The beautiful spa centre of Karlovy Vary will stage the most prestigious triathlon races in the Czech Republic on August 23-25. Participants of the ITU World Cup and non-professional sportspeople and children will be heading for West Bohemia. All these competitions will be included in the busy schedule of the CITY TRIATHLON Karlovy Vary.
To the most charming colonnades. To the Geyser spring. To the Imperial Spa House. And especially to the Theatre Square, where the finish area with a large stand will be situated. The event called CITY TRIATHLON Karlovy Vary will take triathletes and fans to the most impressive venues of this West Bohemian town. Enjoy them, too!
„We aim to organize our event for professional as well as non-professional triathletes, for fans and families with children. We wish to show them the best of Karlovy Vary and to prepare a programme entertaining them the whole weekend,“ says Vladimír Malý, race director.
Start with your children
The programme will be opened up with the Czech Pupils´ Cup on Friday afternoon. These races for age groups 8-15 will be held in the Leisure Time Areal Rolava and its immediate vicinity. The same venue will be hosting GEIS Baby Duathlon, a fun morning for the smallest sportspeople and their parents. The duathlon races are composed of run – bike (pushbike) – run and they are designed for kids between 1 and 12 years of age. Children can also join their parents in a special relay and share a common experience. There will be no starting fee.
Enjoy the most beautiful race course in the world
The PSG Age Groups races, part of the Czech Triathlon Cup and an open race for absolute amateurs, will start at the Rolava Lake as well. Annually, there are about several hundreds of them present at the start. 750 m swimming, 20 km cycling and 5 km running mean an impressive sport challenge, which is possible to reach by ordinary, hobby triathletes. Those who do not dare to choose the whole race course can build a relay with their colleagues or friends.
A fantastic sports experience ahead. You can look forward to the facilities, conditions and courses, which will be available for world cup professionals one day later. After the swim section in the Rolava Lake, triathletes will ride to the centre of Karlovy Vary, complete three laps round the Thermal Spa Hotel, Geyser and other beautiful spa town locations. It is worth mentioning that the local race course is considered the most beautiful one in the whole world cup calendar.
„In comparison to the last year´s running course, this year it will be altered as barrier-free and it will lead to the other charming locations, such as the Grandhotel Pupp, the Imperial Spa House and the Studánka (Well) spring. A unique experience will be awaiting in the finish line on the Theatre Square,“ explains Vladimír Malý.
From a race directly for a concert
After the race and the awarding ceremony are over, the Theatre Square will change into a party zone – a concert performed by the Hamleti band will start at 7:30 pm. The band members are actors and speakers, namely Dalibor Gondík, Aleš Háma, Jakub Wehrenberg and Hardy Marzuki. You can celebrate your success at the PSG Age Groups race, you can recover before Sunday´s World Cup or simply enjoy a pleasant summer evening in the beautiful scenery.
Cheer up the best triathletes
Sunday´s World Cup will surely be a programme highlight. It will attract the best triathletes from around the globe to Karlovy Vary. They will compete for points in the Olympic qualification and for the prize money at the amount of 60,000 US dollars. We can look forward to thrilling races during which Czech national team members will be fighting for medal podium, too.
To provide the best conditions for fans who should not miss any moment, there will be a bus connection between the Rolava Lake and the town centre. The Imperial funicular will also be integrated in the transportation system. The Theatre Square will be the centrepoint of the race with the second transition area, the finish line, a 60-metre-long stand and an LED screen with live broadcasting of the race.
You can also watch Czech triathletes on TV – Czech TV Sport channel will have direct broadcasting inputs from the ITU Triathlon World Cup.
More information about the 2019 CITY TRIATHLON Karlovy Vary 2019 can be found at:
The world triathlon elite heading for Karlovy Vary again
The best world triathletes shall head for Karlovy Vary where the third ITU World Cup will take place. On the startlist there are competitors from 39 countries with whom five Czech national team members will be fighting for medals and ranking. CITY TRIATHLON Karlovy Vary, held on August 23-25, will be a sport event. For children, hobby triathletes, professionals and a cultural programme with a concert of the Hamleti band.
