This week, Leeds hosted a round of the prestigious ITU World Triathlon Series, with local Leeds heroes the Brownlee brothers taking the the spoils in front of packed crowds lining the city’s streets.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) confirmed that Leeds would host a round of the series last year, after being put forward by British Triathlon, with support from UK Sport, following a bid to host the event led by Leeds City Council, with backing from Sport Leeds, Welcome to Yorkshire and other key stakeholders.
The ITU World Triathlon Leeds offered the British public an unmissable opportunity to watch Great Britain’s leading triathletes go up against the world’s best in their last home race before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It also gave amateur triathletes the opportunity to experience competing on the same course, and volunteers to chance to aid the delivery of the event.
The elite men’s and women’s races took place over the Olympic distance, starting in Roundhay Park with a 1500m swim and finishing in the heart of city after a 40-kilometre bike ride and 10-kilometre run.
Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee relished the prospect of racing in front of packed crowds on home turf, with an atmosphere similar to the unforgettable Tour de France Grand Départ and the recent Tour de Yorkshire.