be as of December 31st, 2021.

The important impact of this is that the race-day results at a qualifying event will not necessarily match the qualifying results submitted. An athlete may “age-up” and affect the ranking both in the age category they are leaving, and the new category they are joining. This could result in “bumping” an athlete from a spot.  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.  It is important to wait for the final age-adjusted results!

 

Timeline & Fees for Claiming a Spot

Confirmation to the team must be completed prior to the published deadline which is typically between September and November of the qualification year.  There will be a series of closure dates for each priority level outlined in the team selection document.  For example – priority 1 (direct qualification) registration must close so that priority 2 (roll down) can begin, and so on.  The deadlines will be communicated repeatedly to all eligible athletes via direct email as well as on Triathlon Canada’s social media feeds.  All athletes are responsible for knowing these timelines and meeting the deadlines.

 

Non-refundable Triathlon Canada Team Management Fees

In order to claim a spot, athletes must pay a non-refundable Triathlon Canada team management fee. These fees are used for the ongoing administration and management of the team.  These are NOT race registration fees – for full program costs see section below.

 

Qualifying events

The 2020 Qualification program has been suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Competition Rules & Uniforms

ITU Competition Rules

The competition rules for triathlon at the world championship level are extensive.  The full rule book can be downloaded from the International Triathlon Union website:

 ITU Competition rules

 

The following section provides some information on some of the common rules to be aware of:

Wetsuit usage

The use of the wetsuits is determined by a combination of water and air temperature.  A final call on whether wetsuits will be permitted is typically made 1-hour before the first start.  Water temperatures are as follows:

 

Swim distanceNon-wetsuitMandatory
Up to 1500m22° and more15.9° and less
1501 m or more24.6° and more15.9° and less

If the wetsuit is not permitted during the swim, the uniforms must conform to the ITU uniform rules and may not be removed during the entire competition (including “swimskin” suits), except in medium distance and long distance events. This means that for triathlons of standard and sprint distances, anything that is worn in the water must be worn throughout the race. Athletes are not allowed to cover their arms or legs below the knee (no compression clothing).

 

Cycling equipment

In sanctioned age group races, bicycles with the UCI Road Race certification label (Code RD) are permitted. All bicycles in the age group, draft-legal races must be equipped with standard handlebars. Aerobars (including clip-on bars) are prohibited.

Bike frames
  • The bicycle frame must be of traditional design, that is to say constructed of a closed frame of tubular elements straight or tapered (which can be round, oval, flattened, teardrop-shaped or other cross section). Only bike-related product logos may appear on the athlete’s bike.
    The specific dimensions of the bike frame can be found on page 30 of the ITU Competition Rules.
Wheels
  • Wheels must have at least 12 spokes.
  • Disc wheels are not allowed.
Handlebars
  • Only traditional handlebars are allowed.
  • The ends of the handlebars must be plugged.
  • Aerobars (including clip-on bars) are prohibited.
Brakes

Disc brakes are not authorized for events with authorized train paths.

NOTE: disc brakes are not authorized for:

  • All triathlon and duathlon competitions with authorized train paths
  • Cross triathlon, cross duathlon
  • Winter triathlon
Helmets

Helmets must be approved by an accredited national authority recognized by a National Federation affiliated to the ITU. Before purchasing a helmet, make sure it has a CSA, EN, ASTM, CPSC, or Snell B90/B95 certification sticker. Do not remove this sticker as it gives assurance to technical delegates that the bicycle helmet meets certified safety standards.

Program Costs, Policies & Manuals

Fees, accommodation and uniform

Team Canada Age Group team members are fully self-funded. Athletes should expect the following costs:

ItemApproximate costDue date
Team managent fee (mandatory)

 

190$

 

When claiming your spot (non-refundable).

Race entry fees

(mandatory)

 

~ 200-700$

Depends on the race, how many races and currency

To be determined by organizing committee; typically 6-8 weeks prior to race

Team Canada uniform (Jacket, shirt, race suit)

(mandatory)

 

approx. 425$

(includes taxes, duty and shipping)

In the Spring prior to the start of the competition season

Team Canada hotel

(not required)

approx.

$150-250/night

(Depending on location)

November to January, prior to competition season.

Team Canada social

(not required)

Included in TM fee; nominal fee for additional guests.Announced in weeks prior to event.

