In its fifth appearance on the World Triathlon Series circuit, Kitzbühel will debut what might be one of most demanding and innovative triathlon courses ever set. While Hahnenkamm Mountain is famous for hosting what is considered the hardest downhill ski race in the world, triathletes will be challenged to climb its sister peak, the Kitzbühel Horn mountain in what had be called one of the toughest triathlon courses ever set . The Austrian Alps provide the opportune background to host a trying course that is largely uphill.
The 2013 race will break from the traditional sprint or standard distance that athletes are used to seeing in ITU races. After completing a 750m swim, triathletes will cycle through the village and then begin an ascent of 867 meters over 11.5km of hairpin mountain roads before facing another 136-meter incline on the 2.5km run. The bike climb reaches gradients of 22.3 % - set among one of the most spectacular backdrops in Europe.
For the first time, age-group athletes will have the opportunity to measure themselves on identical routes as the pros, offering amateurs the opportunity to compare themselves to the world’s best triathletes. This year, athletes can choose to conquer the course individually or as a part of a relay.