Bailey aiming to power to podium place

Dan Bailey in training at Havant Parkrun
Dan Bailey in training at Havant Parkrun
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Dan Bailey will aim to prove he’s stronger than ever as he gets set to tackle the ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships for a second time.

The 21-year-old plans to shatter his time from 2011 when he finished second in the age 20-24 category at the brutal event – hosted annually in Switzerland.

A silver medal on debut might have satisfied the ambition for many.

But Bailey is now gearing up to tackle the mountainous course all over again, with top spot on the podium in his sights.

First though, he must negotiate the gruelling 10km run, a 150km bike ride, then a 30km run to finish.

He knows nothing can be taken for granted with some of the world’s top endurance athletes set to take to the start line.

‘I believe I stand a good chance – a 95 per cent chance of getting a medal,’ said Bailey.

‘But I cannot say I can come away with a gold because you don’t know what the other guys are doing.

‘There could be a super athlete in the field.

‘Based on last year’s time, and the year before, I see no reason why I can’t do a gold standard time.

‘I got silver in 2011 and I was really happy with that.

‘If I can come away with a gold this time that would be amazing.

‘It would show the hard work does pay off.’

Bailey has been encouraged by his training performances and feels he is in shape to smash his 2011 time of 7hr 23min 15sec.

A sub seven-hour clocking is the target.

To do that, the Victory AC ace will need things to go to plan on the day.

He must not be influenced by the pace of his rivals – including home favourite Jan Baumgartner, who won gold in 2011.

Bailey said: ‘My overall goal is to finish under seven hours.

‘I’m feeling good. The average speeds I have achieved on my 80-mile cycle rides have been better than I was aiming for.

‘My running is also going well. I have set a new personal best for the 5k Parkrun after doing my training reps on the track at the Mountbatten Centre.

‘Jan Baumgartner, who beat me in 2011, is on the start list again.

‘It would be good to get the better of him this time but I don’t know how well he is doing.

‘If someone does come past me at a phenomenal speed in the cycle I just have to stick to my game plan.

‘I know the course now and that will help.’

Bailey is hoping it won’t be a scorching hot day.

But due to the nature of the course – starting from the Swiss town of Zofingen and heading up into the mountains – he knows there could be extreme conditions.

‘We start at 9am and by 4pm it could have changed completely,’ said Bailey.

‘I can adapt, though.

‘Last time it was mild in the town of Zofingen.

‘But when we cycled up into the mountains there was snow on the ground and the air was cooler.’