This weekend (31 May-1 June) Hyde Park will be transformed into an elite race course evoking memories of London 2012 when the world’s best triathletes come to the capital.
Super siblings Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, and former world champion Helen Jenkins, will all be part of the stellar British line up at the Triathlon World Series, and Alistair is looking forward to returning to the site of his Olympic glory.
He said: "Hyde Park obviously has special memories for me and if we can attract anything like the sorts of crowds we’ve seen previously then it’s going to be a fantastic spectacle with two sprint races back to back on one afternoon.”
The event is part of UK Sport’s £27 million National Lottery funded Gold Event Series, which aims to create a stage to inspire by bringing major international events to the UK.
UK Sport’s Director of Major Events Simon Morton said: “UK Sport has been supporting the Triathlon World Series at London’s Hyde Park since 2009 and each year we see the iconic course lined with passionate supporters.
“With so many world class British athletes across all three elite races, this year’s event promises to be just as exciting as ever, and we’re delighted that it is part of our Gold Event Series.”
Helen Jenkins, who won the World Championship Series after victory at Hyde Park in 2011, is looking forward to that crowd spurring her on.
She said: “I’ve been really pleased with how this year has gone so far and I’m just pleased to be able to train and race. My training isn’t geared to sprint races particularly, but my plan is to enjoy this one with the home support and see what happens.”
Olympic bronze medallist Jonny Brownlee added: “It’s great to be racing Alistair and Javier [Gomez] again in Hyde Park and I hope the home support helps us along again. I think it’s going to be a really fast race and a few different guys have shown that they are in great form this season so it should be really exciting.”
The event is free-to-view and fans are encouraged to come along and back the Brits. For those who can’t make it, there will also be coverage on BBC1 from 2pm on Saturday. Show your support on social media using #BacktheBrits
Saturday 31 May
08:00 - 09:45 Paratriathlon
10:45 – 12:45 Corporate Sprint Relay Challenge
14:30 – 15:30 Elite Men
16:05 – 17:05 Elite Women
Sunday 1 June
07:00 – 19:00 Age-Group Races