Weekend preview 15-17 September14th Sep 2017 | Written by Gemma Simpson
It’s Grand Final weekend!
After eight events across the globe beginning in March in Abu Dhabi, the World Triathlon Series Grand Final is storming into Rotterdam this weekend with reigning champions Mario Mola (ESP) and Flora Duffy (BER) leading the ITU rankings.
On Friday with Alison Patrick not racing, Hazel McLeod will guide Melissa Reid in the PTVI Elite Paratriathlon World Championships event. Also on Friday, Erin Wallace will take part in the World Junior Championships event and will be hoping for a stellar performance to round off what has been an incredible year in both athletics and triathlon. Fellow British athletes Olivia Mattias, Kate Waugh and Sophie Alden will also be in action alongside.
Marc Austin is also travelling to the Netherlands and will race on Saturday in the Elite men’s final alongside Brits Jonathan Brownlee (currently ranked 6th) , Tom Bishop and Adam Bowden. With two top 15 places in World Triathlon Series events this year, and a 4th place at the Madrid ITU World Cup event, Austin will be aiming to record a seasons best result at the Grand Final.
Watch the elite men’s event live on the BBC red button. Coverage starts at 12:00 (until 14:20) and the elite women’s race coverage is on BBC 2 from 12:45 to 17:15. The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final round up is on BBC red button from 17:15 to 17:30.
In the Great Britain Age Group event, there is a large British team going to the Netherlands, with a whopping 770 Brits, including 34 Scots entered. The full age group list of competitors is below. Best of luck to everyone taking part!
At home on Saturday is the return of the extremely popular Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon, raising money for local athletes based in the area – and there is no shortage of talent in the Cairngorms area! In 2016 CAT proceeds were awarded to Aviemore Paralympian David Smith, to help with his on-going rehabilitation and ambitious target of cycling in Tokyo in 2020.
On Sunday, four events will take place in Scotland. The Shindig Duathlon, starting from the banks of Loch Shin, will see competitors race 4km/21km/2.8km. The Nairn sprint and novice triathlons return and at the opposite end of the country the Borders Triathletes TriStar & Youth Triathlon takes place in Galashiels.
Finally, the third of our Scottish Paratriathlon Series takes place in Blantyre in the west of Scotland. Hosted in partnership with South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, this will be our the third year in Blantyre and we look forward to welcoming returning and new participants to this event!
Stirling based Pro triathlete Nikki Bartlett is racing at Ironman 70.3 Weymouth this weekend, alongside Fraser Cartmell and Ritchie Nicholls who are both on the start list. Good luck also to all age group competitors, including Triathlon Scotland’s Apprentice Coach, Andrew Woodroffe!
Scottish Members in the Great Britain Age Group team
|Alexander Graham Whyte||55-59|