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Aussie paratriathletes shine in Devonport PWC

Triathlon News - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 20:16
Five-time World Champion Bill Chaffey will go into April’s Commonwealth Games in the best shape of his life after using all his experience to master today’s windswept conditions in the inaugural ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in Devonport. The 42-year-old Gold Coaster made a spectacular return to elite racing for the first time since last May to defeat fellow Rio Paralympian Nic Beveridge (AUS), Germany’s Benjamin Lenatz, and Australian pair, former wheelchair basketballer Scott Crowley and Australian para cycling star Alex Welsh. And it came on a day which also saw reigning 26-year-old PTWC world champion Emily Tapp (AUS) dig deeper than she has ever done before, both mentally as well as physically to take out the women’s ITU World Cup title ahead of 29-year-old former Ironman triathlete Lauren Parker (AUS) in only her second major event, Japanese legend Wakato Tsuchida and the gritty Gold Coaster Sara Tait (AUS). All competitors in the various paratriathlon categories, featuring the cream of Australia’s best and top flight internationals from Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada and Germany showed amazing skill sets to handle the at times brutal head winds that circled through the Mersey Bluff in and around the Devonport Surf Club precinct. For the wheelchair athletes, today’s results come in the countdown to the official announcement next Sunday of the Australian paratriathlete team for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and for Chaffey and Tapp it has been a long time coming following their automatic nominations last April. Chaffey has been the poster boy for Australia’s glowing Paralympic program which has seen him lead the team onto the world stage as one of the stand-out nations in world triathlon. “I’m absolutely over the moon with that performance – to come back to Devonport and chalk up a win in probably some of the toughest conditions I’ve raced in is really pleasing,” said Chaffey. “That wind was hard to handle even though we are close to the ground on our cycles – it’s still tough going. “But I couldn’t be happier with my fitness – I’m in the best shape of my life and really looking forward to the Games in April.” Tapp came into today’s race feeling a little under the weather and said her support team really played a major hand in getting her through. “It hasn’t been the best of week’s health wise but it doesn’t matter come race day, it’s race day, “said Tapp, who qualified for...

Aussie paratriathletes shine in Devonport PWC

Triathlon News - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 20:16
Five-time World Champion Bill Chaffey will go into April’s Commonwealth Games in the best shape of his life after using all his experience to master today’s windswept conditions in the inaugural ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in Devonport. The 42-year-old Gold Coaster made a spectacular return to elite racing for the first time since last May to defeat fellow Rio Paralympian Nic Beveridge (AUS), Germany’s Benjamin Lenatz, and Australian pair, former wheelchair basketballer Scott Crowley and Australian para cycling star Alex Welsh. And it came on a day which also saw reigning 26-year-old PTWC world champion Emily Tapp (AUS) dig deeper than she has ever done before, both mentally as well as physically to take out the women’s ITU World Cup title ahead of 29-year-old former Ironman triathlete Lauren Parker (AUS) in only her second major event, Japanese legend Wakato Tsuchida and the gritty Gold Coaster Sara Tait (AUS). All competitors in the various paratriathlon categories, featuring the cream of Australia’s best and top flight internationals from Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada and Germany showed amazing skill sets to handle the at times brutal head winds that circled through the Mersey Bluff in and around the Devonport Surf Club precinct. For the wheelchair athletes, today’s results come in the countdown to the official announcement next Sunday of the Australian paratriathlete team for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and for Chaffey and Tapp it has been a long time coming following their automatic nominations last April. Chaffey has been the poster boy for Australia’s glowing Paralympic program which has seen him lead the team onto the world stage as one of the stand-out nations in world triathlon. “I’m absolutely over the moon with that performance – to come back to Devonport and chalk up a win in probably some of the toughest conditions I’ve raced in is really pleasing,” said Chaffey. “That wind was hard to handle even though we are close to the ground on our cycles – it’s still tough going. “But I couldn’t be happier with my fitness – I’m in the best shape of my life and really looking forward to the Games in April.” Tapp came into today’s race feeling a little under the weather and said her support team really played a major hand in getting her through. “It hasn’t been the best of week’s health wise but it doesn’t matter come race day, it’s race day, “said Tapp, who qualified for...

