Triathlon stars continue to make their way to Abu Dhabi with reigning Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee and his brother Jonathan, the 2012 ITU World Champion, both confirmed to open their seasons in the emirate on March 15th.
The Brownlees will go head-to-head, with Jonathan hoping to clinch the title from his brother – the event’s current reigning champion.
« Having watched Alistair’s victory in last year’s event, I knew this was a race that I wanted to do. Alistair said the event was something I couldn’t miss out on, especially with the idyllic conditions and iconic course. It will be a step up in distance for me, which is a challenge, and I think I can adapt to it very well, » said Jonathon.
Alistair is looking for a strong start to the year following a tough injury-ridden season which saw him bow out of the ITU World Championships.
« I loved the experience of competing here last year. It was my first time at the longer distance, and I was nervous going into the event. The city offers so much to a Triathlon that should be on everybody’s ‘must do’ list. It didn’t take much convincing to get Jonny to come out with me this year. Obviously I was disappointed with the end of my season, and I couldn’t think of a better way to start 2014 than retaining my Abu Dhabi title.