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London WCS promises to deliver fast and furious Olympic Preview.
It’s really starting to get down to the business end of the 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series and what better way to kick that off than one of the biggest events of the entire year, London.
Not only is this weekend’s round crucial in determining who will be the 2011 ITU World Champions, it’s the first and last time athletes will be able to race the exact London 2012 course before next year’s Olympic Games and a bevy of National Federations have set it as a major—in some cases automatic—qualifier. Also, the top three finishers from the women’s and men’s races will secure their countries automatic Olympic spots. With all that at stake, it’s not surprising the London fields are loaded with talent. What’s more, all that talent will be aiming to peak at exactly the same time. What does that all mean? Get set for fast, furious and thrilling racing this weekend on the Olympic course.
London has been on the Dextro Energy Triathlon Series calendar since the series began in 2009, but this year’s course is new. It starts with a one-lap swim in The Serpentine in Hype Park, the bike leg circles past Constitution Hill and Buckingham Palace, before the 10km run that finishes back in Hyde Park. It’s been designed with plenty of viewing points for fans and the athletes will pass back through transition over ten times during the race.
Visit ITU.org for complete previews for the men’s and women’s races.