New Zealand's top-ranked triathlete, Ryan Sissons, is ready to race.
The Aucklander has just spent two and a half weeks training with the New Zealand high performance squad in Wanaka and is set start his 2014 season in New Plymouth on Sunday.
Ranked 15 in the world, the 25-year-old said he was looking forward to testing himself against two of the quickest men in the sport – Spain's Javier Gomez and Mario Mola.
"They're ranked one and two on the start list for Sunday. They're the ones to beat, they're both super quick," he said yesterday while at Wellington airport waiting for a flight to New Plymouth.
"Mario did a sub 14 for 5km last week. That's not slow."
Sissons said the training camp at Wanaka had gone well.
"We had a small group of us down there and we trained hard. I've done a fair bit of swimming in the last few months and everything is tracking well. We had a couple of open water swims in Wanaka," he said.
"We did a fair bit of work on the bike, a bit of hill work and I've done some pretty hard run sessions with Tony Dodds."
Sissons said while his main focus was on the ITU event over the standard distance (1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run) in Auckland on Sunday, April 6, he was optimistic about his chances over the shorter sprint distance (750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run).
"I'd love to podium ... everyone would. It's a really good field, there's a fair few good hitters. It won't be easy," he said.
"But my main focus is Auckland, it's a qualifier for the Commonwealth Games and it's a good lead into that."
Sissons said he had raced in New Plymouth before.
"Five or six years ago, I can't really remember. But it's good to race there again. I'm looking forward to it. It's always been a good race venue."
The elite men's race on Sunday starts at 2pm, with the elite women racing at midday.
- Taranaki Daily News
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