Jonathan Hotchkiss, the two time Vitruvian winner and course record holder, has been forced to pull out of this year’s event. Hotchkiss, a recent 220 feature star (‘Bouldered Over’, issue 236), has cited stress induced over-training syndrome along with adrenal fatigue as the reasons for his absence.
The illnesses have also put paid to the rest of his 2009 season, resulting in another injury/illness plagued year for the professional triathlete (wheat intolerance led to a disappointing opening half of 2008, before end of season wins at Bala and Vitruvian).
Hotchkiss’ no-show denies him the chance to race against Spencer Smith and Thomas Hellriegel in what looks like being one of the season’s most exciting and intriguing line-ups. We’re on Eurobike/Monaco 70.3 duty this weekend, but will keep you posted here early next week on Vitruvian’s race action. Issue 240 will have a full race report.