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Only five months to go until the Penticton Multisport Festival

Triathlon News - Fri, 17/03/2017 - 11:45
Five months and counting until the inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in beautiful Penticton, Canada! We’ve been talking to athletes from around the world who are joining us in August and every week the excitement builds. Last Monday we released the first of six World Championship course maps. The Sprint Duathlon World Championship course was revealed on social media and is now online on our website. Every Monday for the next five weeks we’ll be releasing a new World Championship course map, stop by this week to see what’s revealed next! Planning to compete in four World Championship events? All athletes that complete four events will be crowned a MULTISPORT LEGEND and will receive a special ultra-exclusive belt buckle, will be honored at a special awards ceremony on Sunday, August 27th and will have bragging rights for life. Did you qualify for one World Championship event but are you interested in taking on the MULTISPORT LEGEND challenge? You can race other events as an Open Wave athlete. The City of Penticton has so much to offer for athletes, spectators and visitors from all around the world. There is something for everyone who comes to visit! Penticton is a dream location for the discerning tourist, a literal outdoor playground with gourmet restaurants, hundreds of wineries and craft breweries, great shopping and recreation at every turn. For a full view of what Penticton has to offer visitors for ITU Multisport World Championships, look at Your Penticton Experience.  We are excited to offer a Kids Triathlon on Saturday, August 26th as part of our ten-day festival. Kids aged 3 -15 have a chance to participate in a shortened swim, bike and run in the heart of Penticton and finish by running the blue carpet under the World Championship finish line! All kids receive a bib number, t-shirt and finisher medal. All race details for Kids Triathlon can be found here. Social media “Training” and “Qualified” badges for all six races are available for download and sharing. Share to your blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Follow along our journey on Penticton 2017’s website and on social media with @ITUMultisport on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use #Penticton2017 We can’t wait to see you in Five months!

Only five months to go until the Penticton Multisport Festival

Triathlon News - Fri, 17/03/2017 - 11:45
Five months and counting until the inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in beautiful Penticton, Canada! We’ve been talking to athletes from around the world who are joining us in August and every week the excitement builds. Last Monday we released the first of six World Championship course maps. The Sprint Duathlon World Championship course was revealed on social media and is now online on our website. Every Monday for the next five weeks we’ll be releasing a new World Championship course map, stop by this week to see what’s revealed next! Planning to compete in four World Championship events? All athletes that complete four events will be crowned a MULTISPORT LEGEND and will receive a special ultra-exclusive belt buckle, will be honored at a special awards ceremony on Sunday, August 27th and will have bragging rights for life. Did you qualify for one World Championship event but are you interested in taking on the MULTISPORT LEGEND challenge? You can race other events as an Open Wave athlete. The City of Penticton has so much to offer for athletes, spectators and visitors from all around the world. There is something for everyone who comes to visit! Penticton is a dream location for the discerning tourist, a literal outdoor playground with gourmet restaurants, hundreds of wineries and craft breweries, great shopping and recreation at every turn. For a full view of what Penticton has to offer visitors for ITU Multisport World Championships, look at Your Penticton Experience.  We are excited to offer a Kids Triathlon on Saturday, August 26th as part of our ten-day festival. Kids aged 3 -15 have a chance to participate in a shortened swim, bike and run in the heart of Penticton and finish by running the blue carpet under the World Championship finish line! All kids receive a bib number, t-shirt and finisher medal. All race details for Kids Triathlon can be found here. Social media “Training” and “Qualified” badges for all six races are available for download and sharing. Share to your blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Follow along our journey on Penticton 2017’s website and on social media with @ITUMultisport on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use #Penticton2017 We can’t wait to see you in Five months!

Technical Officials continue to grow globally

Triathlon News - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 16:56
ITU is pleased to announce that once again the number of triathlon Technical Officials has increased, totaling a rise 9% in 2016 as a direct result of the many Technical Officials (TO) seminars and courses that ITU held throughout the year across and the globe. “The growth and development is immensely important to us as the International Federation,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “That’s why we have in place a large number of sport development programs that are designed to facilitate growth at all levels, across both genders and to new areas of the world.” In addition to the growth, the number of certified female Technical Officials rose slightly from 30% to 31%. Spain leads with the highest number of overall women TOs, followed by Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Colombia leads in gender balance, with a perfect distribution of 50% per gender with the highest participation for Level 1 Technical Officials. Malaysia, Jordan and Trinidad and Tobago also share in the lead in gender balance within the Level 1 officials by also having an equal 50/50 representation. Malaysia, Portugal, Argentina and Uzbekistan hold the top spot on the gender equity list for ITU Level 2 Technical Officials. Spain, Japan and China share the first three positions in terms of National Federations with the largest number of officials in all levels of certification. Similar to last year’s results, Canada is the National Federation with the largest number of ITU Level 3 officials, which is the highest level of certification possible. Spain and Hungary follow close behind. In the upcoming months, Bermuda, Venezuela, Portugal and Canada will host Technical Officials Level 1 seminars, while Indonesia will continue with a Level 2 seminar. Please refer to the Development calendar for the complete list of seminars and courses.