Record field for Devonport Paratriathlon World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 19:29
A near record field has been assembled for the first ITU Paratriathlon World Cup of the season, taking place this Saturday in the Australian city of Devonport. The beautiful island of Tasmania hosts the race for the 33rd consecutive year, this year also hosts the 2018 Oceania Sprint Triathlon Championships with the top elite male and female athletes competing also on Saturday. The course will once again have the famous Mersey Bluff Lighthouse as its backdrop, the athletes starting with a swim off the north coast of the island, before transitioning bike course along the coastline before finishing in a flat and fast run at the mouth of the Mersey River. Among the ones to watch, Devonport PWC will feature Rio Paralympic golden girl Katie Kelly (with guide Briarna Silk) and 2016 team mates Bill Chaffey, Nic Beveridge and Brant Garvey as well as two-time ITU World Champion Sally Pilbeam and 2017 ITU World Champion Emily Tapp. PT Wheelchair pair, five-time ITU world champion Chaffey and Tapp have already earned early nominations for the Commonwealth Games. Chaffey will be joined in what will be an all-star field by Beveridge (Queensland), fourth in last year’s World Championships as well as SA’s consistent performer Scott Crowley and Victoria’s paratriathlon’s relative new comer Alex Welsh and inform German international Benjamin Lenatz. WA’s Pilbeam, silver medallist in last year’s World Championships in Rotterdam is the current world number one in the PTS4 and is again preparing for another head-to-head battle with SA’s Kerryn Harvey. Albury’s World Cross Tri champion, Justin Godfrey, one of para sports most versatile champions, will line up in the PTS3 for leg amputees. Godfrey remains one of Australia’s most consistent paratriathletes after his silver medal in the ITU World Championships in Rotterdam. The international stars will also include Japan’s PTWC’s Wakako Tsuchida a Summer and Winter Paralympian, multi Paralympics gold medallist and 5x winner of the Boston Marathon who will provide strong opposition to the Australians Emily Tapp, Sara Tait and Lauren Parker. Australia’s World Championships PT Vision Impaired representatives, Jonathan Goerlach and Gerrard Gosens will benefit from the challenge of racing Italian champion Maurizio Romeo and the other internationals Ryu Nakazawa (JAP) and Kin Wa Chu (Hong Kong).  

Record field for Devonport Paratriathlon World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 19:29
A near record field has been assembled for the first ITU Paratriathlon World Cup of the season, taking place this Saturday in the Australian city of Devonport. The beautiful island of Tasmania hosts the race for the 33rd consecutive year, this year also hosts the 2018 Oceania Sprint Triathlon Championships with the top elite male and female athletes competing also on Saturday. The course will once again have the famous Mersey Bluff Lighthouse as its backdrop, the athletes starting with a swim off the north coast of the island, before transitioning bike course along the coastline before finishing in a flat and fast run at the mouth of the Mersey River. Among the ones to watch, Devonport PWC will feature Rio Paralympic golden girl Katie Kelly (with guide Briarna Silk) and 2016 team mates Bill Chaffey, Nic Beveridge and Brant Garvey as well as two-time ITU World Champion Sally Pilbeam and 2017 ITU World Champion Emily Tapp. PT Wheelchair pair, five-time ITU world champion Chaffey and Tapp have already earned early nominations for the Commonwealth Games. Chaffey will be joined in what will be an all-star field by Beveridge (Queensland), fourth in last year’s World Championships as well as SA’s consistent performer Scott Crowley and Victoria’s paratriathlon’s relative new comer Alex Welsh and inform German international Benjamin Lenatz. WA’s Pilbeam, silver medallist in last year’s World Championships in Rotterdam is the current world number one in the PTS4 and is again preparing for another head-to-head battle with SA’s Kerryn Harvey. Albury’s World Cross Tri champion, Justin Godfrey, one of para sports most versatile champions, will line up in the PTS3 for leg amputees. Godfrey remains one of Australia’s most consistent paratriathletes after his silver medal in the ITU World Championships in Rotterdam. The international stars will also include Japan’s PTWC’s Wakako Tsuchida a Summer and Winter Paralympian, multi Paralympics gold medallist and 5x winner of the Boston Marathon who will provide strong opposition to the Australians Emily Tapp, Sara Tait and Lauren Parker. Australia’s World Championships PT Vision Impaired representatives, Jonathan Goerlach and Gerrard Gosens will benefit from the challenge of racing Italian champion Maurizio Romeo and the other internationals Ryu Nakazawa (JAP) and Kin Wa Chu (Hong Kong).  

ITU is seeking an Intern for the Lausanne office

Triathlon News - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 19:05
The International Triathlon Union (ITU), the worldwide governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon is looking for an Intern for the Sports Department in our office in Lausanne (Switzerland). We are looking for a highly motivated person who can work part time from March to September 2018, reporting to the Sport Director. MISSION • Provide administrative support to the ITU Sport Department • Administer ITU Sport Department databases • Coordinate meetings and Conference Calls • Contribute generally to the work of ITU MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS • Sport Administration o Athletes’ database update o Conference Call coordination and Minutes recording – Events/Technical Delegates o Inventory shipment • Technical Operations o TOs newsletter information coordination o Technical Delegate/Assistant Technical Delegate information package at Continental level o Update on different Sport Department databases • Paratriathlon o Classification check on Paratriathlon entries and follow-up on temporary classification o Administrative support (update of the document “ITU Approved Paratriathlon Impairment Adaptations on Bicycles”) • Administration/Finance o Assist the Administration in the Lausanne Office EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCES • Experience in administration • Knowledge of sport and the Olympic movement • Strong work ethic and attention to quality and detail • Precision, speed and accuracy in performing tasks • Working in a small close-knit team environment • Sense of confidentiality • Good knowledge of office management software (all Microsoft Office) and IT tools (SharePoint) • Fluent in English - good knowledge of French will be an advantage The candidate has to be Swiss national or holder of a valid working permit for Switzerland. Please send your CV and covering letter to sport@triathlon.org Deadline to apply: 25th of February

