On the afternoon of Friday March 8th, just a week away the world’s top Triathletes will launch into the waters of Yas Marina to get WTS Abu Dhabi and the 2019 World Triathlon Series season underway. Defending their world titles, Mario Mola (ESP) and Vicky Holland (GBR) will be among the big names on the start lists, behind them a wealth of talent and experience looking to put their off-season training to work and make the necessary adjustments from last year’s campaign to challenge for the most coveted prize in the sport.
An untimely rainstorm caused the athletes added difficulties on an already challenging Abu Dhabi F1 circuit course 12 months ago, but that did nothing to hamper a remarkable charge from Henri Schoeman who took to the front early on in the swim and never relinquished his grip on the sprint-distance race. The very first women’s WTS Abu Dhabi podium five years ago was a who’s who of world-class talent starring Gwen Jorgensen, Katie Zaferes and Flora Duffy. Since then, the rapid course has been conquered by Jodie Stimpson, Andrea Hewitt and most recently Rachel Klamer, and the unpredictability of the season opener will make it another unmissable occasion as WTS 2019 gets underway.