British Formula 1 Driver Steps Off The Track For Triathlon

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  • Published Mar 31, 2011

In preparation for the Waikoloa Lavaman this weekend, McLaren driver Jensen Button received cycling advice from Lance Armstrong.

Jenson Button heads to Hawaii this weekend for his latest triathlon attempt armed with cycling tips from arguably the world’s greatest, Lance Armstrong.

The punishing event that includes swimming, cycling and running is not one for the faint-hearted, least of all in between grands prix.

But that is the exacting schedule Button has chosen to undertake as he competes in the 14th annual Waikoloa Lavaman Olympic distance event on Sunday that includes a 1.5K swim, 40K bike ride and 10K run.

Button could comfortably have remained in Melbourne after finishing sixth in Sunday’s season-opening race in Australia with McLaren.

Instead, the 31-year-old will jet across the Pacific to take part in the triathlon he feels is perfect preparation for the next race in Malaysia in 11 days’ time, with the levels of humidity similar in Hawaii to what he can expect there.

But it was in Hawaii in January that Button met seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong via Twitter.

“We did meet up and went for a couple of rides,” Button told Press Association Sport. “It was an amazing experience. Anyone who is at the top of their game in a sport, to spend time with them, it’s inspirational.”

Read more: Daily Mail


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