LUKE Chalker will line up for his second ITU World Triathlon Age Championships this week but isn’t sure what to expect.
The Kinross Wolaroi student, who is from Cowra, contested the event in New Zealand last year.
This Friday he will represent Australia in the world event again, but this time in London.
Chalker said the new location made everything different for him this year.
“In New Zealand you didn’t get as many European countries racing because it was further for them to travel. They’re saying there will be more European countries in London,” Chalker explained.
“The New Zealand course was really hilly. Apparently London is very flat and speedy. It’s all inside Hyde Park.”
Chalker was competitive at least year’s event, finishing 24th in the men’s 16-19 years sprint distance event and 57th overall.
He completed the 750 metre swim, 20km cycle and 5km run in one hour eight minutes and one second.
The 17-year-old said because the course was different this year, he hadn’t set a goal.
Coach Melissa Asthon-Garard said Chalker had prepared well for the world event.
“It’s the hardest I’ve seen him train,” Ashton-Garard said.
“He had a couple of disappointments ... and that has been a bit of a motivator.
“He’s trained well and consistently.
“This will give him a good indication of how he rates against the European athletes.”
Chalker said his coach had given him a heavier workload during the Australian winter.
Late last week he was looking forward to heading to London.
“I’m excited and very nervous,” Chalker said.
“I’m nervous because the furthest I’ve been out of the country is New Zealand.
“I can’t wait.”
Orange siblings Tristan and Stephanie Harrison will also represent Australia at the world event.
This will be Tristan’s second time after he finished 14th in the men’s 20-24 years’ sprint distance event last year.
Stephanie will be making her debut at the event in the women’s 16-19 years sprint distance race.
The sprint distance races will be held at 5pm on Friday (AEST).