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Jodie Stimpson Still out to Claim 2017 Season

Fri, 21/04/2017 - 12:01
The 2017 World Triathlon Series is well underway, with two competitions down in the nine-stop tour across the globe. While this new season has shined a light on many athletes choosing different competition paths or personal events post the Rio Olympic buzz, one woman from Great Britain has instead been show-stopping the female field to stake claims on a WTS World Title. Last year did not go as planned for Jodie Stimpson. After a disappointing 2016 left her unable to fulfill her Olympic dream for Rio, she missed the final spot on the women’s team. But despite the letdown, Stimpson walked away from the year with a strong top-seven finish in the overall Series rankings and ended up with two podiums including one WTS win. So, while the year was a personally difficult one for the Brit, the things that she learned and grew from the experience enabled her to want to start this year fresh, as one of the top elite women. On what Stimpson took away from her past year she said, “Firstly thank you. You are right it was definitely full of ups and downs, for sure one of the hardest of my career to date. I suppose the main thing I took from the year is how much I love the sport and love what I do.” Entering the new season, 2017 was shaping up to be revealed as a whole different type of competition, as many top contenders, such as Gwen Jorgensen (USA), Helen Jenkins (GBR) and Nicola Spirig (SUI) announced that they would not be competing because they were pregnant. Therefore opening up the field for possible newcomers or old rivals to come in and take over the leaderboard. So if there was ever a time to claim a season, 2017 was going to be it. And luckily for Stimpson, that meant starting out in the same city where she claimed gold. Gearing up for the Series opener in Abu Dhabi, Stimpson spent her offseason training getting back to the beginning, a place where she competed in triathlon because she loved it, since she was a little girl and competing with her Auntie Derek (a nickname she called her Uncle.) “You never really know how your winter has gone until you have a few races under your belt. I don’t think anyone feels ready to race in the first race of the year especially when it’s in March. But I love to race – it’s what I train for so I was excited to get out there and see where I was at in my training - what had gone well on what I needed to work on.” As the 2017 World Triathlon Series kicked off in the Middle East, the whole world...

ITU Board meets in Seoul

Fri, 21/04/2017 - 11:03
The ITU Executive Board met on April 18th and 19th in Seoul, South Korea to address many important topics at their first meeting after the 29th Congress held in Spain in December 2016. During two fruitful days of meetings, the Board, presided by ITU’s President Marisol Casado, agreed on launching the bidding process for cities interested in hosting the 2018 World Triathlon Series and World Cup events. After releasing the bid document in the coming days, cities will be encouraged to send their proposals for the 2018 calendar. Furthermore, the Executive Board awarded the ITU 2018 Winter Triathlon World Championship to the city of Cheile Gradistei, in Romania. In addition to the Elite World Championship, the Balkan town will also welcome Under23, Junior, Paratriathlon and Age Group athletes to vie for a chance at becoming the next World Champion in their respective divisions. One of the purposes of the meeting, the first of the newly elected members, was to analyze the competition structure within ITU and to explore the possible improvements, changes and adaptations. The Board members also had the chance to review the documents sent to the IOC to formally bid for Mixed Relay to be included on the Olympic Programme Tokyo 2020. A bid proposal that emphasizes the great asset that Mixed Relay is, not only to our sport, but to the Olympic movement and gender balance in sport. With the future in mind, members of the Executive Board received an update on the venue, programme and calendar planned for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, as well as the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games. Looking forward, members of the Board also decided to start preparations for the development of the new ITU Strategic Plan 2018-2021. As the President arrived in Seoul following a full week of meetings in Denmark during SportAccord, the members of the Executive Board were informed of all the discussions held with ASOIF, SportAccord and the WADA Congress, held last month in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Board also had the opportunity to discuss the latest updates of the current conversations with IRONMAN since signing the MOU. The Executive Board approved the President’s proposal to establish term limits for ITU Board members. The term limits will be introduced during the next Congress to be held in Rotterdam, September 2017. After two days of meetings, members of the Executive Board were greeted by the President of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games...