ITU is seeking an Intern for the Lausanne office

Triathlon News - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 19:05
The International Triathlon Union (ITU), the worldwide governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon is looking for an Intern for the Sports Department in our office in Lausanne (Switzerland). We are looking for a highly motivated person who can work part time from March to September 2018, reporting to the Sport Director. MISSION • Provide administrative support to the ITU Sport Department • Administer ITU Sport Department databases • Coordinate meetings and Conference Calls • Contribute generally to the work of ITU MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS • Sport Administration o Athletes’ database update o Conference Call coordination and Minutes recording – Events/Technical Delegates o Inventory shipment • Technical Operations o TOs newsletter information coordination o Technical Delegate/Assistant Technical Delegate information package at Continental level o Update on different Sport Department databases • Paratriathlon o Classification check on Paratriathlon entries and follow-up on temporary classification o Administrative support (update of the document “ITU Approved Paratriathlon Impairment Adaptations on Bicycles”) • Administration/Finance o Assist the Administration in the Lausanne Office EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCES • Experience in administration • Knowledge of sport and the Olympic movement • Strong work ethic and attention to quality and detail • Precision, speed and accuracy in performing tasks • Working in a small close-knit team environment • Sense of confidentiality • Good knowledge of office management software (all Microsoft Office) and IT tools (SharePoint) • Fluent in English - good knowledge of French will be an advantage The candidate has to be Swiss national or holder of a valid working permit for Switzerland. Please send your CV and covering letter to sport@triathlon.org Deadline to apply: 25th of February

ITU is seeking an Intern for the Lausanne office

Triathlon News - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 19:04
The International Triathlon Union (ITU), the worldwide governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon is looking for an Intern for the Sports Department in our office in Lausanne (Switzerland). We are looking for a highly motivated person who can work part time from March to September 2018, reporting to the Sport Director. JOB DESCRIPTION Function: Intern – Sport Department Activity level: part-time 50% (during working hours) Location: ITU HDQ, Lausanne Period: 10-March to 10-Sept. 2018 (6 months) Compensation: n/a MISSION • Provide administrative support to the ITU Sport Department • Administer ITU Sport Department databases • Coordinate meetings and Conference Calls • Contribute generally to the work of ITU MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS • Sport Administration o Athletes’ database update o Conference Call coordination and Minutes recording – Events/Technical Delegates o Inventory shipment • Technical Operations o TOs newsletter information coordination o Technical Delegate/Assistant Technical Delegate information package at Continental level o Update on different Sport Department databases • Paratriathlon o Classification check on Paratriathlon entries and follow-up on temporary classification o Administrative support (update of the document “ITU Approved Paratriathlon Impairment Adaptations on Bicycles”) • Administration/Finance o Assist the Administration in the Lausanne Office EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCES • Experience in administration • Knowledge of sport and the Olympic movement • Strong work ethic and attention to quality and detail • Precision, speed and accuracy in performing tasks • Working in a small close-knit team environment • Sense of confidentiality • Good knowledge of office management software (all Microsoft Office) and IT tools (SharePoint) • Fluent in English - good knowledge of French will be an advantage The candidate has to be Swiss national or holder of a valid working permit for Switzerland. Please send your CV and covering letter to sport@triathlon.org Deadline to apply: 25th of February

ITU is seeking an Intern for the Lausanne office

Triathlon News - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 19:03
The International Triathlon Union (ITU), the worldwide governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon is looking for an Intern for the Sports Department in our office in Lausanne (Switzerland). We are looking for a highly motivated person who can work part time from March to September 2018, reporting to the Sport Director. JOB DESCRIPTION Function: Intern – Sport Department Activity level: part-time 50% (during working hours) Location: ITU HDQ, Lausanne Period: 10-March to 10-Sept. 2018 (6 months) Compensation: n/a MISSION • Provide administrative support to the ITU Sport Department • Administer ITU Sport Department databases • Coordinate meetings and Conference Calls • Contribute generally to the work of ITU MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS • Sport Administration o Athletes’ database update o Conference Call coordination and Minutes recording – Events/Technical Delegates o Inventory shipment • Technical Operations o TOs newsletter information coordination o Technical Delegate/Assistant Technical Delegate information package at Continental level o Update on different Sport Department databases • Paratriathlon o Classification check on Paratriathlon entries and follow-up on temporary classification o Administrative support (update of the document “ITU Approved Paratriathlon Impairment Adaptations on Bicycles”) • Administration/Finance o Assist the Administration in the Lausanne Office EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCES • Experience in administration • Knowledge of sport and the Olympic movement • Strong work ethic and attention to quality and detail • Precision, speed and accuracy in performing tasks • Working in a small close-knit team environment • Sense of confidentiality • Good knowledge of office management software (all Microsoft Office) and IT tools (SharePoint) • Fluent in English - good knowledge of French will be an advantage The candidate has to be Swiss national or holder of a valid working permit for Switzerland. Please send your CV and covering letter to sport@triathlon.org Deadline to apply: March 5

