The wait is finally over. Paratriathlon is set to return at the Paralympic Games with several athletes making their Games debut for ParalympicsGB this weekend. If that wasn’t enough swim, bike, run action, the inaugural Collins Cup also takes place this weekend as well as several middle distance races.
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
Paratriathlon racing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games begins on Friday at 10:30pm BST with coverage on Channel 4 after the Last Leg and in full online.
Michael Taylor will be the first Brit to set off racing in the PTS4 classification race. Taylor approaches the Games on the back of two silver medals at the 2021 World Triathlon Para Series and is the current British champion.
Fran Brown will follow Taylor, taking to the start line in the PTS2 race to make her Paralympic debut. Fast forward two hours and more paratriathlon racing will begin as PTVI athletes take to the course at 00:30am (male) and 00:31am (female) BST.
Dave Ellis and his guide Luke Pollard will represent ParalympicsGB in the men’s race. The pair will be racing in a Paralympic swim, bike, run together for the first time, however Ellis carries with him previous Games experience from travelling to Beijing to compete in para-swimming.
The action continues on Saturday night at 10:30pm BST with PTWC racing followed by PTS5 racing on Sunday at 00:30am BST. Three Brits will race in the latter, with George Peasgood, Claire Cashmore and Lauren Steadman all set to race. The female race starts at 00:31am BST.
The trio have all competed at previous Games, however Cashmore makes her first appearance for paratriathlon at the Paralympics. Steadman took silver at Rio 2016 whilst Cashmore’s para-swimming career saw her take home gold and silver in Brazil.
Click the buttons below to hear from ParalympicsGB Triathlon Team Leader, Jonathon Riall as he reflects on a successful pre-Games camp in Miyazaki and check out our Games Hub for more in the run up to the Paralympic races.
Saturday welcomes the inaugural Collins Cup, pitting athletes from Europe against the USA and a team of internationals. Team Europe will be captained by Natascha Badmann and Normann Stadler and will include five British athletes, Lucy Charles-Barclay, Holly Lawrence, Joe Skipper, Kat Matthews and Emma Pallant-Browne.
The course comprises of a 2km swim, 80km cycle and final 18km run and each of the team’s twelve athletes will take part in their own race with three points being awarded to first place, two for second and one for third.
Coverage begins at 11:30am BST and can be viewed using the button below.
Challenge Family – The Championship
Following the Collins Cup, Samorin in Slovakia will host Challenge Family middle distance championship event comprised of a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and final 21.1km run. Almost 60 Brits will join the field to compete against other international age group athletes.
Challenge Family – Challenge Davos
Tom Bishop will be Britain’s sole representative in the middle distance pro race at Davos, Switzerland. Bishop will begin his race with a swim through Lake Davos before cycling through local mountain scenery.
IRONMAN 70.3 Zell am See-Kaprun
Three Brits make up the start list in Austria’s Salzburgerland as Elliot Smales, Chantal Cummings and Tara Grosvenor are all set to feature. Smales will return to IRONMAN 70.3 racing after competing at IRONMAN Copenhagen.
Cummings approaches the race following a podium finish at IRONMAN Bolton whilst Grosvenor achieved a top ten finish earlier in the year at IRONMAN Finland.