Technical Officials continue to grow globally

Triathlon News - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 16:56
ITU is pleased to announce that once again the number of triathlon Technical Officials has increased, totaling a rise 9% in 2016 as a direct result of the many Technical Officials (TO) seminars and courses that ITU held throughout the year across and the globe. “The growth and development is imminently important to us as the International Federation,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “That’s why we have in place a large number of sport development programs that are designed to facilitate growth at all levels, across both genders and to new areas of the world.” In addition to the growth, the number of certified female Technical Officials rose slightly from 30% to 31%. Spain leads with the highest number of overall women TOs, followed by Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Colombia leads in gender balance, with a perfect distribution of 50% per gender with the highest participation for Level 1 Technical Officials. Malaysia, Jordan and Trinidad and Tobago also share in the lead in gender balance within the Level 1 officials by also having an equal 50/50 representation. Malaysia, Portugal, Argentina and Uzbekistan hold the top spot on the gender equity list for ITU Level 2 Technical Officials. Spain, Japan and China share the first three positions in terms of National Federations with the largest number of officials in all levels of certification. Similar to last year’s results, Canada is the National Federation with the largest number of ITU Level 3 officials, which is the highest level of certification possible. Spain and Hungary follow close behind. In the upcoming months, Bermuda, Venezuela, Portugal and Canada will host Technical Officials Level 1 seminars, while Indonesia will continue with a Level 2 seminar. Please refer to the Development calendar for the complete list of seminars and courses.

Technical Officials continue to grow globally

Triathlon News - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 16:56
ITU is pleased to announce that once again the number of triathlon Technical Officials has increased, totaling 9% in 2016 as a direct result of the many Technical Officials (TO) seminars and courses that ITU held throughout the year across and the globe. “The growth and development is imminently important to us as the International Federation,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “That’s why we have in place a large number of sport development programs that are designed to facilitate growth at all levels, across both genders and to new areas of the world.” In addition to the growth, the number of certified female Technical Officials rose slightly from 30% to 31%. Spain leads with the highest number of overall women TOs, followed by Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Colombia leads in gender balance, with a perfect distribution of 50% per gender with the highest participation for Level 1 Technical Officials. Malaysia, Jordan and Trinidad and Tobago also share in the lead in gender balance within the Level 1 officials by also having an equal 50/50 representation. Malaysia, Portugal, Argentina and Uzbekistan hold the top spot on the gender equity list for ITU Level 2 Technical Officials. Spain, Japan and China share the first three positions in terms of National Federations with the largest number of officials in all levels of certification. Similar to last year’s results, Canada is the National Federation with the largest number of ITU Level 3 officials, which is the highest level of certification possible. Spain and Hungary follow close behind. In the upcoming months, Bermuda, Venezuela, Portugal and Canada will host Technical Officials Level 1 seminars, while Indonesia will continue with a Level 2 seminar. Please refer to the Development calendar for the complete list of seminars and courses.

Technical Officials continue to grow globally

Triathlon News - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 16:56
ITU is pleased to announce that once again the number of triathlon Technical Officials has increased, totaling a rise 9% in 2016 as a direct result of the many Technical Officials (TO) seminars and courses that ITU held throughout the year across and the globe. “The growth and development is immensely important to us as the International Federation,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “That’s why we have in place a large number of sport development programs that are designed to facilitate growth at all levels, across both genders and to new areas of the world.” In addition to the growth, the number of certified female Technical Officials rose slightly from 30% to 31%. Spain leads with the highest number of overall women TOs, followed by Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Colombia leads in gender balance, with a perfect distribution of 50% per gender with the highest participation for Level 1 Technical Officials. Malaysia, Jordan and Trinidad and Tobago also share in the lead in gender balance within the Level 1 officials by also having an equal 50/50 representation. Malaysia, Portugal, Argentina and Uzbekistan hold the top spot on the gender equity list for ITU Level 2 Technical Officials. Spain, Japan and China share the first three positions in terms of National Federations with the largest number of officials in all levels of certification. Similar to last year’s results, Canada is the National Federation with the largest number of ITU Level 3 officials, which is the highest level of certification possible. Spain and Hungary follow close behind. In the upcoming months, Bermuda, Venezuela, Portugal and Canada will host Technical Officials Level 1 seminars, while Indonesia will continue with a Level 2 seminar. Please refer to the Development calendar for the complete list of seminars and courses.

