The 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series reaches its climax this weekend with the Grand Final in Edmonton and both BBC Sport and BT Sport will be screening live coverage.
This is the eighth and final leg of the series which began in Auckland back in April, taking in visits to famous cities such as London, Cape Town, Chicago, Hamburg and Yokohama, before concluding in Canada with the series finale on August 30-31.
The triathlon world will be focused entirely on Edmonton for the week long festival celebrating the sport from grassroots to elite level, with more than 3,000 athletes and 6,000 visitors descending on Edmonton, which is hosting a major ITU event for the second time, having hosted the very first World Championships back in 2001.
Most of the attention will be focussed on the action over the weekend as the men’s and women’s world champions in the elite categories will be decided.
So far the elite women’s standings have been dominated by American Gwen Jorgensen, whose electric form has left her top of the women’s rankings.
Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson, who won individual and mixed relay gold at the Commonwealth Games whilst representing England, has also enjoyed a strong season and will be looking to round it off in style in Canada this weekend.
Stimpson lies third overall going into the women’s finale on Saturday, behind Americans Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff, and the technical nature of the Edmonton course could be to the advantage of last years ITU World Series runner-up.
In the men’s event, Javier Gomez, who claimed the title 12 months ago in London, comes this year into Edmonton just 282 points clear of closest rival Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain, which means it all comes down to this race for the world champion title.
Gomez has dominated the 2014 season with four wins at the World Triathlon Series in Auckland, Yokohama, Cape Town and Chicago, a fourth in Hamburg and sixth in London.
The Spaniard has been in excellent form again this year despite stiff competition from the likes of Alistair Brownlee, who is the reigning Olympic and Commonwealth champion, plus his younger brother Jonathan.
Many had already conceded the championship to Gomez, including the Brownlees, though Gomez must finish no worse than fifth and Brownlee must win for the Brit to take back the title.
A pulsating finale to the ITU World Series season is expected to unfold in Canada over the weekend and triathlon fans can watch all the action from the elite races on BBC Sport and BT Sport.
BBC Sport will be live in Edmonton for the finale of the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series with live coverage and comprehensive highlights of both the men’s and women’s elite races.
Both events will be screened live on BBC Red Button and online via the BBC Sport website, starting with the women’s race on Saturday, followed by the men’s race on Sunday, with both broadcasts scheduled to begin at 7.00pm.
Full replays of both races will air on BBC Two in two programmes, both presented from Edmonton by Sonali Shah, the first of which features the women’s race on Sunday afternoon, followed a day later by the best of the action from the men’s race on Monday afternoon, with commentary coming from Matt Chilton, Steve Trew and Annie Emmerson.
All TV coverage will be available to watch/listen online via the BBC Sport website and app, which will also provide reports and updates throughout the event, while the BBC Two highlights show will be on BBC iPlayer for seven days following transmission.
Viewers with Connected TVs will be able to access BBC online content for the latest news, videos, interviews and highlights from the Championships.
BT Sport will also be airing live coverage of both elite races on Saturday and Sunday, with both scheduled to start at 7.00pm.
The women’s race will be broadcast on BT Sport 2, while the men’s race will be shown on ESPN, while coverage can also be watched online via the BT Sport website and app.
Highlights, interviews and features will also be available to watch on the app and via btsport.com.
.Saturday 30th August Women’s Race LIVE: 7.00pm-9.30pm BBC Red Button / BT Sport 2 Sunday 31st August Women’s Race Highlights: 1.45pm-4.00pm BBC Two Men’s Race LIVE: 7.00pm-9.30pm BBC Red Button / ESPN Monday 1st September Men’s Race Highlights: 1.00pm-2.30pm BBC Two