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ITU celebrates the #OlympicDay by letting the athletes take over

Triathlon News - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 12:53
Every 23rd of June, the Olympic movement celebrates around the world the Olympic Day, and the triathlon family is pleased to join the celebrations by letting our athletes take over our social media channels. For a day, Olympic champion and silver medallist, Nicola Spirig, will share on ITU’s Facebook, her training schedules only five weeks after giving birth to her second child, while Olympian Andrea Hewitt, explains on our Instagram her whereabouts while training in New Zealand. American Olympican, Ben Kanute, has taken over ITU’s Snapchat account as well to get in touch with the younger generations, while quite a few Olympians, including Mario Mola (ESP), Katie Zaferes (USA), Emma Jackson (AUS), Marten Van Riel (BEL) and Carolina Routier (ESP), among others, will try to engage with the “Tweetersphere” with some insights into the daily life of being an Olympian. More than six million people around the world of all ages are joining today the International Olympic Committee hashtag of Being Active. Whether it’s moving, running, jumping, swimming, stretching or getting their sweat on to promote a healthy and active lifestyle and celebrate the birth of the modern Olympic Games and its values. “We all should embrace these values, because these are the true values every sport promotes, and the values ITU is strongly committed to as well”, explained ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “We as a Federation, and our athletes, are a great sample of the need to get moving and exercising every day. Not only for the elite athletes, but also for the younger kids who are just joining our sport. Triathlon is truly a sport for all, no matter your age or gender”. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), globally, one in four adults are not active enough and more than 80 per cent of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically active. In a bid to reverse that trend, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) called upon the Movement at large – from National Olympic Committees, International and National Sports Federations to Organising Committees of Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, National Olympians Associations and Young Ambassadors – to help get the “couch potatoes off the couch”. And our triathletes are showing the world that they are the first “off the couch”.

ITU celebrates the #OlympicDay by letting the athletes take over

Triathlon News - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 12:53
Every 23rd of June, the Olympic movement celebrates around the world the Olympic Day, and the triathlon family is pleased to join the celebrations by letting our athletes take over our social media channels. For a day, Olympic champion and silver medallist, Nicola Spirig, will share on ITU’s Facebook, her training schedules only five weeks after giving birth to her second child, while Olympian Andrea Hewitt, explains on our Instagram her whereabouts while training in New Zealand. American Olympican, Ben Kanute, has taken over ITU’s Snapchat account as well to get in touch with the younger generations, while quite a few Olympians, including Mario Mola (ESP), Katie Zaferes (USA), Emma Jackson (AUS), Marten Van Riel (BEL) and Carolina Routier (ESP), among others, will try to engage with the “Tweetersphere” with some insights into the daily life of being an Olympian. More than six million people around the world of all ages are joining today the International Olympic Committee hashtag of Being Active. Whether it’s moving, running, jumping, swimming, stretching or getting their sweat on to promote a healthy and active lifestyle and celebrate the birth of the modern Olympic Games and its values. “We all should embrace these values, because these are the true values every sport promotes, and the values ITU is strongly committed to as well”, explained ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “We as a Federation, and our athletes, are a great sample of the need to get moving and exercising every day. Not only for the elite athletes, but also for the younger kids who are just joining our sport. Triathlon is truly a sport for all, no matter your age or gender”. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), globally, one in four adults are not active enough and more than 80 per cent of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically active. In a bid to reverse that trend, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) called upon the Movement at large – from National Olympic Committees, International and National Sports Federations to Organising Committees of Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, National Olympians Associations and Young Ambassadors – to help get the “couch potatoes off the couch”. And our triathletes are showing the world that they are the first “off the couch”. Mixed Relays This year, ITU is celebrating the Olympic Day also with a very special adding to our Olympic events: the Mixed...