Workout Wednesday with Todd Buckingham

Triathlon News - Wed, 15/03/2017 - 17:19
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 Todd Buckingham, a student from the United States who earned the bronze medal in Cozumel. Since his medal came after competing in his very first ITU World Championships, we can maybe expect a lot from this marathon runner in the years to come! Name: Todd Buckingham Country: USA Age Group: Male 25-29 Standard Distance Profession: Exercise Physiology PhD Candidate at Michigan State University How you got involved in triathlon? My friends talked me into doing one a few years ago! How often you train? Daily, 15-20 hours/week Best training advice? Consistency is key. Not every workout has to be the best workout of your life   What motivates you to race? To push myself to my limits and see what I’m capable of Favourite swim workout: 16x50 every 4th all out. 4x100 steady. 12x50 every 3rd all out. 2x200 steady. 8x50 every 2nd all out. 400 as 100IM/100free steady. 4 x 50 all out. Favourite bike workout: My favorite rides are when I can just get out, go long, and enjoy the weather. Nothing fancy, just going out and spending some time in the saddle. Favourite run workout: I love long runs. I started running before I got into triathlon. This workout was from my Boston Marathon buildup. Main set: 4 miles slightly slower than marathon pace (15-20 seconds). 1 mile at marathon pace. 3 miles slightly slower than marathon pace (15-20 seconds). 1 mile slightly faster than marathon pace (5-10 seconds). 2 miles slightly slower than marathon pace (15-20 seconds). 1 mile slightly faster than marathon pace (10-15 seconds). 1 mile slightly slower than marathon pace (5-10 seconds). 1 mile easy recovery (60-90 seconds slower than marathon pace). 3 miles at marathon pace

Workout Wednesday with Todd Buckingham

Triathlon News - Wed, 15/03/2017 - 17:19
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 Todd Buckingham, a student from the United States who earned the bronze medal in Cozumel. Since his medal came after competing in his very first ITU World Championships, we can maybe expect a lot from this marathon runner in the years to come! Name: Todd Buckingham Country: USA Age Group: Male 25-29 Standard Distance Profession: Exercise Physiology PhD Candidate at Michigan State University How you got involved in triathlon? My friends talked me into doing one a few years ago! How often you train? Daily, 15-20 hours/week Best training advice? Consistency is key. Not every workout has to be the best workout of your life   What motivates you to race? To push myself to my limits and see what I’m capable of Favourite swim workout: 16x50 every 4th all out. 4x100 steady. 12x50 every 3rd all out. 2x200 steady. 8x50 every 2nd all out. 400 as 100IM/100free steady. 4 x 50 all out. Favourite bike workout: My favorite rides are when I can just get out, go long, and enjoy the weather. Nothing fancy, just going out and spending some time in the saddle. Favourite run workout: I love long runs. I started running before I got into triathlon. This workout was from my Boston Marathon buildup. Main set: 4 miles slightly slower than marathon pace (15-20 seconds). 1 mile at marathon pace. 3 miles slightly slower than marathon pace (15-20 seconds). 1 mile slightly faster than marathon pace (5-10 seconds). 2 miles slightly slower than marathon pace (15-20 seconds). 1 mile slightly faster than marathon pace (10-15 seconds). 1 mile slightly slower than marathon pace (5-10 seconds). 1 mile easy recovery (60-90 seconds slower than marathon pace). 3 miles at marathon pace

ParaTri season starts with Rio 2016 Paralympic Champions claiming victories

Triathlon News - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 13:51
Rio 2016 Paralympic champions Grace Norman and Allysa Seely got positive starts to their seasons after winning their respective races at the 2017 Sarasota CAMTRI Para Triathlon American Championships. Wrapping up on Saturday (11 March), the race of the 2017 season was held in Sarasota, Florida, the USA, and featured around 50 athletes, most racing for the first time since September’s Paralympic Games. Under a new classification format, the USA’s Norman won the women’s PTS5 race. Norman, who won the then-PT4 gold medal from Rio, finished about three minutes ahead of Canada’s Kamylle Frenette. Brazil’s Ana Raquel Lins came in third. The women’s PTS2 (formerly-PT2) was a battle between US teammates Seely and Hailey Danz, the respective Paralympic gold and silver medallists. Seely had a strong swim and run leg to take the victory. The USA’s Mark Barr took a second straight win on the course in Sarasota in the men’s PTS2 (formerly-PT2). He had a commanding lead over Morocco’s runner-up Mohamed Lahna, the very man who bumped Barr off a podium finish at Rio 2016. Brazil’s Andre Barbieri was third. US triathlete Chris Hammer also missed out on a podium finish in September but left Sarasota with another win on the course in the men’s PTS5. It was a tight race with Brazil’s Carlos Rafael Viana, but the Brazilian could not keep up with Hammer in the run, taking second. Argentina’s Pablo Pomata finished third. In a loaded men’s PTS4 (formerly-PT4), the USA’s Jamie Brown came out on top, followed by Brazil’s Jorge Luis Fonseca and the USA’s Joel Rosinbum, respectively. In her first race since Rio 2016, the USA’s Patricia Collins was the undisputed winner of the women’s PTS4 (formerly-PT4). Compatriots Andrea Walton and Ana Manciaz finished second and third, respectively. Aaron Scheidies had no trouble taking the men’s PTVI race, with nearly a seven minute finish ahead of Venezuela’s David Rangel Uzcategui. Canada’s Jon Dunkerley was third. In the women’s equivalent, Elizabeth Baker crossed the finish line first ahead of compatriot Amy Dixon. Canada’s Jessica Tuomela rounded off the podium. Brazil’s Fernando Aranha had a strong swim and bike segment to win the men’s PTHC. US athletes completed the top three with Geoffrey Kennedy and Howie Sanborn, respectively. In the women’s equivalent, the USA’s Mary Catherine Callahan beat Brazil’s Danielle Nobile. The USA’s Brian Norberg made up time in the last...

