Watson is British Universities Champion |
Luke Watson won the BUCS Sprint Triathlon Championships on Sunday 6th May in Calne, Wiltshire making it three out of three for him in the early season. The fourth year chemical engineering student at Loughborough University crossed the finish line in seventh position only to be promoted to British Universities champion after the leading group of six were penalised two minutes for drafting on the bike leg.
In April Watson guided Iain Dawson to gold at the European Paratriathlon Championships in Israel – Dawson has only 7% vision. One week later he won the Pembrokeshire Club triathlon in Wales. He backed that up with a creditable silver at the Nationals in Nottingham in May having crashed out the day before whilst guiding Iain Dawson. His Sprint title gave him automatic selection for the World Student games in Taiwan in June coming in 28th in the sweltering heat.
Watson has been sponsored by Matrix Cycles since March of this year and only picked up his new T806 wheelset the day before the BUCS win; “With wheels like that I didn’t need to draft” he joked after collecting his prize. “There was also a Matrix F35 carbon frame in the box which I haven’t had time to build up yet; I can’t wait to pair it with these wheels.”
It will be a bit different to the Matrix tandem that Luke has been piloting to victory with Iain Dawson though. Having regained his European crown from 2010 Dawson will be relying heavily on Luke in New Zealand later this year when the pair make a similar attempt on reclaiming his world paratriathlon title. Dawson had a disastrous 2011 season with crashes and injury but is now back in number one slot.
With his commitments to Iain and his own triathlon goals it looks like Luke can look forward to a very busy time ahead.