Double Olympic Gold medallist aims to defend 2018 win
Brownlee set to join Blummenfelt in Dubai
Having written a news piece this morning (HERE) confirming the 2019 edition of the million dollar Nasser Bin Hamad Triple Crown series at IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai on 1st February, great news received this afternoon from the organisers in Dubai – 2018 champion, Alistair Brownlee, is confirmed to return and race.
Alistair’s performance 12 months ago was perhaps his most impressive of the season, a masterclass which saw him take the win in emphatic style, combining a front pack swim, fastest bike split (1:58:51) and fastest run split (1:09:34) for a 6:35 margin of victory over Sven Riederer (SUI). With Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt confirmed for 2019 (having ended 2018 with a very impressive win at IRONMAN 70.3 Bahrain), it will take another top performance to take the top spot on the podium this year.
Which Brits are racing?
- Alistair Brownlee
- Adam Bowden
- Holly Lawrence
- Kimberley Morrison
- Sarah Lewis
- Fenella Langridge
2019 and already winning…
After a stop-start year in 2018, a mix of racing, injury, rehab, ups and downs, Alistair has wasted no time getting into racing in 2019. Yesterday (Sunday), Alistair took part in a cycle road race in Spain – the XXXIII Volta a La Marina – A 63km event located close to his Spanish training base (check out some great videos on the Brownlee TV Channel). It went well – and he won, crossing the line solo more than a minute clear.
Put Friday 1st February 2018 in your diary. With a 7 a.m. (local) start time, you’ll likely be able to watch live coverage of the race (if you get up nice and early…), with a 3 a.m. start time in the U.K. A popular event, the Age-Group race has been sold-out for months.