ParaTri season starts with Rio 2016 Paralympic Champions claiming victories

Triathlon News - Tue, 14/03/2017 - 13:51
Rio 2016 Paralympic champions Grace Norman and Allysa Seely got positive starts to their seasons after winning their respective races at the 2017 Sarasota CAMTRI Para Triathlon American Championships. Wrapping up on Saturday (11 March), the race of the 2017 season was held in Sarasota, Florida, the USA, and featured around 50 athletes, most racing for the first time since September’s Paralympic Games. Under a new classification format, the USA’s Norman won the women’s PTS5 race. Norman, who won the then-PT4 gold medal from Rio, finished about three minutes ahead of Canada’s Kamylle Frenette. Brazil’s Ana Raquel Lins came in third. The women’s PTS2 (formerly-PT2) was a battle between US teammates Seely and Hailey Danz, the respective Paralympic gold and silver medallists. Seely had a strong swim and run leg to take the victory. The USA’s Mark Barr took a second straight win on the course in Sarasota in the men’s PTS2 (formerly-PT2). He had a commanding lead over Morocco’s runner-up Mohamed Lahna, the very man who bumped Barr off a podium finish at Rio 2016. Brazil’s Andre Barbieri was third. US triathlete Chris Hammer also missed out on a podium finish in September but left Sarasota with another win on the course in the men’s PTS5. It was a tight race with Brazil’s Carlos Rafael Viana, but the Brazilian could not keep up with Hammer in the run, taking second. Argentina’s Pablo Pomata finished third. In a loaded men’s PTS4 (formerly-PT4), the USA’s Jamie Brown came out on top, followed by Brazil’s Jorge Luis Fonseca and the USA’s Joel Rosinbum, respectively. In her first race since Rio 2016, the USA’s Patricia Collins was the undisputed winner of the women’s PTS4 (formerly-PT4). Compatriots Andrea Walton and Ana Manciaz finished second and third, respectively. Aaron Scheidies had no trouble taking the men’s PTVI race, with nearly a seven minute finish ahead of Venezuela’s David Rangel Uzcategui. Canada’s Jon Dunkerley was third. In the women’s equivalent, Elizabeth Baker crossed the finish line first ahead of compatriot Amy Dixon. Canada’s Jessica Tuomela rounded off the podium. Brazil’s Fernando Aranha had a strong swim and bike segment to win the men’s PTHC. US athletes completed the top three with Geoffrey Kennedy and Howie Sanborn, respectively. In the women’s equivalent, the USA’s Mary Catherine Callahan beat Brazil’s Danielle Nobile. The USA’s Brian Norberg made up time in the last...

An Australian sweep in Mooloolaba as Emma Jackson and Luke Willian win ITU World Cup

Triathlon News - Sat, 11/03/2017 - 09:00
It was double trouble for Australia in Mooloolaba on Saturday, with Emma Jackson and Luke Willian both adding their names to the winners list at the long-running ITU World Cup event. It was the first time one nation has claimed both men’s and women’s Mooloolaba titles since Australia’s Emma Snowsill and Brad Kahlefeldt won in 2007. Australian athletes took out four of the six podium places on offer, with Ashleigh Gentle and Drew Box winning silver respectively, and Claudia Rivas (MEX) and Sam Ward (NZL) bronze. Women’s Race Review Australia’s Emma Jackson returned to the top of the World Cup podium for the first time in four years, with a strong all-round performance leading to her win at Mooloolaba on Saturday. Jackson was one of the leaders out of the swim and then worked hard in a lead group of six on the bike to establish a gap to the chase, led by fellow Australian Ashleigh Gentle. While Jackson then spent the first lap of the run behind fellow Australian Emma Jeffcoat, the 2012 London Olympian sped up to take to the lead just before the 5km mark and was not headed from there. She claimed the win in a time of 1 hour 56 minutes and 36 seconds. However she was slightly worried her race was over almost before it started, with a trip up on the beach start. “I actually fell over running into the surf for the swim but I was fortunate enough to pick my self up and came out in the top two, so that was a good swim for me,” Jackson said. “We had a good group of girls who worked together on the bike and we had a gap back to Ashleigh which I was able to hold onto towards the end.” “It shows me that I’m in alright form. I actually enjoy sprint distance racing I don’t enjoy the heat too much, with that an Olympic Distance race I thought I was going to struggle a bit. So it was actually really nice to go out there and prove myself wrong and have a good race.” Jackson’s strong start was key in the In hot and humid conditions on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. Coming out beside Jeffcoat, they joined with Natalie Van Coevorden, Carolina Routier (ESP), Claudia Rivas (MEX) and Natalie van der Kaay (NZL) on the first lap of the bike. That group then pulled together to push the pace and separate themselves from the chase led by Ashleigh Gentle. A second lap surge took the gap from 25 seconds to 35, and it was then followed up by another on the fifth, when it jumped to 44seconds. By the time the chase group hit the second transition Gentle started...

