It’s the Weekend Preview
The second UK-based ITU World Triathlon Collection in week takes place in Nottingham on Saturday. We’ve additionally obtained World Cup racing in Kazakhstan and France, British Professional athletes taking up a number of European Center distance occasions and a bunch of basic home occasions as simply a number of the highlights of the newest Weekend Preview.
Maintain updated on what’s occurring – with two occasions being broadcast LIVE on Saturday…
Accenture World Triathlon Blended Relay Nottingham (Saturday)
For the second consecutive week, we’re going to begin with an Worldwide race on dwelling soil. First held in 2017 on the again of the River Trent because the British Triathlon Blended Relay Cup, the occasion obtained an improve in standing 12 months in the past with the beginning of the World Triathlon Blended Relay Collection, the route for nations to qualify for Tokyo 2020.
It’s an important venue, with the complete run course seen from the end line space and grandstand – and let’s be trustworthy, even the ‘informal’ triathlon fan enjoys watching the Blended Relay format. Thrice World Champions, the British staff have been overshadowed lately by Australia, France, USA and the fast-improving New Zealand squad. Fourth (Hamburg), sixth (Edmonton) and seventh (Abu Dhabi) within the final three World degree occasions, a return in the direction of final 12 months’s second place in Nottingham can be greater than welcome and definitely be extra reflective of the person expertise within the British squad. With Olympic medals subsequent 12 months on supply on this format, particular person performances can be underneath scrutiny.
It was Australia, USA, New Zealand in Abu Dhabi
Workforce USA received final 12 months, their squad introduced dwelling by Matthew McElroy who secured his first ever WTS podium in Leeds on Sunday. He’s listed for the ITU World Cup occasion in Kazakhstan nonetheless, so we will anticipated adjustments to their line up from 2018.
The Elite race in Nottingham begins at 16:08 on Saturday, and dwell protection of the occasion can be obtainable.
BBC Two – 16:00 to 18:00
Additionally obtainable on TriathlonLive.television (for subscribers to the service – which is nice worth for an annual cross), the place you’ll be able to anticipate the printed to return on earlier with pre-event interviews and extra.
IRONMAN 70.three Les Sables d’Olonne (Sunday)
This can be a model new occasion in France that has proved to be vastly well-liked – a sold-out entry of approaching three,000 athletes.
It’s additionally a Professional race, with a $15,000 purse and one slot for every gender obtainable for the IRONMAN 70.three World Champs in Good later this 12 months. The beginning listing (CLICK HERE) consists of the 70.three Professional debut of Nice Britain’s Fergus Roberts, who we just lately interviewed whereas out in France. 2013 IRONMAN World Champion and up to date IRONMAN Lanzarote champion, Frederik Van Lierde, wears #1.
Brits on the ladies’s Professional begin listing are Natalie Seymour and Frankie Sanjana. After a giant step ahead in her performances in latest months in Bahrain and Texas, Frankie needed to withdrew early at The Championship in Samorin, struggling with horrible leg cramps within the swim. Fingers crossed that was a blip and she will be able to proceed her upward curve.
IRONMAN 70.three Luxembourg (Sunday)
Colin Norris (third final 12 months) is the one GB athlete registered for this one, although Rachel Hawker (IRL) – winner of the Outlaw Half Holkham final 12 months – is ready to race what can be, I feel, her first IRONMAN 70.three occasion within the Professional ranks.
Manuel Kueng (SUI) is the defending champion and returns once more. The ladies’s race options just lately topped ITU Lengthy Distance Triathlon World Champion, Alexandra Tondeur (BEL) – although she can be on the listing for Problem Geraardsbergen (beneath), so maybe not!
CLICK HERE for full begin listing.
Skoda Problem Geraardsbergen (Sunday)
Second just lately in Samorin at The Championship, Pieter Heemeryck (BEL) was a dominant winner on dwelling soil at this race in 2018 and can return once more because the race favorite. I’m struggling on the time of writing to discover a full itemizing, however we do know that Joe Skipper (fourth final 12 months), can be racing once more.
CLICK HERE for 2018 gallery from the race.
Joe Skipper – Problem Geraardsbergen 2018 (Photograph: Jose Luis Hourcade)
Nur-Sultan ITU Triathlon World Cup – Kazakhstan (Saturday)
No, I’d by no means heard of Nur-Sultan both… but it surely was beforehand often called Astana till March this 12 months, the capital of Kazakhstan. It’s the venue of the newest ITU Triathlon World Cup, the second tier of draft-legal racing beneath WTS degree.
