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Norseman has been announced as the world’s first extreme triathlon (XTri) world championships, starting in 2019.

The announcement was made at the race briefing at this weekend’s Celtman race, which will also act as the first qualifier race for the new format.

Stuart McInnes, commercial and communications director for Celtman, said: “Norseman will become the XTri world finale, which will be from next year.

“To qualify for the world championships you have to win one of the other races, and we’re the first this year in the tour, so this race is eligible for you to win a place in the world championships.”

The Norseman race, which will be held this year on August 5, takes place in Norway, and has become one of the most popular events in the calendar, with over 4000 people registering for the 250 available places.

The first and second men and women from each of the other races will automatically qualify for a spot at the world championships, while eight other slots will be given to randomly selected finishers from each XTri.

Those eight slots will be for the standard Norseman, while the other four will be entered into the world championships pool. The eight regular slots will act as a “bypass” for regular entry to the Norseman.

The other races in the XTri calendar include Swissman, Alaskaman, Jánośík, Swedeman, and Canada MAN WOMAN. Trust Canada to be the most forward-thinking.

Celtman takes place Saturday June 16, starting in Shieldaig on the north-west of Scotland.

Posted by Ross Brannigan

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