ITU Board meets in Seoul

Fri, 21/04/2017 - 11:03
The ITU Executive Board met on April 18th and 19th in Seoul, South Korea to address many important topics at their first meeting after the 29th Congress held in Spain in December 2016. During two fruitful days of meetings, the Board, presided by ITU’s President Marisol Casado, agreed on launching the bidding process for cities interested in hosting the 2018 World Triathlon Series and World Cup events. After releasing the bid document in the coming days, cities will be encouraged to send their proposals for the 2018 calendar. Furthermore, the Executive Board awarded the ITU 2018 Winter Triathlon World Championship to the city of Cheile Gradistei, in Romania. In addition to the Elite World Championship, the Balkan town will also welcome Under23, Junior, Paratriathlon and Age Group athletes to vie for a chance at becoming the next World Champion in their respective divisions. One of the purposes of the meeting, the first of the newly elected members, was to analyze the competition structure within ITU and to explore the possible improvements, changes and adaptations. The Board members also had the chance to review the documents sent to the IOC to formally bid for Mixed Relay to be included on the Olympic Programme Tokyo 2020. A bid proposal that emphasizes the great asset that Mixed Relay is, not only to our sport, but to the Olympic movement and gender balance in sport. With the future in mind, members of the Executive Board received an update on the venue, programme and calendar planned for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, as well as the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games. Looking forward, members of the Board also decided to start preparations for the development of the new ITU Strategic Plan 2018-2021. As the President arrived in Seoul following a full week of meetings in Denmark during SportAccord, the members of the Executive Board were informed of all the discussions held with ASOIF, SportAccord and the WADA Congress, held last month in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Board also had the opportunity to discuss the latest updates of the current conversations with IRONMAN since signing the MOU. The Executive Board approved the President’s proposal to establish term limits for ITU Board members. The term limits will be introduced during the next Congress to be held in Rotterdam, September 2017. After two days of meetings, members of the Executive Board were greeted by the President of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games...

ITU Board meets in Seoul

Fri, 21/04/2017 - 11:03
The ITU Executive Board met on April 18th and 19th in Seoul, South Korea to address many important topics at their first meeting after the 29th Congress held in Spain in December 2016. During two fruitful days of meetings, the Board, presided by ITU’s President Marisol Casado, agreed on launching the bidding process for cities interested in hosting the 2018 World Triathlon Series and World Cup events. After releasing the bid document in the coming days, cities will be encouraged to send their proposals for the 2018 calendar. Furthermore, the Executive Board awarded the ITU 2018 Winter Triathlon World Championship to the city of Cheile Gradistei, in Romania. In addition to the Elite World Championship, the Balkan town will also welcome Under23, Junior, Paratriathlon and Age Group athletes to vie for a chance at becoming the next World Champion in their respective divisions. One of the purposes of the meeting, the first of the newly elected members, was to analyze the competition structure within ITU and to explore the possible improvements, changes and adaptations. The Board members also had the chance to review the documents sent to the IOC to formally bid for Mixed Relay to be included on the Olympic Programme Tokyo 2020. A bid proposal that emphasizes the great asset that Mixed Relay is, not only to our sport, but to the Olympic movement and gender balance in sport. With the future in mind, members of the Executive Board received an update on the venue, programme and calendar planned for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, as well as the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games. Looking forward, members of the Board also decided to start preparations for the development of the new ITU Strategic Plan 2018-2021. As the President arrived in Seoul following a full week of meetings in Denmark during SportAccord, the members of the Executive Board were informed of all the discussions held with ASOIF, SportAccord and the WADA Congress, held last month in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Board also had the opportunity to discuss the latest updates of the current conversations with IRONMAN since signing the MOU. The Executive Board approved the President’s proposal to establish term limits for ITU Board members. The term limits will be introduced during the next Congress to be held in Rotterdam, September 2017. After two days of meetings, members of the Executive Board were greeted by the President of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games...

Romania awarded the 2018 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships

Thu, 20/04/2017 - 12:57
ITU is pleased to announce that the 2018 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships have been awarded to Cheile Gradistei, Romania, and will be held in January 2018. “Romania is one of the most developed markets of triathlon in the Balkans, and has been heavily involved in the development of triathlon on Eastern Europe, organizing different races in the last years, from long distance to cross duathlon and wintertri” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “With the help of the Romanian National Federation, serving as the local organizing committee, I am sure that this event would help to increase the competitive level of the Romanian Elite and juniors athletes and would certainly increase the number of participating age groupers on winter triathlon.” Cheile Gradistei has also hosted in 2017 an ETU Wintertriathlon European Cup and in 2015 and 2016 the iconic resort welcomed participants of the Romanian Winter Triathlon National Championships. The little town in the Balkans was also home for the 2016 Nordic Junior & Cross-Country U23 Ski World Championships and the 2013 European Young Olympic Winter Festival. The venue will be the Resort Fundata, a touristic complex in the heart of the amazing forest with many kilometers of MTB trails and running trails, and the competition will be held on the biathlon tracks. Winter triathlon is one of the newest events on ITU’s calendar, with elite athletes going for an 8 km run on the snow, 14 km of MTB also on the snow and 12 km of cross country skiing. In addition to the Elite World Championship, Cheile Gradistei will welcome Under23, Junior, Paratriathlon and Age Group athletes to vie for a chance at becoming the next World Champion in their respective divisions. “I am sure that all athletes will be thrilled to race on one of the best kept secret corners of Europe, and everything will be ready for a warm welcome and some epic races”, said Casado.

