Pretty exciting news for any competitors and spectators at Ironman Staffs next month – none other than world champ and ‘thorn in the side of the Brownlees’ Gomez is racing!
And, as you can imagine, triathletes preparing for the race lost their minds:
The reigning IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion, has confirmed that he will be racing on Sunday 14th June 2015.
As a multiple triathlon Champion, the Spaniard has not only accumulated one of the best records ever achieved in triathlon history but also proved that he is one of the World’s most versatile triathletes holding Championship titles across Olympic and middle distance triathlons.
Upon confirmation of his entry, Gomez said, “I’m excited to be racing at Staffordshire and am very much hoping to follow on from my success at the 70.3 World Championship. I enjoy non drafting races so am really looking forward to racing a 70.3 distance. Obviously a victory would be fantastic, but my preparation is not specifically for winning this race. It’ll be great to be part of this new event – it also has the added appeal of the weather not being too hot!”
Javier will join a 30 strong Pro field, including Australian’s Joe Gambles who will be returning to his birth place of Staffordshire, Marko Albert from Estonia and 2014 70.3 UK Champion Will Clarke, who will be competing for the $25,000 prize fund, which is the largest ever prize purse for a 70.3 in the UK.
Kevin Stewart, Managing Director IRONMAN UK & Ireland commented, “It is fantastic news that Javier will be racing at Staffordshire. He brings with him an incredible track record and extremely high level of racing that promises a very exciting Pro race and quick times on this fast course. This is an amazing opportunity for spectators to come and see such a world class triathlete in action.”
Gomez will be under starter’s orders amongst 2,700 athletes on Sunday 14 June. Attracting huge local support, this inaugural event has also attracted high profile names such as Gordon Ramsay, Danny Mills, Jonathan Ross and Charlie Webster to its entry list.
The event which takes places through the four districts and boroughs of Cannock Chase, Lichfield, East Staffordshire and Stafford will consists of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile cycle and a 13.1 mile run.
Good news is – places for individuals sold out in minutes, but entries are still available for athletes either through the event’s official charity partners or as a team relay.
Final word from the man himself: