Today (Thursday 11 May) marks one month to go until the globetrotting ITU World Triathlon Series returns to the UK, and to mark the occasion provisional start lists for the elite races have been announced.
The two elite races which take place in Leeds on Sunday 11 June, promise to be a highlight of the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series, with Leeds based Alistair and Jonny Brownlee set to take to the stage together for the first time this year. The reigning Olympic Champion, Alistair has taken a break from standard distance competition so far this season, choosing to try his hand at the middle-distance instead, but is set to return to ITU World Triathlon Series Action on home soil in June.
Second in round two of the series in Abu Dhabi, Tom Bishop is poised to join the stellar line-up, and is joined by Scots Marc Austin and Grant Sheldon, who will both make their 2017 series debut in Leeds.
Seven British women are so far set to toe the line, led by 2016’s bronze medallist Vicky Holland. Holland is joined by Jodie Stimpson, who already has a series silver medal under her belt this year, and Non Stanford who takes to her first ITU World Triathlon Series event of 2017 this weekend in Yokohama. Expect to see the Union Jack dominate the swim, with Lucy Hall, Jessica Learmonth and Sophie Coldwell all set to dive into Waterloo Lake on Sunday 11 June. 2016 ETU Triathlon European Champion India Lee and local lass Georgia Taylor-Brown round off the British contingent, racing in their first ITU World Triathlon Series events on home soil.
All start lists are subject to change at this early stage, but you can expect the British athletes to be out in force, racing in front of thousands of passionate supporters. A limited number of grandstand tickets are still available, giving you the best seats in the city to witness the action.