Triathletes ready for next weekend’s action
Bajan triathletes will be competing both locally and internationally later this month in end of season championships.
Top triathletes Jason Wilson and Matthew Wright will racing at the grand final of the World Championships over the period September 11 to 15, 2013, when the city of London hosts the championship races using an identical course and venue to that used in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
About 5,000 athletes from all over the world are expected to fight it out for world championship titles.
Significant numbers are expected to turn out to support the return of triathlon heroes to the Olympic course. This race is the most significant and high profile race on the global triathlon calendar where the World Championship crown will be decided and it is free for anyone to spectate throughout the five days of competition.
Both Jason and Matthew will race on September 12 in the Under-23 Men’s World Championships race. Three days later, on September 15, Jason will then step to race in the Men Elite World Championships race where he will come up against the best 70 triathletes in the world including all three Olympic podium finishers from London 2012.
Also competing, in the championships, is Barbados’ 40-45 age-group champion, Darren Treasure. His race is scheduled for Sunday before the Elite Men’s race.
Shifting to the local scene, the 24th Barbados National Triathlon Championships will take place on September 15 on the Spring Garden course located by Browne’s Beach near Weiser’s Beach Bar.
Triathletes from across the region will be battling it out with the Bajans for Caribbean bragging rights. Already a large contingent of triathletes are registered from Trinidad & Tobago with a smaller, but strong, team coming from Grenada.
Both sprint and Olympic races are carded for Sunday, with a relay section also down for the sprint distance. Action will start at 6:15 a.m. with a swim of 1500 metres for the Olympic competitors. They will then move to a 40 km bike section and finish with a 10 km run. The sprint races will start five minutes after the Olympic race and all distances are one-half those of the Olympic distances.