Brownlees' delight as World Triathlon Series set for Leeds

19 May 2015 / 09:47

This year’s World Triathlon Series might be in full swing but the Brownlee brothers are already looking ahead to next season after it was announced that Leeds will play host to a round in 2016.

With five of ten rounds already gone this season, the British brothers are in strong form with Jonathan starting well and taking victory in Auckland and the Gold Coast.

Olympic champion Alistair, meanwhile, started his campaign with top spot in Cape Town before finishing second to Javier Gomez in Yokohama.

And while the pair are focused on securing their spots for Rio 2016 and vying for this year’s crown, they admit that they will have one eye on a homecoming race in Yorkshire.

“Having an ITU World Triathlon Series event in Leeds is like a dream come true in many respects,” said Jonathan.

“To race at the highest level in the city where I grew up and have done all of my triathlon training is something that I’m already excited about.”

And with excitement building as the Olympic medallists gear up for an assault on the Rio course, Alistair is sure that they will receive plenty of support from the Brits lining the route.

“It’s fantastic news that Leeds’ bid has been successful. I am sure the crowds will come out in force to see a major triathlon event in Leeds for the first time, and I’m sure it will be a brilliant event,” he added. 

The race will start in Roundhay Park with a 1500m swim and finish in the heart of the city of a 40km bike ride and 10km run and the date is set to be confirmed after the forthcoming London leg on May 30-31.

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