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Three months until the Inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival!

Triathlon News - Thu, 18/05/2017 - 19:29
Today marks the official three-month countdown to the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Penticton! The local organizing committee and ITU are working hard to prepare for thousands of athletes from around the world to descend on Penticton for what promises to be an incredible ten-day festival. Last week the first athlete newsletter went out to all registered participants. We sent this via the lists shared from the National Federations. Do you think you should have received this newsletter but didn’t? Email info@penticton2017.com to be added to the distribution list. Watch for weekly updates in your inbox on everything related to the festival. There has been incredible interest in athletes looking to add another race to their roster in Penticton as an open wave athlete. Thinking of doing another Duathlon? Perhaps adding Aquathlon as a warm up effort to your Long Distance World Championship race? You can compete on the same great course as the World Championship race in the final wave of the day. If you’re interested in racing but require another bike, look to our rental partners Freedom Bikes and Raceday Transport to add whatever bike you need for the day. Speaking of bikes, if you need to transport yours, we have a great option in sponsor Raceday Transport. They will pack your bike, ship it to Penticton and re-assemble it for your race. There are other options available if you’re the type who likes to build your bike yourself. There are activities galore for you, your family and your friends in Penticton. Want to purchase extra tickets for your family and friends to attend the Pasta Party? You can do that here. Want to find fun activities for kids? You can see some fantastic choices here. Want to arrange a wine tour, plan a shopping excursion or learn the best place to go hiking? See some options for activities here. Whatever you want to do pre or post race, there is something for everyone 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 three months!

Three months until the Inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival!

Triathlon News - Thu, 18/05/2017 - 19:29
Today marks the official three-month countdown to the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Penticton! The local organizing committee and ITU are working hard to prepare for thousands of athletes from around the world to descend on Penticton for what promises to be an incredible ten-day festival. Last week the first athlete newsletter went out to all registered participants. We sent this via the lists shared from the National Federations. Do you think you should have received this newsletter but didn’t? Email info@penticton2017.com to be added to the distribution list. Watch for weekly updates in your inbox on everything related to the festival. There has been incredible interest in athletes looking to add another race to their roster in Penticton as an open wave athlete. Thinking of doing another Duathlon? Perhaps adding Aquathlon as a warm up effort to your Long Distance World Championship race? You can compete on the same great course as the World Championship race in the final wave of the day. If you’re interested in racing but require another bike, look to our rental partners Freedom Bikes and Raceday Transport to add whatever bike you need for the day. Speaking of bikes, if you need to transport yours, we have a great option in sponsor Raceday Transport. They will pack your bike, ship it to Penticton and re-assemble it for your race. There are other options available if you’re the type who likes to build your bike yourself. There are activities galore for you, your family and your friends in Penticton. Want to purchase extra tickets for your family and friends to attend the Pasta Party? You can do that here. Want to find fun activities for kids? You can see some fantastic choices here. Want to arrange a wine tour, plan a shopping excursion or learn the best place to go hiking? See some options for activities here. Whatever you want to do pre or post race, there is something for everyone 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 three months!

Athletes in Yokohama commit to clean sport

Triathlon News - Thu, 18/05/2017 - 15:26
In ITU we strongly believe in clean sport, because that’s what makes our sport, and our athletes, great. Every year, we commit time, effort, energy and a substantial budget to our anti-doping mission, but we are not only talking about doping tests, it’s also a matter of education. With that goal on mind, it was great to see the warm welcome that most athletes participating in WTS Yokohama gave to the outreach programme ‘Play True’, organized by the Japan Anti-Doping Agency and the Japan Triathlon Union. More than 150 triathletes and parathletes participated on the programme, helping spread the message that we love triathlon, but most of all we love clean sport. Athletes participating had the chance of signing a flag to be passed on to future generations of triathletes. Right before the athletes briefing in Yokohama, triathletes could show their knowledge about rules answering questions such as how often the Prohibited list is updated, and shared best practices to help them understand the methodologies, rules and recommendations from ITU, the IOC and the WADA. After all, the fight on doping is on every single one of us, and we all should be familiar with the rules we have to follow to showcase our clean sport. Athletes competing in WTS Yokohama, as all the ones racing the WTS this season, had also the chance to show their commitment to compete clean with ITU’s new swim caps which have a “Love Triathlon, Love Clean Sport” logo, an initiative that not only enhances the audience experience (as it is easier to spot your favorite athletes on the water due to the bright green color of the caps) but also improves overall athlete safety.