Our #TriLoveStory

Triathlon News - Wed, 14/02/2018 - 05:31
All great love stories have one thing in common… triathlon. Well, at least for these 12 couples that’s true!  We asked YOU, the triathlon community, to submit your #TriLoveStory and we have chosen our favourites from all over the world to share in honour of the most loving day of the year - Valentine’s Day! Roses may be red and violets may be blue, but these swimmers, bikers and runners found love through triathlon and YOU COULD TOO! Elites Rachel Klamer (NED) and Richard Murray (RSA)   Carolina and Andres from Colombia “Hello this is Carolina from Bogota, Colombia in South America and my Husband Andres is the love of my life! Andres and I love doing sports and we have been practicing and racing triathlons for the past two years. When we met he used to ride his bike, while I was a runner, but now we love doing everything together.” Annie from Sweden and Jeff from the United States This is me and my boyfriend Jeff Yingling. The picture was taken only the second time we ever met. We met when I was at a training camp in Boulder, Colorado getting ready for the ITU Long Distance World Champs in Oklahoma and I needed some help with my bike before the race. Jeff is a pro mechanic and was just the perfect person to help me! He also happens to be the best person in so many ways. We still live with 8000km and a 8-hour time difference apart, but we make it work!” Vivian and Vince from Canada “We are Team V - Vince and Vivian from Vancouver, here for Valentine’s Day! We met and started dating during our undergrad at McGill University (Montreal, Canada). I first joined the McGill Triathlon Club with a friend to stay in shape during the snowy winter months. He laughed at me when I told him I joined - yet, somehow, he did his first triathlon before I did one. Fast forward four years, and we’ve done several triathlons together, including two Ironmans and we both competed at the ITU Multisport World Championships in Penticton last summer. Triathlon has brought us together even more than our love of desserts and given us quality time together - Saturday’s are about century rides and chocolate croissant breaks. We can’t wait for the future to travel to destination triathlons. Currently, racing schedules are on hold for a year while we wait to find out where he’ll be for neurosurgery residency and I start my career as a speech-language pathologist.” Anna from Spain and Marcel from Australia “It was a sunny day in July 2013 in Palamós...

Our #TriLoveStory

Triathlon News - Wed, 14/02/2018 - 05:31
All great love stories have one thing in common… triathlon. Well, at least for these 12 couples that’s true!  We asked YOU, the triathlon community, to submit your #TriLoveStory and we have chosen our favourites from all over the world to share in honour of the most loving day of the year - Valentine’s Day! Roses may be red and violets may be blue, but these swimmers, bikers and runners found love through triathlon and YOU COULD TOO! Elites Rachel Klamer (NED) and Richard Murray (RSA)   Carolina and Andres from Colombia “Hello this is Carolina from Bogota, Colombia in South America and my Husband Andres is the love of my life! Andres and I love doing sports and we have been practicing and racing triathlons for the past two years. When we met he used to ride his bike, while I was a runner, but now we love doing everything together.” Annie from Sweden and Jeff from the United States This is me and my boyfriend Jeff Yingling. The picture was taken only the second time we ever met. We met when I was at a training camp in Boulder, Colorado getting ready for the ITU Long Distance World Champs in Oklahoma and I needed some help with my bike before the race. Jeff is a pro mechanic and was just the perfect person to help me! He also happens to be the best person in so many ways. We still live with 8000km and a 8-hour time difference apart, but we make it work!” Vivian and Vince from Canada “We are Team V - Vince and Vivian from Vancouver, here for Valentine’s Day! We met and started dating during our undergrad at McGill University (Montreal, Canada). I first joined the McGill Triathlon Club with a friend to stay in shape during the snowy winter months. He laughed at me when I told him I joined - yet, somehow, he did his first triathlon before I did one. Fast forward four years, and we’ve done several triathlons together, including two Ironmans and we both competed at the ITU Multisport World Championships in Penticton last summer. Triathlon has brought us together even more than our love of desserts and given us quality time together - Saturday’s are about century rides and chocolate croissant breaks. We can’t wait for the future to travel to destination triathlons. Currently, racing schedules are on hold for a year while we wait to find out where he’ll be for neurosurgery residency and I start my career as a speech-language pathologist.” Anna from Spain and Marcel from Australia “It was a sunny day in July 2013 in Palamós...

