Alistair Brownlee from Great Britain, right, followed by his brother Jonathan Brownlee, left, reach the finish line during the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Madrid on Saturday. Simon Whitfield of Canada finished 30th. ((Andres Kudacki/Associated Press))

Canada's Simon Whitfield got a harsh taste of reality Saturday, finishing a distant 30th in his first triathlon World Championship Series race of the season.   

Competing in his first elite race in nearly a year, the Victoria native posted a time of one hour 54 minutes 12 seconds on the one-kilometre swim, 40-kilometre bike leg and 10-kilometre run.   

"I honestly don't know what happened. It is my first race in a long time so it's always a shock at how fast everything goes," said Whitfield, a two-time Olympic medallist. "Training has been OK and I'm injury free so I can't use that as an excuse. I wish I could."   

Britain's Allistair Brownlee won in a time of 1:51.06, while his brother, Jonathan Brownlee, was second in 1:51.09. Spain's Javier Gomez finished third with a time of 1:51.51.   

The Brownlees pushed the pace from the start and Whitfield was unable to respond. The pair worked the hardest in a lead pack of 11 that opened a two-minute gap on the field into the second transition, before taking the run to a new level.   

The Brownlees ran side-by-side until the final kilometre when Allistair, the older of the two brothers, broke away to secure his third consecutive World Championship Series race in Spain.