British, US Para triathletes top Yokohama podium

Triathlon News - Mon, 15/05/2017 - 20:29
Great Britain and the USA dominated the podium at the second International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para Triathlon Series of the year, which concluded on Saturday (13 May) in Yokohama, Japan. The British contingent won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals, with Paralympic champion Andy Lewis, Alison Patrick and Dave Ellis all starting their seasons with wins. For many of the British athletes, it was their first international competition since Rio 2016, where the sport made its Paralympic debut. Lewis (1:08:44) produced a strong 5km to run to come from behind to beat the USA’s Mark Barr by nine seconds in the men’s PTS2 category. Barr led after both the 750m swim and the 20km bike, but Lewis passed Barr on the run to ensure a winning start to his season. Morocco’s Paralympic bronze medallist Mohamed Lahna (1:11:20) finished third. Ellis (1:03:08) marked his return to international Para triathlon with victory in the men’s PTVI class. Ellis was competing in his first international race since 2014 and finished two minutes, 14 seconds ahead of Spain’s Hector Catala Laparra (1:05:22), with Poland’s Lukasz Wietecki (1:06:07) finishing third. There were two British Para triathletes on the podium in the women’s PTVI race as Alison Patrick won gold, while her teammate Melissa Reid finished third; both took silver and bronze respectively from Rio 2016. Patrick (1:07:19) produced a dominant performance to finish three minutes, 40 seconds ahead of Spain’s Susana Rodriguez (1:10:59), with Reid just over a minute further back in third (1:12:01). Dutch Paralympic silver medallist Geert Schipper claimed the victory in the men’s PTHC class in a time of 1:00:35. Italy’s Paralympic bronze medallist Giovanni Achenza (1:00:58) finished second, with Australia’s Bill Chaffey (1:03:06) finishing third. The Japanese crowds were treated to a home winner in the women’s PTHC race as Wakako Tsuchida (1:15:11) took the victory ahead of Great Britain’s Jade Jones (1:16:30) and Spain’s Eva Maria Moral Pedrero (1:17:42). Jones made an impressive Para triathlon debut after deciding to combine triathlon with her athletics career. The USA’s Allysa Seely led the way for the USA, which finished with three gold, two silver and a bronze medal. Seely (1:21:01) continued her dominance in the women’s PTS2 class as she defended her title from last year. The world and Paralympic champion produced another strong performance to finish 44 seconds ahead...

British, US Para triathletes top Yokohama podium

Triathlon News - Mon, 15/05/2017 - 20:29
Great Britain and the USA dominated the podium at the second International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para Triathlon Series of the year, which concluded on Saturday (13 May) in Yokohama, Japan. The British contingent won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals, with Paralympic champion Andy Lewis, Alison Patrick and Dave Ellis all starting their seasons with wins. For many of the British athletes, it was their first international competition since Rio 2016, where the sport made its Paralympic debut. Lewis (1:08:44) produced a strong 5km to run to come from behind to beat the USA’s Mark Barr by nine seconds in the men’s PTS2 category. Barr led after both the 750m swim and the 20km bike, but Lewis passed Barr on the run to ensure a winning start to his season. Morocco’s Paralympic bronze medallist Mohamed Lahna (1:11:20) finished third. Ellis (1:03:08) marked his return to international Para triathlon with victory in the men’s PTVI class. Ellis was competing in his first international race since 2014 and finished two minutes, 14 seconds ahead of Spain’s Hector Catala Laparra (1:05:22), with Poland’s Lukasz Wietecki (1:06:07) finishing third. There were two British Para triathletes on the podium in the women’s PTVI race as Alison Patrick won gold, while her teammate Melissa Reid finished third; both took silver and bronze respectively from Rio 2016. Patrick (1:07:19) produced a dominant performance to finish three minutes, 40 seconds ahead of Spain’s Susana Rodriguez (1:10:59), with Reid just over a minute further back in third (1:12:01). Dutch Paralympic silver medallist Geert Schipper claimed the victory in the men’s PTHC class in a time of 1:00:35. Italy’s Paralympic bronze medallist Giovanni Achenza (1:00:58) finished second, with Australia’s Bill Chaffey (1:03:06) finishing third. The Japanese crowds were treated to a home winner in the women’s PTHC race as Wakako Tsuchida (1:15:11) took the victory ahead of Great Britain’s Jade Jones (1:16:30) and Spain’s Eva Maria Moral Pedrero (1:17:42). Jones made an impressive Para triathlon debut after deciding to combine triathlon with her athletics career. The USA’s Allysa Seely led the way for the USA, which finished with three gold, two silver and a bronze medal. Seely (1:21:01) continued her dominance in the women’s PTS2 class as she defended her title from last year. The world and Paralympic champion produced another strong performance to finish 44 seconds...

