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Team USA was created by USA Triathlon to be a team of age group/amateurs who will best represent the United States and compete in the International Triathlon Union’s (ITU) world championships, which attracts the best athletes representing over 50 countries each year.

All athletes eligible to represent the United States must:
     - Be a U.S. citizen OR
     - Be a U.S. national: someone who has resided in the US for three
     consecutive years and has not competed for their country of citizenship
     in the prior year.

Team USA eligible athletes must not have competed for their country of citizenship in the prior year. Athletes who choose to be recognized as nationals who have competed for their country of citizenship in the last year may get dispensation by obtaining a letter from the National Federation of their home country allowing competition as a USA athlete.


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Status of ITU Duathlon Worlds in Aviles, Spain– current as of 5/26/2015

 

How to qualify for the draft-legal Sprint Duathlon Worlds: 

Draft-Legal Qualifier Clermont, FL, Nov. 8, 2015

This event will be another opportunity athletes will have to confirm their spot on Team USA for the draft-legal Sprint Duathlon Worlds in 2016. Ten (10) spots will be available at this event. All athletes must finish within 30 percent of the aged up  age group winner’s time in order to earn the right to the spot. There will not be any roll downs at this event; only those in the top 10 and within 30 percent of the aged up age group winner’s time will be considered for Team USA.

 

USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships — Saint Paul, MN, June 6, 2015

USA Triathlon will reserve 8 spots in each age group at this event.  Athletes must also be within 30 percent of the age aged up group winner’s time in order to meet qualification. After the commitment of 8 positions is met, slots will pass down at this race according to the following:

 

for as many athletes who finish in the age group within 30 percent of the aged up age group winner’s time

OR

capacity of 18 spots in the age group is met, whichever happens first. Note: USA Triathlon is restricted to a capacity limit of 18 athletes per age group for all ITU World Championship events.

 

How to qualify for the non-drafting Standard Duathlon Worlds:

All of the standard slots will be allocated at the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships in Saint Paul on June 6, 2015. The ITU World Championships at the standard/Olympic-distance will NOT be draft-legal.

 

It’s time to get revved up to compete in this new style of racing for age-groupers! If you ask our youth elites, junior elites and senior elites their thoughts on this discipline, they will tell you just how exciting this format can be. USA Triathlon will be establishing free webinars to help lessen the intimidation and questions associated with competing in a draft-legal event. These educational webinars will offer you the insights, advice and knowledge important for you to more accurately assess your interest in competing in the draft legal events (triathlon and duathlon). Additionally, ITU has created a set of rules that will be important for people to learn and abide by as part of the preparation for the qualifier and upon qualification, worlds. Such things as bike specs and racing requirements are covered here.

 

To learn more, please visit the duathlon FAQ section HERE.

To find out what equipment is required to compete at a Draft-Legal event, more information can be found here between the pages of 26-32.

 

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Status of the 2016 ITU Grand Final – current as of 7/23/2015

The 2016 ITU Aquathlon, Sprint and Standard Triathlon World Championships are slated for Cozumel, Mexico the week of September 11-18, 2016.

How to qualify for the draft-legal Sprint World Championships in Mexico


2015 USA Triathlon Sprint National Championships — Milwaukee, WI, Aug. 9, 2015

USA Triathlon will reserve eight (8) spots in each age group at this event. The spots will be awarded at the Age Group Nationals Sprint-Distance awards ceremony. Athletes must also be within 30 percent of the aged up age group winner’s time in order to meet qualification. After the commitment of 8 positions is met, slots will pass down at this race according to the following:

 

For as many athletes who finish in the age group within 30 percent of the aged up age group winner’s time

OR

Capacity of 18 spots in the age group is met, whichever happens first. Note: USA Triathlon is restricted to a capacity limit of 18 athletes per age group for all ITU World Championship events.

In the national championship race, athletes will compete in the age group according to their age as of Dec. 31, 2015. There will then be a roll down results list available at the award ceremony to determine qualification spots for the 2016 ITU World Championships.

 

Triathlon Draft-Legal Qualifier Clermont, FL, Nov. 7, 2015

This event will be another opportunity athletes will have to qualify for a spot on the 2016 Team USA for the draft-legal Sprint Worlds. Ten (10) spots will be available at this event. All athletes must finish within 30 percent of the aged up age group winner’s time in order to earn the right to the spot. There will not be any roll downs at this event; only those in the top 10 and within 30 percent of the aged up age group winner’s time will be considered for Team USA.

 

In the draft-legal qualifying race, athletes will compete in the age group according to age as of Dec. 31, 2016. This is different from most races; if you age-up in 2016, you will compete in that age group regardless of your age on Dec. 31, 2015. This race will not award national championship titles.

 

How to qualify for the Age Group Standard Triathlon World Championships

All of the standard slots will be allocated at the Olympic-Distance National Championships in Milwaukee on Aug. 8, 2015, in conjunction with USA Triathlon’s Age Group National Championships weekend. The ITU World Championships at the standard/Olympic-distance will NOT be draft-legal.

 

It’s time to get revved up to compete in this new style of racing for age-groupers! If you ask our youth elites, junior elites and senior elites their thoughts on this discipline, they will tell you just how exciting this format can be. USA Triathlon will be establishing free webinars to help lessen the intimidation and questions associated with competing in a draft-legal event. These educational webinars will offer you the insights, advice and knowledge important for you to more accurately assess your interest in competing in the draft legal events (triathlon and duathlon). Additionally, ITU has created a set of rules that will be important for people to learn and abide by as part of the preparation for the qualifier and upon qualification, worlds. Such things as bike specs and racing requirements are covered here.

 

To learn more, please visit the triathlon FAQ section HERE.

To find out what equipment is required to compete at a Draft-Legal event, more information can be found here between the pages of 26-32.

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