Brownlee, Gomez, Murray – Or Someone Else? Chris McCormack’s SLT Arena Games Men’s Predictions

SLT Arena Games: Macca’s Men’s Predictions

The men’s field has some really big hitters in it.

It might be that somebody comes out of nowhere to win this, but there are a few names that really stand out, and they deserve to go into the SLT Arena Games on Sunday as the favourites.

Here are my ones to watch:

Javier Gomez

Javier is my guy to beat.

He is so well rounded and always prepares meticulously for every event he does.

He’s lightning fast in the pool, a strong biker and his compact running style should suit the self-powered curved treadmills brilliantly. If he is on form it will take an exceptional performance to beat him.

Javier Gomez Noya is competing in the SLT Arena Games in Rotterdam

Jonathan Brownlee

Whenever you see a Brownlee name on a start list you know they are going to be right near the pointy end. The Brownlee’s built the current normal when it comes to racing, and that is aggressive from the onset, and balanced across all the disciplines of the sport.

The difference with Arena Games is the short length of distances which brings the field back to Jonny very quickly (as endurance and aerobic conditioning are replaced by lactate tolerance).

Johny, like Richard Murray, is very technically savvy and this is less relevant now we are racing on Zwift.

I think Jonny is so well balanced at the three disciplines like Javier and I think this style of racing will look at balance which really works in his favour.

What Johnny will do well is pace his effort and his racing awareness will be a strength. He must move quicker through transitions to keep his momentum, and use his bike power to establish himself and his racing.

Jonathan Brownlee is competing at the SLT Arena Games

Richard Murray

I have always been a fan of Richard Murray and it will be interesting to see how he fares.

Some of the areas where he is exceptional and has huge skills will be nullified in this format. He is exceptionally skilful on a bike and exceptionally skilful at finding the right feet to sit on during a swim.

But where I think he’s ahead of the curve on everyone, and why he’s on my guys to look out for, is his transitions surpass everybody. He is unbelievably fast through transition and that’s going to be a big benefit.

Jonas Schomburg

I like Jonas Schomburg because he’s such a big swimmer and a young talent with a drive to improve year on year.

My main worry is that his height could be a limiter as he can be clumsy through transition if he loses focus and he has such a long running stride he must maintain that turnover to keep the run pace high. As he fatigues his stride pace drops off dramatically which will be hugely detrimental on a treadmill.

He must rely on his height in the pool and use his massive water speed to stay in it but overall being tall could be a disadvantage. I could be wrong, but if I’m not Anthony Pujades, who is also 6ft 3in, will struggle too.

Jonas Schomburg at RBC Super League Triathlon Jersey 2019

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