Romania awarded the 2018 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships

Thu, 20/04/2017 - 12:57
ITU is pleased to announce that the 2018 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships have been awarded to Cheile Gradistei, Romania, and will be held in January 2018. “Romania is one of the most developed markets of triathlon in the Balkans, and has been heavily involved in the development of triathlon on Eastern Europe, organizing different races in the last years, from long distance to cross duathlon and wintertri” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “With the help of the Romanian National Federation, serving as the local organizing committee, I am sure that this event would help to increase the competitive level of the Romanian Elite and juniors athletes and would certainly increase the number of participating age groupers on winter triathlon.” Cheile Gradistei has also hosted in 2017 an ETU Wintertriathlon European Cup and in 2015 and 2016 the iconic resort welcomed participants of the Romanian Winter Triathlon National Championships. The little town in the Balkans was also home for the 2016 Nordic Junior & Cross-Country U23 Ski World Championships and the 2013 European Young Olympic Winter Festival. The venue will be the Resort Fundata, a touristic complex in the heart of the amazing forest with many kilometers of MTB trails and running trails, and the competition will be held on the biathlon tracks. Winter triathlon is one of the newest events on ITU’s calendar, with elite athletes going for an 8 km run on the snow, 14 km of MTB also on the snow and 12 km of cross country skiing. In addition to the Elite World Championship, Cheile Gradistei will welcome Under23, Junior, Paratriathlon and Age Group athletes to vie for a chance at becoming the next World Champion in their respective divisions. “I am sure that all athletes will be thrilled to race on one of the best kept secret corners of Europe, and everything will be ready for a warm welcome and some epic races”, said Casado.

Workout Wednesday with Esteban Rosas Sierra

Wed, 19/04/2017 - 17:50
Workout Wednesday has been a longstanding tradition at the International Triathlon Union, where we like to honour and showcase some of the best triathletes in the world - you! We’ve talked to medallists from the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel age group races in both the standard and sprint distance sport classes and have asked them to provide their triathlete story along with their favourite workouts, proving that no matter your age, gender, race or country, anyone can tri! This week we have Esteban Rosas Sierra, a lawyer from Mexico who earned not one, not two, but THREE silver medals at the World Championships in Cozumel last year. He took second in the age group standard, sprint and aquathlon races. Which is impressive enough as he finds the time to train while also being a Dad to his two children Mateo (2) and Loreta (10 months) and trying to make time for his other passions such as surfing and climbing mountains! Name: Esteban Rosas Sierra Country: MEX Age Group: Male 35-39 Standard and Sprint Profession: Lawyer / Coach (I am the head coach of the “Bro” Team, which is an athletic brotherhood.) How you got involved in triathlon? My older brother got me involved in my first triathlon when I was 11 years old. How often you train? Every day with one rest day every week. Best training advice? Consistency and hard work is better than talent when talent doesn’t work hard. .   What motivates you to race? All the lifestyle trips, the healthy life and also trying to do the best you can by achieving a goal in something that you are really passionate about, which for me is triathlon! Favourite swim workout: It will include some drills but the main set would be: 8 x 200 freestyle leaving every 3 minutes and arriving between 2:22 and 2:26 (if i can mantain that effort it usually mean i am in really good shape). Favourite bike workout: I love to ride my bike, it doesnt matter if its road or mountain as long as i am in two wheels, but if i have to choose one workout it would be the longer rides (between 3 and 5 hours riding) on sundays wich is usually in the roads and mountains around my town (Guadalajara). When i am preparing for a non draft triathlon i usually finish that ride with a time trial of 30k and a easy jog after the bike. Favourite run workout: Track workouts is something i really enjoy, its that kind of trainning that let you completely destroyed, its a hate and love relationship. I am fortunate to have a very good...

