GB age-groupers head to ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships

Italy to host winter tri champs this weekend

A small but dedicated Great Britain Age-Group Team travel to Cogne in Italy this weekend as they compete at the 2013 Cogne ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships.??

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The event involves a 6km run, 12km mountain bike, and 9km cross-country ski, although the nature of winter triathlon means final distances will be set on the day taking account of the snow conditions.

The eight strong Great Britain Age-Group Team will include three athletes who delivered medal-winning performances at last year’s ETU European Championships. European Champion, Kelley Hanvier (35-39) and silver medallists Sarah Thomas (35-39) and Richard Gentry (25-29) will all be on the start line in Italy.

Kelley Hanvier was looking forward to racing commenting: “It's only my second time doing this sport but following last year’s European championships I am thoroughly looking forward to the challenge and eventually finding a sport I have the honour of representing GB in! Having some friends there in the same race makes it all the better to.”

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Malcolm Westwood, British Triathlon Director for Age-Group Teams commented: “This is the first major championships of the season for the Great Britain Age-Group Team and I am sure with a number of experienced athletes competing in Italy, we will get off to a great start.”