GBR Nationality. Alistair Brownlee is an Ironman One of the reasons that Alistair hasn’t qualified for the GB team automatically is his decision to take on Ironman. I think it gives ultra-athletes a bit of a name for being a bit mad sometimes.”. That seems to be a reality in today’s world and something I most certainly want to avoid. Daytona's world-famous motor racing circuit provided a COVID-19 bubble-friendly atmosphere with the 2km swim taking place in the lake at the centre of … add. We know one thing, she knows how to win on the biggest stage. She is remarkable. It absolutely dominates. Let’s just enjoy the beautiful things about this event, and the pent up emotions that many of these athletes will be bringing to the racing circuit’. A dual World Champion. “Not being able to race and not being able to compete, and having those goals kind of removed from my life, was definitely something I had to think about quite a lot. Heck, even Sebastian Kienle said the two-time Olympic gold medalist was the clear favourite here in Daytona. “So that was a bit of a challenge, not training with other people like my brother and my friends that I train with every day. He was right there in Valencia and had a sprint with Vincent. We’re back in Yorkshire to join Alistair at his home during this final weeks of training ahead of flying out to Florida as he prepares to take part in the gruelling 100km race at the Daytona International Speedway® against some of the world’s best athletes. They will have a ‘sit and wait and follow’ attitude. I then started looking at the event and all it offers after an horrific year for sports and decided to enjoy it for what it is. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) PTO Ranking: 2nd. I know that all the athletes on this start line will feel the need to express themselves physically and it is this cocktail of possibility that excites me the most about following this event. I would just say that usually at this end of the season we are talking about 70.3 World Championships and Kona and we have had a whole season of racing to judge our parameters, but we are running blind and a lot of the athletes I am talking about are people I have seen race. I am all for an opinion, but having one after consideration and thought is something many people could benefit from today. The record Lionel posted on the track is deadset remarkable. Column: Reasons To Be Optimistic For Triathlon in 2021, WIN A BIKE: Super League Triathlon’s Fantastic Christmas Giveaway, Georgia Taylor-Brown And Jessica Learmonth Reveal Secret Of British Triathlon Success, Olympic Joy For Four Of Super League Triathlon’s British Stars. What TT over this distance requires from an athlete is sustained power and position which is a lot lower than they are used to holding and the fatigue comes later in the race. PTO 2020 CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUP The wait is over! I think Alistair Brownlee is going to do a complete and utter number on this field, especially over the 80km bike and 18km run. “The big impact has made me realise how much I love it and, you know, want to keep competing and racing to the best of my ability.”. "I raced smart once again. He gave a fascinating insight into a mindset which has produced enduring greatness as he appeared in the PTO’s ‘Unbreakable’ documentary series, which airs in the countdown to Daytona. I felt the way she races with that ITU power up front was going to make this a very interesting event. Jonny Brownlee joins the all-star cast, that includes his brother Alistair, for the 2020 Championships at Challenge-Daytona and a chance to pursue the landmark $1,000,000 million purse, as the Professional Triathlon Organisation publish the next four wildcard spots.. There was a part of me that questioned whether this event was a good idea, and whether there was a need to have an international race in December 2020. Alistair Brownlee on Breakfast with Bob at Challenge Daytona It was with that check of my initial emotions that had me sit back and think, ‘why not? When there’s been no racing he has been able to sit down and fix his injuries with nothing tempting him. The biggest name missing for the men’s race in Daytona is Jan Frodeno, who sits atop the PTO men’s standings. He’s been the runner-up at the 70.3 world championship each of the past two seasons, and will look to use his speed in the water to get out front early along with some of the other short-course standouts. Ultimately, 2020 has drawn us to this end of season race where all athletes – the narcissists and the quiet ones – have the opportunity to come together and compete with substantial money on the line, and full credit to the PTO for delivering it. It brings the time nearer to 3 hours and closer to what the ITU athletes are accustomed to. He is the big mover in this field and the defending champion on the course. Super League has really changed the game for short course triathlon, and after the Olympics it will change the game for long course as well as some of those athletes move across. While excellent in all disciplines, Brownlee… Everyone who is a fan of triathlon will this weekend not only get to see an exciting race but a snapshot of the evolution of the sport that Super League is delivering. Spencer Smith. Alistair Brownlee -Ironman 70.3 WC Nice 2019 Quick facts 2/2/2 All/Gender/AG. https://www.tri247.com/pto/pto-2020-championship-men-start-list I was really looking forward to the women’s race, but then Flora Duffy pulled out, Lucy Charles-Barclay isn’t racing, Daniela Ryf is injured and Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown now also aren’t racing and suddenly the big depth in that field diminished. “I think almost every other athlete in the field would be aiming for me in the