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Irving Perez collects home nation victory at Yucatan World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 13/08/2017 - 06:03
Returning to the world cup podium for the first time since 2015, Mexico’s Irving Perez became the first-ever Champion of the 2017 Yucatan ITU World Cup. His blazing performance on the run earned him the victory, which was celebrated with crowds cheering the word “Mexico” as the win came once again for Perez in front of a home crowd. “I am very happy for this victory. This is my second time that I win here in Mexico, the last time was in Huatulco and now in Yucatan where it is hot, but for me it is better. I am very happy with my team and with my coach, Perez said of his win. “I see this podium today and I worked very hard. The water was very one, two, three, fight and the bike was very technical and the running was very hard, but it was good for me.” Joining him on the podium was fellow Mexican compatriot Cesar Saracho who stepped onto the world cup podium for the first time with a silver. Saracho said, “It was in Mexico, my podium, so I am very happy for that. The weather was very hot, I am exhausted but I am very happy with my competition. It means a lot to get a podium in Mexico because this is my country and it is my first second place here and it’s in my country so I am very happy for that.” Germany’s Maximilian Schwetz earned the bronze in his first world cup race of the year and first podium since 2015. The race venue was held in the port city of Progreso, just outside of Merida, Mexico. With the sun shining and mid-summer lineup, the elite men prepared for a hot and humid sprint distance course. Starting with a beach run into the water, the field battled the choppy ocean waters for the one-lap 750 metre swim. Exiting the waters first was USA’s William Huffman and Jumpei Furuya (JPN), but the gap was tight and the rest of the field followed in their pursuit. Heading out onto the bike, the first lap brought forth a breakaway between Furuya and Seth Rider (USA) and two larger chase packs in their wake. The first chase, which contained about 12 men including Kevin McDowell (USA), Matthew Sharpe (CAN), Perez, and Schwetz, remained around a half a minute down. Then once onto the run the men that were in the chase gunned it out of the transition zone and it wasn’t long before they had caught Furuya and Rider. It took less than one lap for Perez to show his abilities in the hot conditions as he surged towards the front and took the lead. He carried his lead into the finish line and collected his second Mexican World...

Irving Perez collects home nation victory at Yucatan World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 13/08/2017 - 06:03
Returning to the world cup podium for the first time since 2015, Mexico’s Irving Perez became the first-ever Champion of the 2017 Yucatan ITU World Cup. His blazing performance on the run earned him the victory, which was celebrated with crowds cheering the word “Mexico” as the win came once again for Perez in front of a home crowd. “I am very happy for this victory. This is my second time that I win here in Mexico, the last time was in Huatulco and now in Yucatan where it is hot, but for me it is better. I am very happy with my team and with my coach, Perez said of his win. “I see this podium today and I worked very hard. The water was very one, two, three, fight and the bike was very technical and the running was very hard, but it was good for me.” Joining him on the podium was fellow Mexican compatriot Cesar Saracho who stepped onto the world cup podium for the first time with a silver. Saracho said, “It was in Mexico, my podium, so I am very happy for that. The weather was very hot, I am exhausted but I am very happy with my competition. It means a lot to get a podium in Mexico because this is my country and it is my first second place here and it’s in my country so I am very happy for that.” Germany’s Maximilian Schwetz earned the bronze in his first world cup race of the year and first podium since 2015. The race venue was held in the port city of Progreso, just outside of Merida, Mexico. With the sun shining and mid-summer lineup, the elite men prepared for a hot and humid sprint distance course. Starting with a beach run into the water, the field battled the choppy ocean waters for the one-lap 750 metre swim. Exiting the waters first was USA’s William Huffman and Jumpei Furuya (JPN), but the gap was tight and the rest of the field followed in their pursuit. Heading out onto the bike, the first lap brought forth a breakaway between Furuya and Seth Rider (USA) and two larger chase packs in their wake. The first chase, which contained about 12 men including Kevin McDowell (USA), Matthew Sharpe (CAN), Perez, and Schwetz, remained around a half a minute down. Then once onto the run the men that were in the chase gunned it out of the transition zone and it wasn’t long before they had caught Furuya and Rider. It took less than one lap for Perez to show his abilities in the hot conditions as he surged towards the front and took the lead. He carried his lead into the finish line and collected his second Mexican World...

