The sixth running of WTCS Leeds takes place in the UK city this weekend, and we have terrific fields set to line up at the Yorkshire venue.
Thousands of fans are expected to line the streets of the city centre and pack Roundhay Park as three elite races take centre stage.
We have individual races headlining on Saturday, before the excitement of a Mixed Relay on Sunday.
So with the normal ‘subject to change’ caveat, here are the start lists for this weekend as a perfect guide while you are watching either on hand in Leeds or on TV at home.
The elite women are set to enter the water at 1545 local time on Saturday June 11 – that’s 1645 CET and 1045 Eastern Time.
Sadly there will be no Jess Learmonth as the Leeds star misses her home through race injury.
That apart though it is a stellar field, headed by reigning Olympic and WTCS Champion Flora Duffy. She will again lock horns with Tokyo silver medalist Georgia Taylor-Brown.
#AthleteCountry1Georgia Taylor-BrownGBR2Flora DuffyBER4Sian RainsleyGBR5Erika AckerlundUSA6Kirsten KasperUSA7Summer RappaportUSA8Laura LindemannGER9Anabel KnollGER10Beth PotterGBR11Marlene Gomez-GöggelGER12Taylor SpiveyUSA14Leonie PeriaultFRA15Sophie ColdwellGBR16Natalie Van CoevordenAUS17Maya KingmaNED18Cassandre BeaugrandFRA19Verena SteinhauserITA20Julia HauserAUT21Albert Kjaer PedersenDEN22Rachel KlamerNED23Kate WaughGBR24Miriam Casillas GarciaESP25Lisa TertschGER26Yuko TakahashiJPN27Audrey MerleFRA28Djenyfer ArnoldBRA29Nina EimGER30Kira HedgelandAUS31Ainsley ThorpeNZL32Valerie BarthelmyFRA33Solveig LøvsethNOR34Barbara De KoningNED35Sarika NakayamaJPN36Melanie SantosPOR37Jaz HedgelandAUS38Emma JacksonAUS39Maria ToméPOR40Shanae WilliamsRSA41Nora GmürSUI42Julie DerronSUI43Simone AckermannRSA44Hiraku FukuokaJPN45Ekaterina ShabalinaKAZ46Lisa PertererAUT47Vittoria LopesBRA49Ilaria ZaneITA50Carlotta MissagliaITA51Anna Godoy ContrerasESP52Tereza ZimovjanovaCZE53Sophie LinnAUS54Lotte MillerNOR55Andrea HansenNZL56Petra KurikovaCZE57Jolien VermeylenBEL58Edda HannesdottirISL
The men’s race actually kicks off the elite action this weekend, with a start time of 1400 local on Saturday (1500 CET and 0900 Eastern TIme).
While Olympic Kristian Blummenfelt has been busy with other things recently – becoming IRONMAN World Champion and smashing through Sub7 – pretty much everybody else who is anybody will line up in Leeds.
That means British stars Alex Yee and Jonny Brownlee taking on allcomers from the world – including potentially the other Norwegian megastar Gustav Iden.
Start list is as follows:
#AthleteCountry1Léo BergereFRA2Antonio Serrat SeoaneESP3Pierre Le CorreFRA4Hayden WildeNZL5Tim HellwigGER6Lasse Nygaard PriesterGER7Vasco VilacaPOR8Bence BicsákHUN9Jelle GeensBEL10Alex YeeGBR11Vincent LuisFRA12Takumi HojoJPN14Matthew HauserAUS15Vetle Bergsvik ThornNOR16Mark DevayHUN17Dorian ConinxFRA18Tom RichardFRA19Kenji NenerJPN20Roberto Sanchez ManteconESP21Ricardo BatistaPOR22Brandon CopelandAUS23Makoto OdakuraJPN24Jonas SchomburgGER25Kevin McDowellUSA26Gabriel SandörSWE27Marten Van RielBEL28Lasse LuhrsGER29Matthew McElroyUSA30Miguel HidalgoBRA31Jacob BirtwhistleAUS32Sylvain FridelanceSUI33Noah ServaisBEL34Csongor LehmannHUN35Valentin WernzGER36Michele SarzillaITA37Seth RiderUSA38Gianluca PozzattiITA39Alois KnablAUT40Chase McQueenUSA41Luke WillianAUS42Dylan McCulloughNZL43Jumpei FuruyaJPN44Aaron RoyleAUS45Ren SatoJPN46Jamie RiddleRSA47Joao SilvaPOR48Tayler ReidNZL49Jonny BrownleeGBR50Jawad AbdelmoulaMAR52Gustav IdenNOR53Genis GrauESP54Grant SheldonGBR55Richard MurrayNED56Tom BishopGBR57Marc DubrickUSA
The one thing we do know ahead of time is that we will not have a reunion of that golden Great Britain quartet from Tokyo. That of course because of the injury to Learmonth.
Team GB will face strong opposition with the United States (second in Tokyo) and mighty France (third) both lying in wait.
Actual Mixed Relay team lineups will not be confirmed until closer to the start time, which is 1325 local time on Sunday (1425 CET and 0825 Eastern Time).
#Team1Germany2Italy3New Zealand4Great Britain5United States6Australia7France8Switzerland9Spain10Czech Republic11Netherlands12Belgium14Austria15Hungary16Denmark17Portugal18Sweden19Japan20Mexico21Norway
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