Pallant confident but cautious of athlete danger in eSports battle

Emma Pallant admits her debut race in Super League Triathlon’s eSports Cycling Series is going to hurt, but she is prepared to ‘suffer and believe.’

The double World Duathlon champion and 70.3 Ironman athlete joins a star studded female line up when the action gets underway live tonight at 7pm (BST).

Pallant – who also raced SLT Jersey in September 2017 – will line up against a plethora of triathlon talent including Lucy Charlies-Barclay, Ilaria Zane, Sophie Coldwell and Helen Jenkins with 15 athletes fighting it out on the 2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate virtual circuit.

Prize money will be allocated for the top three riders across the line in every race.

31-year-old Pallant, who only took up Zwift racing during began in March admits she is looking forward to her eSports debut and can’t wait to race again:

“I’m confident. It is one of those platforms where to be better at it you have to race it. It is a skill in it’s own.

“It really hurts, but I have had loads of fun so far. Sophie Coldwell and she is one to watch on the sprint finishes. I also raced Lucy Hall in the Lanzarote 70.3 Ironman event, so I know she is super strong on the bike. There are definitely some good names in there.

“Drafting has such a massive effect. If you drop just a little step behind your chance is going. So you have to keep everything super tight.

“I don’t look at the numbers. I just focus on that wheel in front and make sure I am hanging as close to it as possible. The best thing to do is ignore the numbers, suffer and believe.”

Emma Pallant Jersey 2017

Former Olympian and fellow British athlete Helen Jenkins is also taking on Super League Triathlon’s eSports Cycling Series.

The 36-year-old, who celebrated the birth of her second child last year before finishing an amazing fourth at Dubai’s Ironman event in February with Pallant aware of her danger in tonight’s race.

“Any happy and healthy athlete is a danger.

“Her Olympic pedigree says it all and if she is there ready to fight then she will be a massive danger.

“With regards to lockdown, I think this experience has taught me a lesson to chill out a bit and not be as much of a control freak.

“I put down all my goals at the start of the season and planned my race and training schedule. But not not knowing when the next race will be, I have just been focused on being ready.

“Right now I will take whatever I can get, and if that is virtual racing for the rest of the year, road running or a duathlon. I’ll take anything.

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