“An exhausted Jonny Brownlee was helped over the finish line by his brother Alistair who gives up the chance to win the race in a dramatic end to the World Triathlon Series in Cozumel, Mexico, on Sunday.”
Would I give up a chance to win to help Andrew?
Let’s look at the evidence.
During the bike leg of Challenge Henley we were cycling towards a feed stop. As we approached, Andrew was slightly behind me. As I braked to collect a water bottle Andrew continued and made contact with my back wheel.
Suddenly he was flying over the top of his bike onto the feed table before sliding along it into a wall! Like the national hero that I am, I stopped and waited for him to get back up thus losing my chance to win the race.
Although it is debatable whether I was going to win and by debatable I meant there is absolutely no debate: I wasn’t going to win unless everyone else in the race conked out too.
Luckily, he was unhurt but a bit shaken. After a quick check that all his bits were still attached to him, he got back on and continued racing.
Slightly further up the road I experienced a puncture. I shouted at Andrew that I needed to stop. He kept going…
During the bike leg of Iron Man UK we were cycling towards a feed stop. As we approached Andrew was slightly behind me. As I braked to collect a water bottle Andrew slowed down and a man rode into the back of his bike!
Like the national hero that I am, I stopped and waited for him to sort out his bike as the back wheel was slightly buckled. I lost my chance to win the race (again).
Luckily, he was unhurt but a bit shaken. He got back on and continued racing.
Slightly further up the road I got a bit tired and needed to drop the pace. I shouted at Andrew to slow down. He kept going…
Now, some might say, that both incidents were caused by me braking without warning an d that would be a scurrilous accusation and I’ll see you in court if you make it!
Some might also say that in both cases Andrew had a good reason to ride away and it made no difference as he waited at the run stop for me.
Again. I reiterate the threat of court action to anyone who claims that.
Now where can I get a T-shirt printed for myself that says “National hero?”