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Brothers Alistair Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee, both of Great Britain, chat with The Telegraph about the upcoming season, the 2016 Rio Games and race rivals. Read an excerpt from the interview below and see the complete interview at Telegraph.co.uk.
What competitive events are you looking forward to in 2015?
AB: “The world series schedule is better this year. It’s not perfect but all the athletes have given their feedback, and they seem to have taken it on board. The plan at the moment is that we will race the first three – Abu Dhabi, Auckland, Gold Coast – then Hyde Park, and then we’ll see. There is a test event in Rio de Janeiro on August 1 which is a big one, and also the Grand Final in Chicago.”
JB: “The course in Rio looks like a good one so that will be interesting, and I’ll be looking to build on my bronze achieved in 2012. British Triathlon have confirmed Rio and Chicago as selection races for the Olympics so they are the focus without a doubt. It was similar for London, where both me and Alistair were selected in 2011, which was ideal, and of course gave Alistair time to recover after he got himself injured.”
AB: “As well as those two, I’d like to race Stockholm again. It may not be possible, but the cobbles on the bike and run course keep things interesting.”
And have your minds wandered to Rio 2016 yet?
JB: “Yes, for sure. The talk of selection policies, a test event happening … it’s very much upon us. But in the same breath, it over a year away so there is still a lot of time to race elsewhere and keep improving.”
AB: “I think it has always been in the back of my mind. Having won gold in London, I made the commitment to race on until Rio and try to defend my title, so it is the goal. I think the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow was really good, not only because it was a ‘home’ race and gave us another opportunity to showcase how good triathlon is to the general public, and the Mixed Relay was included as well, but because it gave us an intermediate goal, halfway through the Olympic cycle, something else to focus on.”
Who do you think will be your biggest rivals next year?
AB: “It depends on the course and distance, but Jonny as well as London 2012 silver medalist Javier Gómez Noya and his fellow Spaniard Mario Mola.”
JB: “Other ones to watch are Frenchman Vincent Luis, Portugal’s João Pedro Silva and João José Pereira as well as Richard Murray from South Africa.”
Read more: Telegraph.co.uk