29 April 2014 by Stuart Buchanan

Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town held at V&A Waterfront

On Sunday, visitors to Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront swapped their shopping bags for sports kitbags in preparation for the very first Discovery World Triathlon to be held in the Mother City.

Spectators cheer on the athletes in the first leg of the triathlon

The kit required? A wetsuit, cycling shorts and some decent running shoes, to get them through a 500m swim in the harbour, a 20km cycle around the Cape Town Stadium, and a 5km run through Green Point.

Athletes take to the icy waters of the harbour, while marshals watch from stand-up paddle boards

The previous day, the Saturday, it was the turn of elite athletes from around the world to participate, with Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya winning the men’s race and Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson winning the women's. However, with the course open to all individuals and teams on Sunday, the spirit of camaraderie and sense of achievement for those crossing the finish line was palpable.

A look of determination: a cyclist makes his way towards the finish line

The V&A Waterfront not only offers high-street shopping, local curios and crafts, and fine restaurants, it is also situated right on a real working harbour. This means boat cruises, helicopter rides and day trips to Robben Island are easily accessible. It also provided a perfect backdrop for the Discovery World Triathlon.

An international affair: athletes from around the world competed in the Discovery World Triathlon

Sunny skies, great live entertainment and a well-organised event ensured that the day was a great success. Next year’s event promises to be even better.

Run for it! A sprint to the finish line is cheered on by the team from Virgin Active
Almost there – spectators gather at the final stretch to cheer on the athletes
A winning team – the triathlon was open to individuals and teams, meaning that companies could enter their staff. Here (from left) Kimaal Baker, Kaylee van der Kolk and Wesley Tanner from World Wide Creative celebrate their finish

Category: Events, Sport

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