A Brownlee one-two as Alistair led Jonny home in a dominant performance by the Yorkshire brothers was watched by an estimated crowd of 80,000 people who lined the route.
The women’s race also got a worthy winner in world’s-best Gwen Jorgensen.
But all the while those races were being contested, many of the amateurs who had competed in the open race earlier in the day had returned to Roundhay Park to discover their belongings had been mixed up with others or, even worse, lost. Some headed home without even looking, such was the confusion and lack of organisation.
From the elite end of the spectrum, Leeds produced a race to rival anything on the World Series rota. To win back the race in 2017, the organisers will need to learn from the mistakes and ensure the myriad amateur events that fill the weekend are produced and executed just as professionally.