Olympic champion Brownlee ready for tough Kitzbuhel course

05 July 2013 / 11:33

Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee insists he isn’t fazed by what he will face as the ITU World Triathlon Series moves to Kitzbuhel with the toughest course ever to feature lying in wait.

Brownlee will be expected to tackle a 750m swim in Schwarzsee Lake first up before an 11.55km steep cycle, particularly before the transition into the run, which covers 2.55km of uphill trails.

He will race younger brother Jonathan for the first time this year while Javier Gomez is also competing, setting up an intriguing encounter between all three Olympic medallists from London 2012.

Both Brownlee brothers are unbeaten this year in the Series with defending world champion Jonathan victorious in Yokohama and Madrid and Alistair successful in San Diego in April.

And Alistair, who won Olympic gold ahead of Gomez and his younger brother Jonathan respectively last summer, is relishing what is in store at the fifth World Series leg of the year in Kitzbuhel.

He said: “It’s great to be here, I’m really excited about this one as it’s something new and very different from what we’ve done before. I think it’s going to be a really interesting race.”

David McNamee, Matt Sharp, Mark Buckingham and Will Clarke will all also represent Britain in the men’s race while five women will be in action in Kitzbuhel too.

Jodie Stimpson, who will start the race as the third ranked female athlete in the world, Non Stanford, Katie Hewison, Vanessa Raw and Natalie Milne complete the British line up.

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