The first-ever Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Series race in Leeds is shaping up to feature the world’s finest triathletes.
The races, which arrive in the city on Sunday June 12, promise to be a highlight of the 2016 Series, and it is the only stage in the season so far to feature both reigning Olympic champions (male and female) and both reigning world champions - including Leeds brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, the Olympic gold and bronze medalists.
The provisional line-up of elite women taking to the start pontoon in Roundhay Park at 1pm includes a host of star names from around the world. Leading the field is two-time world champion Gwen Jorgensen of the USA, who will be taking on the GB contingent headed by Leeds-based duo Non Stanford and Vicky Holland.
The strong home squad also features Jodie Stimpson, who is a world title contender after winning in Abu Dhabi, and Leeds-based Jess Learmonth and Lucy Hall.
Following the women’s race, the elite men will take their places for the finale starting at 3:45pm. All eyes will be on hometown stars Alistair and Jonathan, who are joined by Leeds-based European Games champion Gordon Benson and Tom Bishop, together with Adam Bowden in a five-strong team.
Spain’s Javier Gomez, who finished between the Brownlees at London 2012 to claim silver, has entered as the current world champion, along with Richard Varga of Slovakia who trains in Leeds with the brothers.
The course is a 1,500-metre swim in Waterloo Lake, a 41.5k ride from Roundhay to the city centre via Moortown, Meanwood, Weetwood, Headingley and Woodhouse, and a 10k run in the city.