U23 CompetitionThe Under-23 or “U23” division is a bridge between Junior Elite, Collegiate (Elite) and Elite competition. To compete in the U23 division, an athlete must be between the ages of 18 and 23 as of December 31st of the competition year. Most U23 races are actually subdivisions within ITU Continental Cups. This means that in order to compete as a U23, an athlete must hold a USAT Elite License.
Athletes interested in racing U23 are encourage to start with USAT's designated Elite Development Races (EDRs), which offer both a sprint distance, draft-legal experience and a chance to earn eligibility for the USAT Elite License.
ITU Under-23 World Championships
Each year USA Triathlon qualifies a group of elite triathletes aged 18-23 who will compete at the ITU Under-23 (U23) World Championships. The 2017 World Championships will be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
USAT Under-23 National ChampionshipsThe USAT Under-23 National Championships is a draft-legal triathlon contested under ITU Competition Rules.
The U23 National Championships will take place as part of the CAMTRI West Des Moines Americas Cup on July 9, 2017. The championships is a sub-division of the ITU Continental Cup, which requires a USAT Elite License for entry.