Reid Making Progress Towards Rio

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Reid Gets Stuck In

Ireland's top ranked elite triathlete Aileen Reid has said she's satisfied with her progress towards this year's Rio Games following a solid 17th position at the Leeds World Triathlon Series race in Yorkshire on Sunday.

Reid, who along with Bryan Keane, has qualified to represent Ireland at this year's Olympic Games, has had a late start to her 2016 season and is focusing on peaking for Rio.

After a small number of races in the late Spring, she spent much of May training at altitude in the French Pyrenees with Keane and Russell White, only coming down to sea level in the days before Leeds.

She said the race has given her a good indication of her current form.

"I've come from three great weeks of training at altitude with Bryan and Russell and I'm pretty happy with my performance," Reid said.

"I knew it would be a fast swim and tough bike course, and my aim was to get stuck into it and see where my training would get me. The bike definitely left me feeling heavy legged, though I am running quite well in training, and I've not done any of the fast stuff yet. So there's more to come and I'm still building for Rio!"

Reid, who holds the distinction of being the only Irish triathlete to ever make it to an ITU World Series podium, had generous words of encouragement for Russell White after he put in what was easily the best performance of his career to date by finishing 11th in the men's race.

"Mostly the weekend showcased Russell White," she said.

"I've known Russell a while (he swam with Lisburn before he went to university in Sterling) and he's been a fab young fella to have on camp; positive, agreeable, hardworking. I'm so chuffed for him to knock out that performance that we all knew was in there."

Another athlete delighted with White's breakthrough performance was Ben Shaw, who came spent much of the race battling alongside Russell in the main chase group on the bike.

Jackson 20th in Weert

In the Netherlands meanwhile, TI development athlete Kieran Jackson took another promising step in his career by finishing 20th at the Weert European Cup race.

The race will also have served as a valuable experience for Jackson's teammate Aichlinn O'Reilly who finished 37th in a fast field.