An Australian sweep in Mooloolaba as Jackson and Willian take World Cup wins

Triathlon News - Sat, 11/03/2017 - 09:00
It was double trouble for Australia in Mooloolaba on Saturday, with Emma Jackson and Luke Willian both adding their names to the winners list at the long-running ITU World Cup event. Women’s Race Review Australia’s Emma Jackson returned to the top of the World Cup podium for the first time in four years, with a strong all-round performance leading to her win at Mooloolaba on Saturday. Jackson was one of the leaders out of the swim and then worked hard in a lead group of six on the bike to establish a gap to the chase, led by fellow Australian Ashleigh Gentle. While Jackson then spent the first lap of the run behind fellow Australian Emma Jeffcoat, the 2012 London Olympian sped up to take to the lead just before the 5km mark and was not headed from there. She claimed the win in a time of 1hour 56minutes and 36seconds, and became the 11th Australian winner of the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup event. However she was slightly worried her race was over almost before it started, with a trip up on the beach start. “I actually fell over running into the surf for the swim but I was fortunate enough to pick my self up and came out in the top two, so that was a good swim for me,” Jackson said. “We had a good group of girls who worked together on the bike and we had a gap back to Ashleigh which I was able to hold onto towards the end.” “It shows me that I’m in alright form. I actually enjoy sprint distance racing I don’t enjoy the heat too much, with that an Olympic Distance race I thought I was going to struggle a bit. So it was actually really nice to go out there and prove myself wrong and have a good race.” Jackson’s strong start was key in the In hot and humid conditions on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. Coming out beside Jeffcoat, they joined with Natalie Van Coevorden, Carolina Routier (ESP), Claudia Rivas (MEX) and Natalie van der Kaay (NZL) on the first lap of the bike. That group then pulled together to push the pace and separate themselves from the chase led by Ashleigh Gentle. A second lap surge took the gap from 25 seconds to 35, and it was then followed up by another on the fifth, when it jumped to 44seconds. By the time the chase group hit the second transition Gentle started almost a minute behind the leaders. While that was too much of a gap to catch Jackson, Gentle did pull out the fastest run split of the day, 35 minutes and 44 seconds, to run through the field to collect silver. “I went to a few different places mentally...

An Australian sweep in Mooloolaba as Emma Jackson and Luke Willian win ITU World Cup

Triathlon News - Sat, 11/03/2017 - 02:00
It was double trouble for Australia in Mooloolaba on Saturday, with Emma Jackson and Luke Willian both adding their names to the winners list at the long-running ITU World Cup event. It was the first time one nation has claimed both men’s and women’s Mooloolaba titles since Australia’s Emma Snowsill and Brad Kahlefeldt won in 2007. Australian athletes took out four of the six podium places on offer, with Ashleigh Gentle and Drew Box winning silver respectively, and Claudia Rivas (MEX) and Sam Ward (NZL) bronze. Women’s Race Review Australia’s Emma Jackson returned to the top of the World Cup podium for the first time in four years, with a strong all-round performance leading to her win at Mooloolaba on Saturday. Jackson was one of the leaders out of the swim and then worked hard in a lead group of six on the bike to establish a gap to the chase, led by fellow Australian Ashleigh Gentle. While Jackson then spent the first lap of the run behind fellow Australian Emma Jeffcoat, the 2012 London Olympian sped up to take to the lead just before the 5km mark and was not headed from there. She claimed the win in a time of 1 hour 56 minutes and 36 seconds. However she was slightly worried her race was over almost before it started, with a trip up on the beach start. “I actually fell over running into the surf for the swim but I was fortunate enough to pick my self up and came out in the top two, so that was a good swim for me,” Jackson said. “We had a good group of girls who worked together on the bike and we had a gap back to Ashleigh which I was able to hold onto towards the end.” “It shows me that I’m in alright form. I actually enjoy sprint distance racing I don’t enjoy the heat too much, with that an Olympic Distance race I thought I was going to struggle a bit. So it was actually really nice to go out there and prove myself wrong and have a good race.” Jackson’s strong start was key in the In hot and humid conditions on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. Coming out beside Jeffcoat, they joined with Natalie Van Coevorden, Carolina Routier (ESP), Claudia Rivas (MEX) and Natalie van der Kaay (NZL) on the first lap of the bike. That group then pulled together to push the pace and separate themselves from the chase led by Ashleigh Gentle. A second lap surge took the gap from 25 seconds to 35, and it was then followed up by another on the fifth, when it jumped to 44seconds. By the time the chase group hit the second transition Gentle started...