British, US Para triathletes top Yokohama podium

Triathlon News - Mon, 15/05/2017 - 20:29
Great Britain and the USA dominated the podium at the second International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para Triathlon Series of the year, which concluded on Saturday (13 May) in Yokohama, Japan. The British contingent won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals, with Paralympic champion Andy Lewis, Alison Patrick and Dave Ellis all starting their seasons with wins. For many of the British athletes, it was their first international competition since Rio 2016, where the sport made its Paralympic debut. Lewis (1:08:44) produced a strong 5km to run to come from behind to beat the USA’s Mark Barr by nine seconds in the men’s PTS2 category. Barr led after both the 750m swim and the 20km bike, but Lewis passed Barr on the run to ensure a winning start to his season. Morocco’s Paralympic bronze medallist Mohamed Lahna (1:11:20) finished third. Ellis (1:03:08) marked his return to international Para triathlon with victory in the men’s PTVI class. Ellis was competing in his first international race since 2014 and finished two minutes, 14 seconds ahead of Spain’s Hector Catala Laparra (1:05:22), with Poland’s Lukasz Wietecki (1:06:07) finishing third. There were two British Para triathletes on the podium in the women’s PTVI race as Alison Patrick won gold, while her teammate Melissa Reid finished third; both took silver and bronze respectively from Rio 2016. Patrick (1:07:19) produced a dominant performance to finish three minutes, 40 seconds ahead of Spain’s Susana Rodriguez (1:10:59), with Reid just over a minute further back in third (1:12:01). Dutch Paralympic silver medallist Geert Schipper claimed the victory in the men’s PTHC class in a time of 1:00:35. Italy’s Paralympic bronze medallist Giovanni Achenza (1:00:58) finished second, with Australia’s Bill Chaffey (1:03:06) finishing third. The Japanese crowds were treated to a home winner in the women’s PTHC race as Wakako Tsuchida (1:15:11) took the victory ahead of Great Britain’s Jade Jones (1:16:30) and Spain’s Eva Maria Moral Pedrero (1:17:42). Jones made an impressive Para triathlon debut after deciding to combine triathlon with her athletics career. The USA’s Allysa Seely led the way for the USA, which finished with three gold, two silver and a bronze medal. Seely (1:21:01) continued her dominance in the women’s PTS2 class as she defended her title from last year. The world and Paralympic champion produced another strong performance to finish 44 seconds ahead...

British, US Para triathletes top Yokohama podium

Triathlon News - Mon, 15/05/2017 - 20:29
Great Britain and the USA dominated the podium at the second International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para Triathlon Series of the year, which concluded on Saturday (13 May) in Yokohama, Japan. The British contingent won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals, with Paralympic champion Andy Lewis, Alison Patrick and Dave Ellis all starting their seasons with wins. For many of the British athletes, it was their first international competition since Rio 2016, where the sport made its Paralympic debut. Lewis (1:08:44) produced a strong 5km to run to come from behind to beat the USA’s Mark Barr by nine seconds in the men’s PTS2 category. Barr led after both the 750m swim and the 20km bike, but Lewis passed Barr on the run to ensure a winning start to his season. Morocco’s Paralympic bronze medallist Mohamed Lahna (1:11:20) finished third. Ellis (1:03:08) marked his return to international Para triathlon with victory in the men’s PTVI class. Ellis was competing in his first international race since 2014 and finished two minutes, 14 seconds ahead of Spain’s Hector Catala Laparra (1:05:22), with Poland’s Lukasz Wietecki (1:06:07) finishing third. There were two British Para triathletes on the podium in the women’s PTVI race as Alison Patrick won gold, while her teammate Melissa Reid finished third; both took silver and bronze respectively from Rio 2016. Patrick (1:07:19) produced a dominant performance to finish three minutes, 40 seconds ahead of Spain’s Susana Rodriguez (1:10:59), with Reid just over a minute further back in third (1:12:01). Dutch Paralympic silver medallist Geert Schipper claimed the victory in the men’s PTHC class in a time of 1:00:35. Italy’s Paralympic bronze medallist Giovanni Achenza (1:00:58) finished second, with Australia’s Bill Chaffey (1:03:06) finishing third. The Japanese crowds were treated to a home winner in the women’s PTHC race as Wakako Tsuchida (1:15:11) took the victory ahead of Great Britain’s Jade Jones (1:16:30) and Spain’s Eva Maria Moral Pedrero (1:17:42). Jones made an impressive Para triathlon debut after deciding to combine triathlon with her athletics career. The USA’s Allysa Seely led the way for the USA, which finished with three gold, two silver and a bronze medal. Seely (1:21:01) continued her dominance in the women’s PTS2 class as she defended her title from last year. The world and Paralympic champion produced another strong performance to finish 44 seconds ahead...

British, US Para triathletes top Yokohama podium

Triathlon News - Mon, 15/05/2017 - 20:29
Great Britain and the USA dominated the podium at the second International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para Triathlon Series of the year, which concluded on Saturday (13 May) in Yokohama, Japan. The British contingent won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals, with Paralympic champion Andy Lewis, Alison Patrick and Dave Ellis all starting their seasons with wins. For many of the British athletes, it was their first international competition since Rio 2016, where the sport made its Paralympic debut. Lewis (1:08:44) produced a strong 5km to run to come from behind to beat the USA’s Mark Barr by nine seconds in the men’s PTS2 category. Barr led after both the 750m swim and the 20km bike, but Lewis passed Barr on the run to ensure a winning start to his season. Morocco’s Paralympic bronze medallist Mohamed Lahna (1:11:20) finished third. Ellis (1:03:08) marked his return to international Para triathlon with victory in the men’s PTVI class. Ellis was competing in his first international race since 2014 and finished two minutes, 14 seconds ahead of Spain’s Hector Catala Laparra (1:05:22), with Poland’s Lukasz Wietecki (1:06:07) finishing third. There were two British Para triathletes on the podium in the women’s PTVI race as Alison Patrick won gold, while her teammate Melissa Reid finished third; both took silver and bronze respectively from Rio 2016. Patrick (1:07:19) produced a dominant performance to finish three minutes, 40 seconds ahead of Spain’s Susana Rodriguez (1:10:59), with Reid just over a minute further back in third (1:12:01). Dutch Paralympic silver medallist Geert Schipper claimed the victory in the men’s PTHC class in a time of 1:00:35. Italy’s Paralympic bronze medallist Giovanni Achenza (1:00:58) finished second, with Australia’s Bill Chaffey (1:03:06) finishing third. The Japanese crowds were treated to a home winner in the women’s PTHC race as Wakako Tsuchida (1:15:11) took the victory ahead of Great Britain’s Jade Jones (1:16:30) and Spain’s Eva Maria Moral Pedrero (1:17:42). Jones made an impressive Para triathlon debut after deciding to combine triathlon with her athletics career. The USA’s Allysa Seely led the way for the USA, which finished with three gold, two silver and a bronze medal. Seely (1:21:01) continued her dominance in the women’s PTS2 class as she defended her title from last year. The world and Paralympic champion produced another strong performance to finish 44 seconds...

