Brownlee brothers back in business
Triathlon’s most successful double act are back together and once again racing in front of their adoring fans this weekend.
Super League Triathlon stars Alistair and Jonny Brownlee can enjoy the rare treat of sleeping in their own beds the night before a big race as the WTS circuit stops off in their hometown of Leeds.
For Alistair it’s another return to short course racing. Having recently picked up a World Cup victory, the older of the Brownlee brothers is pushing his boundaries yet again.
Alistair, who has also proved a massive hit away from the course as a Super League race commentator over the past year, is keeping his options open.
Next year’s Olympics and the target of a possible third gold medal remain a possibility, as does a permanent shift into long course racing.
For Jonny it’s very much all about the here and now.
Last year’s third place overall finish in the Super League rankings underlined his ability to star in all formats of short course racing.
Jonny is all-in for Super League’s 2019 championship series, which begins in Jersey over the weekend of September 28-29.
It is ideal preparation for his 2020 Olympic bid and his experiences in Super League last year will no doubt stand him in good stead for Leeds.
“Super League is about everyone making little errors and little mistakes because there are so many events and tough conditions so it’s about how you overcome them,” said the proud Yorkshireman.
Jonny’s battles with injury have been a source of frustration to one half of the Brownlee brother double act which has taken a previously niche sport into the UK mainstream, with the siblings now a regular fixture in newspapers and even TV ads for supermarkets.
But it is out racing that the younger Brownlee feels most at home – and nowhere more so than Super League where he secured first place in the final in Singapore.
“It’s good to know that the fitness is back and it gives me a lot of confidence because I’ve doubted myself a lot over the last year,” he admitted.
Now the pair are aiming to replicate their success once more in front of their biggest supporters.