International triathletes from 31 different countries came to Salford last year to contest one of the most competitive triathlon races of 2006. To preview the world coming to Salford next month, local triathletes will take on a mini-triathlon at the state of the art Esporta gym on Salford Quays.
Each representing a different World Cup triathlon host nation, the triathletes will contest a 100m swim, 3mile indoor cycle ride and 1mile run. To help them prepare will be local cycling hero Emma Davis Jones and professional swimmer Alex Scotcher.
Davies Jones hit the headlines in 2005 after being involved in a hit and run accident whilst training in Manchester. Despite having to re-learn how to walk, she won a medal for England at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
She commented: “I’m currently employed as a professional cyclist in Belgium but I’m delighted to be coming home to Manchester to support the Salford BG Triathlon World Cup.”
“It is a tremendous boost to British athletes to be able to race in front of a home crowd, and a great opportunity for people to see a live free sporting event in Salford.”
“A strong cycle leg is the key to a good triathlon, and as a part time coach I will offer my support to junior triathletes coming along to the preview event on Thursday.”
Retired Commonwealth champion, Scotcher commented: “I am working with Olympic medallist Steve Parry at Total Swimming, which is committed to raising the standards of swimming teaching in Manchester. I’m glad to be able to offer some support to stars of the future.”
“I have settled in Manchester now, and am hugely excited by the prospect of a world class sporting event coming to our neighbour city, Salford. I am very happy to be supporting the Salford BG Triathlon World Cup.”
Amongst the mini-triathletes taking part in the preview event are three members of Salford Junior Triathlon Club. Salford Quays is an ideal host for the World Cup with iconic landmarks, flat, fast cycle routes and traffic free running along the river. These junior triathletes aspire to one day take part in the World Cup event themselves.
Leader of Salford City Council, Councillor John Merry is hosting the preview event, which marks the one-month countdown to the Salford BG Triathlon World Cup.
Last year 22,000 spectators came to the Quays to watch the triathlon. With four current World Champions, British Triathlon is riding high with just one year to go until the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Hopes are high for a home winner in Salford on 29 July.
For more information on the Salford BG Triathlon World Cup visit www.trisalford.info.
Media are invited to attend the preview event at the Esporta Gym on Salford Quays. Interview and photo opportunities will be available with all guests.
For more information contact Helen Gorman or Melanie Berry on 0115 9161615 or [email protected].
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