Leeds to host triathlon event

Published: Monday 15th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Leeds will make its debut as a World Triathlon Series host city on June 11 and 12 next year.

It was announced last month that the home city of Great Britain Olympic medallists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee will take over the event which up until this year has been held in London – with Alistair victorious at this year’s Hyde Park event.

The dates for next year’s series have now been confirmed, with the brothers having almost exactly 12 months to ready themselves for a home race in the build-up to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Leading GB women’s triathletes Vicky Holland and Non Stanford, originally from Gloucester and Swansea respectively, are also based in Leeds.

The men’s and women’s races will begin with a 1,500-metre swim in Roundhay Park, followed by a 40-kilometre bike ride and 10km run into the centre of Leeds, and will be broadcast on the BBC.

Jonny Brownlee said: “Having a World Series race right here at home is amazing, and it’s just a year away.

“This will be a really big part of our Olympic build-up and what a send-off it will be to be cheered along by thousands of home fans before we go.”

Alistair Brownlee added: “The entire city is going to be behind the triathlon. It’s going to be the major event of the summer, and I think the whole city will get behind it.

“Hopefully hundreds of thousands of people are going to come out to support the sport.”

The brothers are also gearing up to host the second iteration of their own triathlon event at and around Leeds’ Harewood House this September as Leeds and Yorkshire continue to build on the success of last year’s Tour de France Grand Depart.

Speaking at Friday’s ‘Brownlee Tri’ launch event, Jonny Brownlee told Press Association Sport: “Yorkshire’s becoming an incredible sporting county now.

“To host the start of the Tour de France – and our triathlon actually takes you on some of that route that the Tour de France went on – and then the Tour of Yorkshire and our triathlon as well, it’s incredibly exciting.

“What we’ve seen in the last few months and years is that Yorkshire people do support sport very, very well, the number of people that come and support you on the road and even when it’s raining, it’s absolutely incredible.”

Councillor Judith Blake, the leader of Leeds City Council, said of the WTS event: “As could be seen from watching the coverage of the races in London recently, there is already a real excitement about the World Triathlon Series coming to Leeds next year so we cannot wait for June 2016 to come around.”

Published: Monday 15th June 2015 by The News Editor

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