Workout Wednesday with Esteban Rosas Sierra

Wed, 19/04/2017 - 17:50
Workout Wednesday has been a longstanding tradition at the International Triathlon Union, where we like to honour and showcase some of the best triathletes in the world - you! We’ve talked to medallists from the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel age group races in both the standard and sprint distance sport classes and have asked them to provide their triathlete story along with their favourite workouts, proving that no matter your age, gender, race or country, anyone can tri! This week we have Esteban Rosas Sierra, a lawyer from Mexico who earned not one, not two, but THREE silver medals at the World Championships in Cozumel last year. He took second in the age group standard, sprint and aquathlon races. Which is impressive enough as he finds the time to train while also being a Dad to his two children Mateo (2) and Loreta (10 months) and trying to make time for his other passions such as surfing and climbing mountains! Name: Esteban Rosas Sierra Country: MEX Age Group: Male 35-39 Standard and Sprint Profession: Lawyer / Coach (I am the head coach of the “Bro” Team, which is an athletic brotherhood.) How you got involved in triathlon? My older brother got me involved in my first triathlon when I was 11 years old. How often you train? Every day with one rest day every week. Best training advice? Consistency and hard work is better than talent when talent doesn’t work hard. .   What motivates you to race? All the lifestyle trips, the healthy life and also trying to do the best you can by achieving a goal in something that you are really passionate about, which for me is triathlon! Favourite swim workout: It will include some drills but the main set would be: 8 x 200 freestyle leaving every 3 minutes and arriving between 2:22 and 2:26 (if i can mantain that effort it usually mean i am in really good shape). Favourite bike workout: I love to ride my bike, it doesnt matter if its road or mountain as long as i am in two wheels, but if i have to choose one workout it would be the longer rides (between 3 and 5 hours riding) on sundays wich is usually in the roads and mountains around my town (Guadalajara). When i am preparing for a non draft triathlon i usually finish that ride with a time trial of 30k and a easy jog after the bike. Favourite run workout: Track workouts is something i really enjoy, its that kind of trainning that let you completely destroyed, its a hate and love relationship. I am fortunate to have a very good...

Romania awarded the 2018 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships

Wed, 19/04/2017 - 14:03
ITU is pleased to announce that the 2018 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships have been awarded to Cheile Gradistei, Romania, and will be held in January 2018. “Romania is one of the most developed markets of triathlon in the Balkans, and has been heavily involved in the development of triathlon on Eastern Europe, organizing different races in the last years, from long distance to cross duathlon and wintertri” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “With the help of the Romanian National Federation, serving as the local organizing committee, I am sure that this event would help to increase the competitive level of the Romanian Elite and juniors athletes and would certainly increase the number of participating age groupers on winter triathlon.” Cheile Gradistei has also hosted in 2017 an ETU Wintertriathlon European Cup and in 2015 and 2016 the iconic resort welcomed participants of the Romanian Winter Triathlon National Championships. The little town in the Balkans was also home for the 2016 Nordic Junior & Cross-Country U23 Ski World Championships and the 2013 European Young Olympic Winter Festival. The venue will be the Resort Fundata, a touristic complex in the heart of the amazing forest with many kilometers of MTB trails and running trails, and the competition will be held on the biathlon tracks. Winter triathlon is one of the newest events on ITU’s calendar, with elite athletes going for an 8 km run on the snow, 14 km of MTB also on the snow and 12 km of cross country skiing. In addition to the Elite World Championship, Cheile Gradistei will welcome Under23, Junior, Paratriathlon and Age Group athletes to vie for a chance at becoming the next World Champion in their respective divisions. “I am sure that all athletes will be thrilled to race on one of the best kept secret corners of Europe, and everything will be ready for a warm welcome and some epic races”, said Casado.

Penticton Excitement Continues With Only 4 Months To Go!

Tue, 18/04/2017 - 11:44
The sun is shining in Penticton and the promise of a beautiful summer is around the corner! We’re officially four months away from the inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival and we couldn’t be more excited. Last week Triathlon Australia released an all-star list of elites and juniors we can expect to see on the start line in August. Around the world final qualifying races are completed and athlete lists are pouring in. Course maps have been released for all six World Championship races.  You can view the maps as well as see the awesome athlete swag bag, individual finisher items and finisher medals to get you motivated during these next sixteen weeks of training. There is fun for the whole family in Penticton, including a Family Fun Run and a Kids Triathlon!  There is plenty to do before and after your race, and it’s easy to keep your family and friends entertained while you’re busy racing. Penticton is a world-class food and wine destination, is full of recreation of all kinds as well as endless choices of mountains, beaches and trails. See some great options for activities on our page Your Penticton Experience. Follow along our journey on Penticton 2017’s website and on social media with @ITUMultisport on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use #Penticton2017 We can’t wait to see you in four months!

