The 2020 Valencia ITU Triathlon World Cup welcomes some excellent British talent this weekend with Alistair Brownlee, James Teagle, Christopher Perham and Beth Potter all set to race in Spain’s third-largest city.
Brownlee raced in the World Cup race at Arzachena, Italy last month, finishing in third place and sharing the podium with Vincent Luis (FRA) and Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR). Teagle and Perham join Brownlee on the men’s start list with less racing experience in 2020, however, both have experience racing in Valencia.
Teagle travelled to the Spanish city last year for the ETU Triathlon U23 European Championships and returned home with a strong top-ten finish that saw him miss out on the podium by just eight seconds. Additionally, Perham competed alongside Teagle in the Valencia ETU Triathlon European Cup one year prior, finishing with a time of 01:50:35.
Beth Potter is Britain’s sole representative in the women’s race. Like Brownlee, Potter featured at Arzachena last month, holding off Verena Steinhauser, who was racing on home soil, to secure silver behind Flora Duffy (BER).
Florida welcomes two British athletes for its pro IRONMAN race this weekend. Katrina Matthews will approach the race with confidence after securing her first professional 70.3 win at IRONMAN 70.3 Tallinn this year. She’ll be joined on the start line by Ruth Astle. Astle most notably took silver at September’s Helvellyn Triathlon.
Thirteen British athletes are set to compete in IRONMAN Florida over the weekend. The ocean swim is accompanied by an invitingly flat cycle and run along Panama City Beach. Those set to take place include Gavin Holtrup, James Ketchell, John Lee, Richard Lee, Conor MacDonald and Colin Mcmullan.
Joining them in the sunshine state are Paul Mitchell, John Phillips, Grant Stanners, Declan Waters, Richard Yeoman as well as Talia La Rosa and Isabel Mcmullan. These thirteen athletes will take on a 2.4-mile swim in the Gulf of Mexico, before embarking on a 112-mile cycle and finishing with a 26.2-mile, two loop circuit.
More British athletes will race in Florida, as the Panama City Beach welcomes Steve Covus and Colin Browne to the IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast. The pair will race across a 1.2-mile swim over the same course as the full distance race, before taking on a fast bike loop and crossing the finish line after a 13.1-mile run across the shoreline.