ITU Board Member Debra Alexander, running for the IPC Governing Board

Triathlon News - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 11:39
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce that Executive Board member, Debra Alexander, is running for a position at the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board. The IPC announced the names of the candidates who will stand for election on 8 September at the IPC General Assembly in Abu Dhabi, UAE. A total of 29 nominations have been approved by the IPC for the 12 positions available within the IPC Governing Board. There are four candidates aiming to succeed Sir Philip Craven as the IPC President: Patrick Jarvis, Andrew Parsons, John Petersson and Haidi Zhang, the first female to ever bid for this role. Three people are standing for the role of Vice President: Duane Kale, John Petersson and Majid Rashed. 22 candidates have been nominated for Member at Large positions, with 10 of them to be elected next September. The nominees are: • Debra Alexander (RSA – ITU) • Mohammed Alhameli (UAE – NPC UAE) • Anne d’Ieteren (BEL – NPC Belgium) • Marianna “Muffy” Davis (USA – NPC USA) • Rita van Driel (NED – NPC Netherlands) • Hamid El Aouni (MAR – NPC Morocco) • Duane Kale (NZL – NPC New Zealand) • Sung Il Kim (KOR – NPC Korea) • Luca Pancalli (ITA – NPC Italy) • Leonel da Rocha Pinto (ANG – African Paralympic Committee) • Karl Quade (GER – NPC Germany) • Majid Rashed (UAE – Asian Paralympic Committee) • Tim Reddish (GBR – NPC Great Britain) • Juan Pablo Salazar (COL – NPC Colombia) • László Szabó (HUN – NPC Hungary) • Imran Shani (PAK – NPC Pakistan) • Rao Inderjit Singh (IND – NPC India) • Robyn Smith (AUS - INAS) • Joe Walsh (USA – IBSA) • Kevin Wong (SGP – NPC Singapore) • Yasushi Yamawaki (JPN – NPC Japan) • Jia Yong (CHN – NPC China) All nominee applications have been reviewed by the IPC Credentials Commission against the criteria and conditions for nominations in accordance with the IPC rules and regulations. On 6 September each candidate will have the opportunity to make a presentation on their candidature to the IPC membership attending the IPC General Assembly in Abu Dhabi. About Debra Alexander Debra Alexander is the Head of the Clinical Psychology Department: Principal Clinical Psychologist/Senior Lecturer at Tygerberg Hospital/ Stellenbosch University.  Since 2012, Debra has held the role of ITU Executive Board Member as well as African Triathlon Union (ATU) Executive Board Member and first Vice President. In 2009...

Paratriathlon Community Pays Tribute to Paratrialete Markus Häusling in Kitzbuhel

Triathlon News - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 14:11
Successful Paratriathlete Markus Häusling lost his battle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) last December. To celebrate his lasting memory, his positive spirit and his immense sense of humour, a warm tribute was held last weekend at the Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships, where fellow paratriathletes, family, friends and ITU staff paid their respects to the beloved Paratriathlete. Markus was working as a prison guard in a high-security prison near Kassel, Germany. His medical problem started in 2004, when he was paralysed while playing a football match. A month later, he was diagnosed with ALS. He debuted on Paratriathlon five years later, at the German Super-Sprint Championships, and he kept pushing the limits and participating on qualification paratriathlon races with his goal in mind: the Paralympic Games, which were going to be the debut of Paratriathlon un Rio 2016. His aim had been to go to Rio but this aggressive disease had other plans. Rio was off the calendar but rather than walk away from it all Markus devoted what time he had to the charity. And in a grand gesture of friendship, he gave his hand bike to Brazilian athlete, Fernando Aranha, who raced in Rotterdam earlier this year and had a top ten finish in Rio with Markus’ bike. Every time destiny did offer him a lemon Markus made lemonade out of it. With his trademark smile, he will always be remembered for his positive spirit.

Paratriathlon Community Pays Tribute to Paratrialete Markus Häusling in Kitzbuhel

Triathlon News - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 14:11
Successful Paratriathlete Markus Häusling lost his battle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) last December. To celebrate his lasting memory, his positive spirit and his immense sense of humour, a warm tribute was held last weekend at the Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships, where fellow paratriathletes, family, friends and ITU staff paid their respects to the beloved Paratriathlete. Markus was working as a prison guard in a high-security prison near Kassel, Germany. His medical problem started in 2004, when he was paralysed while playing a football match. A month later, he was diagnosed with ALS. He debuted on Paratriathlon five years later, at the German Super-Sprint Championships, and he kept pushing the limits and participating on qualification paratriathlon races with his goal in mind: the Paralympic Games, which were going to be the debut of Paratriathlon un Rio 2016. His aim had been to go to Rio but this aggressive disease had other plans. Rio was off the calendar but rather than walk away from it all Markus devoted what time he had to the charity. And in a grand gesture of friendship, he gave his hand bike to Brazilian athlete, Fernando Aranha, who raced in Rotterdam earlier this year and had a top ten finish in Rio with Markus’ bike. Every time destiny did offer him a lemon Markus made lemonade out of it. With his trademark smile, he will always be remembered for his positive spirit.

Countdown to #Penticton2017 reaches only two months!

Triathlon News - Mon, 19/06/2017 - 23:03
Two months until the Inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival! Slightly less than two months until all eyes are on Penticton for the inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival. The qualifiers are in, the hotels are booked and we’re preparing to welcome thousands of athletes for this very special ten-day event. We’re proud to report that athletes from thirty-four countries will be represented in the six World Championship events. Athletes headed to Penticton should check in with their National Federation to find out if they need to book their own transportion to and from the airport. If you’re seeking transportation options, you can book through our transport services page. These are the same great people who can help you book a wine tour or day tour of the area after the event! There are endless activities for family and friends to partake in (besides cheering you on, of course). Great resources for planning activities include our guide to your Penticton experience, and our friends at Visit Penticton have a comprehensive guide that’s worth a look. Athletes looking for that little something extra special can look at our VIP packages for the festival for a truly enhanced experience. For athletes looking for a little extra racing, you can still pick up a race as an open wave athlete, racing the same great courses as the World Championship events. We’re running a contest from now until July 1st to name our mascot! Head over to our Facebook page or Twitter account where the contest is pinned from now until the end of the month. Person who is selected with the mascot’s winning name will win a VIP package for two in Penticton. Follow along with all of the action on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under the handle @ITUMultisport. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Penticton2017. See you in two months!      