Penticton Excitement Continues With Only 4 Months To Go!

Tue, 18/04/2017 - 11:44
The sun is shining in Penticton and the promise of a beautiful summer is around the corner! We’re officially four months away from the inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival and we couldn’t be more excited. Last week Triathlon Australia released an all-star list of elites and juniors we can expect to see on the start line in August. Around the world final qualifying races are completed and athlete lists are pouring in. Course maps have been released for all six World Championship races.  You can view the maps as well as see the awesome athlete swag bag, individual finisher items and finisher medals to get you motivated during these next sixteen weeks of training. There is fun for the whole family in Penticton, including a Family Fun Run and a Kids Triathlon!  There is plenty to do before and after your race, and it’s easy to keep your family and friends entertained while you’re busy racing. Penticton is a world-class food and wine destination, is full of recreation of all kinds as well as endless choices of mountains, beaches and trails. See some great options for activities on our page Your Penticton Experience. Follow along our journey on Penticton 2017’s website and on social media with @ITUMultisport on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use #Penticton2017 We can’t wait to see you in four months!

Workout Wednesday with Michele Tuttle

Wed, 12/04/2017 - 12:37
Workout Wednesday has been a longstanding tradition at the International Triathlon Union, where we like to honour and showcase some of the best triathletes in the world - you! We’ve talked to medallists from the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel age group races in both the standard and sprint distance sport classes and have asked them to provide their triathlete story along with their favourite workouts, proving that no matter your age, gender, race or country, anyone can tri! This week we have Michele Tuttle, a dietian from the United States who earned the silver medal in Cozumel in the sprint distance. Her second place finish got her a place back onto the World Championship podium after she was a bronze finisher in 2013 at the London Grand Final. What is the best thing you can learn from Michele? That races always tastes better when French Fries are eaten afterwards! Name: Michele M. Tuttle Country: USA Age Group: Female 50-54 Sprint Distance Profession: Registered Dietitian (Sports Dietitian) How you got involved in triathlon? A neighbor suggested I sign up for a local race. How often you train? Every single day. Best training advice? Listen to Your Body.   What motivates you to race? It’s FUN! Favourite swim workout: 200s, 200k, 200p, 200s, 8 x 50 drill/swim (rest :10), 8 x 50 (Super fast/easy by 25) rest 1:00, pull 400 with snorkel, paddles, buoy Favourite bike workout: Hill repeats (8-10x of 2-3 min climb) Favourite run workout: Track intervals: any kind!

Workout Wednesday with Michele Tuttle

Wed, 12/04/2017 - 12:37
Workout Wednesday has been a longstanding tradition at the International Triathlon Union, where we like to honour and showcase some of the best triathletes in the world - you! We’ve talked to medallists from the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel age group races in both the standard and sprint distance sport classes and have asked them to provide their triathlete story along with their favourite workouts, proving that no matter your age, gender, race or country, anyone can tri! This week we have Michele Tuttle, a dietian from the United States who earned the silver medal in Cozumel in the sprint distance. Her second place finish got her a place back onto the World Championship podium after she was a bronze finisher in 2013 at the London Grand Final. What is the best thing you can learn from Michele? That races always tastes better when French Fries are eaten afterwards! Name: Michele M. Tuttle Country: USA Age Group: Female 50-54 Sprint Distance Profession: Registered Dietitian (Sports Dietitian) How you got involved in triathlon? A neighbor suggested I sign up for a local race. How often you train? Every single day. Best training advice? Listen to Your Body.   What motivates you to race? It’s FUN! Favourite swim workout: 200s, 200k, 200p, 200s, 8 x 50 drill/swim (rest :10), 8 x 50 (Super fast/easy by 25) rest 1:00, pull 400 with snorkel, paddles, buoy Favourite bike workout: Hill repeats (8-10x of 2-3 min climb) Favourite run workout: Track intervals: any kind!

