Following the host of medals that were won across the World Triathlon and World Paratriathlon Series’ last year, the wait to see our elite athletes in action is nearly over.
The World Paratriathlon Series kicks off in Devonport, Australia on Saturday 29 February. The event was a Paratriathlon World Cup in 2019, but this year boasts the elevated status of the World Series, with Milan moving to host the World Paratriathlon Championships in May.
Michael Taylor (PTS4) will be making his World Series debut down under in his first race since being added to the Paralympic Podium Potential squad on British Triathlon’s World Class Programme.
The 24-year-old from Barnstaple in Devon will face stiff competition with the top three from last year’s race all returning to Tasmania this time around.
From Devonport, the Series will move onto Yokohama in May and Montreal in June with British athletes hoping to repeat the successes of 2019 in the run-up to the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Last year in Yokohama, the team came home with four medals including gold for Jade Jones-Hall; whilst in Montreal it was a seven-medal haul which included three gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
The weekend after is the first event of the World Triathlon Series as Abu Dhabi hosts individual and mixed relay races on 6 and 7 March. Yas Island once again plays host to this sprint distance race where, in 2019, Alex Yee announced himself on the World Series stage with a silver medal.
A strong contingent of British women will also take to the course in the Emirate, with 2019’s overall bronze and silver medallists Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown racing alongside Beth Potter, Sophie Coldwell and Vicky Holland. With four top-10 finishers last year, this strong quintet will be hoping for more of the same.
In 2019, the British team of Holland, Bishop, Non Stanford and Yee came seventh in the mixed relay and will be aiming to break onto the podium in the final elite race of the weekend.
From Abu Dhabi, the World Triathlon Series travels to Bermuda (18 April) and Yokohama (16 May), before making its way to Britain for the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds on the 6 and 7 June. The athletes will then make their way to Montreal (27-28 June) and Hamburg (11 July), with the Grand Final taking place after the Tokyo Olympic Games in Edmonton on 20-23 August.