Mola repeats win in WTS Yokohama

Triathlon News - Sat, 13/05/2017 - 09:57
For the second year in a row, Spaniard Mario Mola claimed victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. The win was also his second of the season and catapulted him back to the top of the WTS rankings. “I am very happy obviously, it has been a very good day for me. On the bike we had to be careful. We saw at the end I think it was Jonny who had a crash with so many others. But with this day you never know what is going to happen, today luckily it worked well for me so I am very pleased with it,” said Mola. The win came after a tough day full of wet weather conditions, that pushed every athlete to the limits. “I have said this before, with triathlon it doesn’t matter how fit or how good you think you are, races put you in a place where sometimes you are happy and sometimes you are disappointed. But I was confident that I made the work during the winter, I kept doing the same work and when the result comes around you have to be pleased, so I will just keep trying to work to do the same things in the future.” Joining him once again on the podium is Spanish compatriot Fernando Alarza, who earned his second medal of the season, after the bronze in WTS Gold Coast. The bronze then went to Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, who pulled off a last-second attack on the blue carpet to overtake Henri Shcoemann and get the final podium spot, which also was his first WTS podium of the season. Alarza said, “The race was terrific for me, from the start around the first buoy I was a fighter. And then on my bike I was freezing, this water was not great for me, my feet were freezing but then I warmed up. I lost maybe 20 or 30 seconds in the second transition, but I am happy for Mario, happy for me and happy for the Spanish team. I think it was another good race.” While the women faired the wet conditions first on the day, by the time the men lined up to take on the Japanese harbor, the rain was stronger than ever. Jumping into the water, the men did not spread out despite the longer distance. Jonathan Brownlee became the swim leader after lap one and held onto the title to exit the waters first, which was the first time for the Brit since San Diego in 2012. Surviving the busy first transition, a large pack formed that tallied around 30 men all of which contained some of the day’s biggest names such as Javier Gomez Noya, Mola and Brownlee. Just like in the women’s race, the wet course made for some mechanical issues for some athletes. Some men...

Mola repeats win in WTS Yokohama

Triathlon News - Sat, 13/05/2017 - 09:57
For the second year in a row, Spaniard Mario Mola claimed victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. The win was also his second of the season and catapulted him back to the top of the WTS rankings. “I am very happy obviously, it has been a very good day for me. On the bike we had to be careful. We saw at the end I think it was Jonny who had a crash with so many others. But with this day you never know what is going to happen, today luckily it worked well for me so I am very pleased with it,” said Mola. The win came after a tough day full of wet weather conditions, that pushed every athlete to the limits. “I have said this before, with triathlon it doesn’t matter how fit or how good you think you are, races put you in a place where sometimes you are happy and sometimes you are disappointed. But I was confident that I made the work during the winter, I kept doing the same work and when the result comes around you have to be pleased, so I will just keep trying to work to do the same things in the future.” Joining him once again on the podium is Spanish compatriot Fernando Alarza, who earned his second medal of the season, after the bronze in WTS Gold Coast. The bronze then went to Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, who pulled off a last-second attack on the blue carpet to overtake Henri Shcoemann and get the final podium spot, which also was his first WTS podium of the season. Alarza said, “The race was terrific for me, from the start around the first buoy I was a fighter. And then on my bike I was freezing, this water was not great for me, my feet were freezing but then I warmed up. I lost maybe 20 or 30 seconds in the second transition, but I am happy for Mario, happy for me and happy for the Spanish team. I think it was another good race.” While the women faired the wet conditions first on the day, by the time the men lined up to take on the Japanese harbor, the rain was stronger than ever. Jumping into the water, the men did not spread out despite the longer distance. Jonathan Brownlee became the swim leader after lap one and held onto the title to exit the waters first, which was the first time for the Brit since San Diego in 2012. Surviving the busy first transition, a large pack formed that tallied around 30 men all of which contained some of the day’s biggest names such as Javier Gomez Noya, Mola and Brownlee. Just like in the women’s race, the wet course made for some mechanical issues for some athletes. Some men...