Countdown to #Penticton2017 reaches only two months!

Triathlon News - Mon, 19/06/2017 - 23:03
Two months until the Inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival! Slightly less than two months until all eyes are on Penticton for the inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival. The qualifiers are in, the hotels are booked and we’re preparing to welcome thousands of athletes for this very special ten-day event. We’re proud to report that athletes from thirty-four countries will be represented in the six World Championship events. Athletes headed to Penticton should check in with their National Federation to find out if they need to book their own transportion to and from the airport. If you’re seeking transportation options, you can book through our transport services page. These are the same great people who can help you book a wine tour or day tour of the area after the event! There are endless activities for family and friends to partake in (besides cheering you on, of course). Great resources for planning activities include our guide to your Penticton experience, and our friends at Visit Penticton have a comprehensive guide that’s worth a look. Athletes looking for that little something extra special can look at our VIP packages for the festival for a truly enhanced experience. For athletes looking for a little extra racing, you can still pick up a race as an open wave athlete, racing the same great courses as the World Championship events. We’re running a contest from now until July 1st to name our mascot! Head over to our Facebook page or Twitter account where the contest is pinned from now until the end of the month. Person who is selected with the mascot’s winning name will win a VIP package for two in Penticton. Follow along with all of the action on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under the handle @ITUMultisport. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Penticton2017. See you in two months!      

Portugal and Great Britain claim European titles in Kitzbuhel

Triathlon News - Mon, 19/06/2017 - 16:24
The best triathletes in Europe met this weekend in the beautiful Austrian mountains of Kitzbuhel for the ETU Triathlon European Championships, and Portugal for the Men’s, and Great Britain for the Women’s, came back home with great victories. As victorious were the Dannish triathletes, crowned the European Champions of Mixed Relays a week after the event was included on the Olympic Programme. Men’s review it was a stellar line-up in Kitzbuhel and all eyes were upon the Spanish team. With a superb run in Leeds, at 30:44, which was faster than both the Brownlee Brothers, it was Fernando Alarza who looked to be race favourite. He would be surrounded by his teammates, Vicente Hernandez and Uxío Abuín Ares and it looked as if the Spanish would be in with a medal chance, or two. The swim was led easily by Richard Varga. He set the pace over the first lap and then pulled effortlessly into the lead to run first into T1. With both Polyanskiy brothers; Dmitry and younger brother Igor just a pace behind him the crowds went wild as they watched Alois Knabl AUT follow these athletes along the carpet and into T1. A steady stream of athletes made it into the lead peloton and Alarza had missed the leaders by almost a minute. It looked like it was all over for him as he battled in the chasing group. Inside the lead group was the solid core of Abuín and Hernandez, the two Russian brothers and the two Portuguese, João Pereira and João Silva. This leading group worked hard along the 8-lap, 40k course and at one point had a lead of just over 55 seconds. Alarza could not possibly make up that deficit, or could he? As T2 neared, the 5,000 strong crowd that surrounded the Transition Area and run exit, worked up into a frenzy of excitement by the Austrian commentator, cheered, shouted, screamed and applauded as the athletes racked their bikes, stashed the bike helmets, slipped on their running shoes and sped out onto the 10k run. For the first stages of the 4-lap run, the group stayed pretty much together. Frenchman Raphael Montoya, with a silver recently in Madrid, was tucked into the tight group, led by Spain’s young athlete, Antonio Serrat Seoane. Slowly the pace increased and from that group, both Russian brothers were dropped. As the run neared the end, four athletes were battling for three medals. The battle would be between Portugal, Spain and France, with Montoya, Hernandez, Pereira and Silva. Behind them and with increasing determination, it was Alarza who...

