For the first time ever, Bermuda will host a World Triathlon Series race with an accompanying age group triathlon race. World Triathlon Bermuda takes place April 28 and 29, making it the perfect race for Canadian triathletes who want to escape winter in a close-by warm destination, are itching to get racing, and want to test their fitness on a beautiful and challenging sprint or Olympic course. Here are our five reasons you should head to Bermuda this April:

Easy travel to the sun from Canada

For triathletes in Eastern Canada, getting to Bermuda is a simple one-way flight from major airports and the travel is one of the shortest to any warm island (2 hour 40 minutes on direct flights from Toronto, around five hours with a layover from Montreal). A popular travel destination for North Americans, Bermuda has several hotels near the race course. In April, temperatures are expected to average 20 Celsius. We’d take that over cold and rainy Canadian Aprils any day.

All info about travel and accommodation offerings available here.

It’s the perfect time of year for a short course race

In April, most of us aren’t ready for long distance stuff yet. Bermuda offers sprint and Olympic age group races, which you can easily prepare for without reaching huge training weeks of mostly indoor training over the winter. Guest writer and coach Kirsten Sweetland has written some great training plans for TMC, ranging from beginner to advanced in the sprint and Olympic distances.

Fun yet challenging on a unique and beautiful course

The Bermuda course is going to be a fun one, but be prepared for Corkscrew Hill… Check out this teaser for the course from race ambassador, world champion Flora Duffy, to see you’ll be running and riding by and for tips on the course’s most challenging section:

Race-cation 

There’s nothing better than racing in a warm destination and being able to relax on the beach after. Plan a few days to stick around for a vacation after your race and enjoy all Bermuda has to offer — crystal clear water, the vibrant city of Hamilton, land and water adventures such as exploring the world-renowned Crystal Caves. A full list of all that Bermuda has to offer for tourists is available here.

Watch the best in the world compete live

As a WTS race, the world’s best short course athletes will be racing in Bermuda, too, including Duffy and many other Olympians. Watching an ITU race is thrilling and much more enjoyable than long course since races are shorter, faster, and on looped courses. You’ll be inspired by the elites and with Canadians headed down to the race (we’ll have more on that soon), you’ll have some to cheer for, too!