This weekend the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds returns to the city for a second year.
The pinnacle of elite triathlon competition in the UK, the event – which attracted some 80,000 spectators last year – is also a unique opportunity for thousands of recreational triathletes to compete on much of the same course as the elite men and women.
Today, the action will be focused in and around Roundhay Park before the elite and amateur races tomorrow.
Sunday’s events use a ‘point to point’ course, with athletes taking to the waters in Roundhay Park and journeying to the finish line in the city centre’s Millennium Square.
The elite races tomorrow afternoon act as the fourth round of the globetrotting ITU World Triathlon Series. With the world’s top triathletes - including Leeds’ own Brownlee brothers – competing head-to-head for valuable rankings points over the course of nine events, each race is vital in the hunt for points, which added together decide the overall ITU World Champions.