TriStar200 Andalucía is a brand new fun-focused triathlon event that kicks off a new era in triathlon history. On 12 September 2009, the inaugural triathlon takes place over a total distance of 200km with a different order of disciplines - bike, swim, run.
The race will start with a peloton cycle race, with drafting permitted. The route connects the provinces of Cádiz and Huelva under the Andalusian sun, and benefits from the strong support of Andalusia's Government.
After 169 competitive kilometres in the meandering Cádiz region, participants will cross the Guadalquivir river delta where it meets the Atlantic, in a 1km swim.
Exiting the water, athletes face a challenging 30km run on the endless sandy beaches of the Doñana national park, which will be part of a sports event for the first time ever in history. It is a protected area, one of Europe's most important wetland reserves and a major site for migrating birds.
Finishing at the popular summer resort Matalascañas, athletes will have experienced a new dimension of triathlon.
Registrations, with a special offer for the first 300 entries, are open on www.tristar200andalucia.cc
Cologne city centre will experience triathlon fever at its best when the new bike and run course of the Cologne Triathlon Weekend crosses through the middle of the Rhine metropolis. The swim will be on Lake Fühlinger, north of Cologne
Organisers are expecting more than 3,000 athletes to compete in this mega event, which offers several distances, all of which can be done as a relay:
CologneSmart on 5th September is a 0.7km swim, 24km bike and 7km run.
There will also be a new CologneKids triathlon on the Saturday with distances of a 50/100/150m swim, 1000/2000/3000m bike and 400/800/1200m run event, depending on age.
The main events will be held on 6th September:
This year's triathlon weekend marks 25 years since Cologne Triathlon was first held, integrating the European Championships of Ultra Triathlon and Long Distance Triathlon, in September 1984. Over the years, the weekend has attracted more and more athletes.