This weekend marks the return of WTS racing and the exciting triathlon format of the mixed relays. Nottingham hosts the mixed relay races today and Leeds will host the Olympic distance triathlon on Sunday. The mixed relay was just introduced to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic events earlier this year. The Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham event marks the first competition to earn points to qualify for the Olympics.
Many of the big names will be in Nottingham. However, both Alistair Brownlee and Flora Duffy have both recently withdrawn due to reported injuries.
With Alistair out, Great Britain will have their hopes behind younger brother Jonathon and the rest of the GB squad. The team includes Non Stanford, Vicky Holland and Ben Bishop.
Australia recently won the Mixed Relay at the Commonwealth Games. However, at Leeds, they will have a different looking team, including Charlotte McShane, Aaron Royle, Ryan Bailie and Ashleigh Gentle.
Canada had an impressive, yet disappointing showing at the Commonwealth Games. They just missed the podium with a 4th place, coming only 7 seconds off of the podium. The team in Leeds will include Amelie Kretz, Tyler Mislawchuk, Joanna Brown and Matthew Sharpe.
The mixed relay event goes today in Nottingham, Thursday, June 7th at 6:36pm local time. That is 11:36pm ET.
WTS Leeds, will go on Sunday, June 10th, and the race will be a 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run. The men’s field will include, WTS leader Mario Mola, Australian Jacob Birtwhistle, Henri Schoeman, Jonathon Brownlee and Canadians Tyler Mislawchuk and Matthew Sharpe. The women’s field will include, Katie Zaferes, the British trio Vicky Holland, Non Stanford and Jodie Stimpson, and the Canadians Joanna Brown and Amelie Kretz.