A new middle-distance race called the Dubai International Triathlon is being held in the striking resort of Atlantis this November, with over 800 athletes from around the world expected to compete in its first year.
The race will start with a 1.9km swim in the calm waters off the artificially-made island of The Palm, followed by a two-lap 90km bike which takes athletes off the Palm and towards Sports City before returning to Atlantis for the 21.1km run, which will be held entirely on the Palm with the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Atlantis Resort in the background.
The organisers have confirmed to 220 that pro athletes will be offered flights and accommodation plus prize money, with the amounts to be confirmed later. Two unnamed pros have already confirmed that they will attend, say the organisers, along with around 20 others who have indicated interest.
With this year’s Abu Dhabi International Triathlon attracting a very strong pro field that included both Brownlees and reigning Ironman world champ Frederik Van Lierde, the Dubai event’s organisers are bound to work hard to attract a similar calibre of athletes.
“Dubai provides the perfect backdrop for a half iron distance race,” said race organiser Paul Venn. “We have perfect weather conditions, a great, fast course and a host city that people all over the world want to visit. This is an event that will very quickly feature in everyone’s top 10 races.”
Individual entry costs around £140, with a £15 discount for those registering before the end of June at www.dubai-tri.com.