The iconic Beijing International Triathlon is now draft-legal for professionals
On July 30th, race organizers of the Beijing International Triathlon announced changes to the race format in 2020 and the professional field that will toe the line on September 8th.
In 2020, the professional athletes will race the Olympic distance triathlon in a draft-legal format. This change is expected to add to the intensity and excitement of the race. The age groupers division will remain a non-drafting format and serve as the only qualifier race in Asia for Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.
Last year’s winners, Jonny Brownlee and Ashleigh Gentle are not expected to defend their titles in 2020, however, and impressive field of ITU and long talent is expected to make the start.
Jonny Brownlee wins the Beijing International Triathlon. Photo via @jonnybrownleetri
Ashleigh Gentle wins the Beijing International Triathlon. Photo via @gentle_ash
On the men’s side, the race will include Craig Alexander, a three-time Ironman world champion, Henri Schoeman, the bronze medallist from Rio Olympics, and Vincent Luis, the 2017 and 2018 World Triathlon Series Grand Final winner. On the women’s side, Lucy Hall, Summer Rappaport, Taylor Spivey, Jodie Stimpson and Natalie Van Coevorden are all expected to be on the start line on September 8th.