Weekend Preview 26-27 May25th May 2018 | Written by Carolyn Reid
On the international circuit, the weekend kicks off in Poland with the Olsztyn ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup on Saturday. Stirling High-Performance Centre athlete’s Fergus Roberts from Scotland and Chris Mintern from Ireland, will be racing in the event. The race begins with a beach start followed by a one-lap swim course in the lake, before moving onto the road for the bike and run sections. With rain forecast for Olsztyn tomorrow, it looks like it will be a challenging race for all competitors.
For the full start list, click here.
In the Canary Islands, Stirling based athlete Nikki Bartlett is in action in IRONMAN Lanzarote. Bartlett was originally supposed to race in IRONMAN South Africa in April however after a nasty bike crash, she was forced to pull out of the race and focus her efforts on recovering for this weekend’s race.
The Lanzarote course includes a two-lap swim in Playa Grande in the popular tourist location of Puerto del Carmen, followed by a tough yet spectacular bike course that includes over 2500m of climbing and some challenging crosswinds. Finally, the run course leads athletes along the seafront at Puerto del Carmen on a two-lap course to complete the race.
For more information on the race, click here.
Also racing in Spain is Winning Students Scholar George Goodwin. Goodwin is set to race in the Challenge Salou Middle distance race on Sunday. Having raced on the controversial Challenge Roma course earlier in the year, Goodwin will be hoping for a much better race at the Salou event this weekend.
For the full event start list, click here.
Back in the UK, the 2019 ETU Sprint Distance Duathlon Qualifier race takes place at the Darley Moor May Bank Holiday Sprint Duathlon. The race is the second of three events in which athletes will have the opportunity to qualify to race in the Championship event in 2019.
For more information on the qualification process, click here.
After a busy few weeks of racing in Scotland, it’s a relatively quiet weekend with just the Aberfeldy Junior and Youth Aquathlon, run by Live Active Leisure, taking place on Saturday. The event is open to participants from 8 years to 16 years (TriStar Start to Youth) who will swim and run distances based on their age group. The event will welcome over 80 youngsters to Bredalbane Community Campus.
For more information on the event, click here.
To add to the excitement of the Bank Holiday weekend, the racing doesn’t stop on Sunday! For the first time, the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup is taking place in the UK as part of the well-established Arctic One Dorney Tri festival.
In the World Cup event, a number of Paralympic UK Sport Lottery Funded World Class Performance Squad athletes will be racing, including Paralympic silver medallist Alison Patrick (PTVI). The race is a sprint distance event where Patrick and her guide will complete a 750m swim, 20km bike and a 5km run.
Competing in the Arctic One event is academy squad member Ciara Roulston. Roulston will be racing in the Super Sprint event which comprises of a 400m swim, 10km bike and a 2.5km run.
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