Some of Barbados’ best triathlon athletes will have the opportunity to compete with those from around the region when the 25th Barbados National Triathlon Sprint And Olympic Races get underway this Sunday at the Brandon’s Beach, Spring Garden course at 6 a.m.
The sprint triathlon has so far attracted 65 entries while the Olympic triathlon has 25 entrants. Triathletes will be representing Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Martinique, Jamaica, Canada, France, Spain, Brazil, Guyana, United Kingdom and the host nation.
For the Olympic distance race, the 1500 metres swim is followed by a 40 km bike ride and a 10 km run, with French triathlete Francky Favre leading the overseas challenge. He will be battling it out with the local defending champion Gregory Austin (Barbados) and strong challenges are expected from Phillip McCatty (Jamaica), Adam Cripwell, Darren Treasure (Barbados), Marc De Caul and Troy Felix (Grenada), Naveen Lalla (Trinidad & Tobago), Gregory Vernant (Martinique), and Ian Moore (United Kingdom).
In the female race, a strong Bajan group will be spearheaded by Barbadians Chanda Gooding, Jennifer Wosminity, Marissa Bradshaw and Elisa Whitehouse. They will be pushed to the limit by Aliya Drakes and Kiyomi Rankine (Trinidad & Tobago) and Inga Karasek (Grenada).
The sprint distance race, one-half the Olympic distance, is guaranteed to be fast and exciting. Over 60 triathletes will be on the start line and it will be anybody’s race. Many newcomers to the sport will be testing their endurance together with the regulars and some old faces coming back for the fun.
There will also be a relay section over the sprint distance, with a special division for corporate teams. Registration forms and race details can be found at http://triathlonbarbados.com and interested persons are urged to register now as the cut-off number for entrants is quickly approaching.