 

Team Canada Team Management Fee

Team fees support Team Canada’s annual administration and management of age group teams and programs. Specifically, 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, athlete health and safety, and insurance. During the event, there is a management team on the ground that provides daily updates of information, video souvenirs, briefings, familiarization training, organized team meals and “office hours” to help each athlete with the preparation of his race. It also includes a social activity. The social activity is organized in a place where the athletes & have the chance to meet and socialize with their teammates and includes drinks and a light snack or meal. There are often prizes, and they are very fun! To learn more, Click Here.

Race fees

Race costs are established by the local organizing committee (LOC). Triathlon Canada only collects fees and transfers them directly to the LOC. To reduce the risk associated with the exchange rate, fees will be collected in the currency requested by the LOC. Understand that international event fees are often in US dollars, euros and in some cases their local currency.

Team Canada Hotel

Triathlon Canada recommends accommodations to athletes, their families and friends and will try to base their activities from this location (for example, briefings and office hours). All athletes are encouraged to find a travel agency or accommodation that is tailored to their arrangements and needs. There is no obligation to stay at the Team Canada Hotel.

Team Canada Uniform

The Team Canada mandatory uniform includes a race suit (1 or 2 piece, depending on athlete preference), a jacket and a t-shirt.

Frequently Asked Questions & Survey Results

FAQs

Click here for Selection Policy FAQ

Q: What is the ITU World Championship?

A: The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the world’s governing body for triathlon and related multi-sport disciplines (i.e. long distance, duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike and cross triathlon). Every year, ITU organizes triathlon and multi-sport world championships for elite and age group athletes at the same venue and at the same time. To participate in the ITU World Championships, each athlete must qualify at an event in their country and register with their National Federation. It is the responsibility of the National Federation to register athletes for the World Championships.

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

A: The ITU aims to provide opportunities for competition and sports development from the grassroots level to the elite at all their events. The idea of the beginner to the elite is unique to the sport of triathlon, where you can see athletes of all ages at the same competition. The event is meant to be inspiring and motivating. As such, almost all races in the ITU have an open tier for age groups that Canadian athletes can enter. Check out http://www.triathlon.org/ for events and the event-specific website for more information.

Any other questions?

Please email

ITU Multisport World Championships Festival

Almere-Amsterdam, Sept 4-13 2020

 

ITU World Triathlon Grand Final

Edmonton, Alberta, Aug 17-23 2020

Disciplines

Sprint Duathlon – Sept 5
Standard Duathlon – Sept 6
Cross Triathlon – Sept 8
Aquathlon – Sept 10
Long Distance Triathlon – Sept 12
Long Distance Aquabike – Sept 12

Registration

General registration for the 2020 ITU Multisport World Championships will open in May 2020. Please note that this is a separate registration from your Team Management fee.

All athletes will receive a link to register with CCN and Triathlon Canada will then share the entries with the ITU. Athletes may not register individually.

The multisport world championships will also offer open wave races in certain disciplines; athletes may register for those individually. More information about those races can be found here (side events).

​**Please note during your race fee payment all athletes will be required to purchase insurance. Triathlon Canada is mandated by the ITU to ensure all athletes are covered by our National Federation Insurance.

Travel

Athletes must make their own arrangements for travel to world championship events. This includes airfare, ground transportation, bike shipments and accommodation.

Triathlon Canada does not have a preferred airline partner. For more information on how to get to Almere, please click here.

Please click here for some useful information about flying with your bike!

 

Accommodation

​Team Canada has 2 properties with preferred rates for our athletes. Please use the links below to book.

Hampton by Hilton 

1 Amsterdam Arena Boulevard Hoekenrode 1102 BR Amsterdam The Netherlands 

Tel: +31 (0)20 820 3200  Fax: +31 (0)20 820 3201 

E-mail:  

To book, please click here

**

NH Naarden Hotel

This 4* property is a higher price point but is located closer to the event venue.

To book, please click here

Athletes are under no obligation to stay at these properties, and are free to make their own arrangements.

Race Week Schedule

Please click here for a preliminary event schedule.

As we get closer to the event, Team Canada will publish a more detailed schedule which will include the team-specific briefings, course familiarizations and more. 