Portugal and Great Britain claim European titles in Kitzbuhel

Triathlon News - Mon, 19/06/2017 - 16:24
The best triathletes in Europe met this weekend in the beautiful Austrian mountains of Kitzbuhel for the ETU Triathlon European Championships, and Portugal for the Men’s, and Great Britain for the Women’s, came back home with great victories. As victorious were the Dannish triathletes, crowned the European Champions of Mixed Relays a week after the event was included on the Olympic Programme. Men’s review it was a stellar line-up in Kitzbuhel and all eyes were upon the Spanish team. With a superb run in Leeds, at 30:44, which was faster than both the Brownlee Brothers, it was Fernando Alarza who looked to be race favourite. He would be surrounded by his teammates, Vicente Hernandez and Uxío Abuín Ares and it looked as if the Spanish would be in with a medal chance, or two. The swim was led easily by Richard Varga. He set the pace over the first lap and then pulled effortlessly into the lead to run first into T1. With both Polyanskiy brothers; Dmitry and younger brother Igor just a pace behind him the crowds went wild as they watched Alois Knabl AUT follow these athletes along the carpet and into T1. A steady stream of athletes made it into the lead peloton and Alarza had missed the leaders by almost a minute. It looked like it was all over for him as he battled in the chasing group. Inside the lead group was the solid core of Abuín and Hernandez, the two Russian brothers and the two Portuguese, João Pereira and João Silva. This leading group worked hard along the 8-lap, 40k course and at one point had a lead of just over 55 seconds. Alarza could not possibly make up that deficit, or could he? As T2 neared, the 5,000 strong crowd that surrounded the Transition Area and run exit, worked up into a frenzy of excitement by the Austrian commentator, cheered, shouted, screamed and applauded as the athletes racked their bikes, stashed the bike helmets, slipped on their running shoes and sped out onto the 10k run. For the first stages of the 4-lap run, the group stayed pretty much together. Frenchman Raphael Montoya, with a silver recently in Madrid, was tucked into the tight group, led by Spain’s young athlete, Antonio Serrat Seoane. Slowly the pace increased and from that group, both Russian brothers were dropped. As the run neared the end, four athletes were battling for three medals. The battle would be between Portugal, Spain and France, with Montoya, Hernandez, Pereira and Silva. Behind them and with increasing determination, it was Alarza who...

Portugal and Great Britain claim European titles in Kitzbuhel

Triathlon News - Mon, 19/06/2017 - 16:24
The best triathletes in Europe met this weekend in the beautiful Austrian mountains of Kitzbuhel for the ETU Triathlon European Championships, and Portugal for the Men’s, and Great Britain for the Women’s, came back home with great victories. As victorious were the Dannish triathletes, crowned the European Champions of Mixed Relays a week after the event was included on the Olympic Programme. Men’s review it was a stellar line-up in Kitzbuhel and all eyes were upon the Spanish team. With a superb run in Leeds, at 30:44, which was faster than both the Brownlee Brothers, it was Fernando Alarza who looked to be race favourite. He would be surrounded by his teammates, Vicente Hernandez and Uxío Abuín Ares and it looked as if the Spanish would be in with a medal chance, or two. The swim was led easily by Richard Varga. He set the pace over the first lap and then pulled effortlessly into the lead to run first into T1. With both Polyanskiy brothers; Dmitry and younger brother Igor just a pace behind him the crowds went wild as they watched Alois Knabl AUT follow these athletes along the carpet and into T1. A steady stream of athletes made it into the lead peloton and Alarza had missed the leaders by almost a minute. It looked like it was all over for him as he battled in the chasing group. Inside the lead group was the solid core of Abuín and Hernandez, the two Russian brothers and the two Portuguese, João Pereira and João Silva. This leading group worked hard along the 8-lap, 40k course and at one point had a lead of just over 55 seconds. Alarza could not possibly make up that deficit, or could he? As T2 neared, the 5,000 strong crowd that surrounded the Transition Area and run exit, worked up into a frenzy of excitement by the Austrian commentator, cheered, shouted, screamed and applauded as the athletes racked their bikes, stashed the bike helmets, slipped on their running shoes and sped out onto the 10k run. For the first stages of the 4-lap run, the group stayed pretty much together. Frenchman Raphael Montoya, with a silver recently in Madrid, was tucked into the tight group, led by Spain’s young athlete, Antonio Serrat Seoane. Slowly the pace increased and from that group, both Russian brothers were dropped. As the run neared the end, four athletes were battling for three medals. The battle would be between Portugal, Spain and France, with Montoya, Hernandez, Pereira and Silva. Behind them and with increasing determination, it was Alarza who...

Eric Lagerstrom capturing the life of triathlon outside of sport

Triathlon News - Fri, 16/06/2017 - 19:34
Picking a favourite elite triathlete is a part of the sport. Whether it be based on home nation pride or is an athlete that has an entertaining racing style, fans of the sport get involved by selecting their favourite athletes and following how they do in competitions. Knowing about their race strengths, weaknesses and time results are all apart of ways that fans can connect to the sport. But apart from race results and split times, there is a lot to each athlete that the general public does not get to see. While following an athlete on social medias can give a glimpse into the behind the scenes lives beyond the start line, there are still many aspects of athlete life that goes unseen. Some athletes have talents and passions outside of the sport that give them a whole new depth into what qualifies them for a fandom. For instance, did you know that USA’s Eric Lagerstrom is a master videographer and also quite the handy man? Lagerstrom is one of USA Triathlon’s potential superstars. It is no secret that over the last couple of years due to the success of Gwen Jorgensen, Katie Zaferes, Sarah True and others, USA has become one of the powerhouse nations for women’s triathlon. However, on the men’s side there still remains room for growth and it is because of the recent up and coming talent that the future is looking bright for the men’s program. There exists a group of men that are setting out to strengthen the field, and Lagerstrom is one of those talents.  Starting in the sport from a swimming background, Lagerstrom is successful in triathlon because he has the passion. He is one of those rare commodities that does what he does simply because he loves it. When it comes to triathlon, he is a purist. He simply just loves to swim, bike and run. So, when racing at the professional level it is his joy in the sport where he welcomes each event as a new challenge that excites him and propels him forward. An excitement the world is lucky enough to see through his videos. Using mostly a GoPro camera, Lagerstrom captures his life in video through a series titled “Viking Life,” a title his agent Lars helped inspire from a nickname he gave Lagerstrom after his Super Sprint National Title victory. “I hate it when people say, “Oh man, it would be great if someone did ____” And then no one ever ends up doing it. I felt like I heard dozens of conversations about “Someone should make videos about pros like in other sports.” and nothing ever came...

