Neil Collins is targeting a memorable Portsmouth Triathlon treble.
The Southsea triathlete has been in excellent racing form throughout the summer.
The level of competition is guaranteed to be even higher in Chicago but I’ve kept injury-free and feel ready for the fightNeil Collins
He has embarked on a successful journey, including representing Great Britain in the 40-44 age group at the European Triathlon Championships in Switzerland.
Collins, from Southsea, also finished fourth in his age group in the British nationals and won the Portsmouth Try a Tri sprint-distance triathlon in June.
He’s now focusing on the World Championships in Chicago in September.
Before that the Portsmouth Triathlon, organised by Portsmouth City Council and Triathlon England, on Sunday, September 6 fits perfectly into the schedule.
Collins said: ‘I’m really looking forward to the Portsmouth Triathlon.
‘It will be the third year since the event was introduced and I’m hoping for a third consecutive victory over the sprint distance.
‘It’s also well-timed in the run-up to the World Championships on September 17, in Chicago.
‘I’ve had a great year of racing so far, kicking off with the Portsmouth Duathlon series back in March.
‘Since then I’ve raced pretty consistently in duathlons and triathlons, locally and further afield.
‘I placed fourth in the British nationals and 13th in Europe.
‘The level of competition is guaranteed to be even higher in Chicago but I’ve kept injury-free and feel ready for a fight.’
The World Championships will put a nice gloss on an eventful season for Collins. He won’t be resting up for too long after that, though, with a busy 2016 planned, including more competitions on the international stage.
‘The World Championships will be my last multi-sport event of 2015 but the plan for 2016 is already being chalked up,’ said Collins.
‘I’ve qualified to race in Lisbon, Portugal, at next year’s European Triathlon champs.
‘In June I’ll be taking time out from triathlon to cycle the length of the Pyrenees (710km) with my dad.’
Collins, who trains with David Lloyd Tri Club Port Solent, is a big supporter of the local events in the city – including Southsea parkrun on the seafront every Saturday (9am).
He enjoys racing in Portsmouth, where triathlon is growing as a sport.
Collins added: ‘There’s a fantastic community here that revolves around running and multi-sport and I’m proud to be a part of it.
‘Over the winter I’ll be entering some local running races as well as doing Southsea parkrun as much as possible.
‘I’ve already enrolled for the 2016 Portsmouth Duathlon series which is growing in popularity and a great way to start the season in early spring.’
The deadline for Portsmouth Triathlon entries is on Monday.
Visit portsmouthtriathlon.com for more information. Alexandra Sports will supply prizes for the sprint and Olympic categories, as well as the relay and duathlon competitions.
The first wave competitors start at 7am, with spectators welcome.