The ITU has announced that the inaugural Winter Triathlon World Cup will take place in the Chinese resort of Harbin in early 2020.

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A winter triathlon consists of a run, mountain bike and cross-country ski, all on snow, with the course distance designed for the winners to finish in around 80-90 minutes. The first-ever World Cup race will take place on Jan.4.

The event, which is organized by the Chinese Federation, will offer travel a subsidy for two athletes and one coach from 10 countries around the world.

Winter triathlon has had a World Championship event contested dating all the way back to 1997, and since 2014, has had a sanctioned event held in Quebec City.

The ITU S3 International Winter Triathlon has a slightly different format, with a run, skate and ski rather than run-bike-ski. The event also acts as the Canadian Winter Triathlon Championships and offers a standard or sprint distance. Next year the race will be on Feb.20. For more info on the event, click here.

Next year’s Winter Triathlon World Championships will be held at the Italian ski resort of Asiago in February, and Romania will host the European Championships.

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