Eric Lagerstrom capturing the life of triathlon outside of sport

Triathlon News - Fri, 16/06/2017 - 19:34
Picking a favourite elite triathlete is a part of the sport. Whether it be based on home nation pride or is an athlete that has an entertaining racing style, fans of the sport get involved by selecting their favourite athletes and following how they do in competitions. Knowing about their race strengths, weaknesses and time results are all apart of ways that fans can connect to the sport. But apart from race results and split times, there is a lot to each athlete that the general public does not get to see. While following an athlete on social medias can give a glimpse into the behind the scenes lives beyond the start line, there are still many aspects of athlete life that goes unseen. Some athletes have talents and passions outside of the sport that give them a whole new depth into what qualifies them for a fandom. For instance, did you know that USA’s Eric Lagerstrom is a master videographer and also quite the handy man? Lagerstrom is one of USA Triathlon’s potential superstars. It is no secret that over the last couple of years due to the success of Gwen Jorgensen, Katie Zaferes, Sarah True and others, USA has become one of the powerhouse nations for women’s triathlon. However, on the men’s side there still remains room for growth and it is because of the recent up and coming talent that the future is looking bright for the men’s program. There exists a group of men that are setting out to strengthen the field, and Lagerstrom is one of those talents.  Starting in the sport from a swimming background, Lagerstrom is successful in triathlon because he has the passion. He is one of those rare commodities that does what he does simply because he loves it. When it comes to triathlon, he is a purist. He simply just loves to swim, bike and run. So, when racing at the professional level it is his joy in the sport where he welcomes each event as a new challenge that excites him and propels him forward. An excitement the world is lucky enough to see through his videos. Using mostly a GoPro camera, Lagerstrom captures his life in video through a series titled “Viking Life,” a title his agent Lars helped inspire from a nickname he gave Lagerstrom after his Super Sprint National Title victory. “I hate it when people say, “Oh man, it would be great if someone did ____” And then no one ever ends up doing it. I felt like I heard dozens of conversations about “Someone should make videos about pros like in other sports.” and nothing ever came...

Eric Lagerstrom capturing the life of triathlon outside of sport

Triathlon News - Fri, 16/06/2017 - 19:34
Picking a favourite elite triathlete is a part of the sport. Whether it be based on home nation pride or is an athlete that has an entertaining racing style, fans of the sport get involved by selecting their favourite athletes and following how they do in competitions. Knowing about their race strengths, weaknesses and time results are all apart of ways that fans can connect to the sport. But apart from race results and split times, there is a lot to each athlete that the general public does not get to see. While following an athlete on social medias can give a glimpse into the behind the scenes lives beyond the start line, there are still many aspects of athlete life that goes unseen. Some athletes have talents and passions outside of the sport that give them a whole new depth into what qualifies them for a fandom. For instance, did you know that USA’s Eric Lagerstrom is a master videographer and also quite the handy man? Lagerstrom is one of USA Triathlon’s potential superstars. It is no secret that over the last couple of years due to the success of Gwen Jorgensen, Katie Zaferes, Sarah True and others, USA has become one of the powerhouse nations for women’s triathlon. However, on the men’s side there still remains room for growth and it is because of the recent up and coming talent that the future is looking bright for the men’s program. There exists a group of men that are setting out to strengthen the field, and Lagerstrom is one of those talents.  Starting in the sport from a swimming background, Lagerstrom is successful in triathlon because he has the passion. He is one of those rare commodities that does what he does simply because he loves it. When it comes to triathlon, he is a purist. He simply just loves to swim, bike and run. So, when racing at the professional level it is his joy in the sport where he welcomes each event as a new challenge that excites him and propels him forward. An excitement the world is lucky enough to see through his videos. Using mostly a GoPro camera, Lagerstrom captures his life in video through a series titled “Viking Life,” a title his agent Lars helped inspire from a nickname he gave Lagerstrom after his Super Sprint National Title victory. “I hate it when people say, “Oh man, it would be great if someone did ____” And then no one ever ends up doing it. I felt like I heard dozens of conversations about “Someone should make videos about pros like in other sports.” and nothing ever came...