Murray and Holland get 2018 World Cup season off to winning start in Cape Town

Triathlon News - Sun, 11/02/2018 - 18:09
The new World Cup season is now underway following what proved to be a superb sprint triathlon in the Cape Town sunshine. The athletes looked keen to put all their closed-season training to the test and get 2018 officially up and running, and what a pair of races they delivered. With huge crowds turning out along the route to add some classic South African atmosphere to proceedings, the scene was set for another Cape Town classic, and it was to be Vicky Holland and Richard Murray’s day. Women’s race The women got proceedings underway, launching into Cape Town harbour for the one-lap 750m course. It was a brilliant swim from Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmeyer that set the pace, seeing her first out of the water followed by Portugal’s Melanie Santos. In her first ITU race since Yokohama in May of last year, when an injury took her out of the field for nine months,Vicky Holland was showing no adverse effects of the lay-off, emerging alongside teammate Non Stanford and onto the bikes in the lead pack. Among the names coming out behind them were Chelsea Burns and top-ranked Rachel Klamer looking to make up the gap on the bikes. Across the four flat but technical laps of the Cape Town stadium, it was the front seven who made the most of the tight course and were able to extend the advantage. By the bell, the gap had opened up to almost 40 seconds, and the British duo looked in control. Having negotiated T2 without incident, Holland kicked on in the heat. Only Japan’s Ai Ueda was able to conjure up a faster run time to assure herself of a top ten finish, with Non Stanford set in second place to make it a GB one-two for the second year running following Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth’s success twelve months ago to the day. It was a delighted Zsanett Bragmeyer who made it across the line in third, ahead of Japan’s Juri Ide and Rachel Klamer. “Im totally shocked,” said Bragmayer. “This is my first podium in a World Cup but I’ve worked hard over the winter and now I want to make sure I can continue this form.” Vicky Holland was equally surprised by her win after a long break from competing, adding; “I didn’t really know what to expect today because I’ve had a long time out of racing but I knew my training had been good and it just feels great to blow the cobwebs away with a win. It was an hour on the limit to be honest, but it’s nice to be back!” The winner’s close-season training partner Non STanford was in total agreement. “Vicky and I have...

Murray and Holland get 2018 World Cup season off to winning start in Cape Town

Triathlon News - Sun, 11/02/2018 - 18:09
The new World Cup season is now underway following what proved to be a superb sprint triathlon in the Cape Town sunshine. The athletes looked keen to put all their closed-season training to the test and get 2018 officially up and running, and what a pair of races they delivered. With huge crowds turning out along the route to add some classic South African atmosphere to proceedings, the scene was set for another Cape Town classic, and it was to be Vicky Holland and Richard Murray’s day. Women’s race The women got proceedings underway, launching into Cape Town harbour for the one-lap 750m course. It was a brilliant swim from Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmeyer that set the pace, seeing her first out of the water followed by Portugal’s Melanie Santos. In her first ITU race since Yokohama in May of last year, when an injury took her out of the field for nine months,Vicky Holland was showing no adverse effects of the lay-off, emerging alongside teammate Non Stanford and onto the bikes in the lead pack. Among the names coming out behind them were Chelsea Burns and top-ranked Rachel Klamer looking to make up the gap on the bikes. Across the four flat but technical laps of the Cape Town stadium, it was the front seven who made the most of the tight course and were able to extend the advantage. By the bell, the gap had opened up to almost 40 seconds, and the British duo looked in control. Having negotiated T2 without incident, Holland kicked on in the heat. Only Japan’s Ai Ueda was able to conjure up a faster run time to assure herself of a top ten finish, with Non Stanford set in second place to make it a GB one-two for the second year running following Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth’s success twelve months ago to the day. It was a delighted Zsanett Bragmeyer who made it across the line in third, ahead of Japan’s Juri Ide and Rachel Klamer. “Im totally shocked,” said Bragmayer. “This is my first podium in a World Cup but I’ve worked hard over the winter and now I want to make sure I can continue this form.” Vicky Holland was equally surprised by her win after a long break from competing, adding; “I didn’t really know what to expect today because I’ve had a long time out of racing but I knew my training had been good and it just feels great to blow the cobwebs away with a win. It was an hour on the limit to be honest, but it’s nice to be back!” The winner’s close-season training partner Non Stanford was in total agreement. “Vicky and I have...

Murray and Holland get 2018 World Cup season off to winning start in Cape Town

Triathlon News - Sun, 11/02/2018 - 18:09
The new World Cup season is now underway following what proved to be a superb sprint triathlon in the Cape Town sunshine. The athletes looked keen to put all their closed-season training to the test and get 2018 officially up and running, and what a pair of races they delivered. With huge crowds turning out along the route to add some classic South African atmosphere to proceedings, the scene was set for another Cape Town classic, and it was to be Vicky Holland and Richard Murray’s day. Women’s race The women got proceedings underway, launching into Cape Town harbour for the one-lap 750m course. It was a brilliant swim from Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmeyer that set the pace, seeing her first out of the water followed by Portugal’s Melanie Santos. In her first ITU race since Yokohama in May of last year, when an injury took her out of the field for nine months,Vicky Holland was showing no adverse effects of the lay-off, emerging alongside teammate Non Stanford and onto the bikes in the lead pack. Among the names coming out behind them were Chelsea Burns and top-ranked Rachel Klamer looking to make up the gap on the bikes. Across the four flat but technical laps of the Cape Town stadium, it was the front seven who made the most of the tight course and were able to extend the advantage. By the bell, the gap had opened up to almost 40 seconds, and the British duo looked in control. Having negotiated T2 without incident, Holland kicked on in the heat. Only Japan’s Ai Ueda was able to conjure up a faster run time to assure herself of a top ten finish, with Non Stanford set in second place to make it a GB one-two for the second year running following Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth’s success twelve months ago to the day. It was a delighted Zsanett Bragmeyer who made it across the line in third, ahead of Japan’s Juri Ide and Rachel Klamer. “Im totally shocked,” said Bragmayer. “This is my first podium in a World Cup but I’ve worked hard over the winter and now I want to make sure I can continue this form.” Vicky Holland was equally surprised by her win after a long break from competing, adding; “I didn’t really know what to expect today because I’ve had a long time out of racing but I knew my training had been good and it just feels great to blow the cobwebs away with a win. It was an hour on the limit to be honest, but it’s nice to be back!” The winner’s close-season training partner Non STanford was in total agreement. “Vicky and I have...