Mola repeats win in WTS Yokohama

Triathlon News - Sat, 13/05/2017 - 09:57
For the second year in a row, Spaniard Mario Mola claimed victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. The win was also his second of the season and catapulted him back to the top of the WTS rankings. “I am very happy obviously, it has been a very good day for me. On the bike we had to be careful. We saw at the end I think it was Jonny who had a crash with so many others. But with this day you never know what is going to happen, today luckily it worked for well for me so I am very pleased with it,” said Mola. The win came after a tough day full of wet weather conditions, that pushed every athlete to the limits. “I have said this before with triathlon it doesn’t matter how fit or how good you think you are, races put you in a place where sometimes you are happy and sometimes you are disappointed. But I was confident that I made the work during the winter, I kept doing the same work and when the result comes around you have to be pleased, so I will just keep trying to work to do the same things in the future.” Joining him once again on the podium is Spanish compatriot Fernando Alarza, who earned his first medal of the season with a silver. The bronze then went to Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, who pulled off a last-second attack on the blue carpet to overtake an opponent and get the final podium spot, which also was his first WTS podium of the season. Alarza said, “The race was terrific for me, from the start around the first buoy I was a fighter. And then on my bike I was freezing, this water was not great for me my feet were freezing but then I warmed up. I lost maybe 20 or 30 seconds in the second transition, but I am happy for Mario, happy for me and happy for the Spanish team. I think it was another good race.” While the women faired the wet conditions first on the day, by the time the men lined up to take on the Japanese harbor, the rain was stronger than ever. Jumping into the water, the men did not spread out despite the longer distance. Jonathan Brownlee became the swim leader after lap one and held onto the title to exit the waters first, which was the first time for the Brit since San Diego in 2012. Surviving the busy first transition, a large pack formed that tallied around 30 men all of which contained some of the day’s biggest names such as Javier Gomez Noya, Mola and Brownlee. Just like in the women’s race, the wet course made for some mechanical issues for some athletes. Some men were unlucky and...

Mola repeats win in WTS Yokohama

Triathlon News - Sat, 13/05/2017 - 09:57
For the second year in a row, Spaniard Mario Mola claimed victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. The win was also his second of the season and catapulted him back to the top of the WTS rankings. “I am very happy obviously, it has been a very good day for me. On the bike we had to be careful. We saw at the end I think it was Jonny who had a crash with so many others. But with this day you never know what is going to happen, today luckily it worked well for me so I am very pleased with it,” said Mola. The win came after a tough day full of wet weather conditions, that pushed every athlete to the limits. “I have said this before, with triathlon it doesn’t matter how fit or how good you think you are, races put you in a place where sometimes you are happy and sometimes you are disappointed. But I was confident that I made the work during the winter, I kept doing the same work and when the result comes around you have to be pleased, so I will just keep trying to work to do the same things in the future.” Joining him once again on the podium is Spanish compatriot Fernando Alarza, who earned his second medal of the season, after the bronze in WTS Gold Coast. The bronze then went to Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, who pulled off a last-second attack on the blue carpet to overtake Henri Shcoemann and get the final podium spot, which also was his first WTS podium of the season. Alarza said, “The race was terrific for me, from the start around the first buoy I was a fighter. And then on my bike I was freezing, this water was not great for me, my feet were freezing but then I warmed up. I lost maybe 20 or 30 seconds in the second transition, but I am happy for Mario, happy for me and happy for the Spanish team. I think it was another good race.” While the women faired the wet conditions first on the day, by the time the men lined up to take on the Japanese harbor, the rain was stronger than ever. Jumping into the water, the men did not spread out despite the longer distance. Jonathan Brownlee became the swim leader after lap one and held onto the title to exit the waters first, which was the first time for the Brit since San Diego in 2012. Surviving the busy first transition, a large pack formed that tallied around 30 men all of which contained some of the day’s biggest names such as Javier Gomez Noya, Mola and Brownlee. Just like in the women’s race, the wet course made for some mechanical issues for some athletes. Some men...

Duffy keeps her winning streak alive in Yokohama

Triathlon News - Sat, 13/05/2017 - 07:11
In her first race back after claiming her debut World Triathlon Series World Title last year, Flora Duffy (BER) returned to the 2017 season and walked right back to the familiar top of the podium when she won the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. After having to pull out of the first two races of the season due to injury, Duffy lined up in Japan and executed a performance that proved she is ready to tackle another world crown attempt. “I didn’t know what I would have in the tank for today, I was pretty nervous coming into the race today, I felt like a WTS first-timer, but I had to keep reminding myself that I am the World Champ and I need to ride with confidence. So the race worked out great to my strengths and I am super happy,” said Duffy. Rain made the race day a little more challenging for all the women out on the course, but it was Duffy who used it to her advantage to get her first gold of the year. “The rain is intimidating for everybody, but everyone including my fiancé Dan kept telling me ‘No Flora! This is going to be your strength, be confidence and ride like you always do and you’ll be fine’. I had low pressure on my tires and I felt super comfortable out there, so it worked.” Joining her on the podium were USA compatriots Katie Zaferes with the silver and Kirsten Kasper with the bronze and first WTS podium of her career. Zaferes said, “I am really excited, I didn’t make that race the easiest for myself so I was just really happy. And my favourite part is that it was a pretty technical bike and I did really well in it and that was something I have been working on all winter.” Conditions for the third stop of the 2017 WTS were wet and rainy, making for what would be an interesting and slippery race ahead. Jumping off the pontoon for the two-lap non-wetsuit swim, it once again was Great Britain’s Jessica Learmonth and Lucy Hall who took charge as the leaders in the water. The long distance of the 150 metres spread out the women and upon exiting the waters, a group of five consisting of Learmonth, Hall, Sophie Coldwell (GBR), Duffy and Summer Cook (USA) headed into T1 ahead of the pack. Getting onto the bike the rain continued to pour down, which caused a few issues out on the course. Great Britain’s Non Stanford who was debuting her WTS season in Yokohama slipped on a corner and took her out of the running. Showcasing that she is till the queen of the cycle, Duffy wasted no time breaking away from the...