PTO 2020 Championship, and yeah, I mean I’m trying to beat them as well so it’s all fair. 2 Bib number. Brownlee is one of the very best swimmers in the sport, has shown real strength aboard a TT bike and running is his speciality. He was right there in Hamburg with Vincent Luis breaking the front group up. This sort of dynamic when you put a group of them in the same race together tends to rip fields apart. He wants Olympic success and is focused entirely on this, and I think he comes into this race more as a bit of fun and a “let’s see how it goes” attitude with his head still 8 months down the road and built around Tokyo. That has been a blessing in disguise and looking at him he is lean like he was when he won two Olympic gold medals. He had to eat humble pie after that race. A triathlon that takes place at the iconic 500-acre motorsports complex Daytona on 6 December will be shown in more than 100 countries globally, following broadcast deals secured by IMG. Who am I to deny somebody the chance to work or race or the freedoms to make their own choices. It is being closed off and almost self absorbed that makes you successful in sports, but when there is no racing happening such as we have seen in 2020, I found it at times quite bizarre to be honest. I see Nicola Spirig as an Olympic champion giving this a real go and the superb Holly Lawrence dominating. With major backing from the Professional Triathletes Organisation, the PTO 2020 Championship at Challenge Daytona will offer a mighty $1,150,000 prize purse. I just think that in this race he will struggle with this TT at the 20m draft. With two Olympic gold medals, two silvers at the 70.3 worlds and an Ironman best of 7:45:20, the elder Brownlee brother has shown he can compete with the best at all distances. Watching Alistair come off Kona about 13 months ago has been amazing. The men’s race As we mentioned in our first preview, all eyes are on Alistair Brownlee this week. It’s going to be a fantastic race and I want to try and beat everyone else. Alistair’s career has brought him medal after medal and victory after victory to stamp a glittering CV. The men’s elite race will feature big names from both the ITU and Ironman worlds. She doesn’t really do it yet but when she does it’s game over. It is quite simply the deepest and strongest cast ever assembled, and the British superstar is relishing the challenge. Alistair Brownlee: GBR: 00:22:29 : 01:40:58 DNF Andrea Salvisberg: SUI: 00:22:27 DNF Morgan Pearson: USA: 00:22:31 DNF Matthew McElroy: USA: 00:22:34 DNF Daniel Baekkegard: DEN: 00:22:40 DNF Sebastian Kienle: GER: 00:24:51 DNF Tim Don: GBR: 00:24:53 DNF Andi Boecherer: GER: 00:25:00 DNF Interested in my Rating Reports? #alistairbrownlee #challengedaytona #challenge #triathlon #daytona #daytonaspeedway #cycling #pto #zoomzoom For the uninitiated, an Ironman triathlon is one of the most gruelling tests of human endeavour. Flawless across everything he does, attentive to his competitors and their strengths and patient in his planning for titles. Double Olympic Gold Medalist @alistair.brownlee flying during Challenge Daytona and the PTO World Championships! He knows that he and the other Super League athletes could get out of the water three minutes ahead of the long course power bike riders like Lionel Sanders and Sebastian Kienle. That said, Lisa Norden is racing, Amelia Watkinson and Jodie Stimpson is back after a rough year losing her father. Based on my seedings for Daytona, it’s interesting to have a look at how the race might unfold and what to look for at various points of the coverage. Both Iden and Findlay bagged an equal paycheck of $100,000 for the win with Finlay commenting “One of those perfect days that never happens… but it did today”. This is where they may struggle, especially if the big bike power from behind comes quicker than anticipated. I’m really excited to see the PTO event at Challenge Daytona, and to be able to watch where long course racing is heading. “The PTO 2020 Championship I think is a massive deal and it’s the most important race in triathlon of any distance in 2020, and it’s great to see in the men’s field, with all the best athletes from pretty much all the different forms of the sport are coming together in one race. By that stage we will get a real feel for where the likes of Sebastian and Lionel are and what damage they can do. They squeezed themselves in and showcased their passion to compete. I think Alistair Brownlee is going to do a complete and utter number on this field, especially over the 80km bike and 18km run. Brownlee, now 32 and currently #2 in the PTO World Rankings, will line up in a field of more than 100 elite triathletes. “I think one of the big things this year has taught me is how much I love training, and love competing in sport, in triathlon. The 2020 triathlon calendar has been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the extra time to think resulted in a positive impact for Alistair. Unbreakable: Alistair Brownlee excited for ‘massive deal’ at Daytona When Alistair Brownlee lines up for the PTO 2020 Championship at CHALLENGEDAYTONA ®, he knows all eyes will be on him. Most likely that front group out of the water will include the likes of Alistair, Henri, Vincent, Javier, Tim O’Donnell, Rudy von Berg. We had so much swimming power in the field in the original start list and more so a group of front racing women who are programmed and almost love to race from the front. Alistair Brownlee, who in addition to his 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medals, has an Ironman 70.3 Worlds podium, two Olympic distance ITU World Championships, two yeo three regular season Ironman wins, and recent podiums at ITU World Cups. 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