The Bahrain Victorious 13 are back racing this weekend to stamp their dominance over short and long course triathlon.
Fresh recruit Hayden Wilde kicks off his Olympic campaign at the World Triathlon Championship Series event in Abu Dhabi alongside Georgia Taylor-Brown, Cassandre Beaugrand, Vincent Luis, and Henri Schoeman. The sprint distance of 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike, and 5-kilometre run will be opportunity for Wilde, Taylor-Brown, Beaugrand, and Luis to knock off the off-season rust, while Schoeman backs up after fast and furious supersprint racing at the Super League Triathlon Arena Games Montreal where he picked up podium silver.
Further south across the equator, Alistair Brownlee lines up for the Ironman African Championship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The two-time Olympic gold medalist returns to Nelson Mandela Bay for the first time since the 2018 Ironman 70.3 world championship which saw him become vice world champion in a hard-fought battle with Jan Frodeno. Now fully recovered from the injury that derailed his chance to compete at the Ironman World Championship last year in October, he hopes to show the form that saw him win Ironman Sweden in August and book his spot to the world championship in Nice.