Top triathletes meet in Kitzbühel for the European Championship crowns

Triathlon News - Fri, 16/06/2017 - 12:14
Kitzbühel has filled with cars carrying bikes, with athletes riding bikes and with mechanics working on bikes as Europe’s best athletes have moved to this delightful Austrian town for the ETU Triathlon European Championships. With Elite, Juniors, Para and Age Group athletes gearing up to race over Standard and Sprint distances (The Elite and Age Group Sprint events take place soon in Dusseldorf), it all starts on Friday with the Para Races. Kitzbühel may be famous for its legendary downhill race, the Hahnenkamm but for this week, it is once again the triathlon capital of Europe with up to 1,000 athletes, supported by their families, team managers and support teams. The athletes were welcomed by the schoolchildren of the city. The many national uniforms were visible as we walked around the town last night and the lake, at a comfortable 24C, was the place to be in the glorious sunshine. Women’s Preview India Lee GBR, reigning European Champion, was spotted out and about, in the company of Sophie Coldwell and Jessica Learmonth. Lee had a bumper year in 2016, with victories in Cagliari and Lisbon, where she took the European title. Coldwell has raced exceedingly well this year with a victory in Quarteira and a 4th in Yokohama. The British women are really to be feared as they are so strong in the water and then, once out on the bike, have shown again and again that they can really tear the race apart with text-book attacking riding that creates a huge gap between them and the chase group. With a likely non-wetsuit swim this weekend, then this is surely a tactic they will be aiming to use. Swiss hopes will rest upon the shoulders of Jolanda Annen who raced so hard over the immensely difficult Cagliari course a couple of weeks ago. Annen, more used to the climate here that the Brits may have the advantage and can be looking forwards to at least a top 5 finish. Belgium’s Claire Michel had a great victory in Rotterdam last year and with a bronze in New Plymouth and a top ten in Yokohama, she is in good form.  Russia will field three athletes and each of them, one a good day, is able to get to the podium. Mariya Shorets, as current World Aquathlon Champion needs to find just a little more speed on the bike to ensure a good finish here and against Anastasia Abrosimova, with a bronze in Quarteira earlier this year and Elena Danilova who won the Sharm El Sheikh ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup and Pan Arab Championships race in April this year, the...

Top triathletes meet in Kitzbühel for the European Championship crowns

Triathlon News - Fri, 16/06/2017 - 12:14
Kitzbühel has filled with cars carrying bikes, with athletes riding bikes and with mechanics working on bikes as Europe’s best athletes have moved to this delightful Austrian town for the ETU Triathlon European Championships. With Elite, Juniors, Para and Age Group athletes gearing up to race over Standard and Sprint distances (The Elite and Age Group Sprint events take place soon in Dusseldorf), it all starts on Friday with the Para Races. Kitzbühel may be famous for its legendary downhill race, the Hahnenkamm but for this week, it is once again the triathlon capital of Europe with up to 1,000 athletes, supported by their families, team managers and support teams. The athletes were welcomed by the schoolchildren of the city. The many national uniforms were visible as we walked around the town last night and the lake, at a comfortable 24C, was the place to be in the glorious sunshine. Women’s Preview India Lee GBR, reigning European Champion, was spotted out and about, in the company of Sophie Coldwell and Jessica Learmonth. Lee had a bumper year in 2016, with victories in Cagliari and Lisbon, where she took the European title. Coldwell has raced exceedingly well this year with a victory in Quarteira and a 4th in Yokohama. The British women are really to be feared as they are so strong in the water and then, once out on the bike, have shown again and again that they can really tear the race apart with text-book attacking riding that creates a huge gap between them and the chase group. With a likely non-wetsuit swim this weekend, then this is surely a tactic they will be aiming to use. Swiss hopes will rest upon the shoulders of Jolanda Annen who raced so hard over the immensely difficult Cagliari course a couple of weeks ago. Annen, more used to the climate here that the Brits may have the advantage and can be looking forwards to at least a top 5 finish. Belgium’s Claire Michel had a great victory in Rotterdam last year and with a bronze in New Plymouth and a top ten in Yokohama, she is in good form.  Russia will field three athletes and each of them, one a good day, is able to get to the podium. Mariya Shorets, as current World Aquathlon Champion needs to find just a little more speed on the bike to ensure a good finish here and against Anastasia Abrosimova, with a bronze in Quarteira earlier this year and Elena Danilova who won the Sharm El Sheikh ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup and Pan Arab Championships race in April this year, the...

