If you can do an ITU World race, do one! Especially this one -

Report for ITU World Triathlon Stockholm

From the website:
Welcome to the Waterfall World Triathlon Stockholm - Sweden's largest triathlon competition! Find your distance below and get ready for this summer's big challenge. Swim, bike and run in the heart of Stockholm before thousands of people in the audience. It will be an extraordinary experience.

Location:
Stockholm City Hall

Stockholm, SWE

Event Age: This event started in 2012

Overall

If you can do an ITU World race, do one! Especially this one -

Overall Report Topic Feedback
Event was organized
Event amenities (toilets, expo, start & finish area)
Event is friendly for people new to the sport
There is a lot to do in the area (sightseeing, shopping, etc.)
Scenic beauty of the course
Competitive field
I traveled from out of town for this event
I plan on doing this race again
I would recommend this race to a friend
Why did I select this event?: ITU World events are amazing. It has the same "big" atmosphere as an Ironman event, if not more. However, with ITU World, you get a chance to go watch the elite's race first, which is great, then you get your go at it. Stockholm is an amazing city - had never been there before doing this race.
My Training: Typical Olympic distance tri training. Nothing special.
Comments: The race is ENORMOUS. They have waves kicking off half the day. It's big + the bike course is three loops, meaning that later in the bike, the course gets a little congested. Don't waste your time bringing aerobars. Between a few technical turns and the number of athletes, you won't get much time on the drops.

Swim Leg Feedback
How difficult did you find this swim, compared to other events of the same distance and type?
The water quality was high with clear water and good visibility.
The swim course was well marked and safe, with adequate lifeguards.
Did you wear a wet suit?
I found the water to be calm and flat with little current or chop.
Comments: Swim was out and back along the shore, and pretty easy to sight. Water was pretty clear and flat as well, since it's way up the bay. Kinda cold, though, but fine in a wetsuit. I was surprised to find it was fresh water, actually - expected it to be salty.

Bike Leg Feedback
How difficult did you find this ride compared to other rides of the same distance and type (hills, wind, etc.)?
The ride was technically challenging.
The bike course was well marked and safe with adequate traffic control (if applicable).
The riding surface was relatively clean and smooth with minimal obstructions such as loose gravel, potholes, roots, and such.
There were adequate and well stocked aid stations on the bike course.
Comments: This is easily the most beautiful urban bike course I've ever been on. It circles the water and goes around the old center. Amazing and beautiful. It has some straights to get some speed up, but punctuated with some pretty technical corners. I did see a couple guys go down, but they were being overly aggressive and not paying attention. Later in the day, the course does fill up with riders, so don't bother with aero bars. I don't remember there being any nutrition on the course, which is fine this distance.

Run Leg Feedback
How difficult did you find this run compared to other runs of the same distance and type?
The run was technically challenging.
The run course was well marked and safe with adequate traffic control (if applicable).
The running surface was relatively clean and smooth with minimal obstructions such as loose gravel, potholes, roots, and such.
Comments: The run looped around the center - great scenery, great crowds - biggest and most enthusiastic I've ever seen at an Olympic distance. Some cobbled sections out there to run on, which kept it interesting. It's dead-flat except for a steep little hill by the palace, where the pros have transition - you'll hit that 4 times, including the finishing straight.

Transitions Feedback
The transition area was setup in an efficient and organized manner.
The transition was secure and all gear was looked after.
Comments: It was LOOOONG! Like, half a kilometer. So, find a landmark to help you find your kit.

Closing Comments
Final comments: Amazing race. I've done this twice, and would love to go back again - except I think I'll find another ITU World. These events are GREAT!
Feedback:

Race Tips

  1. Don't bother with aero bars. Bike leg is a bit technical, and crowded later in the day
  2. Check your start time - waves go half the morning. You may think about bringing a snack if you start later
  3. First waves are "Licensed" athletes. That's not elite, but those with a tri federation membership (like USAT). Use it!
  4. Saw some bike crash on the course with aggressive riding. It's technical, don't get impatient around the corners
  5. Transition must be half a kilometer long. Find a landmark to remember where your transition spot is!

My Results

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