Lucas, the fourth GB team member to finish in the category, in 2 hr 40 min 52 seconds, said : ‘Triathlon is all about training and I felt I was as well prepared as I could be for the race.
It was hard out there and I gave it everything I had.
I am really proud of my top 20 place.’ Jersey Commonwealth Games man Scott Pitcher also competed, in the 25 to 29 years age group, finishing 51st in 2.20.15.
He was not so pleased: ‘It was a truly testing course.
I worked hard on the swim and bike and was in a top 20 spot coming off the bike.
However, after the first lap of the run I hit a wall and really struggled to maintain a decent pace.
I was a little disappointed with my run split but I’m motivated to improve my result next year at the Worlds in Hamburg.
I’ll just have to pace myself better!’ In addition to the usual one mile swim, 24 mile bike and six mile run, the 2,000 athletes competing had to run an additional mile-and-half due to the length of the crowded transition area.