Triathlete Andrew Woodroffe is almost ready to mount his challenge on the UK scene for the year as his time in Spain draws to a close.
And the Forfar man hopes to finish in a podium place in July’s European Championships to set himself up for qualification for the World Championships later in the summer.
Woodroffe has been in Spain over the winter to keep up his high intensity training and has recently commenced the competitive season over there.
Things got started with the Triathlon Portocolom, a huge race comprised of a 1km swim, a 100km cycle and a 10km run.
Andrew finished 16th overall, second under-23, in a fantastic result given the top 10 competitors were all professional athletes.
He said: “It was a big result for me, especially as so many guys were pro, and I was right up there mixing it with them on the course. The bike was really tough with almost 2000m of climbing on the course, so it was a real challenge of a race but I enjoyed the longer distance.”
After that it was a training camp in Barcelona before the second race of the season, the Ferrer Hotels 3/4 race involving a 1.7km swim, 65km cycle and 15km run.
Andrew explained: “I had a great swim, coming out of the water in the front pack, but I had a bit of a disappointing bike - I couldn’t settle into a rhythm and find my race legs, so I had to dig deep to stay up at the front of the field.
“After the bike I put in a really hard, fast run - almost the quickest of the day - and finished fifth overall, second under-23.”
There’s just one more race to go for Andrew before he returns to Britain for the domestic season, in which he plans on racing all of the Scottish and British events.
He added that he is still eager to hear from prospective sponsors as costs for the season are very high.
He continued: “I will now race again in Mallorca before coming back to the UK to race the season over there. I will be racing all the Scottish and British championship events and have high hopes for the Europeans in Geneva in July. My aim is to podium there.
“I will also hope to qualify once again for the Worlds in September in America.
“I’ve got a huge year ahead of me, but it’s got off to the best of starts and I hope to build on my year from here.
“I am still struggling financially as no sponsor has yet come forward, so this could limit my season a little. I’m always looking for help, wherever it may come from.”