Elite triathlete Lucy Gossage is the latest pro to declare her intentions to race the Vachery Triathlon, in Cranleigh, Surrey on 21 July.
Gossage will be contesting the middle-distance race at the festival of triathlon, competing over the 1.9km lake swim, 80km bike course through the Surrey Hills before returning to the Vachery Estate to contest the 13.1 mile run through closed country lanes.
Lucy Gossage starts as favourite for the inaugural Vachery middle, with a CV that includes titles such as the British Duathlon Champion, 2x European Duathlon Long Course Champion, silver at the 2012 Long Course Duathlon World Championships and a stunning performance at Challenge Barcelona 2012, where she dipped under the nine-hour time to take the victory and the title there.
Gossage said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to the Vachery Triathlon on the 21st July and racing hard over what looks like a tough but fair course. I’ve heard some great things about this event and the stunning race course and look forward to a tough race.
“It’s a fantastic new event to the triathlon calendar and one that looks set to become a regular fixture for the elites, age-groupers and beginners in this country.”
Lucy isn’t likely to have it all her own way, with a strong women’s field including top age-grouper Anna Turvey, who recently came fifth at Challenge Fuerteventura, fourth place finisher at 70.3 UK Amy Forshaw, and Holly Lawrence who came second at Wimbleball.
Claire Shea-Simmonds won Challenge Henley Half last year and comes into the race after 10th at Ironman Lanzarote.
Entries are closing soon for all race distances, but you can still enter the Vachery Triathlon Festival for a limited time only here: http://www.vacherytriathlon.co.uk/