Polaris backs British and Irish Triathlon Talent in 2016

Polaris is proud to extend its support this year to some of the countries top emerging Duathlon and Triathlon talents.

While most of us are winding up our year of sport gradually reducing the miles or getting in our last races in the build up to Christmas our athletes are preparing for their first training camps. As a quick introduction to the expanded line- up Ailbhe Carroll, Richard Horton, and Chris Perham sum up their season plans for 2016 below:


Richard Horton

As a relative newbie to swimming, I am generally chasing on the bike and run. However, with each season that passes the gaps on the swim are lessening and I am known by some of my contemporaries as their ticket back to the pack as they latch onto my wheel!

I am optimistic that the coming season will be the one in which I am making lead groups out of the swim. I will, therefore, be able to utilise my pedigree as a former double World Duathlon Champion to contend for the medals rather than playing catch-up.

My race season will feature a mix of drafting and non-drafting races both domestically and abroad.

The foundations will be laid on planned trips to Tenerife and Aguillas, Spain ahead of the National Elite Duathlon champs and Challenge Fuerteventura half-ironman in April.

Following on from that will be BUCS sprint which is a qualifier for the World University games in Switzerland, then onto Ireland’s Lough Cutra Castle series race. And then into the business end of the season with key races including Blenheim triathlon, World Duathlon, MGEN Fitdays 5-day triathlon around France before the National Sprint Champs in Liverpool and Olympic distance in London. Last on the list will be Challenge Mallorca half-ironman where I’m hoping to get a pro start.

Ailbhe Carroll

For the 2016 season, I am going to take a new direction within triathlon. I am going to mix it up massively between drafting and nondrafting.
Having come from a nondrafting set up, and never competed in a drafting race until I was 22, I am going back to my roots but just adding in some more miles into the mix. I am going to look to tackle a 60:40 ratio of drafting to nondrafting, in the hope that the bigger miles needed for the nondrafting racing will stand to me for the drafting races I do!

I really enjoy draft legal races and found I was starting to get the hang of them a bit more last year in the French D1 league, so I am looking forward to another season with my French team and being able to get stuck in with all the big names again!

The base miles of my season are going to start with winter warm weather camps, one in Tenerife and one hopefully on Aguilas. I am looking forward to some big miles and loads of sunny smiles! This year I will be looking for some early season races, as I want to blow the cobwebs out good and early this year. I look to race an early Europeans cup or two hopefully before the main season gets underway.

I will be competing in the Irish super series this year, the French D1 league, and the British super series, and the MGEN 5 day racing in France. I am looking to race two challenge races, one in Fuerteventura and the other in Mallorca, and I will most definitely get some bike racing under my belt, to get that sharpness on the bike before the bulk of the season kicks off!

Chris Perham

In 2016, my main focus is World and European U23 championships where my target is to podium after having this year as a year of experience at these championships.
As part of this, I will compete at various European Senior Cups and World Senior Cups on the International Triathlon Union (ITU) circuit, and any World Triathlon Series (WTS) events I can to gain points and experience racing at a senior level ready for championship selection.

This will also improve my world ranking with the aim of finishing higher than last season (130th).

Alongside this, I will race domestically within the British Super Series with the main focus on winning the Senior National Championship leg and the overall series for 2016.
Other racing will include racing in the French Grand Prix circuit and BUCS events where I’m targeting winning the National University Sprint Triathlon championships.

Ailbhe, Richard, and Chris join an already highly talented Polaris Triathlon line up of Adam Bowden, Mark Buckingham, Morgan Davies, Lucy Hall, Heather Sellars, Lois Banks, Cat Jameson, Zoe Thomas, Fenella Langridge, Same Wade and Beau Smith to name a few.

Polaris are looking forward to an exciting season following our athletes and their Polaris Luggage on their adventures around the world whilst they take on the best of the rest as we build up towards Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

Polaris, with their elite athletes input, are now busy developing their luggage range to expand even further for 2016.

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