Irving Perez collects home nation victory at Yucatan World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 13/08/2017 - 06:03
Returning to the world cup podium for the first time since 2015, Mexico’s Irving Perez became the first-ever Champion of the 2017 Yucatan ITU World Cup. His blazing performance on the run earned him the victory, which was celebrated with crowds cheering the word “Mexico” as the win came once again for Perez in front of a home crowd. “I am very happy for this victory. This is my second time that I win here in Mexico, the last time was in Huatulco and now in Yucatan where it is hot, but for me it is better. I am very happy with my team and with my coach, Perez said of his win. “I see this podium today and I worked very hard. The water was very one, two, three, fight and the bike was very technical and the running was very hard, but it was good for me.” Joining him on the podium was fellow Mexican compatriot Cesar Saracho who stepped onto the world cup podium for the first time with a silver. Saracho said, “It was in Mexico, my podium, so I am very happy for that. The weather was very hot, I am exhausted but I am very happy with my competition. It means a lot to get a podium in Mexico because this is my country and it is my first second place here and it’s in my country so I am very happy for that.” Germany’s Maximilian Schwetz earned the bronze in his first world cup race of the year and first podium since 2015. The race venue was held in the port city of Progreso, just outside of Merida, Mexico. With the sun shining and mid-summer lineup, the elite men prepared for a hot and humid sprint distance course. Starting with a beach run into the water, the field battled the choppy ocean waters for the one-lap 750 metre swim. Exiting the waters first was USA’s William Huffman and Jumpei Furuya (JPN), but the gap was tight and the rest of the field followed in their pursuit. Heading out onto the bike, the first lap brought forth a breakaway between Furuya and Seth Rider (USA) and two larger chase packs in their wake. The first chase, which contained about 12 men including Kevin McDowell (USA), Matthew Sharpe (CAN), Perez, Saracho and Schwetz, remained around a half a minute down. Then once onto the run the men that were in the chase gunned it out of the transition zone and it wasn’t long before they had caught Furuya and Rider. It took less than one lap for Perez to show his abilities in the hot conditions as he surged towards the front and took the lead. He carried his lead into the finish line and collected his second Mexican...

Irving Perez collects home nation victory at Yucatan World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 13/08/2017 - 06:03
Returning to the world cup podium for the first time since 2015, Mexico’s Irving Perez became the first-ever Champion of the 2017 Yucatan ITU World Cup. His blazing performance on the run earned him the victory, which was celebrated with crowds cheering the word “Mexico” as the win came once again for Perez in front of a home crowd. “I am very happy for this victory. This is my second time that I win here in Mexico, the last time was in Huatulco and now in Yucatan where it is hot, but for me it is better. I am very happy with my team and with my coach, Perez said of his win. “I see this podium today and I worked very hard. The water was very one, two, three, fight and the bike was very technical and the running was very hard, but it was good for me.” Joining him on the podium was fellow Mexican compatriot Cesar Saracho who stepped onto the world cup podium for the first time with a silver. Saracho said, “It was in Mexico, my podium, so I am very happy for that. The weather was very hot, I am exhausted but I am very happy with my competition. It means a lot to get a podium in Mexico because this is my country and it is my first second place here and it’s in my country so I am very happy for that.” Germany’s Maximilian Schwetz earned the bronze in his first world cup race of the year and first podium since 2015. The race venue was held in the port city of Progreso, just outside of Merida, Mexico. With the sun shining and mid-summer lineup, the elite men prepared for a hot and humid sprint distance course. Starting with a beach run into the water, the field battled the choppy ocean waters for the one-lap 750 metre swim. Exiting the waters first was USA’s William Huffman and Jumpei Furuya (JPN), but the gap was tight and the rest of the field followed in their pursuit. Heading out onto the bike, the first lap brought forth a breakaway between Furuya and Seth Rider (USA) and two larger chase packs in their wake. The first chase, which contained about 12 men including Kevin McDowell (USA), Matthew Sharpe (CAN), Perez, and Schwetz, remained around a half a minute down. Then once onto the run the men that were in the chase gunned it out of the transition zone and it wasn’t long before they had caught Furuya and Rider. It took less than one lap for Perez to show his abilities in the hot conditions as he surged towards the front and took the lead. He carried his lead into the finish line and collected his second Mexican World...