Alistair Brownlee returns to WTS to reclaim Leeds

Triathlon News - Sun, 11/06/2017 - 20:16
Despite dedicating his season to longer distances, Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee returned to the World Triathlon Series to reclaim his hometown race at the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds. For the second year in a row, the two-time Olympic Gold Medallist wowed the crowd and put forth an incredible performance and remain undefeated on the Leeds course. Alistair commented on his return win, “Yeah. I mean obviously races like that take a bit of circumstance to help you out. It was the little bits I didn’t know – I didn’t know what I’d be like in the swim start and I didn’t know if I’d struggle that first part of the bike because I haven’t done a lot of training for that kind of thing. Obviously little bits like that make the race and they did today – fortunately I felt good.” Commenting on how the chase pack were close at one point, Alistair said, “when it was that close, Jonny said ‘let’s call it a day now and give up’, and I just said ‘No, let’s keep working because they’ve still got to catch us at the end of the day’ and the time started going out. We just kept working hard and we stretched it out. We had to work a lot harder in the first 2 or 3 laps in the city centre circuit than we’ve had to work before and that tired us out quite a bit.” “I think it’s an all-round triathlon today – you need to be able to swim – my swim wasn’t great, I was 5th/6th and I had to move up – you need to be able to ride hard, tactically and technically, and do a good run at the end. There’s not that many races in the world that require you to race three disciplines.” Finishing right behind Alistair was his younger brother Jonathan Brownlee, who earned the silver medal and allowed the repeat of the Brownlees going 1-2 in the WTS Leeds event for another year. Jonny said of making podium after his WTS Yokohama bike crash, “Firstly, it’s nice to be on the start line, and it’s nice to have a race that didn’t go wrong – but it was a tough way of doing that race, today! Basically, from the start of the bike, just yelling to myself for 40k. I nearly gave up actually first lap in the city centre, and I said to Alistair ‘stop, we’re getting caught’ and he said to keep on going and suddenly we had 10-15 seconds from nowhere, and then I thought ‘wow, this is going be a long day out!” “I’m used to getting told what to do by Alistair! But thankfully it was the right decision – it was the hard way...

Alistair Brownlee returns to WTS to reclaim Leeds

Triathlon News - Sun, 11/06/2017 - 20:16
Despite dedicating his season to longer distances, Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee returned to the World Triathlon Series to reclaim his hometown race at the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds. For the second year in a row, the two-time Olympic Gold Medallist wowed the crowd and put forth an incredible performance and remain undefeated on the Leeds course. Alistair commented on his return win, “Yeah. I mean obviously races like that take a bit of circumstance to help you out. It was the little bits I didn’t know – I didn’t know what I’d be like in the swim start and I didn’t know if I’d struggle that first part of the bike because I haven’t done a lot of training for that kind of thing. Obviously little bits like that make the race and they did today – fortunately I felt good.” Commenting on how the chase pack were close at one point, Alistair said, “when it was that close, Jonny said ‘let’s call it a day now and give up’, and I just said ‘No, let’s keep working because they’ve still got to catch us at the end of the day’ and the time started going out. We just kept working hard and we stretched it out. We had to work a lot harder in the first 2 or 3 laps in the city centre circuit than we’ve had to work before and that tired us out quite a bit.” “I think it’s an all-round triathlon today – you need to be able to swim – my swim wasn’t great, I was 5th/6th and I had to move up – you need to be able to ride hard, tactically and technically, and do a good run at the end. There’s not that many races in the world that require you to race three disciplines.” Finishing right behind Alistair was his younger brother Jonathan Brownlee, who earned the silver medal and allowed the repeat of the Brownlees going 1-2 in the WTS Leeds event for another year. Jonny said of making podium after his WTS Yokohama bike crash, “Firstly, it’s nice to be on the start line, and it’s nice to have a race that didn’t go wrong – but it was a tough way of doing that race, today! Basically, from the start of the bike, just yelling to myself for 40k. I nearly gave up actually first lap in the city centre, and I said to Alistair ‘stop, we’re getting caught’ and he said to keep on going and suddenly we had 10-15 seconds from nowhere, and then I thought ‘wow, this is going be a long day out!” “I’m used to getting told what to do by Alistair! But thankfully it was the right decision – it was the hard way...

Alistair Brownlee returns to WTS to reclaim Leeds

Triathlon News - Sun, 11/06/2017 - 20:16
Despite dedicating his season to longer distances, Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee returned to the World Triathlon Series to reclaim his hometown race at the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds. For the second year in a row, the two-time Olympic Gold Medallist wowed the crowd and put forth an incredible performance and remain undefeated on the Leeds course. Alistair commented on his return win, “Yeah. I mean obviously races like that take a bit of circumstance to help you out. It was the little bits I didn’t know – I didn’t know what I’d be like in the swim start and I didn’t know if I’d struggle that first part of the bike because I haven’t done a lot of training for that kind of thing. Obviously little bits like that make the race and they did today – fortunately I felt good.” Commenting on how the chase pack were close at one point, Alistair said, “when it was that close, Jonny said ‘let’s call it a day now and give up’, and I just said ‘No, let’s keep working because they’ve still got to catch us at the end of the day’ and the time started going out. We just kept working hard and we stretched it out. We had to work a lot harder in the first 2 or 3 laps in the city centre circuit than we’ve had to work before and that tired us out quite a bit.” “I think it’s an all-round triathlon today – you need to be able to swim – my swim wasn’t great, I was 5th/6th and I had to move up – you need to be able to ride hard, tactically and technically, and do a good run at the end. There’s not that many races in the world that require you to race three disciplines.” Finishing right behind Alistair was his younger brother Jonathan Brownlee, who earned the silver medal and allowed the repeat of the Brownlees going 1-2 in the WTS Leeds event for another year. Jonny said of making podium after his WTS Yokohama bike crash, “Firstly, it’s nice to be on the start line, and it’s nice to have a race that didn’t go wrong – but it was a tough way of doing that race, today! Basically, from the start of the bike, just yelling to myself for 40k. I nearly gave up actually first lap in the city centre, and I said to Alistair ‘stop, we’re getting caught’ and he said to keep on going and suddenly we had 10-15 seconds from nowhere, and then I thought ‘wow, this is going be a long day out!” “I’m used to getting told what to do by Alistair! But thankfully it was the right decision – it was the hard way...