Duffy keeps her winning streak alive in Yokohama

Triathlon News - Sat, 13/05/2017 - 07:11
In her first race back after claiming her debut World Triathlon Series World Title last year, Flora Duffy (BER) returned to the 2017 season and walked right back to the familiar top of the podium when she won the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. After having to pull out of the first two races of the season due to injury, Duffy lined up in Japan and executed a performance that proved she is ready to tackle another world crown attempt. “I didn’t know what I would have in the tank for today, I was pretty nervous coming into the race today, I felt like a WTS first-timer, but I had to keep reminding myself that I am the World Champ and I need to ride with confidence. So the race worked out great to my strengths and I am super happy,” said Duffy. Rain made the race day a little more challenging for all the women out on the course, but it was Duffy who used it to her advantage to get her first gold of the year. “The rain is intimidating for everybody, but everyone including my fiancé Dan kept telling me ‘No Flora! This is going to be your strength, be confidence and ride like you always do and you’ll be fine’. I had low pressure on my tires and I felt super comfortable out there, so it worked.” Joining her on the podium were USA compatriots Katie Zaferes with the silver and Kirsten Kasper with the bronze and first WTS podium of her career. Zaferes said, “I am really excited, I didn’t make that race the easiest for myself so I was just really happy. And my favourite part is that it was a pretty technical bike and I did really well in it and that was something I have been working on all winter.” Conditions for the third stop of the 2017 WTS were wet and rainy, making for what would be an interesting and slippery race ahead. Jumping off the pontoon for the two-lap non-wetsuit swim, it once again was Great Britain’s Jessica Learmonth and Lucy Hall who took charge as the leaders in the water. The long distance of the 150 metres spread out the women and upon exiting the waters, a group of five consisting of Learmonth, Hall, Sophie Coldwell (GBR), Duffy and Summer Cook (USA) headed into T1 ahead of the pack. Getting onto the bike the rain continued to pour down, which caused a few issues out on the course. Great Britain’s Non Stanford who was debuting her WTS season in Yokohama slipped on a corner and took her out of the running. Showcasing that she is till the queen of the cycle, Duffy wasted no time breaking away from the...

Duffy keeps her winning streak alive in Yokohama

Triathlon News - Sat, 13/05/2017 - 07:11
In her first race back after claiming her debut World Triathlon Series World Title last year, Flora Duffy (BER) returned to the 2017 season and walked right back to the familiar top of the podium when she won the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. After having to pull out of the first two races of the season due to injury, Duffy lined up in Japan and executed a performance that proved she is ready to tackle another world crown attempt. “I didn’t know what I would have in the tank for today, I was pretty nervous coming into the race today, I felt like a WTS first-timer, but I had to keep reminding myself that I am the World Champ and I need to ride with confidence. So the race worked out great to my strengths and I am super happy,” said Duffy. Rain made the race day a little more challenging for all the women out on the course, but it was Duffy who used it to her advantage to get her first gold of the year. “The rain is intimidating for everybody, but everyone including my fiancé Dan kept telling me ‘No Flora! This is going to be your strength, be confidence and ride like you always do and you’ll be fine’. I had low pressure on my tires and I felt super comfortable out there, so it worked.” Joining her on the podium were USA compatriots Katie Zaferes with the silver and Kirsten Kasper with the bronze and first WTS podium of her career. Zaferes said, “I am really excited, I didn’t make that race the easiest for myself so I was just really happy. And my favourite part is that it was a pretty technical bike and I did really well in it and that was something I have been working on all winter.” Conditions for the third stop of the 2017 WTS were wet and rainy, making for what would be an interesting and slippery race ahead. Jumping off the pontoon for the two-lap non-wetsuit swim, it once again was Great Britain’s Jessica Learmonth and Lucy Hall who took charge as the leaders in the water. The long distance of the 150 metres until the first bouy spread out the women and upon exiting the waters, a group of five consisting of Learmonth, Hall, Sophie Coldwell (GBR), Duffy and Summer Cook (USA) headed into T1 ahead of the pack. Getting onto the bike the rain continued to pour down, which caused a few issues out on the course. Great Britain’s Non Stanford who was debuting her WTS season in Yokohama slipped on a corner and took her out of the running. Showcasing that she is till the queen of the cycle, Duffy wasted no time...

