COVID-19 : The 27th edition of the Lausanne Triathlon is cancelled, see you in 2021 (press release)

History

25 years have already gone by since three friends, who were keen to present to the Lausanne and Vaud public an open, sport-loving police force, with a mind for organisation, launched the very first Lausanne Triathlon. That’s how the Lausanne Police Sports Club organized the first popular triathlon in September 1994.

In 1995 and 1996 the Organising Committee changed the different courses in order to host in 1997 the Swiss Championship with more than 1'100 participants.

Lausanne organized its first ITU Triathlon World Championships in 1998 thus more than 3000 athletes swam in the Lake Leman, climbed up to the cathedral by bike and ran in the gardens of the IOC.

In 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002, Lausanne remained international since it organized 4 World Cup rounds.

2003 has been a transition year with an International run. This same year, Lausanne has been nominated for the organisation of the ITU Triathlon World Championships 2006.

2005 has been therefore a tricky year since, in anticipation of the 2006 World Championships, the venue moved from Vidy to Ouchy for the organisation of the European Championships.

2006, an amazing year for the Lausanne Triathlon!!! We organized this great event that are the Triathlon World Championships 2006 in Lausanne. An unforgettable moment...

2007, a year the seak motivation again after those amazing World Championships of the year before, but also a transition year in order to prepare the futur and more important to give one full edition to our faithful citizen racers!

2008, Lausanne demontrate again its welcome capacity by organizing the Swiss Championships with a race only for the national elite.

2009, a record edition with an increase of about 700 athletes to reach 2'200 registered and 1'868 ranked.

2010, first organization of the ITU Team World Championship (265/6/1.2) and the ITU Sprint World Championship (750/20/5). Both are new disciplines. The Swiss Team won for the second time the title of the WC Team.

2011, is a new challenge since the Triathlon of Lausanne joined the Dextro Energy ITU World Championship Series and will organize the second edition of the Elite Sprint WC's. The Swiss Team will have the opportunity to defend its title for the third time during the ITU Team World Championship.

2012, the Triathlon of Lausanne giving up organizing the ITU World Championship Sprint and Team but host the 17th World Military Triathlon Championship Elite and Senior male and female. As every year the citizen racers will be able to parctice on a high quality course 100% secured.

2013, the participants almost crossed the threshold of 2'000. The number of popular triathletes has not been this high since 2009.

2018, in addition to the popular events, the Lausanne Triathlon hosted a World Cup and its 150 international athletes. They were able to take advantage of the “2019 Lausanne ITU Triathlon Grand Final” course, which will take place from 29 August to 1 September 2019.

2019, the now called "2019 Lausanne ITU Triathlon Grand Final" took place from 29 August to 1 September 2019 and dedicated the world's best triathletes and paratriathletes to a year of the Tokyo Olympics!
It was a great party! The City of Lausanne put all its efforts into the organisation of the Triathlon World Championships Grand Final.
In exceptional weather conditions, nearly 5,800 athletes from all over the world came to the south of Lausanne on the Monday of the start of the school year for training; the events began on Friday early in the morning and ended on Sunday evening. And the density of the races, held under a blazing sun and a blazing heat forced the best to draw on their reserves, offering a memorable spectacle.
On the men's side, Vincent Luis secured the world title. Fifth in Lausanne, he also left his opponents with laurels, as victory went to Norway's Kristian Blummenfelt. Second in Switzerland, Mario Mola came very close to the title.
On the women's side, the triumph was total for Katie Zaferes. Imperial, the American won the day's event and the world ranking ahead of her main British rivals Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown. Best Swiss, Nicola Spirig took a very honorable 10th place. Both events were televised and broadcast live on the 3 national channels as well as internationally, no doubt that the postcard images of the city will have contributed to the promotion of our beautiful region.

Thanks to the presence of several tens of thousands of spectators over the entire weekend, including 20,000 on Saturday alone, the capital of Vaud shone in the eyes of the sporting world. Rarely has Lausanne done so well in its role as Olympic Capital, so much so that sport was in the spotlight this weekend between Ouchy and Bellerive.

2020, this edition was cancelled due to the Corona Virus Pandemic.

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