Lausanne, Switzerland, December 5, 2019: The International Triathlon Union has announced that the first-ever Winter Triathlon World Cup will be held in the winter resort city of Harbin in northeast China on January 4, 2020. Winter triathlon involves a run, mountain bike and cross country ski all on snow. Course distances are set to achieve a winning time of around 80-90 minutes. Winter triathlon is one of the newest additions to the ITU calendar, and it was in Italy, back in 1997, where the first-ever World Championship of the discipline was held. In 2020, the Italian ski resort of Asiago will host the World Championships in February, while Romania will host the European Championships. The Harbin Winter Triathlon World Cup, organised by the Chinese Federation, will offer travel subsidy for two athletes and one coach from 10 countries around the world, in coordination with the ITU.