Duffy keeps her winning streak alive in Yokohama

Triathlon News - Sat, 13/05/2017 - 07:11
In her first race back after claiming her debut World Triathlon Series World Title last year, Flora Duffy (BER) returned to the 2017 season and walked right back to the familiar top of the podium when she won the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. After having to pull out of the first two races of the season due to injury, Duffy lined up in Japan and executed a performance that proved she is ready to tackle another world crown attempt. “I didn’t know what I would have in the tank for today, I was pretty nervous coming into the race today, I felt like a WTS first-timer, but I had to keep reminding myself that I am the World Champ and I need to ride with confidence. So the race worked out great to my strengths and I am super happy,” said Duffy. Rain made the race day a little more challenging for all the women out on the course, but it was Duffy who used it to her advantage to get her first gold of the year. “The rain is intimidating for everybody, but everyone including my fiancé Dan kept telling me ‘No Flora! This is going to be your strength, be confidence and ride like you always do and you’ll be fine’. I had low pressure on my tires and I felt super comfortable out there, so it worked.” Joining her on the podium were USA compatriots Katie Zaferes with the silver and Kirsten Kasper with the bronze and first WTS podium of her career. Zaferes said, “I am really excited, I didn’t make that race the easiest for myself so I was just really happy. And my favourite part is that it was a pretty technical bike and I did really well in it and that was something I have been working on all winter.” Conditions for the third stop of the 2017 WTS were wet and rainy, making for what would be an interesting and slippery race ahead. Jumping off the pontoon for the two-lap non-wetsuit swim, it once again was Great Britain’s Jessica Learmonth and Lucy Hall who took charge as the leaders in the water. The long distance of the 150 metres spread out the women and upon exiting the waters, a group of five consisting of Learmonth, Hall, Sophie Coldwell (GBR), Duffy and Summer Cook (USA) headed into T1 ahead of the pack. Getting onto the bike the rain continued to pour down, which caused a few issues out on the course. Great Britain’s Non Stanford who was debuting her WTS season in Yokohama slipped on a corner and took her out of the running. Showcasing that she is till the queen of the cycle, Duffy wasted no time breaking away from the...

Penticton to be the Mecca of triathlon this summer

Triathlon News - Fri, 12/05/2017 - 16:45
With less than four months to go, everything is ready in beautiful Penticton (Canada) to be the Mecca of triathlon this summer with the inaugural ITU Multisport World Championship Festival. Course maps for all six World Championship races have been released, and you still have a chance to register to participate in the event. Hurry up and start training, no matter where you come from, you will be more than welcome in Penticton this summer. The Multisport Festival is a massive 10 day celebration of triathlon that will see triathletes from all over the world vying for six different multisport titles. And we are not only talking about elite athletes, we will also have open races in all six categories. So you are still able to choose from every race option at the festival: aquathlon, aquabike, cross triathlon, sprint duathlon, standard duathlon, and long distance triathlon. And you will race exactly on the same course as the World Championship race. You better get your training done quickly, because if you are planning to compete in four of the World Championship events, you will be crowned a Multisport Legend and will receive a special ultra-exclusive belt buckle, will be honoured at a special awards ceremony on Sunday, August 27th and will have bragging rights for life. The City of Penticton has so much to offer for athletes, spectators and visitors from all around the world. There is something for everyone who comes to visit! Penticton is a dream location for the discerning tourist, a literal outdoor playground with gourmet restaurants, hundreds of wineries and craft breweries, great shopping and recreation at every turn. For a full view of what Penticton has to offer visitors for ITU Multisport World Championships, look at Your Penticton Experience.  We are excited to offer a Kids Triathlon on Saturday, August 26th as part of our ten-day festival. Kids aged 3 -15 have a chance to participate in a shortened swim, bike and run in the heart of Penticton and finish by running the blue carpet under the World Championship finish line! All kids receive a bib number, t-shirt and finisher medal. All race details for Kids Triathlon can be found here. Social media “Training” and “Qualified” badges for all six races are available for download and sharing. Share to your blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Follow along our journey on Penticton 2017’s website and on social media with @ITUMultisport on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use...

Jade Jones swaps the track for triathlon in Yokohama

Triathlon News - Thu, 11/05/2017 - 18:05
A first ever triathlon can be a daunting experience, but British wheelchair racer Jade Jones is relishing the challenge as she prepares to compete in her first Para triathlon at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para triathlon Series in Yokohama, Japan. Jones, who has competed on the track in the last two Paralympic Games, has wanted to try the sport for a number of years. After watching it make its Paralympics debut in Rio 2016, she decided to try it out. “Triathlon is something I’ve always wanted to have a go at and after Rio I thought it would be a good time for a new challenge,” Jones said. “It’s been hard to learn completely new disciplines from scratch but it’s also been a lot of fun to try something new.” The 21-year-old only began swim training in November 2016 and her preparation has seen her continue to break records on the track. Jones broke the British 10,000m record last weekend, just a few weeks after setting a personal best in the Boston Marathon and a fifth-place finish at the London Marathon. “I’m really pleased with my build-up for the race,” Jones said. “The endurance events, such as a marathon in the race chair, really cross over with my triathlon training in terms of fitness. My training has been going well so I am looking to put in a strong performance and see where I go from there.” Jones will put all her training and preparation to the test when she competes in the PTHC class in Yokohama alongside her compatriot Lizzie Tench. Jones said she is looking forward to competing in her first triathlon “without any pressure or expectations.” When asked about her aims, Jones said: “I’m currently looking to do both track/road and Para triathlon. The training crosses over really well so I don’t feel any pressure to choose between the two right now. I’m excited to see how the season goes.” Seeing her compatriot Andy Lewis win gold in Rio was especially encouraging, and Lewis will be hoping to start his season with a win in the men’s PTS2 category, as will the Netherlands’ Geert Schipper in the men’s PTHC class. The USA’s Allysa Seely (PTS2) will be looking to continue their dominance after coming off Paralympic gold. Her compatriot Chris Hammer will be hoping to make it two wins out of two by following up his victory from the World Series opening race in Gold Coast, Australia, in what looks set to be a hotly-contested men’s PTS5 race. Australian Kate Doughty will be looking to repeat her...