A number of Brits are entered – Gordon Benson, Morgan Davies, Iestyn Harrett, Kate Waugh – with the boys’s #1 bib going to Matthew McElroy, who can be aiming to proceed the shape he confirmed in Leeds on Sunday. Whereas Leeds represented the primary WTS medal for McElroy, he’s beforehand secured 5 World Cup podiums – may this be his likelihood to ‘match his race quantity’ and take the highest spot?
Gordon Benson has produced the quickest run cut up in his final two races, which included a fourth place on the Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup. The identical once more would absolutely present a really constructive ending consequence.
Lisa Perterer (AUT) is the top-ranked feminine athlete, recent from a Bronze medal final weekend on the Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup occasion in Mexico.
There can be dwell protection obtainable, via TriathlonLive.television (subscription service).
Race begin instances are:
Elite Girls: 08:00 native time (03:00 UK time)
Elite Males: 11:00 native time (06:00 UK time)
CLICK HERE for full begin listing.
Besancon ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, France (Sunday)
The most recent Paratriathlon World Cup occasion (once more, one tier down from the ITU World Paratriathlon Collection), returns to long-time host Besancon.
The British entries on the START LIST are:
PTWC Males: Joshua Landmann
PTWC Girls: Jade Corridor
PTS2 Males: Andrew Lewis
PTS4 Males: Michael Taylor
PTVI Girls: Melissa Reid
Rio 2016 Paralympic Champion Lewis is mixing up his racing this 12 months, having already raced twice over the half distance at Problem Salou and The Championship (Samorin) – with Problem Prague to observe. His hopes of defending in title on Tokyo have been delivered an enormous blow final 12 months with the information that his PTS2 class wouldn’t function throughout the program for 2020.
After lacking all the 2018 racing season, Rio 2016 Bronze medallist Reid is on the return and in want of qualification / rating factors. She made a powerful return to racing with third on the Yokohama World Paratriathlon Collection, and that is the subsequent step on that journey.
We’ve talked about the Accenture World Triathlon Blended Relay Nottingham above, however worthy of be aware is that the occasion may even host the British Triathlon Age-Group Dash Distance Championships, which can be a draft-legal race on the closed roads by the banks of the River Trent.
One of many long-standing occasions on the home calendar is the Royal Windsor Triathlon from Human Race occasions (DETAILS), no in it’s 29th 12 months. That clearly makes me very outdated as I feel my first race there was #2. There’s a prize purse on supply for the highest three women and men within the ‘Sub 2:30 wave’ (£1000 / £750 / £500). Emma Pallant has received what’s an area occasion for her for the previous three editions – and can nearly definitely achieve this once more.
Emma Pallant – Royal Windsor Triathlon
Thomas Davis can have fellow center/lengthy distance competitor, Sam Proctor, amongst his challengers. Davis is a superb swimmer although, and if he’s obtained one thing within the legs left from all of his latest racing, may properly lead from gun to tape.
Thomas Davis was mixing it with the large weapons in Samorin two weeks in the past
Following final weekend’s Cotswold 113, one other of the tremendous well-liked and impartial center / lengthy distances within the UK takes place once more this weekend – Lakesman Triathlon. This would be the fourth version (take a look at 2018 HERE). With full and half distance occasions, it’s an occasion I persistently right here a lot constructive suggestions from. Good luck as soon as once more on placing collectively one other nice occasion.
From one lengthy race to a different – the Celtman! Excessive Scottish Triathlon – it doesn’t get a lot harder than this three.4km / 200km / 42km epic which made its debut in 2012. Former Professional and now World Triathlon Community presenter, Fraser Cartmell, can be on the beginning line for this one.
Photograph: Steve Ashworth / CELTMAN! Excessive Scottish Triathlon
A couple of different races to notice embody the Eastbourne Triathlon (profiled HERE), the Sundried Southend Triathlon (DETAILS) and the ninth 12 months of the Sussex Triathlon (DETAILS)
In case you are racing this weekend, then good luck to you. And if you’re spectating – within the UK at the least – and umbrella and a coat may be a smart transfer, if the present forecasts are to be believed…