Irving Perez collects home nation victory at Yucatan World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 13/08/2017 - 06:03
Returning to the world cup podium for the first time since 2015, Mexico’s Irving Perez became the first-ever Champion of the 2017 Yucatan ITU World Cup. His blazing performance on the run earned him the victory, which was celebrated with crowds cheering the word “Mexico” as the win came once again for Perez in front of a home crowd. “I am very happy for this victory. This is my second time that I win here in Mexico, the last time was in Huatulco and now in Yucatan where it is hot, but for me it is better. I am very happy with my team and with my coach, Perez said of his win. “I see this podium today and I worked very hard. The water was very one, two, three, fight and the bike was very technical and the running was very hard, but it was good for me.” Joining him on the podium was fellow Mexican compatriot Cesar Saracho who stepped onto the world cup podium for the first time with a silver. Saracho said, “It was in Mexico, my podium, so I am very happy for that. The weather was very hot, I am exhausted but I am very happy with my competition. It means a lot to get a podium in Mexico because this is my country and it is my first second place here and it’s in my country so I am very happy for that.” Germany’s Maximilian Schwetz earned the bronze in his first world cup race of the year and first podium since 2015. The race venue was held in the port city of Progreso, just outside of Merida, Mexico. With the sun shining and mid-summer lineup, the elite men prepared for a hot and humid sprint distance course. Starting with a beach run into the water, the field battled the choppy ocean waters for the one-lap 750 metre swim. Exiting the waters first was USA’s William Huffman and Jumpei Furuya (JPN), but the gap was tight and the rest of the field followed in their pursuit. Heading out onto the bike, the first lap brought forth a breakaway between Furuya and Seth Rider (USA) and two larger chase packs in their wake. The first chase, which contained about 12 men including Kevin McDowell (USA), Matthew Sharpe (CAN), Perez, and Schwetz, remained around a half a minute down. Then once onto the run the men that were in the chase gunned it out of the transition zone and it wasn’t long before they had caught Furuya and Rider. It took less than one lap for Perez to show his abilities in the hot conditions as he surged towards the front and took the lead. He carried his lead into the finish line and collected his second Mexican World...

ETU Alanya European Cup and ITU Alanya Paratriathlon World Cup cancelled

Triathlon News - Fri, 11/08/2017 - 12:57
Due to the lack of support from the Turkish National Federation, the ETU Alanya European Cup 2017 has been cancelled for this year. The ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, along with the ETU Junior European Cup, have been cancelled as well, as they were all going to be held in the same weekend. “Despite our best efforts to try to have all the events running this year, the lack of support from the Turkish National Federation makes it impossible at this point, even though the event has been really successful over the years”, said Renato Bertrandi, ETU President. As the Paratriathlon World Cup was running along the event, ITU was forced to cancel this event as well. “We are sorry for all the athletes who had planned this race on their calendars, we hope that Alanya can come back to the circuit in the next few years”, said ITU Sports Director, Gergely Markus. Both ETU and ITU have already communicated the cancellation to all athletes and National Federations, so they can change their race and travel plans. Both organizations sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this causes, and hope that the races can come back to the calendar in future years.  

ETU Alanya European Cup and ITU Alanya Paratriathlon World Cup cancelled

Triathlon News - Fri, 11/08/2017 - 12:57
Due to the lack of support from the Turkish National Federation, the ETU Alanya European Cup 2017 has been cancelled for this year. The ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, along with the ETU Junior European Cup, have been cancelled as well, as they were all going to be held in the same weekend. “Despite our best efforts to try to have all the events running this year, the lack of support from the Turkish National Federation makes it impossible at this point, even though the event has been really successful over the years”, said Renato Bertrandi, ETU President. As the Paratriathlon World Cup was running along the event, ITU was forced to cancel this event as well. “We are sorry for all the athletes who had planned this race on their calendars, we hope that Alanya can come back to the circuit in the next few years”, said ITU Sports Director, Gergely Markus. Both ETU and ITU have already communicated the cancellation to all athletes and National Federations, so they can change their race and travel plans. Both organizations sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this causes, and hope that the races can come back to the calendar in future years.  

