Portsmouth Triathlon is perfect platform for Steadman ahead of world champs

Lauren Steadman. Picture: David Pearce/British Triathlon
Lauren Steadman. Picture: David Pearce/British Triathlon
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Lauren Steadman has a memorable 2015 triple crown in her sights.

She has already been crowned British and European Paratriathlon champion this year.

The next target is the World Championships on Friday, September 18, in Chicago, USA.

First, though, the Southsea-based Great Britain international is looking forward to getting some valuable race time in the Portsmouth Triathlon tomorrow.

Steadman, 22, will line-up in the sprint distance race and is excited about the challenge ahead.

She said: ‘I train in the sea here and train all along the seafront.

‘It’s nice to have a race on my own training ground. I don’t have to travel far or get flights.

‘I attended the event last year but not to race. I was handing out the prizes. So it’s good to be back this year.

‘For me it is a training race. It will be my first event on my new bike so I can test it out and it’s good to get the muscles fired up ahead of the world championships in two weeks.’

Steadman has recently returned from Rio where she won gold for Great Britain at the Paralympic test event ahead of 2016’s showpiece.

That was a valuable opportunity to sample what Brazil has to offer.

Steadman said: ‘I was very, very happy to get the gold medal.

‘It was a test event for the competitors to see what the course will be like next year and give some feedback.

‘Also a chance to try the hotels, the venues and the holding camp.

‘When you are in Europe you don’t often get to race the Americans and Australians so it was a good challenge.

‘Some strong Canadians were there and the Americans were good.

‘It was very exciting to win there, a year before the main event.

‘We had a squad of 13 athletes from Great Britain across all categories and managed to get quite a few medals.

‘As a country we are leading the way in paratriathlon.’

Before any thoughts turn to the Paralympics, though, Steadman has a different global goal.

She added: ‘I will definitely try to retain my world title in Chicago.

‘It would complete my treble for this year, with British, European and world titles.’

Meanwhile, the Portsmouth Triathlon will provide an exciting spectacle tomorrow.

Race headquarters are at Southsea Castle and the roads along the route will be closed to traffic.

The sea swim starts from Southsea beach to the west of South Parade Pier. Standard distance competitors will do 1,500m, with sprint distance racers swimming 750m.

On the bike, sprint competitors will do a three-lap circuit for a total distance of 20km and standard distance competitors complete six laps (40km).

The run is a 10km route for the standard and 5km for the sprint.

Olympic waves start at 7am and sprint waves begin at 9am, with the presentation from midday.

There is also a duathlon race – a 5km run, 40km cycle, 10km run.

For more information see the website portsmouthtriathlon.com