Javier Gomez has announced he is racing the inaugural Challenge Dubai on February 27. As one of the world’s greatest athletes, Gomez made history in Canada in 2014 winning his fourth ITU World Championship title in Edmonton and just two weeks later claimed the World Championship title in Mont Tremblant.
The long-standing rivalry between the Brownlee brothers and Gomez on the World Triathlon Series circuit have kept triathlon fans riveted.
“I am excited to start the 2015 season, Challenge Dubai is going to be my first race of the year. I’m happy to see how triathlon is growing in the Middle East countries, I’m sure it is something very good for the people, especially for the kids, and it is definitely very positive for our sport,” said Gomez.
“I like half distances races and I really look forward to racing against the best triathletes in this distance, I expect Challenge Dubai is going to be a very tough and fast race because of the highest pro field level,” he added.
Gomez may see a showdown between himself, Jan Frodeno and Michael Raelert. Frodeno finished second to Gomez at the World Championships and will no doubt be looking for redemption in Dubai. Raelert won Challenge Bahrain. They will be joined by, among others, Australians Luke McKenzie, Tim Reed, Brad Kahlefeldt and Pete Jacobs along with former world champion Terenzo Bozzone (NZL).
There is an equally strong women’s field including Daniela Rfy and Caroline Steffen, along with former world champion Melissa Hauschildt, Yvonne van Vlerken, Jodie Swallow (GBR) and Helle Frederikson, Camilla Pederson and Michelle Vesterby. Former world champion Leanda Cave (GBR), Annabel Luxford (AUS) and Meredith Kessler (USA) round out an all-star line up.
Both fields will ensure an incredible race held under the 20m drafting rule that was implemented at Challenge Bahrain.
Challenge Dubai takes place on February 27, with entries available at www.challenge-dubai.com until January 31.
from press release