Murray and Holland get 2018 World Cup season off to winning start in Cape Town

Triathlon News - Sun, 11/02/2018 - 18:09
The new World Cup season is now underway following what proved to be a superb sprint triathlon in the Cape Town sunshine. The athletes looked keen to put all their closed-season training to the test and get 2018 officially up and running, and what a pair of races they delivered. With huge crowds turning out along the route to add some classic South African atmosphere to proceedings, the scene was set for another Cape Town classic, and it was to be Vicky Holland and Richard Murray’s day. Women’s race The women got proceedings underway, launching into Cape Town harbour for the one-lap 750m course. It was a brilliant swim from Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmeyer that set the pace, seeing her first out of the water followed by Portugal’s Melanie Santos. In her first ITU race since Yokohama in May of last year, when an injury took her out of the field for nine months,Vicky Holland was showing no adverse effects of the lay-off, emerging alongside teammate Non Stanford and onto the bikes in the lead pack. Among the names coming out behind them were Chelsea Burns and top-ranked Rachel Klamer looking to make up the gap on the bikes. Across the four flat but technical laps of the Cape Town stadium, it was the front seven who made the most of the tight course and were able to extend the advantage. By the bell, the gap had opened up to almost 40 seconds, and the British duo looked in control. Having negotiated T2 without incident, Holland kicked on in the heat. Only Japan’s Ai Ueda was able to conjure up a faster run time to assure herself of a top ten finish, with Non Stanford set in second place to make it a GB one-two for the second year running following Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth’s success twelve months ago to the day. It was a delighted Zsanett Bragmeyer who made it across the line in third, ahead of Japan’s Juri Ide and Rachel Klamer. Click here for the Full results Men’s race The corresponding men’s race last year produced a perfect podium for the South Africa team, but this time around the likes of Jonas Schomberg and Joao Pereira were determined to make their presence felt. It was Richard Murray who again emerged first out of the water, however, only to then struggle freeing himself from the wetsuit and losing ground, compatriot Henri Schoeman assuming the lead onto the bikes. Belgium’s Christophe de Keyser and Germany’s Schomberg ensured they were also in the lead group of bikes, ahead of a huge chasing pack. After two laps...

Murray and Holland get 2018 World Cup season off to winning start in Cape Town

Triathlon News - Sun, 11/02/2018 - 18:09
The new World Cup season is now underway following what proved to be a superb sprint triathlon in the Cape Town sunshine. The athletes looked keen to put all their closed-season training to the test and get 2018 officially up and running, and what a pair of races they delivered. With huge crowds turning out along the route to add some classic South African atmosphere to proceedings, the scene was set for another Cape Town classic, and it was to be Vicky Holland and Richard Murray’s day. Women’s race The women got proceedings underway, launching into Cape Town harbour for the one-lap 750m course. It was a brilliant swim from Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmeyer that set the pace, seeing her first out of the water followed by Portugal’s Melanie Santos. In her first ITU race since Yokohama in May of last year, when an injury took her out of the field for nine months,Vicky Holland was showing no adverse effects of the lay-off, emerging alongside teammate Non Stanford and onto the bikes in the lead pack. Among the names coming out behind them were Chelsea Burns and top-ranked Rachel Klamer looking to make up the gap on the bikes. Across the four flat but technical laps of the Cape Town stadium, it was the front seven who made the most of the tight course and were able to extend the advantage. By the bell, the gap had opened up to almost 40 seconds, and the British duo looked in control. Having negotiated T2 without incident, Holland kicked on in the heat. Only Japan’s Ai Ueda was able to conjure up a faster run time to assure herself of a top ten finish, with Non Stanford set in second place to make it a GB one-two for the second year running following Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth’s success twelve months ago to the day. It was a delighted Zsanett Bragmeyer who made it across the line in third, ahead of Japan’s Juri Ide and Rachel Klamer. Click here for the Full results Men’s race The corresponding men’s race last year produced a perfect podium for the South Africa team, but this time around the likes of Jonas Schomberg and Joao Pereira were determined to make their presence felt. It was Richard Murray who again emerged first out of the water, however, only to then struggle freeing himself from the wetsuit and losing ground, compatriot Henri Schoeman assuming the lead onto the bikes. Belgium’s Christophe de Keyser and Germany’s Schomberg ensured they were also in the lead group of bikes, ahead of a huge chasing pack. After two laps...

