31 March 2017
RICK Fulton, the Triathlon Zimbabwe president, reckons the 2017 Bonaqua Troutbeck ATU Triathlon African Cup will be an open race that any triathlete can win.
The annual event comes to life in Nyanga tomorrow marking its 10th anniversary. This will be the first season of Bonaqua as the title sponsor taking over from Schweppes.
A total of 14 elite athletes, eight men and six women, have been registered by the International Triathlon Union for this race with couple of new faces set for a debut at the difficult terrain.
What will even make this African Cup exciting and competitive is that it will be the beginning of the road to the 2020 Olympics.
“I think this is a very open race,” Fulton told H-Metro.
“There are young and upcoming triathletes and our knowledge of them is quite limited. It will be a tough race and it’s going to be exiting.
“It’s the start of the Olympic cycle so many athletes want to prove themselves to their organisations.”
Meanwhile, the Bonaqua Troutbeck ATU Triathlon African Cup will also bring down the curtain on the Triathlon Zimbabwe 2016-17 season with National Championships and an awarding ceremony.
At the same time, Zimbabwe juniors will be racing against an invitational team from South Africa as part of their preparations for the African Triathlon Championships set for Tunisia in May.