British triathlon star Alistair Brownlee ready for a battle on tough Glasgow course

For an athlete like Britain's Alistair Brownlee, the tough hilly triathlon course at Strathclyde Country Park is one to relish.

The double Olympic Champion last raced in Glasgow at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, taking gold, and he said the challenging bike and run routes were suited to his style of racing.

"The harder the course in general, the better I enjoy it," Brownlee said, adding that the Scottish weather unnerving some of his rivals would not be a factor when it came to Friday's elite men's triathlon.

"When most people get racing, it doesn't matter so much what the conditions are like," he said. "You just get on with it and race as hard as you can."

Brownlee's matter-of-fact approach to the challenges of his sport is born out of many years of preparation and discipline.

"Triathlon training isn't doing one thing. It's just training week in, week out," he said.

Along with his brother Jonathan, who is not racing in Glasgow, Brownlee is seeking to instil some of that discipline and love for his sport into the next generation. Together they set up the Brownlee Foundation to get children in their home county of Yorkshire involved in sport and it has been a huge success.

"Over the last few years we've seen our role as encouraging and inspiring young people, we're taking that very seriously," Brownlee said. "We're in a privileged position that we're able to do that.

"This year will take us to more than 25,000 kids we've done triathlon with, and we'll be up to nearly 10 events all over the country.

"It's not an easy sport to get involved in, not as easy as football maybe or just running itself," Brownlee said.

He is also hoping to inspire some of the next generation with a strong performance at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. After a year plagued by a calf injury, he said he was healthy and ready to race, although he is expecting challenges from the likes of Pierre Le Corre (FRA) and Fernando Alarza (ESP).

Although Glasgow is only Brownlee's second race of the year, after he finished 10th at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia in April, his knowledge of the course and his desire to win means he remains a serious contender for his fourth senior European title.

"It's good to be back," he said.

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