For the third time in a row, the magnificent spa centre will become a world triathlon hub. On August 23-25, it will be hosting the ITU World Cup, the absolute highlight of the busy schedule of the CITY TRIATHLON Karlovy Vary. Among competitors who registered for the race, there are triathlon stars to be found again!
„When looking at the start list, it is clear that races will be great! We are glad to welcome back triathletes who showed excellent performances in Karlovy Vary in the past but also brand new triathlon names who are an integral part of the world elite. We are curious to see how they can fight tough opponents and this demanding race course,“ says Vladimír Malý, LOC race director.
Will Vendula Frintová defend the title?
Vendula Frintová, who will attempt to defend her last year´s victory, is the biggest candidate for medals in the start field. The most successful Czech triathlete from the long-term perspective has a virtually certain start at the Tokyo Olympics and it is very probable that local fans in Karlovy Vary will have the last chance to see her compete before her fourth Olympic Games.
Competing with the world triathlon elite will also be Petra Kuříková. Last year the race developed really well at the beginning. However, after a fall on the cycling course she did not finish. She has proven her top shape by winning the silver medal at the European Sprint Championship. The third, young and very talented Czech triathlete in the race is called Iveta Fairaislová.
Among other stelar competitors there will be British triathlete Beth Potter, the reigning European champion. American Chelsea Burns, who has already won several medals in previous world cups, will also be one of potential winners. Her teammate Tamara Gorman, who regularly comes in the top three in the world cups, will also be fighting for her best result here. Among the stars of the race in Karlovy Vary we can include Hungarian triathlete Zsófia Kovács and the Ukrainian Yuliya Yelistratova, who dominated at the Salinas World Cup concluding the past triathlon season.
A Czech-Slovak triathlon fight to come?
In the male elite race there will be the following Czech triathletes competing: Jan Čelůstka and František Linduška, whose fifth rank in Karlovy Vary last year was his lifetime performance. Returning to the triathlon battlefield are Russian brothers Igor and Dmitry Polyanskiy. The second one will be defending his last year´s victory in Karlovy Vary. The silver medallist Irish Russell White will be present, too. The best Slovak triathlete Richard Varga, who is one of the best triathletes in Europe and one of the best swimmers in the world triathlon field, will be racing here, too. Last year he became the European Sprint champion and in 2017 he won the European Aquathlon Championship. Will he succeed in Karlovy Vary this year?
The triathlete who will try to cross his plans is surely French Simon Viain, who regularly ranks among top ten at the world championships. Daniel Stattef, an Italian competitor, owns a couple of world cup medals, too.
A number of other triathlon stars who are attracted by the beautiful race course have been interested in participating in the Karlovy Vary World Cup, too. It ranks among the most difficult and charming ones in the triathlon calendar. The swim course is in the Rolava Lake, from which triathletes will head for the spa town centre. The second transition area, the finish line and the race hub will be situated directly on the Theatre Square. The organizing team led by Vladimír Malý has a great novelty for all the spectators. He says: „We are going to build a 60-meter long stand on the Theatre Square. Opposite the stand there will be an LED screen broadcasting the whole race.“
An event for the whole family!
CITY TRIATHLON Karlovy Vary is devoted to professionals as well as hobby sportspeople. On Friday, the Czech Pupils´ Cup will be open up the triathlon program. On Saturday morning, children are welcome to the Baby Duathlon. This popular race combines cycling and running and it is designed for the youngest kids. On Saturday afternoon, Age Groups races will start on the distances: 700 m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run.
Saturday´s agenda will be rounded up by a concert performed by the Hamleti band on the Theatre Square. The band is composed of actors and speakers Dalibor Gondík, Aleš Háma and Jakub Wehrenberg.
Sunday´ World Cup with elite Czech and world triathletes shall be the highlight of the weekend program.
More information about 2019 CITY TRIATHLON Karlovy Vary can be found at: