Lucy Charles-Barclay and Magnus Ditlev enjoy iced gem biscuits and mini relay with Sembawang Primary School pupils

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SINGAPORE, 11 APRIL 2024 – It is race week for the Singapore T100 and the Marina Bay area is buzzing with excitement as the Lion City welcomes some of the world’s best athletes and thousands of triathlon enthusiasts.

To facilitate the smooth running of Singapore T100, the following roads are closed on Saturday (April 13) from 11am to 8pm and on Sunday (April 14) from 3am to 7pm: Bayfront Ave, Sheares Avenue, ECP Exits 14, 14A & 15, Rochor Road, Ophir Road. Additional roads closed on Sunday are Nicoll Highway and Republic Ave.

Detailed information is available at https://t100triathlon.com/singapore/participate/100km-open. Spectators and participants are advised to plan their journey accordingly and encouraged to take public transport.

Ahead of the April 13-14 Singapore T100, pro athletes Magnus Ditlev and Lucy Charles-Barclay took the time to meet 13 pupils from Sembawang Primary School on Thursday (April 11). The athletes sampled iced gem biscuits and participated in a mini relay with the pupils, who were part of a weekly running programme conducted by MetaSport, organisers of the Singapore T100.

After a quick introduction to the sport of triathlon and the Singapore T100, the athletes answered a few questions from the pupils, providing tips on how they maintain their strength and fuel properly for races. The athlete and pupils then took turns sharing their go-to healthy and ‘cheat day’ snacks – fruits and French fries were popular answers. One pupil also presented the athletes with her favourite local treat, iced gem biscuits, to sample to the delight of the pros.

The pupils were then split into two teams and showed off their skills in a mini relay with the athletes. Both athletes led a short warm-up session before the run in the school hall commenced. Charles-Barclay ran a lap each for both teams as Ditlev had injured his wrist and was unable to participate.

On Saturday, reigning Ironman world champion Charles-Barclay will find herself among a tough field that includes defending champion Ashleigh Gentle in the Women’s Pro Race. Meanwhile, the Men’s Pro Race on Sunday is headlined by two-time Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee and reigning men’s Ironman world champion Sam Laidlow.

Flash quotes from Charles-Barclay, Gentle and Brownlee can be found below. The full line-up for the Singapore T100 can be found here.

Besides the professional races, the Singapore T100 will also feature a 100km triathlon (2km Swim/80km Bike/18km Run) for experienced amateurs and two duathlon races ­­– Standard (5km Run/32km Cycle/5km Run) and Long (10km Run/64km Cycle/10km Run). The course will be very similar to the one the professionals raced last August, including a unique opportunity to swim in the iconic Marina Bay and then bike and run around the Marina Bay Financial District in the heart of the Lion City.

For more information on the T100 Triathlon World Tour, visit www.T100Triathlon.com.

Flash quotes

Lucy Charles-Barclay

“It’s amazing to be able to see the next generation of athletes. To be able to share with the kids about the T100 and what an amazing sport triathlon is, it’s a really great opportunity for us as athletes to hopefully spread the word, inspire some more kids to really take up the sport or just get into sport in general. I’m really excited to be back in Singapore and excited to race here, hopefully I’ll get a better result this time. This race is almost not about looking at the competition and really trying to think about yourself because of the heat and humidity. The moment you start focusing on someone else’s race is the minute that you just overheat and blow up. I’m going to try and not focus on the other competitors and just really focus on myself, fuel and keep cool.”

Ashleigh Gentle

“It’s really nice to be back. I feel like I am settled now that I am here in Singapore. As the defending champion there is always going to be an element of pressure because there is that expectation. Singapore was my best performance last year, I don’t know if I can do that again on Saturday but there is an expectation from other people that I can. For me, it is about taking that as a privilege; I would rather be defending champ and have a bit of pressure than not be. It’s an honour. I have had a long career and there have been times where things haven’t gone so well so I need to make sure that I am grateful for all the times it is going well. That comes with extra pressure and expectation but I think it’s worth it. It’s my first race of the year and there is that feeling that I will build into the year but on the flip side, Singapore is a race that really suits me and I need to seize that opportunity. I need to make sure I am firing and I can make good use of this opportunity.”

Alistair Brownlee

“I was training in Malaysia for 10 days before this, so I feel like I’ve been here a while. It took me a few days to get used to it, it’s brutally hot but I feel better for it. Miami was really hot for me and I definitely overheated, I hadn’t really prepared for those conditions. I’m definitely more prepared for this one, I’m a bit fitter and more prepared for the heat. Ideally, I would have spent a bit longer in these conditions but I feel I’ve done as well as I could in the last couple of weeks and I’m happy with that. It has been another few weeks of training, a bit more running in the legs, which has helped. I was in Malaysia for those 10 days specifically to adapt to the conditions, trying to adapt to the heat, spending time outside. Overall, I’m happy with where I’ve been over the last few weeks and I’ll be disappointed if I’m not better than fifth. I’ve never been to Singapore before. It’s an absolutely beautiful city, so clean, incredibly green, a mixture of modern and the old buildings, surrounded by the sea. I got here last night, did a run yesterday and was very impressed. I’ll get a day here afterwards to maybe do some tourist things, we’ll see what the legs are like.”

About the Professional Triathletes Organisation

The PTO is a sports body that is co-owned by its professional athletes, which is seeking to elevate and grow the sport of triathlon and take it to the next level. The T100 Triathlon World Tour is the new name for the PTO Tour and will feature a season-long schedule of eight T100 races during 2024 that will be raced over 100km (2km swim, 80km bike and 18km run) and feature the world’s best triathletes going head-to-head on a consistent basis in iconic locations around the world. Including: Miami T100 @ CLASH Endurance Miami (9 March); Singapore T100 (13-14 April); California T100 (8-9 June); London T100 (27-28 July); Ibiza T100 (28-29 Sept); Lake Las Vegas T100 (19-20 Oct); Dubai T100 (16-17 Nov); and the Grand Final (29-30 Nov). The broadcast will follow the 2023 PTO Tour approach which showed races live around the world in 195+ territories, courtesy of the PTO’s partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery as well as a range of other international, regional and local broadcasters.

Credit: Singapore T100

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