Created On: 06 May 2011

Joel Jameson joined a group of budding Outlaw triathletes in Southwell, Nottinghamshire today to preview the new bike course. Having just landed back in Britain following Challenge Fuerteventura Half over the weekend, the Gi Tri Bridgetown athlete confirmed he'll be aiming for the top at the Outlaw on 24 July.

Outlaw launch 010 Joel Jameson - in article

Jameson is set to take on Ironman Lanzarote in less than three weeks, and will then get married in June. Lanzarote will not be his first Ironman event.

He said: "I did Ironman UK in 2005. It was my fourth triathlon and it was a painful / educational experience to say the least!

Preparations for the Outlaw have been going well. He said: "I am confident that I have banked a solid winter. I have Ironman Lanzarote and then I will get married and will take 10days on honeymoon before building for the Outlaw. My target is first place overall, bold but I'm not going to lie."

Jameson also indicated his long distance intentions. "I have got the Kona bug. I hadn't had any real drive to race Kona until this year and now it's something strong in my mind for 2012."

Race organiser, Iain Hamilton, showed athletes around the new bike course. He said: "We listened to local feedback from residents and businesses and came up with the new route. We're actually delighted with it and reaction from competitors who have ridden the course has been really positive.

"Including the Oxton climb is really adding a point of interest to the route - it's a 12% gradient, but only just over half a mile long and then the descent into Southwell is really long and fast. We're anticipating some really quick times, not just Tom Lowe's relay split, but also from athletes like Joel Jameson and some of the other experienced long distance athletes."

Paul Hawkins' winning time last year was 9:11:44, a time that is likely to come under threat this year. The winning relay team won in 8hours 52minutes, but the Gi Tri Bridgetown team of Catherine Pickthall, Tom Lowe and Toby Jameson is expected go considerably faster!

However, it's not all just about the professionals. Local father of three, Chris Thompson, 43, hopes to complete his first long distance triathlon; if he can recover quickly enough from the broken arm he sustained in training last week.

He said: "I went to the Outlaw Triathlon last August and really enjoyed watching it, and I thought that I would love to have a go at it!" He has since lost more than three stones, mastered the front crawl and completed a middle distance event.

Entries are still being accepted for the Outlaw individual (£225) and relay (£250) events. There is also an open water swimming event on Saturday 23 July offering 500m, 1500m and 3000m events. Visit www.onestepbeyond.org.uk/ to  find out more.

Confirmed sponsors for 2011 include Speedo, Compressport, TFN, SwimShop and High5, with more to be announced shortly.

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