Murray and Holland get 2018 World Cup season off to winning start in Cape Town

Triathlon News - Sun, 11/02/2018 - 18:09
The new World Cup season is now underway following what proved to be a superb sprint triathlon in the Cape Town sunshine. The athletes looked keen to put all their closed-season training to the test and get 2018 officially up and running, and what a pair of races they delivered. With huge crowds turning out along the route to add some classic South African atmosphere to proceedings, the scene was set for another Cape Town classic, and it was to be Vicky Holland and Richard Murray’s day. Women’s race The women got proceedings underway, launching into Cape Town harbour for the one-lap 750m course. It was a brilliant swim from Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmeyer that set the pace, seeing her first out of the water followed by Portugal’s Melanie Santos. In her first ITU race since Yokohama in May of last year, when an injury took her out of the field for nine months,Vicky Holland was showing no adverse effects of the lay-off, emerging alongside teammate Non Stanford and onto the bikes in the lead pack. Among the names coming out behind them were Chelsea Burns and top-ranked Rachel Klamer looking to make up the gap on the bikes. Across the four flat but technical laps of the Cape Town stadium, it was the front seven who made the most of the tight course and were able to extend the advantage. By the bell, the gap had opened up to almost 40 seconds, and the British duo looked in control. Having negotiated T2 without incident, Holland kicked on in the heat. Only Japan’s Ai Ueda was able to conjure up a faster run time to assure herself of a top ten finish, with Non Stanford set in second place to make it a GB one-two for the second year running following Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth’s success twelve months ago to the day. It was a delighted Zsanett Bragmeyer who made it across the line in third, ahead of Japan’s Juri Ide and Rachel Klamer. Click here for the Full results Men’s race The corresponding men’s race last year produced a perfect podium for the South Africa team, but this time around the likes of Jonas Schomberg and Joao Pereira were determined to make their presence felt. It was Richard Murray who again emerged first out of the water, however, only to then struggle freeing himself from the wetsuit and losing ground, compatriot Henri Schoeman assuming the lead onto the bikes. Belgium’s Christophe de Keyser and Germany’s Schomberg ensured they were also in the lead group of bikes, ahead of a huge chasing pack. After two laps...

Athletes chatter ahead of Cape Town World Cup

Triathlon News - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 17:06
The ITU World Cup season kicks off this weekend with the first of our 17-stop tour in Cape Town. With everything ready, check out what South Africans Henri Schoeman and Gillian Sanders, as well as Bob Haller (LUX) had to say before diving in the cold waters of the city.  Bob Haller On why he loves so much Cape Town: “For Europeans, we love to scape from Europe during the Winter months and this is a great destination, and in the same time zone. I really liked it the first time I was here, my first WTS race was here in Cape Town and I have a special relationship with this city. I have raced all the WTS or world cups here in Cape Town. I train a lot also here and in Pretoria. I really like this country”. On the water temperature: “It’s really cold, that’s the only thing I really don’t like here. That’s why I didn’t shave my beard here, cause it will help keeping me warm in the water. On his expectations for Sunday: “I want to take this as a test, because last year was not a very good one for me, and I have changed lots of thing for this season. I have changed my training, I moved to Portugal, where we have better weather than in Luxemburg -15 degrees and sun-. And is good to have this race early in the season to test myself, see how I trained during the winter”. Gillian Sanders On her being a Commonwealth Games medallist in Glasgow: “I think that was one of the highlights of my career.  It was a fantastic race, and we didn’t expect a medal so that made it even more special. And hopefully we can repeat that in Australia in a couple of months”. On her being a professional triathlete dedicated full time to the sport: “I think triathlon needs full commitment, dedicating 100% of our time to this. We do five to six hours of training a day, and we also need recovery time. And you probably can’t have a full time job and spend so many hours a day training and recovering”. On her feelings when racing at home: “Every athlete’s dream is to race at the highest level at home. When the World Series came to Cape Town we were all super excited, it was wonderful for all of us t come and race in front of the home crowd. There’s nothing quite like it. My sister lives in Cape Town so I’ve been living with her in the last few days, my parents are also here to support, so for me it’s great not only to race at home but also to be able to see the family after all the winter training in Europe first and then in Namibia with...

Athletes chatter ahead of Cape Town World Cup

Triathlon News - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 17:06
The ITU World Cup season kicks off this weekend with the first of our 17-stop tour in Cape Town. With everything ready, check out what South Africans Henri Schoeman and Gillian Sanders, as well as Bob Haller (LUX) had to say before diving in the cold waters of the city.  Bob Haller On why he loves so much Cape Town: “For Europeans, we love to scape from Europe during the Winter months and this is a great destination, and in the same time zone. I really liked it the first time I was here, my first WTS race was here in Cape Town and I have a special relationship with this city. I have raced all the WTS or world cups here in Cape Town. I train a lot also here and in Pretoria. I really like this country”. On the water temperature: “It’s really cold, that’s the only thing I really don’t like here. That’s why I didn’t shave my beard here, cause it will help keeping me warm in the water. On his expectations for Sunday: “I want to take this as a test, because last year was not a very good one for me, and I have changed lots of thing for this season. I have changed my training, I moved to Portugal, where we have better weather than in Luxemburg -15 degrees and sun-. And is good to have this race early in the season to test myself, see how I trained during the winter”. Gillian Sanders On her being a Commonwealth Games medallist in Glasgow: “I think that was one of the highlights of my career.  It was a fantastic race, and we didn’t expect a medal so that made it even more special. And hopefully we can repeat that in Australia in a couple of months”. On her being a professional triathlete dedicated full time to the sport: “I think triathlon needs full commitment, dedicating 100% of our time to this. We do five to six hours of training a day, and we also need recovery time. And you probably can’t have a full time job and spend so many hours a day training and recovering”. On her feelings when racing at home: “Every athlete’s dream is to race at the highest level at home. When the World Series came to Cape Town we were all super excited, it was wonderful for all of us t come and race in front of the home crowd. There’s nothing quite like it. My sister lives in Cape Town so I’ve been living with her in the last few days, my parents are also here to support, so for me it’s great not only to race at home but also to be able to see the family after all the winter training in Europe first and then in Namibia with...

