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Lucy Charles-Barclay to race World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds

A new (but familiar) face will be joining world's best at the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds, with Lucy Charles-Barclay making her draft-legal debut

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(Another) new challenge for Lucy Charles-Barclay

In what has been a season of new adventures, Great Britain’s three-time IRONMAN World Championship silver medallist, Lucy Charles-Barclay, is set to race the AJ Bell World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds on Sunday 6th June.

Lucy is one of nine British female Elite athletes on the updated Leeds start list, which you can view HERE.

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Polar Cannes International Triathlon 2018 - Photo: Jose Luis Hourcade
It will be road bike time again for Lucy in Leeds (Images from the Polar Cannes International Triathlon 2018 by Jose Luis Hourcade

The clues that something different was ahead were set with an Instagram post (below) – “Something scary is on the horizon and I’m running straight for it.”

Already this year, Lucy has raced (very well), at the SLT Arena Games London, where she finished second to Beth Potter, over the super-sprint, multi-race indoor real life meets virtual format.

SLT Arena Games London 2021 / March 27 2021
Photo by Tom Shaw/SLT

Shortly after that, Lucy was back at the London Aquatics Centre, where she came very close to winning the British Olympic Swimming Trials over 1500m, clocking a time of 16:46.26 for second place.

Lucy Charles-Barclay
Photo by Darren Wheeler (www.thatcameraman.com)

It would appear that the need for speed is not done in 2021 yet – and to be fair, Lucy has previously spoken of a desire and interest to go to the Olympic Games in Triathlon, something i subsequently spoke to her about in February 2019. Those performances have clearly given British Triathlon the confidence to award her a start, at the top tier of draft-legal racing.

Could this be the opportunity to dip a toe in the water, and assess whether Paris 2024 could well be a serious goal?

It certainly adds another element of interest to the race – and if you are aiming for a front-pack breakaway (Jess Learmonth, Flora Duffy, Katie Zaferes and co.), then this news will likely be very well received, with that front swim pack gaining even more firepower.

I can’t wait to see it. Even better, I’ll be in the announcer’s booth in Roundhay Park calling the race.

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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