Preview: Firmus City of Derry Super Series

Firmus 2015 Swim

The 2016 Super Series starts on Sunday with the Firmus Energy City of Derry Triathlon. And with Ireland's two Olympic hopefuls on the start list for the men's and women's races, this year's Super Series opener promises to be one of the most exciting races of the year.

Reid and Keane on Start Lists

Aileen Reid and Bryan Keane were both relatively late additions to the field, and head to Derry on the back of an altitude training camp in the French Pyrenees which was aimed specifically at this year's Olympic Games in Rio.

Returning to sea level after an extended period at altitude can be notoriously difficult on the body but both athletes have the class that should see them put in impressive performances in Derry.

Aileen Leeds 2016 1

Women's Race

Reid finished 17th at last week's World Triathlon Series race in Leeds following a late start to 2016. With her focus firmly on Rio, she has been training right through this week but will still be the overwhelming favourite to emerge first from 750m swim in the River Foyle. 

TI development athletes Emma Sharkey, Siobhan Gallagher, Rachael Hawker (the defending 2015 Super Series Champion) and Laura Wylie will be aiming to be hot on Reid's heels however, and the presence of junior development athlete Caron Ryan will ensure plenty of competition on the swim leg of the race.

With the Super Series now in its second year, tactics on the bike could begin to play more of a role, especially if a number of the women emerge from the water together. Reid may well be on her own for some or all of the bike however and regardless of whether she comes in to T2 with company or alone, she's likely to put in a fast 5km run.

National Duathlon Champion Heather Foley will also be one to watch on the bike; and if she manages to place herself in the lead pack following the swim could have the legs to make life tough for the rest of the women heading towards the finish line.

Bryan Keane, Alanya

Men's Race

As with the women's race, all eyes in the men's field will be on Olympic bound Bryan Keane, who returned from his altitude training camp on Thursday and chose to race in Derry over a French Grand Prix event that had originally been pencilled in to his season plan.

Keane will have plenty of high performance development athletes and juniors racing to be first in to T1, with the on form Kieran Jackson, Chris Mintern and Aichlinn O'Reilly leading the charge.

The winner of last week's Westport Triathlon, 16-year-old Ben Walsh and the ever improving Darren Dunne will also be seeking to have a say in how the race unfolds.

The presence of fast swimmers, Brian Harris and Ross Higgins in the field could also prove crucial in the formation of a pack on the bike that will seek to pursue Keane, if he does emerge from the water with a lead.

Once on the run, Keane will seek to use his pace to pull clear but Chris Mintern - who has a proven record in cross country club running - will also be one to watch for a quick run split as will Kieran Jackson who appears to be getting faster with each race.

Follow the Races Live

The men's race is the first to start on Sunday morning at 08:05am with the women entering the water ten minutes later. Triathlon Ireland will be live-tweeting the event and will carry interviews and photos from the race on our facebook page.

Women's Field

Siobhan

Gallagher

247 Triathlon Club

Nadine

Gray

Fingal TC

Olivia

Ni Shuilleabhain

Athlone TC

Caoimhe

Ni mhurchu

Sligo Triathlon Club

Estelle

Johnston

Armagh Pike Kickers

Rachel

Hawker

Ellen

Murphy

Belpark TC

Jemma

Speers

Invictus TC

Orlaith

Fogarty

247 Triathlon Club

Christine

Russell

Triona

Mc Menamin

247 Triathlon Club

Emma Jane 

Sharkey

Katherine

Kelly

Portmarnock TC

Caron

Ryan

Ailbhe

Carroll

Laura

Wylie

Hi-Elbow TC

Heather

Foley

Lisburn TC

 

Men's Field

Brian

Harris

Wicklow TC

Kieran

Jackson

Michael

Sinton

Lisburn TC

James

Walton

Triangle Triathlon Club

Chris

Mcnevison

Lisburn TC

Emmett

Mullan

Michael

Macken

Athlone TC

Rhodri

Jones

Triangle Triathlon Club

Anthony

Mulholland

Piranha TC

Mark

Haynes

Armagh Pike Kickers

Finbar

Mcgrady

Newry Triathlon Club

Ben

Vahey

Predator TC

Edwin

Sutton

Cork TC

Eoin

Lyons

Waterford TC

TIERNAN

BURKE

Brendan g

Murphy

Belpark TC

Aichlinn

O'reilly

Danny 

Mooney 

247 Triathlon Club

Bernard

McCullagh

Liam

Murray

Virgina Triathlon & Cyling Club

Jack

Lawson

Brendan

Crawford

Belpark TC

Ben

Walsh

Westport Triathlon Club

Raymond

Byrne

Daniel

Quigley

Ross

Higgins

Limerick TC

Cillian

Tierney

GoTri TC

Marcus

Mcgowan

MSC Tri 

Odhran

Mckane 

Northwest TC

Niall

Cornyn

Richard

Horton

Christopher

Mintern

Cork TC

Darren

O'Neill

Harry

Speers

Invictus TC

Andrew

Murphy

Darren

Dunne