An Australian sweep in Mooloolaba as Emma Jackson and Luke Willian win ITU World Cup

Triathlon News - Sat, 11/03/2017 - 02:00
It was double trouble for Australia in Mooloolaba on Saturday, with Emma Jackson and Luke Willian both adding their names to the winners list at the long-running ITU World Cup event. It was the first time one nation has claimed both men’s and women’s Mooloolaba titles since Australia’s Emma Snowsill and Brad Kahlefeldt won in 2007. Australian athletes took out four of the six podium places on offer, with Ashleigh Gentle and Drew Box winning silver respectively, and Claudia Rivas (MEX) and Sam Ward (NZL) bronze. Women’s Race Review Australia’s Emma Jackson returned to the top of the World Cup podium for the first time in four years, with a strong all-round performance leading to her win at Mooloolaba on Saturday. Jackson was one of the leaders out of the swim and then worked hard in a lead group of six on the bike to establish a gap to the chase, led by fellow Australian Ashleigh Gentle. While Jackson then spent the first lap of the run behind fellow Australian Emma Jeffcoat, the 2012 London Olympian sped up to take to the lead just before the 5km mark and was not headed from there. She claimed the win in a time of 1 hour 56 minutes and 36 seconds. However she was slightly worried her race was over almost before it started, with a trip up on the beach start. “I actually fell over running into the surf for the swim but I was fortunate enough to pick my self up and came out in the top two, so that was a good swim for me,” Jackson said. “We had a good group of girls who worked together on the bike and we had a gap back to Ashleigh which I was able to hold onto towards the end.” “It shows me that I’m in alright form. I actually enjoy sprint distance racing I don’t enjoy the heat too much, with that an Olympic Distance race I thought I was going to struggle a bit. So it was actually really nice to go out there and prove myself wrong and have a good race.” Jackson’s strong start was key in the In hot and humid conditions on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. Coming out beside Jeffcoat, they joined with Natalie Van Coevorden, Carolina Routier (ESP), Claudia Rivas (MEX) and Natalie van der Kaay (NZL) on the first lap of the bike. That group then pulled together to push the pace and separate themselves from the chase led by Ashleigh Gentle. A second lap surge took the gap from 25 seconds to 35, and it was then followed up by another on the fifth, when it jumped to 44seconds. By the time the chase group hit the second transition Gentle started...

Mooloolaba 2017: Pre-Race Press Conference

Triathlon News - Fri, 10/03/2017 - 06:57
The 2017 ITU World Cup series heads back down under to Mooloolaba this weekend, as the iconic Australian event celebrates its 25th birthday. Australian athletes are looking to race well at home, ahead of the World Triathlon Series Gold Coast event next month. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS): On her previous memories of Mooloolaba: I’ve had a bit of experience here at Mooloolaba, mostly as a spectator when I was younger. I have very vivid memories of being on the sideline and watching watching Moffy (Emma Moffatt), Emma Snowsill and Vanessa Fernandes doing some pretty hot battles up and down the hill, on a very tough course. I’m so excited to be back in Queensland after being in New South Wales for a bit for training. I’m very happy to be there. On moving to train with coach Jamie Turner: It’s been great. I had a trial down there in January. I came home just for a week on the Gold Coast to I guess think about things and then I flew back down a week later. It’s been really great. I haven’t had that daily performance environment for a long time, being with other people. I’ve really enjoyed it. Looking back the last few years I’ve been really happy with some of my results but when I look at major championships I feel as though I have really let myself down, so going down to Wollongong was an investment in my triathlon career for the next four years. That’s what I’ve planned to do. It’s been going great so far. I’d just like to start the season here and hope I can roll on with some results I can be proud of this year. On what she is looking to improve on this year: I think looking at all three aspects there is something in each of them which I can improve on. Also just from a mental aspect. Being able to go to a race and be truly confident and comfortable in what I have done and what I am capable of, just being able to execute a great race plan. I think without getting too specific there are some aspects physically and mentally which I am looking to improve on this year and for the future. Jaz Hedgeland (AUS): On starting her season in 2017 at Mooloolaba: I know I’m very excited. The last couple of months of training has all gone to plan, and I know I have people that believe in me, so I’ve just got to see what happens. Emma Jackson (AUS): On her start to the 2017 season so far: Pretty happy with my win at the Oceania sprint distance championships, but as you said tomorrow it is Olympic distance. So it’s going to be quite tough out...

