Our 2019 Highlights

Georgia Taylor Brown

 

January

At the National Track Championships HUUB Wattbike claimed national titles and broke British records to finish off a hugely successful 2018/19 season and stake their claim as Britain's best men's pursuit team.

February

Henri Schoeman (RSA) and Jonny Brownlee (GBR) claimed 2nd and 3rd in the Super League final standings after dominating the final round in Singapore, which Brownlee won overall.

March

Alex Yee (GBR) announced himself on the WTS scene as he stormed to 2nd place in his first WTS race at Abu Dhabi, running head to head with 2018 World Champion Mario Mola (ESP). Jessica Learmonth (GBR) kicked off her year with 3rd place, adding to an already impressive string of podiums.

April

Learmonth earned back-to-back podiums with 2nd at Bermuda WTS. Meanwhile, HUUB supported athlete Gustav Iden (NOR) earned a first WTS podium in 3rd place. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) also returned to racing at Marbella 70.3 finishing 2nd place after a mechanical put him over 7 minutes in arrears.

May

Schoeman returned to the podium in a close fought battle with Vincent Luis (FRA) at Yokohama WTS. On the same weekend Alistair Brownlee and Sophie Coldwell (GBR) also claimed gold at Cagliari World Cup.

June

Georgia Taylor-Brown earned a maiden victory at Leeds WTS and was joined by Learmonth on the podium in 3rd place reaffirming the pair as ones to watch for the 2020 Olympics. The following weekend Sophie Coldwell, Ben Dijkstra, Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee, competing for Team GBR won the WTS mixed relays in Nottingham leading from start to finish in emphatic style. At the end of the month, Taylor-Brown and Learmonth once again shared the podium in Montreal WTS.

July

Jonny Brownlee returned to the top step of the WTS podium with a convincing win in Edmonton. He had the better of 2018 World Champion Mola and series leader at the time, Luis, to show he'll still be fighting for the Olympic title come summer next year.

August

Taylor-Brown and Learmonth were denied 1st and 2nd place at the Olympic test event as the pair were disqualified for holding hands crossing the line. Kristian Blummenfelt won Lausanne WTS Grand final in emphatic style and in doing so delivered his first WTS victory. In the women's race Jessica Learmonth (GBR) finished 2nd with Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) in 3rd, cementing their respective places in the overall series. Jetze Plat (NED) carried on his unbeaten run since 2015 dominating the PTWC category in the Paratriathlon World Championships.

September

Gustav Iden stunned the long distance world with a win at the 70.3 World Championships. The somewhat different and challenging course attracted the best athletes from ITU and long distance, with the young Norwegian taking the honours and double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee (GBR) in 2nd. The following week Gareth Thomas completed an emotional IM Wales the day after he announced he was HIV positive.

October

Blummenfelt carried on an impressive end to the year with 2nd place at Malta Super League just behind World Champion Luis. This was off the back of a win at the WTS Grand Final, and a 5th place finish at the 70.3 World Championships. Fellow HUUB athlete Coldwell finished in 5th place as Katie Zaferes reigned supreme. 

December

Alistair Brownlee secured a spot for Kona 2020 with a record-breaking win at Ironman Western Australia. The week later Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) set another World record as he won Bahrain 70.3. In the cycling world, HUUB Wattbike bowed out of World Cup competition in Brisbane with a PB performance and a time which would have won medals at the past two Olympic games. The unfunded independent team are now unable to compete at World Cup events after the UCI implemented a ban on all trade teams. To finish the year, Gareth Thomas delivered the Sports Personality of the Year award after a gruelling 500-mile cycle challenge for Sport Relief.