Flora Duffy earns back-to-back WTS win in Leeds

Triathlon News - Sun, 11/06/2017 - 18:53
Earning her fourth career World Triathlon Series victory and second consecutive win of the season, Flora Duffy (BER) claimed the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds in a near-perfect race scenario. Exiting the waters among the leaders and then joining a small and fierce lead bike pack that worked well together to earn a large advantage, Duffy entered the run with a clear shot of earning the day’s gold medal. Giving her a second WTS win of the season and a trade up from the silver medal she earned in Leeds in 2016, Duffy’s victory also puts her in a solid position to continue her quest of reclaiming her World Title. Duffy said of how the race played out, “I came out of the water in a good position and luckily the girls on the bike were keen to work with me. So perhaps they picked up on if you ride hard there is an opportunity to podium, so we made a huge gap and yeah it was fantastic. You know this was Taylor’s (Spivey) first podium and Alice’s (Betto) as well, so that is really cool and I am super happy for them.” “Four was perfect, especially when we came into the circuit because it is so technical here, so the smaller the group is the faster you get through the corners and just the more efficient you are. Those girls rode super well technically so it helped the speed, so we just gradually just put more and more time into the chase group, which was pretty cool,” she said of the small lead bunch she cycled with. “Obviously you go into each race with a goal, so yeah it is nice that I have won the first two, which kind of came as a surprise but I guess I will just keep the momentum going.” Joining the reigning World Champion on the podium was two WTS medal first-timers: Taylor Spivey (USA) and Alice Betto (ITA). Spivey earned the silver medal, advancing from her first-time silver medal she earned in Madrid in the World Cup circuit only a few weeks before in order to become only the seventh woman in the USA to make a WTS podium. “I am beyond thrilled, I wasn’t expecting it all. I just am so happy that all of my hard work has paid off and it came together today,” Spivey said. “I think making that front pack with Flora, she is just so strong and technically amazing. I really had to push to stay on her wheel because I am not as technically as strong as her, but I am just so happy I managed to pull it together today.” A cloudy and slightly cool day welcomed the women as they kicked off the day of racing in Leeds....

Duffy tops strong Leeds field for back-to-back WTS wins

Triathlon News - Sun, 11/06/2017 - 18:53
Earning her fourth career World Triathlon Series victory and second consecutive win of the season, Flora Duffy (BER) claimed the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds in a near-perfect race scenario. Exiting the waters among the leaders and then joining a small and fierce lead bike pack that worked well together to earn a large advantage, Duffy entered the run with a clear shot of earning the day’s gold medal. Giving her a second WTS win of the season and a trade up from the silver medal she earned in Leeds in 2016, Duffy’s victory also puts her in a solid position to continue her quest of reclaiming her World Title. Duffy said of how the race played out, “I came out of the water in a good position and luckily the girls on the bike were keen to work with me. So perhaps they picked up on if you ride hard there is an opportunity to podium, so we made a huge gap and yeah it was fantastic. You know this was Taylor’s (Spivey) first podium and Alice’s (Betto) as well, so that is really cool and I am super happy for them.” “Four was perfect, especially when we came into the circuit because it is so technical here, so the smaller the group is the faster you get through the corners and just the more efficient you are. Those girls rode super well technically so it helped the speed, so we just gradually just put more and more time into the chase group, which was pretty cool,” she said of the small lead bunch she cycled with. “Obviously you go into each race with a goal, so yeah it is nice that I have won the first two, which kind of came as a surprise but I guess I will just keep the momentum going.” Joining the reigning World Champion on the podium was two WTS medal first-timers: Taylor Spivey (USA) and Alice Betto (ITA). Spivey earned the silver medal, advancing from her first-time silver medal she earned in Madrid in the World Cup circuit only a few weeks before in order to become only the seventh woman in the USA to make a WTS podium. “I am beyond thrilled, I wasn’t expecting it all. I just am so happy that all of my hard work has paid off and it came together today,” Spivey said. “I think making that front pack with Flora, she is just so strong and technically amazing. I really had to push to stay on her wheel because I am not as technically as strong as her, but I am just so happy I managed to pull it together today.” A cloudy and slightly cool day welcomed the women as they kicked off the day of racing in Leeds....

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