James Fletcher

I am a 15 year old youth elite triathlete. 

I live on the Isle of Wight, which for all around the UK can provide challenges logistically and financially. 

I am coached by Jack Grundy at potential 2 performance, and a proud member of the Isle of Wight triathlon Club. 

I am currently focusing my racing efforts on the UK national performance series against the top youth athletes around the UK.


Describe your first bike?

A Spider-Man bike, it used to attach to the back of my dads bike for some very fun days out around the local Cycle paths on the Isle of Wight.

How did you do in your first race?

I was sick halfway through the run, didn’t eat the morning of and it was over 30 degrees.

What is your essential breakfast?

This is going to make me sound greedy but my key breakfast before a big day out is Nutella on toast with banana on top and then porridge with golden syrup and another banana.

Shaved or hairy legs?

Shaved. It’s more aero right?

Train alone or with a group?

I like to train with other people as much as I can but do also train alone as much as I can.

Energy drink, tea or coffee?

Tea, and energy drink. Obviously not together!

Where does your bike live?

In the hall and study, my room if my parents are doing a tidy up.

Snickers or energy bar?


The craziest place you've slept since becoming a triathlete?

I fell asleep in the shower after a big run session once.

Pee on the bike, stop or hold until the race?

I don’t usually have thus issue but would be on the bike in racing stopping in training.

Three people to have dinner with?

Tim don, Alistair Brownlee, Harry Redknap.

What do you carry when you train?

Spares, if on the bike. My phone and food / gels.

Worst chafing / sunburn?

Back of my neck from my wetsuit.

Favourite place to ride?

Hardknott pass and surrounding passes in the Lake District.

What theme song would you play for a movie of your life and why?

Something upbeat!

Pre-race rituals?

Porridge from a disposable tub 90mins before.

Funniest person you know?

Some of my friends are very funny, coaches have had their funny moments too.

What are you reading?

The chimp paradox.

What are you going to do this month?

Train and race and take my GCSE’s.