After a solid start to the season Spain’s Mario Mola believes he is in a good position to win his second race of the year come Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town this Sunday. The Cape Town race is the fourth event in the World Triathlon Series. Mola won the first race of 2015 in Abu Dhabi and finished second at the Gold Coast.
Mola says: ‘I’ve had a good enough start of the season to believe that if I put myself where I have to be during the race and I don’t make mistakes, I can be a contender for the winners’ podium. I always compete to do my best and aiming to win, so we’ll see where the race puts me at the end of the day.’ There are some changes to the route this year and Mola believes that will add to the excitement on the day. He says: ‘I think it’s a very interesting course, and definitely will be a challenging one. It’s going to be important to be well positioned when going through the Green Point Athletics Stadium, as I imagine narrower area there, which I’m sure is going to be a great spot for the spectators too.’ With Jonathan Brownlee – the winner of two of the three events thus far and the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series leader – not in action at the Cape Town race, Mola along with his Spanish compatriot Javier Gomez (pictured) will lead the overseas onslaught.
Mola is the fastest runner on the circuit. The Spaniard says: ‘Every one racing deserves and must be considered as a possible winner. It is very complicated to predict how a race will be and who will be in the right position at the right time. There are many big names competing in Cape Town this weekend, so it’s going to be better to focus on trying to give my all and see what happens.’ One hundred and thirteen elite triathletes from 80 countries will participate in the World Triathlon Cape Town. This will be the fourth event in the ten city tour, which finishes in Chicago later this year.
It is only the second time that a leg of the ITU World Triathlon Series will be hosted on the African continent, with the finish at the brand new Green Point Athletics Stadium – the first international event to finish at the venue. The swim leg of the race will take place at Quay 6 at the V & A Waterfront. The Elite Women’s race will take place on Saturday, 25 April from 14:55 until 17:15, and the Elite Men at the same times on Sunday, 26 April.
Participants have the option to enter either the Sprint or Olympic distance and para-triathletes (PT2 – PT5) can enter the Sprint event. Team relays for both distances are also on the schedule and entrants can participate from the age of 11. The Sprint distance includes a 500m swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run.
The Olympic distance includes a 1 500m swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run. The minimum age for the Olympic individual is 18 and for teams, 16. Schools are also welcome to enter teams in this special category.
Late entries will still be accepted.