Mooloolaba 2017: Pre-Race Press Conference

Triathlon News - Fri, 10/03/2017 - 06:56
The 2017 ITU World Cup series heads back down under to Mooloolaba this weekend, as the iconic Australian event celebrates its 25th birthday. Australian athletes are looking to race well at home, ahead of the World Triathlon Series Gold Coast event next month. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS): On her previous memories of Mooloolaba: I’ve had a bit of experience here at Mooloolaba, certainly as a spectator when I was younger. I have very vivid memories of being on the sideline and watching watching Moffy (Emma Moffatt), Emma Snowsill and Vanessa Fernandes doing some pretty hot battles up and down the hill, on a very tough course. I’m so excited to be back in Queensland after being in New South Wales for a bit for training. I’m very happy to be there. On moving to train with coach Jamie Turner: It’s been great. I had a trial down there in January. I came home just for a week on the Gold Coast to I guess think about things and then I flew back down a week later. It’s been really great. I haven’t had that daily performance environment for a long time, being with other people. I’ve really enjoyed it. Looking back the last few years I’ve been really happy with some of my results but when I look at major championships I feel as though I have really let myself down, so going down to Wollongong was an investment in my triathlon career for the next four years. That’s what I’ve planned to do. It’s been going great so far. I’d just like to start the season here and hope I can roll on with some results I can be proud of this year. On what she is looking to improve on this year: I think looking at all three aspects there is something in each of them which I can improve on. Also just from a mental aspect. Being able to go to a race and be truly confident and comfortable in what I have done and what I am capable of, just being able to execute a great race plan. I think without getting too specific there are some aspects physically and mentally which I am looking to improve on this year and for the future. Jaz Hedgeland (AUS): On starting her season in 2017 at Mooloolaba: I know I’m very excited. The last couple of months of training has all gone to plan, and I know I have people that believe in me, so I’ve just got to see what happens. Emma Jackson (AUS): On her start to the 2017 season so far: Pretty happy with my win at the Oceania sprint distance championships, but as you said tomorrow it is Olympic distance. So it’s going to be quite tough out...

Mooloolaba 2017: Pre-Race Press Conference

Triathlon News - Fri, 10/03/2017 - 06:56
The 2017 ITU World Cup series heads back down under to Mooloolaba this weekend, as the iconic Australian event celebrates its 25th birthday. Australian athletes are looking to race well at home, ahead of the World Triathlon Series Gold Coast event next month. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS): On her previous memories of Mooloolaba: I’ve had a bit of experience here at Mooloolaba, certainly as a spectator when I was younger. I have very vivid memories of being on the sideline and watching watching Moffy (Emma Moffatt), Emma Snowsill and Vanessa Fernandes doing some pretty hot battles up and down the hill, on a very tough course. I’m so excited to be back in Queensland after being in New South Wales for a bit for training. I’m very happy to be there. On moving to train with coach Jamie Turner: It’s been great. I had a trial down there in January. I came home just for a week on the Gold Coast to I guess think about things and then I flew back down a week later. It’s been really great. I haven’t had that daily performance environment for a long time, being with other people. I’ve really enjoyed it. Looking back the last few years I’ve been really happy with some of my results but when I look at major championships I feel as though I have really let myself down, so going down to Wollongong was an investment in my triathlon career for the next four years. That’s what I’ve planned to do. It’s been going great so far. I’d just like to start the season here and hope I can roll on with some results I can be proud of this year. On what she is looking to improve on this year: I think looking at all three aspects there is something in each of them which I can improve on. Also just from a mental aspect. Being able to go to a race and be truly confident and comfortable in what I have done and what I am capable of, just being able to execute a great race plan. I think without getting too specific there are some aspects physically and mentally which I am looking to improve on this year and for the future. Jaz Hedgeland (AUS): On starting her season in 2017 at Mooloolaba: I know I’m very excited. The last couple of months of training has all gone to plan, and I know I have people that believe in me, so I’ve just got to see what happens. Emma Jackson (AUS): On her start to the 2017 season so far: Pretty happy with my win at the Oceania sprint distance championships, but as you said tomorrow it is Olympic distance. So it’s going to be quite tough out...

Mooloolaba 2017: Pre-Race Press Conference

Triathlon News - Fri, 10/03/2017 - 06:56
The 2017 ITU World Cup series heads back down under to Mooloolaba this weekend, as the iconic Australian event celebrates its 25th birthday. Australian athletes are looking to race well at home, ahead of the World Triathlon Series Gold Coast event next month. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS): On her previous memories of Mooloolaba: I’ve had a bit of experience here at Mooloolaba, certainly as a spectator when I was younger. I have very vivid memories of being on the sideline and watching watching Moffy (Emma Moffatt), Emma Snowsill and Vanessa Fernandes doing some pretty hot battles up and down the hill, on a very tough course. I’m so excited to be back in Queensland after being in New South Wales for a bit for training. I’m very happy to be there. On moving to train with coach Jamie Turner: It’s been great. I had a trial down there in January. I came home just for a week on the Gold Coast to I guess think about things and then I flew back down a week later. It’s been really great. I haven’t had that daily performance environment for a long time, being with other people. I’ve really enjoyed it. Looking back the last few years I’ve been really happy with some of my results but when I look at major championships I feel as though I have really let myself down, so going down to Wollongong was an investment in my triathlon career for the next four years. That’s what I’ve planned to do. It’s been going great so far. I’d just like to start the season here and hope I can roll on with some results I can be proud of this year. On what she is looking to improve on this year: I think looking at all three aspects there is something in each of them which I can improve on. Also just from a mental aspect. Being able to go to a race and be truly confident and comfortable in what I have done and what I am capable of, just being able to execute a great race plan. I think without getting too specific there are some aspects physically and mentally which I am looking to improve on this year and for the future. Jaz Hedgeland (AUS): On starting her season in 2017 at Mooloolaba: I know I’m very excited. The last couple of months of training has all gone to plan, and I know I have people that believe in me, so I’ve just got to see what happens. Emma Jackson (AUS): On her start to the 2017 season so far: Pretty happy with my win at the Oceania sprint distance championships, but as you said tomorrow it is Olympic distance. So it’s going to be quite tough out...

