Weekend of racing across the ages in Montreal

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There will be racing across the ages in Montreal this weekend when the world’s best triathletes compete in the latest leg of the World Triathlon Championship Series and junior and Age-Group athletes contest the World Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships at the same venue.

Elsewhere, the latest set of British and Welsh champions will be crowned over the sprint distance in Cardiff, while there’s also racing over the middle and long distances across Europe.

World Triathlon Championship Series Montreal (24-26 June)

Montreal is the next stop of this year’s World Triathlon Championship Series and it promises to be a unique weekend of racing for the five British triathletes in action.

Georgia Taylor-Brown and Sophie Coldwell will both be competing in Montreal two weeks after their medals at their home race in Leeds. They’ll be joined on the start line by Beth Potter over the eliminator format.

Alex Yee will also be back competing following the bike crash in Leeds, with Sam Dickinson competing in his first WTCS event of the calendar year.

After the elite individual races on Friday and Saturday, the focus then switches to mixed relay on Sunday when the first qualification spot for Paris 2024 is the reward for the winning nation.

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World Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships (24-26 June)

Alongside World Triathlon Championship Series Montreal, the same venue will host the World Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships for junior and Age-Group athletes.

Bethany Cook, Lizzy Edge and Martha Calton-Seal all qualified for Montreal following their top-10 finishes at the Europe Triathlon Championships last month and they will all represent Great Britain in the women’s junior race at the World Championships.

World junior duathlon champion Ben Cumberland and Joe Sherman also both secured their Montreal places with top-10 finishes in Poland, including a close fourth place finish for Cumberland. They will both be competing in the junior men’s race along with Tom Hattee, who will represent Great Britain internationally for the first time.

It’s then over to the mixed relay on Sunday as nations from around the world go head-to-head for the world title over the relay format.

Joining them in Montreal will be over 200 Age-Group athletes who will represent the Great Britain Age-Group Team over the sprint distance. Individual world champions will be crowned in each age group on Saturday, before athletes unite for the mixed relay on the Sunday in the following age groups: 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80+.

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IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship Elsinore (26 June)

Denmark hosts the IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship where a number of British pro triathletes are expected to be competing.

Emma Pallant-Browne and Lydia Dant head to Elsinore off the back of a British one-two at IRONMAN 70.3 Luxembourg, which was Pallant-Browne’s second IRONMAN 70.3 victory of 2022.

Other British triathletes on the start list are Ruth Astle, who was fifth at last month’s World IRONMAN Championships, and India Lee and Chantal Sainter who have both been on the podium this year.

David McNamee looks to be the sole British representative in the male pro race and has already finished in the top-10 at the World IRONMAN Championships in 2022.

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IRONMAN European Championship Frankfurt (26 June)

It’s also the IRONMAN European Championship in Frankfurt this weekend, where Andrew Horsfall-Turner will be among the male pro start list hoping to be crowned IRONMAN European champion.

Although not a race where European champions will be decided, the women’s pro race in Germany includes Susie Cheetham and Nikki Bartlett, who both have multiple IRONMAN victories in their careers to date.

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British and Welsh Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships (26 June)

The latest set of British champions will be crowned over the sprint distance in Cardiff on Sunday (26 June) with Cardiff Triathlon hosting the British Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships as well as the Welsh Triathlon Championships over the same distance.

Age group athletes will compete over a 750m swim, 18.5km bike and 4.7km run in the shadow of the Wales Millennium Centre with gold, silver and bronze medals to the first three British Triathlon members across the line in each age group.

The British Championships race will also be a qualifying event for athletes wanting to try and qualify for the 2023 World Sprint Triathlon Championships. Athletes must register their intent to qualify by 5pm on the Friday before the race, along with entering the race itself.

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British Triathlon Super Series at Bowood House (25 June)

After the first of the two aquathlon events were held at Lochore Meadows last weekend, Bowood House in southern England is the location for the youth and junior athletes competing in the second of the aquathlon events.

Like the Lochore event, each athlete will complete in three races throughout the day, each over different swim and run distances, with the best two results counting towards the final points total for the event.

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