Leeds’ all-conquering Brownlee brothers have issued a warning to the rest of the triathlon world as the cream of the sport descends on the city this weekend.
Local heroes Alistair and Jonny will look to fine tune their preparations for the Rio Olympics this summer when they race on the streets they know so well in the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Series event tomorrow afternoon.
Neither man has won a stop on the prestigious nine-race calendar since Alistair triumphed in London last summer, while Jonny hasn’t tasted victory since the Gold Coast event in Australia last March.
But on the biggest stages in the sport there is no-one better than 28-year-old Alistair, with his fellow former world champion Jonny Brownlee not that far behind.
And after an Olympic Games, there is no bigger event than a home leg of the World Series.
Alistair, who has won every honour his sport has to offer in his glittering career, despite being beset by injuries, said: “I’ll be finding every possible way to win.
“Over the last few years I’ve won races without being near my best and I’m really proud of those wins.”
Jonny is still looking for his first win over Alistair at a major event, though that statistic is skewed somewhat by the fact that neither of them have raced against each other in more than two years.
A victory in the city that instils in him such an enormous sense of pride would be the perfect tonic for Jonny as he continues his build-up to the Summer Olympics.
“In London it was very much a case of me being the younger brother and he had all the pressure on his shoulders,” said Jonny, for whom Spain’s Javier Gomez will also be a threat this weekend.
“This time, I’m ready to be ruthless and you have to be ruthless to beat Alistair.”