ITU World Triathlon Series 3rd ranked Aaron Royle takes on the world’s best at Yokohama

Dan Wilson, Ryan Bailie and Aaron Royle made for a wonderful sight in Auckland


Australia’s leading male triathlete Aaron Royle is developing his own career path as he rubs shoulders with arguably some of the sport’s all-time greats.

The 24-year-old is one of six  Australians who will line up in Saturday’s Elite Men’s race in round three of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Yokohama and he is determined to continue doing it his way.

Royle is sitting third on the ITU Rankings behind Spain’s Javier Gomez and Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee after the first two races, but Royle isn’t getting carried away.

“To be honest if I was to finish third in the Series at the end of the year I’d be happy, but right now I am just looking at each race as it comes,” says Royle

“It really is a long year until the WTS Grand Final in Edmonton so I can’t get too far ahead of myself.”

Already Gomez and Brownlee have cleared out from the pack with injured 2012 Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee waiting in the wings.

Royle finished third in Auckland and sixth in Capetown behind the duelling Gomez and Brownlee but he is also far from intimidated, although Brownlee was quick to praise Royle after the way he raced in Capetown.

Dan Wilson, Ryan Bailie and Aaron Royle made for a wonderful sight in Auckland

Dan Wilson, Ryan Bailie and Aaron Royle made for a wonderful sight in Auckland

“I race the way I need to, to be able to perform. Sometimes that coincides with the way they want to race as well,” says the Newcastle-born Wollongong Wizard.

“There’s been times when they have praised me and there’s been times when they have criticised the way I raced. I’ll continue to race the way I need to, so I can continue to improve.”

Royle also admits he has learnt a lot about himself this year.

“It maybe a bit cliché but you are always learning and this year has been no different,” says Royle.

“I had a few hiccups early in the year with injuries and so we are always looking at better ways to manage our bodies in the early months and recovery is very important.

“Our coach Jamie Turner does a good job making sure we are given sufficient recovery before we step into any quality training.

“With the amount of races and travel that we’ve had and still have in the next few weeks makes recovery so important.”

The men’s race will see Royle joined by fellow Commonwealth Games representatives Dan Wilson and Ryan Bailie with fellow Australians Declan Wilson, Cameron Good and Ryan Fisher, giving the Aussies a strong presence among the 60 plus international field.

Wilson and Bailie joined Royle in an eye-catching final 5km in Auckland with the Australians finishing third (Royle), fourth (Wilson) and fifth (Bailie).

It was a red-letter day for the Australians, who will be out in force again, flying a men’s flag that is starting to mix it with the world’s best.

And what has Royle learnt about Gomez and Brownlee this year?

“That they are consistent…..they are strong both physically and mentally and (they) love to win!”



About the race:

The ITU World Triathlon Series returns to Yokohama for the fifth time. The series first appeared in Japan in 2009. The Japanese portal city skipped the 2010 series, but it reappeared on the WTS calendar in 2011. Due to the devastating earthquake, the event was postponed to later that year with ranking points counting towards to the 2012 season.


Elite Women – Saturday 17 May – 10:00 (UTC/GMT +9) Click here to time in your area
Elite Men - Saturday 17 May – 13:00 (UTC/GMT +9) Click here for time in your area



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Sprint Distance

Swim (1500m) - Two-laps for a 1500m swim in the sea near Osambashi pier.

Bike (40km) – Five, 8km laps that begin and end in Yamashita park.The bike snakes around the giant Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris Wheel and Yokohama’s waterfront.

Run (10km) - Four 2.5km laps around the Kanagawa Prefectural Government Building


The podium returns
All of the 2013 Yokohama medallists will return to their spot of glory this year for another shot at important points towards the Threadneedle rankings. Last year Gwen Jorgensen (USA) collected her second consecutive career WTS win with her signature fiery run across the flat course. Behind her,Emma Moffatt (AUS) and Jodie Stimpson (GBR) gutted it out over the blue carpet with a smiling Moffatt just edging out the Brit.


The Gomez vs Brownlees facts

In the last 20 times that Javier Gomez and Alistair Brownlee have met at WTS races, Alistair has won on 15 of those occasions. But that was then and this is now. Gomez is not waiting to make a move in the Threadneedle rankings, having destroyed the competition, including younger Brownlee brother Jonathan, in the last two WTS events. But as we saw last year in San Diego when Alistair charged away from the competition for the win, missing the first few races of the season has no impact on his ability to win. 



WOMEN                           MEN

2013       Gwen Jorgensen (USA)     Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)

2012       Lisa Norden (SWE)           Joao Silva (POR)

2011       Andrea Hewitt (NZL)          Joao Silva (POR)

2009       Lisa Norden (SWE)             Jan Frodeno (GER)

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