DERRY OLYMPIAN, Aileen Reid is hoping to take advantage of a weakened field and battle for a podium spot at the Edmonton World Triathlon Series race in Canada this Sunday.
The Culmore Road triathlete has been preparing for the race, which is the last stop off in the World Series before the Grand Final in Chicago on September 18th and 19th, at a training camp in San Diego with 2014 Commonwealth champion Jodie Stimpson.
Reid is well placed in the series, currently lying in 8th but she has a real opportunity to jump up the rankings with five of the top eight ranked women in the world missing from Sunday’s start line and bumper points on offer at the Grand Final.
Edmonton will be raced over the sprint distance with a one lap 750 metre swim in Hawrelak Lake before transitioning onto a four lap 20 kilometre bike and three lap 5 kilometre run.
Reid will line up on the beach wearing number three with Rachel Klamer of the Netherlands the number one ranked athlete in the field.
The former City of Derry Spartan is currently on track to secure qualification for her second Olympic Games and has a string of top results to her name this season which include a 7th, 6th and 4th place finish at World Series level.
Her form dipped at the Rio Olympic Test event due to illness but with five weeks training since that race she will be looking to get back to the sharp end of affairs.
You can watch the Elite Women’s World Triathlon Series on Sunday, September 6th from 8:30pm on the BBC Red Button or triathlonlive.tv and the men’s race from 10:30pm.
The Elite Paratriathlon events start on Saturday from 8:15pm.