Peasgood to focus on cycling after para-triathlon silver

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George Peasgood took silver in the men’s PTS5 at the Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea

George Peasgood is already aiming to drop down from three disciplines to one after silver in the men’s PTS5 at the Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea writes Milly McEvoy.

The 26-year-old from Saffron Walden matched the result from the Tokyo Paralympics where he also earned bronze in the men’s road time trial C4 in para-cycling.

And it is that single discipline that Peasgood will be returning to next week as he looks to defend his world title in the time trial in Baie-Comeau, Canada after perfect preparation in Swansea.

“This one was a pretty big one for us, I needed to make the most of it being a home race,” Peasgood explained.

“It all counts towards points for qualification [for Paris 2024] which starts next year, so really going into that one step ahead.

“Next for me, on Monday I am flying to Canada for the UCI World Cycling Champs going in as reigning time-trial champion, so I am really looking to build on my performance here, come from this go out to Canada and go and try and retain my title.

“And then we’ve got the build-up to the races at the end of the year.”

The last major races for para-triathlon come in Abu Dhabi in November when the World Championships Finals takes place.

Peasgood has not been off the podium the year with victory in the Volvo WTPS event in Yokohama before bronze at the European Championships.

And he claimed more silverware in Swansea, staying focused after being passed by Canada’s Stefan Daniel to earn second in a time of 58:13, 39 seconds ahead of Filipe Marques of Portugal who took the bronze.

The Loughborough-based athlete fed of the crowds who had lined their course to show support the GB competitors as Swansea hosted a Volvo WTPS event for the first time.

He added: “I’m a bit disappointed because I think I had a bit more in me, but to be able to have a race on home soil, I’ve got my parents and my girlfriend here and it is nice to have a home crowd as well.

“We haven’t had that for a while. It was so great to have the Commonwealths here this year and I couldn’t race in Leeds last year either so to be able to have a home race is special.

“It was a challenging course, it was quite bumpy on the bike, one of my bike parts came a bit loose.

“It is a tough and challenging course especially the way in and out of transition, it has got everything: headwind and tailwind on the bike.

“The swim is quite calm which is quite nice but then the run you’ve got loads of drags up and drags down and it is quite technical, so it has got a bit of everything.”

The Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea - Britain's first ever standalone World Triathlon Para Series event - headlined a week-long para sport festival in the Welsh city, which also included the first ever International Paratriathlon Conference. Interested in getting involved in paratriathlon? Visit the get involved page on britishtriathlon.org