Workout Wednesday with Michele Tuttle

Wed, 12/04/2017 - 12:37
Workout Wednesday has been a longstanding tradition at the International Triathlon Union, where we like to honour and showcase some of the best triathletes in the world - you! We’ve talked to medallists from the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel age group races in both the standard and sprint distance sport classes and have asked them to provide their triathlete story along with their favourite workouts, proving that no matter your age, gender, race or country, anyone can tri! This week we have Michele Tuttle, a dietian from the United States who earned the silver medal in Cozumel in the sprint distance. Her second place finish got her a place back onto the World Championship podium after she was a bronze finisher in 2013 at the London Grand Final. What is the best thing you can learn from Michele? That races always tastes better when French Fries are eaten afterwards! Name: Michele M. Tuttle Country: USA Age Group: Female 50-54 Sprint Distance Profession: Registered Dietitian (Sports Dietitian) How you got involved in triathlon? A neighbor suggested I sign up for a local race. How often you train? Every single day. Best training advice? Listen to Your Body.   What motivates you to race? It’s FUN! Favourite swim workout: 200s, 200k, 200p, 200s, 8 x 50 drill/swim (rest :10), 8 x 50 (Super fast/easy by 25) rest 1:00, pull 400 with snorkel, paddles, buoy Favourite bike workout: Hill repeats (8-10x of 2-3 min climb) Favourite run workout: Track intervals: any kind!

Mario Mola still finds Gold Coast a happy hunting ground

Sat, 08/04/2017 - 10:50
Australia’s Gold Coast has been a happy hunting ground for Mario Mola, and the Spaniard continued that run on Saturday when he took out the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Series Gold Coast event. Mola has now won three times on the Gold Coast, including the 2009 ITU Junior World Champion title and last year’s World Triathlon Series event. His worst result has been second in a world triathlon series event, in 2015. On Saturday the race came down to the final 5km run, with Mola locked in a battle with fellow Spanish athletes Fernando Alarza and Javier Gomez Noya, and training partner Richard Murray. But in the final few hundred metres Mola pulled away from Murray to take his second consecutive Gold Coast win, in a time of 52 minutes and 35 seconds. “It was a very tough race as usual, but with the sprint, Richard, Fernando and Javi they were all on fire. I had to give 100 percent today to get this win,” Mola said. “Every race is a new opportunity and a different opportunity to give our best and to try our best. In Abu Dhabi I do not think I was less fit or more than I was today but in this racing these guys are very good and if you don’t have your best day you go from first to eighth to twentieth, that is racing. So to get a good result I am happy to have a good performance.” Earlier in the day, Henri Schoeman was first out of the water, and a small group managed to get away on the first lap of the bike, including Schoeman, Javier Gomez Noya, Ben Kanute, Trent Thorpe and Tayler Reid. But the hard-working chase caught up with them and the majority of the field came together fairly quickly. Throughout the four-lap 20km bike a few athletes tried to make a break. While Tony Dodds effort wasn’t successful, Australia’s Ryan Fisher did make his stick until the second transition. But his 16-second lead wasn’t quite enough to hold off the men behind him. After overtaking Fisher, it was a group of five that made a break, including Jacob Birtwhistle, Gomez, Alarza and Murray. Birtwhistle dropped off the back with just under 2km to go, and then shortly afterwards Mola and Murray made their move. Murray finished strongly for second, but said he left it all out on the course. “I think it is almost compared to Rio, I gave everything I could and Mario was like a surging machine out there, like a car going in sport mode every twenty seconds! But I responded as much as I could and then I was on the rivet for maybe the last u-turn all the way back near...

Mario Mola still finds Gold Coast a happy hunting ground

Sat, 08/04/2017 - 10:50
Australia’s Gold Coast has been a happy hunting ground for Mario Mola, and the Spaniard continued that run on Saturday when he took out the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Series Gold Coast event. Mola has now won three times on the Gold Coast, including the 2009 ITU Junior World Champion title and last year’s World Triathlon Series event. His worst result has been second in a world triathlon series event, in 2015. On Saturday the race came down to the final 5km run, with Mola locked in a battle with fellow Spanish athletes Fernando Alarza and Javier Gomez Noya, and training partner Richard Murray. But in the final few hundred metres Mola pulled away from Murray to take his second consecutive Gold Coast win, in a time of 52 minutes and 35 seconds. “It was a very tough race as usual, but with the sprint, Richard, Fernando and Javi they were all on fire. I had to give 100 percent today to get this win,” Mola said. “Every race is a new opportunity and a different opportunity to give our best and to try our best. In Abu Dhabi I do not think I was less fit or more than I was today but in this racing these guys are very good and if you don’t have your best day you go from first to eighth to twentieth, that is racing. So to get a good result I am happy to have a good performance.” Earlier in the day, Henri Schoeman was first out of the water, and a small group managed to get away on the first lap of the bike, including Schoeman, Javier Gomez Noya, Ben Kanute, Trent Thorpe and Tayler Reid. But the hard-working chase caught up with them and the majority of the field came together fairly quickly. Throughout the four-lap 20km bike a few athletes tried to make a break. While Tony Dodds effort wasn’t successful, Australia’s Ryan Fisher did make his stick until the second transition. But his 16-second lead wasn’t quite enough to hold off the men behind him. After overtaking Fisher, it was a group of five that made a break, including Jacob Birtwhistle, Gomez, Alarza and Murray. Birtwhistle dropped off the back with just under 2km to go, and then shortly afterwards Mola and Murray made their move. Murray finished strongly for second, but said he left it all out on the course. “I think it is almost compared to Rio, I gave everything I could and Mario was like a surging machine out there, like a car going in sport mode every twenty seconds! But I responded as much as I could and then I was on the rivet for maybe the last u-turn all the way back near...

