Liverpool will host the British Paratriathlon Championships in August, it has been announced today, with the event set to be a final test ahead of the sport's debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Elite, age-group and beginner races will take place in the English city on Sunday, August 14, with the events also an opportunity to gain qualification points for the 2017 Paratriathlon European Championships in Kitzbuhuel, Austria.
Action will take place along the city's "iconic Waterfront", with all races starting and finishing at the Echo Arena.
“The British Paratriathlon Championships arrive at a fitting point in the 2016 calendar," said British Paratriathlon head coach, Jonathan Riall.
"With a month to go until the sport makes its debut at the Rio Paralympics, athletes will be looking to make their final preparations ahead of the Games and get race-ready on home soil.
“Not only do the Championships offer an occasion to showcase some of the country’s finest sporting talent, they also create a chance to unearth potential stars of the future and increase paratriathlon participation; giving novices the chance to race alongside established names.
"It should be a great day combining all aspects of multisport for spectators to enjoy.”
Competitors will swim 750 metres and cycle 20 kilometres using either hand cycles, bicycles or tandem bicycles with a guide.
There will then be a 5km wheelchair or running race in the "sprint" format.
The British Elite Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships and the British Age-Group Standard Distance Championships will also take place at the same time.
“This announcement is significant for our sport, as we look to bring together both triathletes and paratriathletes to compete on the same iconic course," added British Triathlon chief executive, Jack Buckner.
"With flat terrain, swift transition and a looping urban route, it's a chance for all our competitors to aim for a smooth performance, whether it be a potential Rio rehearsal for our elite Paratriathletes, or just for fun.”
British Paratriathletes to have already qualified for Rio 2016 include PT4 world champion Lauren Steadman and PT5 star Alison Patrick.