Athletes to battle the heat in first-ever Yucatan World Cup

Triathlon News - Thu, 10/08/2017 - 18:17
The 2017 ITU World Cup season continues on as it hits the eighth stop on the tour as the 2017 Yucatan ITU World Cup debuts this Saturday. Offering up a fast sprint course, the athletes will battle the Mexican heat and ocean beachfront in order to be named the Yucatan Champions for the very first time. Women’s Preview The women’s field sees a large combination of nations spread across from North and South America, with the United States and Mexico making up the majority. USA’s Summer Cook will lead the women’s start list. While Cook has had some strong performances this year, such as finishing fourth in the World Triathlon Series race in Edmonton in July, she has yet to accomplish the feat of winning. Last year’s season, 2016, was a standout year for Cook. She won two World Cups, had two more podiums and even won a WTS event. However, she has yet to step back up on the podium this year, but Yucatan could be the race to change that this Saturday. Cook is accompanied by some other strong Americans that could be podium contenders: Chelsea Burns, Lindsay Jerdonek and Kaitlin Donner. Burns did not race last year, but she returned to the circuit in 2017 and earned the bronze medal at the Madrid World Cup. Jerdonek also has not been racing many events this season, in fact Yucatan will be her first world cup race this year. And then Donner also has been off the scene a little this season, but she has some world cup winning experience and has had some CAMTRI success this year she can bring into Yucatan. Canadian Dominika Jamnicky is an athlete that also has been doing well in CAMTRI events, but she has yet to make a world cup podium, this race could be the one to do it. Lisa Peterer (AUT) is high on the start list. She does really well racing in the heat and has typically excelled in the Mexican world cup races. Especially with the sprint distance, she could be a top threat on the course this Saturday. A strong local hopeful would be Claudia Rivas or Vanesa De La Torre. Rivas earned the bronze medal in the Mooloolaba World Cup, while De La Torre has collected quite a few CAMTRI medals, so she knows how to succeed with this type of atmosphere. Click here for the full women’s start list Men’s Preview Rising talent along with some seasoned veterans will toe the line together in the men’s race. Leading the field is USA’s Kevin McDowell. McDowell is a young elite who is looking to strengthen the men’s U.S team. He earned a world cup podium...

Athletes to battle the heat in first-ever Yucatan World Cup

Triathlon News - Thu, 10/08/2017 - 18:17
The 2017 ITU World Cup season continues on as it hits the eighth stop on the tour as the 2017 Yucatan ITU World Cup debuts this Saturday. Offering up a fast sprint course, the athletes will battle the Mexican heat and ocean beachfront in order to be named the Yucatan Champions for the very first time. Women’s Preview The women’s field sees a large combination of nations spread across from North and South America, with the United States and Mexico making up the majority. USA’s Summer Cook will lead the women’s start list. While Cook has had some strong performances this year, such as finishing fourth in the World Triathlon Series race in Edmonton in July, she has yet to accomplish the feat of winning. Last year’s season, 2016, was a standout year for Cook. She won two World Cups, had two more podiums and even won a WTS event. However, she has yet to step back up on the podium this year, but Yucatan could be the race to change that this Saturday. Cook is accompanied by some other strong Americans that could be podium contenders: Chelsea Burns, Lindsay Jerdonek and Kaitlin Donner. Burns did not race last year, but she returned to the circuit in 2017 and earned the bronze medal at the Madrid World Cup. Jerdonek also has not been racing many events this season, in fact Yucatan will be her first world cup race this year. And then Donner also has been off the scene a little this season, but she has some world cup winning experience and has had some CAMTRI success this year she can bring into Yucatan. Canadian Dominika Jamnicky is an athlete that also has been doing well in CAMTRI events, but she has yet to make a world cup podium, this race could be the one to do it. Lisa Peterer (AUT) is high on the start list. She does really well racing in the heat and has typically excelled in the Mexican world cup races. Especially with the sprint distance, she could be a top threat on the course this Saturday. A strong local hopeful would be Claudia Rivas or Vanesa De La Torre. Rivas earned the bronze medal in the Mooloolaba World Cup, while De La Torre has collected quite a few CAMTRI medals, so she knows how to succeed with this type of atmosphere. Click here for the full women’s start list Men’s Preview Rising talent along with some seasoned veterans will toe the line together in the men’s race. Leading the field is USA’s Kevin McDowell. McDowell is a young elite who is looking to strengthen the men’s U.S team. He earned a world cup podium...