First Aid / Medical
All Canadian athletes must be insured by Triathlon Canada for all race related and team activities. You must purchase Triathlon Canada insurance at the time of registration.

First Aid/Medical Information Coming Soon!

Uniforms

The official 2020 Age Group team uniform and parade gear will ship in Spring of 2020. If you have questions regarding your uniform please e-mail .

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
Christine Cogger

Christine supported Triathlon Canada as a Team manager since the inaugural 2017 ITU Multisport World Champioships in Penticton and is excited to return for 2020. An avid athlete herself, and Race Director for IRONMAN Canada Christine brings a wealth of knowledge and great energy to the team!

Christian Milette

Christian Milette has supported Team Canada at many events, including the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Pontevedra and the 2019 Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne. He has also represented Canada at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and 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.  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.

Slack

Team Canada uses Slack, a free app, to communicate with team members while on the ground at these events. We set up a team channel well in advance of the events to encourage athletes to get to know one another and share valuable information – an especially great tool for first time world championship attendees.

Make sure you download the app prior to attending the event and join the group. If you don’t have the link, please email

 

Disciplines

Junior & U23 Aug. 20
Sprint World Championship and Sprint Open race Aug 21    Mixed Team Relay World Champs & Elite women Aug 22
Standard World Championships & Elite men Aug 23

Registration

General registration for the 2020 ITU World World Championships will open in May 2020. Please note that this is a separate registration from your Team Management fee.

All athletes will receive a link to register with CCN and Triathlon Canada will then share the entries with the ITU. Athletes may not register individually.

The ITU world championships will also offer open wave races in certain disciplines; athletes may register for those individually. More information about those races can be found here (community events).

​**Please note during your race fee payment all athletes will be required to purchase insurance. Triathlon Canada is mandated by the ITU to ensure all athletes are covered by our National Federation Insurance.

Please contact Christine Cogger () with any questions or special requests.

Travel

Athletes must make their own arrangements for travel to world championship events. This includes airfare, ground transportation, bike shipments and accommodation.

Triathlon Canada does not have a preferred airline partner, but there is a booking discount code available on the event website. Please click here for more info.

Please click here for some useful information about flying with your bike!

Accommodation

Team Canada has a block of rooms available at the Chateau Lacombe. It is not mandatory to stay at this property; team members are welcome to stay at a different property or at an AirBnb, etc. 

The Chateau Lacombe offers breakfast with the reservations and will permit bikes in the rooms.

To book, please click here. This block will be held until January 31, 2020.

Guest may also call the hotel direct and book under the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final  Guestroom Block   
Block Code: 20200815ITU

Direct Tel: 780:428-6611
Toll Free: 1-800-661-8801

**Please note that guests can only book rooms online that are blocked for this group.
If guests require pre/post dates or an upgraded/different room type, you will need to call in to the reservations department to book the room.**

The Organizing Committee is also offering other properties for athletes, details can be found here.

 

Race Week Schedule

Please click here for a preliminary event schedule.

As we get closer to the event, Team Canada will publish a more detailed schedule which will include the team-specific briefings, course familiarizations and more.

General Race Information
First Aid / Medical
All Canadian athletes must be insured by Triathlon Canada for all race related and team activities. You must purchase Triathlon Canada insurance at the time of your race fee registration.

First Aid/Medical Information Coming Soon!

Uniforms

The official 2020 Age Group team uniform and parade gear will ship in Spring of 2020. If you have questions regarding your uniform please e-mail .

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
Christine Cogger

Christine supported Triathlon Canada as a Team manager since the inaugural 2017 ITU Multisport World Champioships in Penticton and is excited to return for 2020. An avid athlete herself, and Race Director for IRONMAN Canada Christine brings a wealth of knowledge and great energy to the team!

Christian Milette

Christian Milette has supported Team Canada at many events, including the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Spain and the 2019 Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne. He has also represented Canada at the ITU Duathlon World Championships in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and 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. We are thrilled to have Christian as part of our management team again and are lucky to have his support!

 

Slack

Team Canada uses Slack, a free app, to communicate with team members while on the ground at these events. We set up a team channel well in advance of the events to encourage athletes to get to know one another and share valuable information – an especially great tool for first time world championship attendees.

Make sure you download the app prior to attending the event and join the group. If you don’t have the link, please email

 

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