World Cup racing continues in Mooloolaba

Triathlon News - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 17:10
In the second stop on the 2017 ITU World Cup calendar, the elites head to Australia to compete in the 2017 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup. This year’s event marks the 13th time that Mooloolaba has appeared in the series. It will once again offer up the familiar standard-distance course on the Sunshine Coast. Women’s Preview: Making her 2017 ITU racing debut is Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who tops the start list. Gentle had a standout 2016 year, making two World Triathlon Series podiums along with a silver medal at the Montreal World Cup. She also represented her nation for the first time at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. While she took third place in Mooloolaba in 2015, she has never won the home nation World Cup, so this weekend could be her opportunity to start off the year with a victory. Australian compatriot Emma Jackson also stands near the top of women’s start list. Swift on her feet, look out for Jackson on the back of run. While she has experience on the World Cup podium, she hasn’t seen the gold since 2014. She also hasn’t race in Mooloolaba since 2013, so she will be looking to change that trend. Some other Aussie women to look out for this weekend are some rising talent that could start making some moves in the years to come. Natalie Van Coevorden is a strong swimmer that earned her first World Cup podium in 2013. Emma Jeffcoat has had several successes in the Oceania race scene and is could explode onto the ITU race circuit. Jaz Hedgeland is another Aussie who has just missed out on some World Cup podiums, but has also had some strong performances in Oceania Cups. After once again finishing first in the swim in WTS Abu Dhabi last weekend, Spain’s Carolina Routier is set to race her first World Cup of the year. While she is known as one of the fastest women in the water, she has yet to win a World Cup in her career. Click here for the full women’s start list Men’s Preview: Holding the number one position on the men’s start list will be Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales. Grajales started out his ITU racing season in WTS Abu Dhabi last weekend, where he placed 21st. He produced a strong season in 2016, scoring his first WTS podium in Yokohama, as well as making it onto his first World Cup podium since 2012. He is a strong runner, so the competition will need to keep an eye on him on the 10km run. Hungary’s Gabor Faldum joins Grajales as a top international athlete to watch out for. Having made it onto the World Cup podium...

World Cup racing continues in Mooloolaba

Triathlon News - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 17:10
In the second stop on the 2017 ITU World Cup calendar, the elites head to Australia to compete in the 2017 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup. This year’s event marks the 13th time that Mooloolaba has appeared in the series. It will once again offer up the familiar standard-distance course on the Sunshine Coast. Women’s Preview: Making her 2017 ITU racing debut is Aussie Ashleigh Gentle, who tops the start list. Gentle had a standout 2016 year, making two World Triathlon Series podiums along with a silver medal at the Montreal World Cup. She also represented her nation for the first time at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. While she took third place in Mooloolaba in 2015, she has never won the home nation World Cup, so this weekend could be her opportunity to start off the year with a victory. Australian compatriot Emma Jackson also stands near the top of women’s start list. Swift on her feet, look out for Jackson on the back of run. While she has experience on the World Cup podium, she hasn’t seen the gold since 2014. She also hasn’t race in Mooloolaba since 2013, so she will be looking to change that trend. Some other Aussie women to look out for this weekend are some rising talent that could start making some moves in the years to come. Natalie Van Coevorden is a strong swimmer that earned her first World Cup podium in 2013. Emma Jeffcoat has had several successes in the Oceania race scene and is could explode onto the ITU race circuit. Jaz Hedgeland is another Aussie who has just missed out on some World Cup podiums, but has also had some strong performances in Oceania Cups. After once again finishing first in the swim in WTS Abu Dhabi last weekend, Spain’s Carolina Routier is set to race her first World Cup of the year. While she is known as one of the fastest women in the water, she has yet to win a World Cup in her career. Click here for the full women’s start list Men’s Preview: Holding the number one position on the men’s start list will be Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales. Grajales started out his ITU racing season in WTS Abu Dhabi last weekend, where he placed 21st. He produced a strong season in 2016, scoring his first WTS podium in Yokohama, as well as making it onto his first World Cup podium since 2012. He is a strong runner, so the competition will need to keep an eye on him on the 10km run. Hungary’s Gabor Faldum joins Grajales as a top international athlete to watch out for. Having made it onto the World Cup podium...

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