Hazelwood Super Series Preview

The Super Series heads to Sligo this weekend for round four of the country's premier triathlon competition.

Met Eireann are promising warm and humid conditions which will make what looks to be a superb course even more enjoyable for competitors as the Super Series athletes tackle a technical and varied Sprint Distance draft legal triathlon and the Age Group triathletes take on a tough but very scenic Olympic distance race.

Two Provinces Warm Up

The Course

Sligo Triathlon Club are justifiably excited about their new course, which is based around Lough Gill close to the town centre.

According to race director David Gormley, the swim should be fast: "It's a very sheltered bay unless and you get the wind coming from the south it will be pan-flat. The Super Series athletes will do one lap of the swim course and the the Olympic distance racers will be doing two loops."

"The bike course for the Olympic distance race heads out to Dromahair on open roads and it's one big loop, there's a 6km gradual hill and then it's a down hill slope home. It's a good fast course except for the hill, if people underestimate that they will suffer!"

Hazelwood Triathlon

"The Super Series bike course is very technical, it's on closed roads and it's a 4km loop so spectators will be able to see them come round five times which will be very exciting especially at the old Saehan factory where there's a turnaround point, " said Mr Gormley

The run leg will take place in the stunning surroundings of Hazelwood forest - the setting for much of WB Yeat's poetry, not that competitors will have such lofty matters on their minds.

"The run for the Olympic distance is three laps of a 3.3km loop in the forest, the Super Series athletes will be doing three laps of a shorter loop also in the forest. It's a brilliant course and we're very excited about it," Mr Gormley concluded.

The Men's Field

The men's field for race four of the Super Series will see the now familiar gang of young guns battle it out for supremacy with a number of established athletes hoping the technical bike course could see them reeled in before the run.

Darren Dunne HOTW

Series leader Darren Dunne and 2nd placed athlete Cillian Tierney are on the start list but both men will have a race on their hands with the recent winner of the Sprint Distance National Championships James Edgar also pencilled in to compete.

James Edgar Winning

Edgar was hugely impressive taking the national title but hasn't always gotten the better of Dunne in their head to heads, which sets up the prospect of an exciting battle.

The presence of Aichlinn O'Reilly, Eoin Lyons and Kieran Jackson in the field makes the race even more unpredictable. Jackson has the ability to win at Hazelwood while Eoin Lyons could well end up moving in to third place overall in the series by the end of tomorrow's race. He has placed 5th and 4th at the last two Super Series events, a step on the podium is not beyond his reach.

First Name

Last Name

Club

David

Shelley

Trilogy Triathlon Club

Finbar

Mcgrady

Newry Triathlon Club

Maciej

Brumm

Ross

Higgins

Limerick TC

Michael

Sinton

Lisburn TC

Brendan

Crawford

Belpark TC

Brian

Harris

Wicklow TC

Michael

Macken

Athlone TC

Niall

Cornyn

Anthony

Mulholland

Piranha TC

James

Edgar

Brendan g

Murphy

Belpark TC

Liam

Murray

Virgina Triathlon & Cyling Club

Aichlinn

O'reilly

Emmett

Mullan

Northwest TC

Marcus

Mcgowan

MSC Tri 

Eoin

Lyons

Waterford TC

Kieran

Jackson

Raymond

Byrne

Cillian

Tierney

GoTri TC

Patrick

Peters

Cian 

Bonnichon

Darren

Dunne

Women's Field

Heather Foley Two Provinces Running

Heather Foley will head in to Hazelwood as the clear favourite in the women's field. Foley currently leads the overall series rankings and with her all round abilities is a tough prospect to beat.

Niamh Corry Two Provinces

The women's race will be interesting tactically and could end up with many of the women completing the bike course in a pack. Strong swimmers Siobhan Gallagher of 247 Triathlon Club and Niamh Corry from Fingal TC will have to decide how hard to push things on if - as expected - they create a gap over the rest of the field coming out of the water.

Ellen Murphy Two Provinces 2016

Ellen Murphy, who currently lies third overall in the series, will be chief amongst the athletes looking to make hay of the compact field and certainly has the skills and power on the technical bike course to gain advantage over her competitors.

Finally Lynne Algar can't be ruled out of the reckoning. Algar is mentor and coach to many of the top men in the race and will keep the women's field honest with her swimming abilities.

First Name

Last Name

Club

Eimear

Mathews

Niamh

Corry

Fingal TC

Ellen

Murphy

Belpark TC

Siobhan

Devlin

Cork TC

Siobhan

Gallagher

247 Triathlon Club

Heather

Foley

Denise

Compton

Tipperary TC

Olivia

Ni Shuilleabhain

Athlone TC

Jennifer

Algar

Sligo Triathlon Club

Lynne

Algar

Limerick TC

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