Athletes chatter ahead of Cape Town World Cup

Triathlon News - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 17:06
The ITU World Cup season kicks off this weekend with the first of our 17-stop tour in Cape Town. With everything ready, check out what South Africans Henri Schoeman and Gillian Sanders, as well as Bob Haller (LUX) had to say before diving in the cold waters of the city.  Bob Haller On why he loves so much Cape Town: “For Europeans, we love to scape from Europe during the Winter months and this is a great destination, and in the same time zone. I really liked it the first time I was here, my first WTS race was here in Cape Town and I have a special relationship with this city. I have raced all the WTS or world cups here in Cape Town. I train a lot also here and in Pretoria. I really like this country”. On the water temperature: “It’s really cold, that’s the only thing I really don’t like here. That’s why I didn’t shave my beard here, cause it will help keeping me warm in the water. On his expectations for Sunday: “I want to take this as a test, because last year was not a very good one for me, and I have changed lots of thing for this season. I have changed my training, I moved to Portugal, where we have better weather than in Luxemburg -15 degrees and sun-. And is good to have this race early in the season to test myself, see how I trained during the winter”. Gillian Sanders On her being a Commonwealth Games medallist in Glasgow: “I think that was one of the highlights of my career.  It was a fantastic race, and we didn’t expect a medal so that made it even more special. And hopefully we can repeat that in Australia in a couple of months”. On her being a professional triathlete dedicated full time to the sport: “I think triathlon needs full commitment, dedicating 100% of our time to this. We do five to six hours of training a day, and we also need recovery time. And you probably can’t have a full time job and spend so many hours a day training and recovering”. On her feelings when racing at home: “Every athlete’s dream is to race at the highest level at home. When the World Series came to Cape Town we were all super excited, it was wonderful for all of us t come and race in front of the home crowd. There’s nothing quite like it. My sister lives in Cape Town so I’ve been living with her in the last few days, my parents are also here to support, so for me it’s great not only to race at home but also to be able to see the family after all the winter training in Europe first and then in Namibia with...

Cape Town ready to raise the curtain on brand-new ITU World Cup season

Triathlon News - Tue, 06/02/2018 - 12:38
For the second time, the beautiful city of Cape Town will have the honour of hosting the first race of a new ITU World Cup season this weekend, with all of the athletes looking to make the strongest possible start to this year’s 17-stop worldwide tour. The city made its debut on the World Cup circuit last year in grand style, the iconic Table Mountain lending a dramatic backdrop to some superb sprint racing that saw the crowds cheer on their local heroes to remarkable success. On Sunday afternoon, the athletes will come together for 2018’s eagerly awaited sprint opener. Men’s preview Indeed, it was a memorable one-two-three for the South African men on the waterfront here twelve months ago, and Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman will be looking to conjure up a repeat performance this time around. The win was one of six podium finishes last year for Murray, who managed to finish the season ranked 4th in the overall ranking, and he will once again spearhead another strong-looking South African team. Finishing the race in fifth and sixth respectively in 2017, Austrian duo Lukas Pertl and Lukas Hollaus will be hoping that they can again work effectively together and reap the rewards on the fast and furious sprint course, but Manoel Messias, the man who scored Brazil’s first-ever Junior World title back in 2015, will also be backing himself to make a significant impact on the leaderboard. After closing out 2017 strongly, Spain’s Roberto Sanchez and Germany’s Jonas Schomburg will both be eyeing their first World Cup podium finish, and Portugal’s Joao Pereira and Luxembourg’s Stefan Zachaus are likely to be among the ones to watch in what is another fiercely competitive field. Click here for the full men’s starting list Women’s preview With Japan’s Ai Ueda and Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer the only top-five finishers from last season to make this weekend’s starting line-up, the opportunity is there for the likes of GB’s Non Stanford and Vicky Holland or the USA’s talented Chelsea Burns to get 2018 off to a winning start. Ueda’s experience could once again prove invaluable over the bike and run sections, and if she can work up a strong partnership with compatriot Juri Ide, the Japanese team has the potential to make a major impact on the podium. Julia Hauser, ninth here last year, will be one of five Austrians on the starting line, with teammates Lisa Perterer and Sara Vilic always a potent duo if they can emerge from the water...

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