Do you have a question regarding the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam 2017? Please have a look at the FAQ below. If you cannot find your question, or you feel the answer to your question is not sufficient enough, feel free to contact us at Triathlon@tigsports.nl


Where and when will the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam 2017 organized?

The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam 2017 will be held from Thursday 14 September till Sunday 17 September 2017. ITU World Triathlon Series are held in iconic locations around the world. In 2017 Rotterdam, The Netherlands will be the host city. For the first time in 5 years the Grand Final is back in Europe.  




Who can participate?

The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam 2017 is currently open for:

  • Professional athletes in categories ‘Elite’, ‘Under23’, ‘Juniors’ and ‘Para’ (registration through National Federation)
  • Age Group athletes for the World Championships Sprint & Olympic (registration through National Federation)


All registrations for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam must be made through the National Federation. No individual registrations are accepted, except for the Open Race.


At this stage it is not known yet if there will be an Open Race. Information about an Open Race and/or side events will be released via the event website.  


Is there a minimum age for participating?

Minimum age for the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam 2017 is 16 years for the Sprint distance and 18 years for the Olympic distance. Check point for the age of the participant is the age at 31 December of the year of the triathlon.


How can I participate?

In order to participate, you have to register with your own National Triathlon Federation. Please consult your own National Triathlon Federation for more information.


Until when can I qualify/register?

Registrations close on 30 July 2017.


What will be the entrance fee?

Sprint distance €325

Olympic distance €345


What is included in the entrance fee?

Free public transport in Rotterdam

Opening Ceremony including a Pasta Party

Closing Party

Spido Harbour Cruise

Official event cap

Finisher medal

Race related assistance (closed and secured race course, medical, aid and recovery stations)

Exact start and finish as Elite course


When and how will I receive my starting equipment?

From Thursday 14 September 2017 your race-kit will be ready for pick up at the Registration Area. Exact times and location will be announced later.


Is it possible to hand over my starting equipment?

Your subscription is personal, it cannot be transferred and are non-refundable for the Age Group World Championships.


How can I reach the start and finish?

Due to the event, a big part of the inner city of Rotterdam will be blocked or re-routed. We advise participants and visitors to use public transport as much as possible. Please plan your route via www.retl.nl. Advancing the event detail will be released via the event website.


Will there be first aids posts?

There will be first aid posts at start and finish locations as well as alongside the course. Detail will be provided advancing the event via the event website.


The Race


Where can I stall my bike and clothing?

Before the race you can check in your bike at the designated transition zone. During the check in all your materials and bike will be checked on safety regulations. The organization provides bags for your finish clothing’s and swim clothes (you will receive the bags during registration). The organization is responsible for the transportation of your belongings during the race and will stall them at the fishing area after the race. More information about check-in and check-out times will be announced closer towards the beginning of the event.




Do I have to wear a wetsuit?

It completely depends on the water temperature if you need to wear a wetsuit or not. If the water temperature is above 22 degrees Celsius, you are NOT allowed to wear a wetsuit. Underneath the 15.9 degrees Celsius you have to wear a wetsuit. Everything in between is free of what the participant wants, although it is advised to wear a wetsuit in September in Rotterdam. You are however obliged to wear a swimcap which is supplied by the organization. The organization is allowed to change the race in a Run-Bike-Run race if the water is colder than 13 degrees Celsius.


What is the average temperature of the water?

The average water temperature is around 18 degrees Celsius in September in the Rijnhaven. This means that a wetsuit is optional and advised. In the weeks upcoming to the event we will post more weekly information regarding the water temperature.


What is the average air temperature in September?

On average the air temperature is between 19 and 20 degrees Celsius in September in Rotterdam.


Is the swimming water safe?

Safety is the number one priority of the organization. Therefore, we check the PH value of the water on a regular basis and guarantee that these values are well within ITU regulations. Furthermore, the swimming area will be guarded by patrol boats, private as well as commercial boats are not allowed during the race.


Is it possible to look at the participants during the race?

Since the race will be held in a harbor, there will be more than enough space to look at the participants whom are in the water.





What will be the surface of the bike race?

The triathlon will be held in the inner city circle of Rotterdam, which means that the whole track is paved. There will be some slight uphill paths along the bridges.


What is the ruling for drafting during the Rotterdam Grand Final 2017?

Sprint = draft legal

Olympic = non-drafting




What will be the surface of the running track?

The running track will be in The Park close to the Westerkade. It is a flat paved surface surrounded by grass. Depending on the weather, it could be wet. The organization will give regular updates on this matter.


Wetsuit rental

Find all info about wetsuit rental here.



Food & Beverage



There will be food and beverage available near the Expo and Finish area from Thursday 14 September until Sunday 17 September 2017.



As Rotterdam is a city with a great hospitality background the triathlon venue is surrounded by plenty of nice restaurants and other hospitality establishments. A restaurant guide including discounts for you and your friends and family will be communicated at a later stage.


Pasta party

The Pasta Party will take place on Thursday 14 September 2017 from 18:00-21:00 hours for participants of the Age Group World Championships. More information about this will be announced at a later stage.


Kids race

On Thursday 14 September 2017 a kids race will be held in the form of a Run-Bike-Run competition for children aged between 8 and 15 years old. More information about the Kids race will follow soon.



About Rotterdam


Arriving by plane

There are three main airports in the Netherlands.

  • Schiphol Airport (50 min drive): Schiphol has the most international connections.  Schiphol Airport is located in Amsterdam. From here on, there are trains that can take you directly to Rotterdam (20 to 50 min). Please consult the website http://www.ns.nl/ for the correct train times to Rotterdam Centraal. Which is the central station of Rotterdam.
  • Rotterdam/The Hague Airport (20 min drive): Rotterdam/The Hague Airport is closest to Rotterdam however has mainly domestic and European arrivals.
  • Eindhoven Airport (80 min drive): this airport is located in the south of Holland and is the further away from the race venue than the other two.


Arriving by train

Please consult http://www.ns.nl/ for the correct train times if you are traveling domestic. If you are coming by train from outside The Netherlands, please book your train ticket on Rotterdam Centraal, which is the central station of Rotterdam.


Where to stay

To facilitate easy hotel booking the LOC launched a fully integrated online accommodation booking system. Booking early is advised to enjoy the best selection and price. The list of pre-negotiated hotels can be found on http://eventstay.nl/en


What to do

Sail over the Maas River. Cycle through the port area. Shop to your heart's content. Visit the zoo. Take a tour of the city's architecture. Rotterdam offers a wealth of architecture, attractions, shops, museums and more. How could you possibly see it all? Check https://en.rotterdam.info/ and Lonely Planet for more tips!