Javi Gomez returns to top of podium with a strong win in WTS Montreal

Triathlon News - Sun, 06/08/2017 - 23:01
An impressive run gave Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya his 14th victory in the World Triathlon Series after claiming the title of the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Montreal. The Spaniard, five times world champion, showed that the Olympic distance is the perfect course for him as he sailed to the finish line to claim his second WTS win of the season. Accompanying Gomez on the podium was Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) and Richard Murray (RSA). Gomez said of his win, “Yeah after so many sprint races it was good to have a proper race. It was hard from the beginning, hard on the bike, hard on the run. I recovered well from last week, because I felt a bit sick from Edmonton, but it was a good race today. I am really pleased.” “This year was a bit weird, I was really fit for Yokohama and then even then I could not perform that day. Then I knew I was really fit for Edmonton and this one, but Edmonton again I got sick and I couldn’t do well. Today was my day and I am really happy with the whole race.” Also with the win, Gomez became the first-ever WTS Montreal Champion after the debut event premiered this weekend. The race started with 53 athletes diving in the pontoon of the Jacques-Cartier Basin, in the Old Port of Montreal, with a beautiful day, perfect for a non wetsuit swim. The best swimmer of the circuit, Richard Varga (SVK) took the lead from the very beginning, as he has done already in 31 WTS races in his career. But this time, following close behind were some other really strong swimmers, including Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), Ben Kanute (USA) and Aaron Royle (AUS). All of them finished the swim in a quite impressive 16.51. However, the two-lap swim caused a lot of the field to spread out, which surprisely put some of the strongest men on the field, such as Mario Mola (ESP) and Murray to lag in the back, they exited the waters 52 seconds behind. The advantage was enough for the leading small pack to start the bike course with confidence. The four athletes were joined in the first lap by Gomez, Blummenfelt and Seth Rider (USA). Rider, showcasing one of the most impressive performances of the day: on his first ever WTS race, and with only 20 years of age, Rider managed to keep up with the pace of the leading pack for the whole bike course. And it was indeed a really fast pace up the Montreal hills and passing trough the streets in the heart of the city, with the leading seven athletes taking turns to lead the charge and increasing the pack with the pursuers....

Javi Gomez returns to top of podium with a strong win in WTS Montreal

Triathlon News - Sun, 06/08/2017 - 23:01
An impressive run gave Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya his 14th victory in the World Triathlon Series after claiming the title of the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Montreal. The Spaniard, five times world champion, showed that the Olympic distance is the perfect course for him as he sailed to the finish line to claim his second WTS win of the season. Accompanying Gomez on the podium was Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) and Richard Murray (RSA). Gomez said of his win, “Yeah after so many sprint races it was good to have a proper race. It was hard from the beginning, hard on the bike, hard on the run. I recovered well from last week, because I felt a bit sick from Edmonton, but it was a good race today. I am really pleased.” “This year was a bit weird, I was really fit for Yokohama and then even then I could not perform that day. Then I knew I was really fit for Edmonton and this one, but Edmonton again I got sick and I couldn’t do well. Today was my day and I am really happy with the whole race.” Also with the win, Gomez became the first-ever WTS Montreal Champion after the debut event premiered this weekend. The race started with 53 athletes diving in the pontoon of the Jacques-Cartier Basin, in the Old Port of Montreal, with a beautiful day, perfect for a non wetsuit swim. The best swimmer of the circuit, Richard Varga (SVK) took the lead from the very beginning, as he has done already in 31 WTS races in his career. But this time, following close behind were some other really strong swimmers, including Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), Ben Kanute (USA) and Aaron Royle (AUS). All of them finished the swim in a quite impressive 16.51. However, the two-lap swim caused a lot of the field to spread out, which surprisely put some of the strongest men on the field, such as Mario Mola (ESP) and Murray to lag in the back, they exited the waters 52 seconds behind. The advantage was enough for the leading small pack to start the bike course with confidence. The four athletes were joined in the first lap by Gomez, Blummenfelt and Seth Rider (USA). Rider, showcasing one of the most impressive performances of the day: on his first ever WTS race, and with only 20 years of age, Rider managed to keep up with the pace of the leading pack for the whole bike course. And it was indeed a really fast pace up the Montreal hills and passing trough the streets in the heart of the city, with the leading seven athletes taking turns to lead the charge and increasing the pack with the pursuers....