Athletes chatter ahead of #WTSYokohama

Triathlon News - Thu, 11/05/2017 - 10:03
For the eighth time in World Triathlon Series history, elites head back to Japan to compete in the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. Mario Mola, Andrea Hewitt, Ai Ueda and Jumpei Furuya chatted with the press ahead of the race of the new bike course, the season ahead and the upcoming Olympics. Andrea Hewitt On the new bike course: I’m very excited to race here. I just arrived yesterday so I haven’t had the chance of doing the new bike course yet, but I’ve raced here a few times in the last years and is always a fun course. On the upcoming Olympics: Tokyo is still three years away so I’m concentrated on this season. The season is going pretty well, I already won two races, so I’m excited and concentrated on this season now. This is a good opportunity for me. Mario Mola On the new bike course: I didn’t have the chance of doing the new bike course yet, but I’m sure that is going to be a really nice one. I’ve raced a couple of times here in Yokohama before. We just need to be a bit careful if the course is wet because of the rain. On the Tokyo 2020 Olympics ahead: The Olympics are three years ahead, so even tho time goes by quick, I’m just focused on this season and to fight for the world title. Olympics are a great motivation, but I’m concentrated right now on every single race and this season. The Tokyo 2002 Olympics will be great, and this country has a very special atmosphere for triathlon, so I’m sure it’s going to be amazing, but I’m trying to concentrate on this season now. On racing against Jonny Brownlee for the first tie after the Cozumel Grand Final: Jonny is a great athlete, and is great to have him racing again. He is one of the best on our sport, and is great to have him back. Having Jonny racing in Yokohama means that we will have a great show. I expect a very tough race, as usual, but this is always a challenge. I really look forward racing with him again. On if this season would be more difficult for Jonny if Alistair is not racing with him: The fact of not having his brother racing next to him, we will see how affects him and if it has an impact on the race. But both of them, as Javi, are athletes that when they race they try to win, so we will see how not racing both will affect his racing, if any. Ai Ueda On racing in Yokohama an her own country: I want to thank the city of Yokohama for this fantastic setting and organizing this race in Japan. With the Olympics coming up in 2020 in Tokyo, this is an energy booster for us. On...

Athletes chatter ahead of #WTSYokohama

Triathlon News - Thu, 11/05/2017 - 10:03
For the eighth time in World Triathlon Series history, elites head back to Japan to compete in the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. Mario Mola, Andrea Hewitt, Ai Ueda and Jumpei Furuya chatted with the press ahead of the race of the new bike course, the season ahead and the upcoming Olympics. Andrea Hewitt On the new bike course: I’m very excited to race here. I just arrived yesterday so I haven’t had the chance of doing the new bike course yet, but I’ve raced here a few times in the last years and is always a fun course. On the upcoming Olympics: Tokyo is still three years away so I’m concentrated on this season. The season is going pretty well, I already won two races, so I’m excited and concentrated on this season now. This is a good opportunity for me. Mario Mola On the new bike course: I didn’t have the chance of doing the new bike course yet, but I’m sure that is going to be a really nice one. I’ve raced a couple of times here in Yokohama before. We just need to be a bit careful if the course is wet because of the rain. On the Tokyo 2020 Olympics ahead: The Olympics are three years ahead, so even tho time goes by quick, I’m just focused on this season and to fight for the world title. Olympics are a great motivation, but I’m concentrated right now on every single race and this season. The Tokyo 2002 Olympics will be great, and this country has a very special atmosphere for triathlon, so I’m sure it’s going to be amazing, but I’m trying to concentrate on this season now. On racing against Jonny Brownlee for the first tie after the Cozumel Grand Final: Jonny is a great athlete, and is great to have him racing again. He is one of the best on our sport, and is great to have him back. Having Jonny racing in Yokohama means that we will have a great show. I expect a very tough race, as usual, but this is always a challenge. I really look forward racing with him again. On if this season would be more difficult for Jonny if Alistair is not racing with him: The fact of not having his brother racing next to him, we will see how affects him and if it has an impact on the race. But both of them, as Javi, are athletes that when they race they try to win, so we will see how not racing both will affect his racing, if any. Ai Ueda On racing in Yokohama an her own country: I want to thank the city of Yokohama for this fantastic setting and organizing this race in Japan. With the Olympics coming up in 2020 in Tokyo, this is an energy booster for us. On...

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