The longest-running World Triathlon Series event returns to the calendar once more this weekend, as the elite triathletes head to Germany for the Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon.
Ready for another big performance is the two-time World Champion Flora Duffy, returning to competition after a foot injury kept her out of racing in Leeds. The Bermudian, who has won two races this season but did not finish in Abu Dhabi, needs precious points to keep herself at the top of the rankings until the end of the season, and after victory here last year, it is a course she knows well.
Itís a starting list packed with medal contenders, too, leaving the podium places wide open along with the world ranking standings by the end of the weekend, and WTS Hamburg is again set to be one of the spectacles of the season as thousands of spectators line the course to cheer on their heroes.
Proudly sporting the golden number 1 will be USAís Katie Zaferes, who has just been named the US Athlete of the Month having earned the top place in the rankings after finishing third in WTS Leeds. The American was also crucial for her team as it grabbed a first-ever victory in the Mixed Relay Series, a hard-earned podium double that Zaferes is eager to repeat in Hamburg.
That certainly wonít be an easy task, with many of her fellow teammates also showing excellent recent form. Look out for Kirsten Kasper, likely to be one of the first athletes out of the water, along with the ever-impressive Summer Cook and Taylor Spivey.
The Brits are also known for their strength in the water, and Vicky Holland, Jessica Learmonth and Non Stanford will be fighting from the opening strokes in order to emerge and ascend the famous Hamburg stairs among the first group of athletes into transition.