This weekend’s WTS race marks the first time Alistair Brownlee, Johnny Brownlee and Javier Gomez will all race in the same event since the Olympic triathlon in London last year. The last time all three elite men raced Hamburg was back in 2007, where Gomez finished second. The elite women’s race will feature WTS points leader Anne Haug of Germany, Gwen Jorgensen of the U.S., and Great Britain’s Non Stanford and Jodie Stimpson.
ITU WTS Hamburg begins with a pontoon-start dive into an artificial lake known as the Binnen-Alster. After a two-lap swim, the athletes will head out on a four-lap, flat but very technical 5km bike loop. Once off the bike, the athletes will run two laps on a completely flat, 2.5km course through downtown Hamburg. The flat topography of this race, combined with the good surface roads, historically have made for some extremely fast times, however the technical turns on the bike course (eight sharp turns per lap) provide plenty of room for attacks and crashes.