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Posted: July 4, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Triathlon: Double Olympic Medalist James Cracknell makes GB Triathlon debut

Already acknowledged for his passion for sporting challenges, James Cracknell makes his GB Age Group triathlon debut this weekend at the 2009 Holten ETU Triathlon European Championships in the Netherlands.

Cracknell , already well known on the British triathlon circuit will no doubt be seen as a strong contender by fellow competitors as they line up for the 35-40 year age group race. Winning a European triathlon medal however, to sit inside what must be an enviable trophy cabinet will be no easy task for Cracknell, as age group triathlon racing is keenly contested worldwide.

Cracknell is part of a team of 251 age group athletes, hoping to bring home more than the 21 European medals won in Lisbon last year. Juliet Vickery (45-49) and Peter Howard (75-70) travel as defending European Champions whilst Shona Forest (35-39) and Liz Clegg (50-54) will hope to change the silver medals won in 2008 to gold in 2009.

Age Group racing takes place on Saturday 4 July and is followed on Sunday 5 July with the 2009 Holten ETU Triathlon European Championships.

The 2009 Holten ETU Triathlon European Championships are contested over the standard distance of a 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run.

Age Group race - Saturday 4 July, 11.00 GMT start time
2009 Holten ETU Triathlon European Championships are contested over the standard triathlon distance: 1,500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run.

About British Triathlon
British Triathlon is the National Governing Body for Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain, responsible for leading growth and performance of the sport. At international level Great Britain boasts a strong squad of world ranked elite triathletes who regularly achieve international success and has some outstanding young talent emerging from its youth programmes. There are over 700 triathlon events conducted in Great Britain each year including the renowned Mazda London Triathlon and British Triathlon Super Series which promotes the sport through exclusive coverage on Channel 4. British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. (

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