Mario Mola still finds Gold Coast a happy hunting ground

Sat, 08/04/2017 - 10:50
Australia’s Gold Coast has been a happy hunting ground for Mario Mola, and the Spaniard continued that run on Saturday when he took out the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Series Gold Coast event. Mola has now won three times on the Gold Coast, including the 2009 ITU Junior World Champion title and last year’s World Triathlon Series event. His worst result has been second in a world triathlon series event, in 2015. On Saturday the race came down to the final 5km run, with Mola locked in a battle with fellow Spanish athletes Fernando Alarza and Javier Gomez Noya, and training partner Richard Murray. But in the final few hundred metres Mola pulled away from Murray to take his second consecutive Gold Coast win, in a time of 52 minutes and 35 seconds. “It was a very tough race as usual, but with the sprint, Richard, Fernando and Javi they were all on fire. I had to give 100 percent today to get this win,” Mola said. “Every race is a new opportunity and a different opportunity to give our best and to try our best. In Abu Dhabi I do not think I was less fit or more than I was today but in this racing these guys are very good and if you don’t have your best day you go from first to eighth to twentieth, that is racing. So to get a good result I am happy to have a good performance.” Earlier in the day, Henri Schoeman was first out of the water, and a small group managed to get away on the first lap of the bike, including Schoeman, Javier Gomez Noya, Ben Kanute, Trent Thorpe and Tayler Reid. But the hard-working chase caught up with them and the majority of the field came together fairly quickly. Throughout the four-lap 20km bike a few athletes tried to make a break. While Tony Dodds effort wasn’t successful, Australia’s Ryan Fisher did make his stick until the second transition. But his 16-second lead wasn’t quite enough to hold off the men behind him. After overtaking Fisher, it was a group of five that made a break, including Jacob Birtwhistle, Gomez, Alarza and Murray. Birtwhistle dropped off the back with just under 2km to go, and then shortly afterwards Mola and Murray made their move. Murray finished strongly for second, but said he left it all out on the course. “I think it is almost compared to Rio, I gave everything I could and Mario was like a surging machine out there, like a car going in sport mode every twenty seconds! But I responded as much as I could and then I was on the rivet for maybe the last u-turn all the way back near...

Andrea Hewitt wins second straight WTS in Gold Coast

Sat, 08/04/2017 - 08:58
It might have taken her six years to get back on top of a World Triathlon Series podium but Andrea Hewitt (NZL) now has two from two to start the year after she claimed the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast title in Australia on Saturday. While her first victory of the year came from an epic sprint to the finish on the blue carpet in Abu Dhabi just over a month ago, her second victory came through outrunning her competition from the second transition, on the first sprint distance course of the season. “I knew my running was good and that is why I went out at that pace, but you never know how the race is going to go and today I just ran a 5k at my pace and it was good enough to be out in front, so I am really happy,” Hewitt said of her day’s performance. The win also came after the Kiwi had just celebrated her 35th birthday the week prior to race day, making her one of the oldest women on the start list. “Last week was my birthday, but age is just a number isn’t it?  It just all comes down to the training, today my swim and bike wasn’t up there but then I had the legs on the run so that is just how triathlon goes,” Hewitt said. Taking the silver medal was Australia’s own Ashleigh Gentle, who with the podium also met Triathlon Australia’s qualification criteria for a team spot for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Games will also be hosted in the Gold Coast at the same venue, and the first official medal awarded at those Games will be at the women’s triathlon event. “It feels really good, I guess for me a huge goal of mine moving on from Rio was to one day show up to a one-day race where you have to show up and perform and I did that today so I am really happy,” Gentle said. “It’s a sprint race, it is so fast from the get-go and it is something I have not had much confidence in before so I am really happy that I was just able to take what the swim was, get on the bike and work hard. And once it came down to a run race I wanted to go out hard and see if I can hold on.” Finishing with the bronze was Japan’s Juri Ide, who made a comeback to the WTS podium for the first time since 2014. With the sunny venue, the Gold Coast made for the perfect backdrop to debut the first sprint distance race of the season. With the wind providing a few extra waves, the one-lap 750metre swim left little time to fall behind. Spaniard Carolina Routier once again led out of the water and into the first transition. While many were right at...

