On Saturday 17th May the first race of the ITU World Paratriathlon 2014 series took place at Yokohama, Japan.
Brothers Jack and George Peasgood both travelled to Japan on Wednesday as part of the GB Paratriathlon Squad. With only a short time to acclimatise to the time difference and the warm humid weather, the boys had the opportunity to look at the course the day before they would be racing on it.
George was racing in the newly formed PT4 category, which includes both below elbow and below knee impaired athletes. With a 0655 start time the 750m wetsuit sea swim was challenging, with high waves. George was second out of the water, in a time of 11:57, heading to transition for a speedy change out of his wetsuit to head off on the 20km bike leg of the race.
The bike course consisted of 4 laps of 5km, with many 90' corners on each lap, requiring good bike skills. George was the fastest Brit in his category on the bike and completed the 20km in 33:04. With another speedy transition, George headed off for the 5km run as the day was warming up. He finished 8th in his category in 1:09:52, with the first four places being awarded to below elbow impaired athletes.
Elder brother Jack, was acting as a guide for visually impaired athlete Dave Ellis, racing in the PT5 category. The duo had an excellent swim, exiting the water first in 14:15. With a speedy transition, the men headed off on their tandem, on the 4 x 5km course, returning to transition first in 30:32. The men had an excellent 5 km run, completing it in 19:13. Their race time of 1:05:42 meant that they were first back for the PT5 category, and a gold medal.
The next race in the ITU Paratriathlon series is in London, at Hyde Park, on 31st May 2014.
George, Dave Ellis and Jack after the race