Cape Town, voted South Africa’s ‘Fittest City’ by Discovery Vitality in 2013, presented two days of fast-paced, high adrenaline sporting action during the weekend of 26/27 April 2014, when thousands of die-hard athletes from across the globe descended on the V & A Waterfront for the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town, which formed part of the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS).
The Cape Town leg of the race, sponsored by Discovery, served as the second stop on the eight-city tour, which kicked off in Auckland in early April. Cape Town is one of only two cities to debut on the WTS calendar in 2014, with Chicago also hosting the event for the first time. Other host cities include Yokohama, London, Hamburg, Stockholm and Edmonton.
To the winner Javier Gomez (ESP), it was a great race and event. “I really enjoyed my time here. I can’t be happier actually. The support was great. There were a lot of people cheering me on and screaming my name. As an athlete, you love it when people get excited and I hope they enjoyed the show!"
Jodie Stimpson (GBR), winner of the women’s event, comments: "The support out there was just amazing. The fans in South Africa are so knowledgable about the sport of triathlon. They cheer because they know what you’re going through. Here Ironman and Xterra are also very big so the spectators are very informed and interested. South Africa, you put on a great show!"
Respected athlete, businessman and philanthropist Stewart Banner (81) was the oldest participant in this year’s event. Banner did the cycling leg of the race, whilst his 15-year-old grandson Connor participated in the swim and his 18-year-old grandson Blake, the 5km run. Says Blake: “We had so much fun. I loved it and we’ll definitely be back to do it again.”
Cape Town was recently nominated in the internationally recognised SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards and was the only African city amongst the shortlisted nominees in the Large Cities category, which included competitors such as Berlin, Melbourne, Singapore and Sydney.