WEST Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club member, Adrian Barbrooke, is in Beijing ahead of his Great Britain debut in Sunday’s International Triathlon Union World Championship grand final.
Barbrooke has made selection for his age group squad, despite having just nine races under his belt.
His achievement is magnified by the fact that he is not a full-time athlete, but instead works for an insurance broker in Newmarket.
Out of the three races he has competed in this year, Barbrooke has taken two age group victories.
However, he is only too aware that in Beijing he is racing among the best athletes in the world outside the elite stage.
“I am very aware that I am a small fish in a very big pond and, unless I put every effort in, I could finish last in the world,” he said. “This is an amazing opportunity and I am immensely proud to represent my country.
“I was born in Bury and as I see it, I’m not just representing Great Britain, but also Bury St Edmunds and I want to make Bury proud.”
n Meanwhile, in the Ipswich Junior Triathlon 9-10-year-old age group Johan Hasselder, of the West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club, put in a strong display.
He exited the 120m pool swim 14th overall, posted the fastest bike split of the day by a 20-second margin over the 2km course and also the second fastest time in the 1,200m run, which saw him share the top spot with another athlete.
The 10,000 points awarded for the win ensured Johan finished second place overall in the Eastern Region League in his age group.
n During Clacton Triathlon Weekend, two Wheelers competed in the sprint distance on Saturday, comprising a 750m sea swim, 16km off-road cycle and 5km run.
Richard Daley was in the over-40s and Alice Maguire in the youth. Maguire and Daley exited the swim just 10 seconds apart, Daley appearing first before Maguire took 20 seconds out of Daley through transition.
Both performed well on the bike and also in the run, with Maguire posting the fastest run split of the ladies.
Daley completed the course in 1hr 22mins 45secs, giving him 20th place overall and ninth in age group.
Maguire’s efforts saw her take 29th place, second lady overall and second in her category in a time of 1.26.27.
The Olympic distance race was held on Sunday, which was made up of a 1,500m sea swim, 40km on road cycle and 10km run.
Nicky Brinkman had entered for the Wheelers and was the fourth lady home and second in the ladies’ open age group, in a time of 2.24.10.