Andrea Hewitt wins second straight WTS in Gold Coast

Sat, 08/04/2017 - 08:58
It might have taken her six years to get back on top of a World Triathlon Series podium but Andrea Hewitt (NZL) now has two from two to start the year after she claimed the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast title in Australia on Saturday. While her first victory of the year came from an epic sprint to the finish on the blue carpet in Abu Dhabi just over a month ago, her second victory came through outrunning her competition from the second transition, on the first sprint distance course of the season. “I knew my running was good and that is why I went out at that pace, but you never know how the race is going to go and today I just ran a 5k at my pace and it was good enough to be out in front, so I am really happy,” Hewitt said of her day’s performance. The win also came after the Kiwi had just celebrated her 35th birthday the week prior to race day. “Last week was my birthday, but age is just a number isn’t it?  It just all comes down to the training, today my swim and bike wasn’t up there but then I had the legs on the run so that is just how triathlon goes,” Hewitt said. Taking the silver medal was Australia’s own Ashleigh Gentle, who with the podium also met Triathlon Australia’s qualification criteria for a team spot for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Games will also be hosted in the Gold Coast at the same venue, and the first official medal awarded at those Games will be at the women’s triathlon event. “It feels really good, I guess for me a huge goal of mine moving on from Rio was to one day show up to a one-day race where you have to show up and perform and I did that today so I am really happy,” Gentle said. “It’s a sprint race, it is so fast from the get-go and it is something I have not had much confidence in before so I am really happy that I was just able to take what the swim was, get on the bike and work hard. And once it came down to a run race I wanted to go out hard and see if I can hold on.” Finishing with the bronze was Japan’s Juri Ide, who made a comeback to the WTS podium for the first time since 2014. With the sunny venue, the Gold Coast made for the perfect backdrop to debut the first sprint distance race of the season. With the wind providing a few extra waves, the one-lap 750metre swim left little time to fall behind. Spaniard Carolina Routier once again led out of the water and into the first transition. While many were right at her feet, Hewitt fell behind and exited about 30...

Andrea Hewitt wins second straight WTS in Gold Coast

Sat, 08/04/2017 - 08:58
It might have taken her six years to get back on top of a World Triathlon Series podium but Andrea Hewitt (NZL) now has two from two to start the year after she claimed the 2017 Jewel World Triathlon Gold Coast title in Australia on Saturday. While her first victory of the year came from an epic sprint to the finish on the blue carpet in Abu Dhabi just over a month ago, her second victory came through outrunning her competition from the second transition, on the first sprint distance course of the season. “I knew my running was good and that is why I went out at that pace, but you never know how the race is going to go and today I just ran a 5k at my pace and it was good enough to be out in front, so I am really happy,” Hewitt said of her day’s performance. The win also came after the Kiwi had just celebrated her 35th birthday the week prior to race day. “Last week was my birthday, but age is just a number isn’t it?  It just all comes down to the training, today my swim and bike wasn’t up there but then I had the legs on the run so that is just how triathlon goes,” Hewitt said. Taking the silver medal was Australia’s own Ashleigh Gentle, who with the podium also met Triathlon Australia’s qualification criteria for a team spot for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Games will also be hosted in the Gold Coast at the same venue, and the first official medal awarded at those Games will be at the women’s triathlon event. “It feels really good, I guess for me a huge goal of mine moving on from Rio was to one day show up to a one-day race where you have to show up and perform and I did that today so I am really happy,” Gentle said. “It’s a sprint race, it is so fast from the get-go and it is something I have not had much confidence in before so I am really happy that I was just able to take what the swim was, get on the bike and work hard. And once it came down to a run race I wanted to go out hard and see if I can hold on.” Finishing with the bronze was Japan’s Juri Ide, who made a comeback to the WTS podium for the first time since 2014. With the sunny venue, the Gold Coast made for the perfect backdrop to debut the first sprint distance race of the season. With the wind providing a few extra waves, the one-lap 750metre swim left little time to fall behind. Spaniard Carolina Routier once again led out of the water and into the first transition. While many were right at her feet, Hewitt fell behind and exited about 30...

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