This weekend sees Olympic stars Vicky Holland and Non Stanford start their racing for 2018 at the ITU Triathlon World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa. The sprint race will provide an ideal reintroduction to racing after periods of injury and will help prepare them for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.
Cape Town is opening the ITU Triathlon season on Sunday with high quality men’s and women’s fields in the sprint distance races.
London-based South African, Gillian Sanders will be the home favourite in an international field that features former European Champion, Rachel Klamer (NED) and Japanese ITU World Triathlon Series stars, Ai Ueda and Juri Ide. Stanford and Holland will hope their time spent training in South Africa recently has set them up for a solid start to the season. They are joined on the start line by Stirling based Hannah Howitt.
The men’s race has also attracted a wide range of nationalities. Home favourites, Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman, take on the likes of Joao Pereira (POR) and Jonas Schomburg (GER). Scotland’s 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games bound Grant Sheldon should be a factor in the race, along with Callum Johnson.
The race features a 750m bay swim, 20km flat ride on the roads surrounding the Cape Town Stadium and the run finishes in the Green Point Urban Park. Non Stanford won on a similar course when this race was part of the ITU World Triathlon Series in April 2016, although the race finished inside the stadium on that occasion.
Coverage available via https://www.triathlon.org/live.
Full start lists here.
The domestic season is just around the corner with well over 1000 events to choose from.. Visit the EVENTS tab of britishtriathlon.org to plan your season. The British elite schedule was also announced earlier this week HERE.