Javi Gomez returns to top of podium with a strong win in WTS Montreal

Triathlon News - Sun, 06/08/2017 - 23:01
An impressive run gave Spaniard Javier Gomez Noya his 14th victory in the World Triathlon Series after claiming the title of the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Montreal. The Spaniard, five times world champion, showed that the Olympic distance is the perfect course for him as he sailed to the finish line to claim his second WTS win of the season. Accompanying Gomez on the podium was Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) and Richard Murray (RSA). Gomez said of his win, “Yeah after so many sprint races it was good to have a proper race. It was hard from the beginning, hard on the bike, hard on the run. I recovered well from last week, because I felt a bit sick from Edmonton, but it was a good race today. I am really pleased.” “This year was a bit weird, I was really fit for Yokohama and then even then I could not perform that day. Then I knew I was really fit for Edmonton and this one, but Edmonton again I got sick and I couldn’t do well. Today was my day and I am really happy with the whole race.” Also with the win, Gomez became the first-ever WTS Montreal Champion after the debut event premiered this weekend. The race started with 53 athletes diving in the pontoon of the Jacques-Cartier Basin, in the Old Port of Montreal, with a beautiful day, perfect for a non wetsuit swim. The best swimmer of the circuit, Richard Varga (SVK) took the lead from the very beginning, as he has done already in 31 WTS races in his career. But this time, following close behind were some other really strong swimmers, including Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), Ben Kanute (USA) and Aaron Royle (AUS). All of them finished the swim in a quite impressive 16.51. However, the two-lap swim caused a lot of the field to spread out, which surprisely put some of the strongest men on the field, such as Mario Mola (ESP) and Murray to lag in the back, they exited the waters 52 seconds behind. The advantage was enough for the leading small pack to start the bike course with confidence. The four athletes were joined in the first lap by Gomez, Blummenfelt and Seth Rider (USA). Rider, showcasing one of the most impressive performances of the day: on his first ever WTS race, and with only 20 years of age, Rider managed to keep up with the pace of the leading pack for the whole bike course. And it was indeed a really fast pace up the Montreal hills and passing trough the streets in the heart of the city, with the leading seven athletes taking turns to lead the charge and increasing the pack with the pursuers....

Ashleigh Gentle gets her first ever WTS win in Montreal

Triathlon News - Sat, 05/08/2017 - 22:33
Australian triathlete Ashleigh Gentle became today the first ever winner of the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Montreal, in a brand new circuit that has became the newest addition to the WTS. The win was not only a first for the host city, but was a first for Gentle as she captured her first ever WTS gold. Along with her on the podium were Flora Duffy (BER), still the Series leader, and Andrea Hewitt (NZL). The race started with a fantastic dive off the pontoon of the Jaques Cartier Basin in old town Montreal, with American Katie Zaferes leading since the very first strokes. Her lead carried on throughout the whole first leg as she was also the first out of the water for the second dive in, followed close by some other classic names when it comes to the swim, like Carolina Routier (ESP) and Emma Jeffcoat (AUS). After 1500m in the mild waters of the basic non-wetsuit swim, Zaferes managed to get a small gap of a couple seconds as she exited the waters, but was chased right after transition by a group of strong bikers. Those who managed to get ahead in the swim grouped together in the first lap. Tallying thirteen athletes, the leading group imposed a frantic rhythm and increased the difference with the chasers on each of the nine laps at the brand new course. Montreal was indeed one of the hardest races of the season and with athletes coming straight from a sprint distance race last week, and another sprint in Hamburg a month ago, Montreal was planned as an Olympic distance, with a hilly and hard circuit, and nine laps to complete 41.5km. During the 41.5km, the leading pack gave relays and turned up in front, trying to save some energy for the run. With all the big names in the group, including Duffy, Zaferes, Hewitt, Kirsten Kasper (USA), Taylor Knibb (USA) or Joanna Brown (CAN), among others. When it came to the run, Gentle pushed hard since the first meters, being the fastest of the field this season in the Olympic distance, to leave all of the other athletes behind. Gentle got a lead of nine seconds in the first lap, with only Duffy, Hewitt and Kasper keeping up with the frantic speed on the Montreal streets. With every pacing lap that lead only grew and eventually as she hit the bell it was enough to allow her to cross the finish line, stopping the clock on 1:59:04, to become the 20th female athlete to ever win a WTS race, and the fourth Australian, after Emma Moffatt, Erin Densham and Emma Snowsill. Second to the finish line was Duffy, 23 seconds...

Ashleigh Gentle gets her first ever WTS win in Montreal

Triathlon News - Sat, 05/08/2017 - 22:33
Australian triathlete Ashleigh Gentle became today the first ever winner of the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Montreal, in a brand new circuit that has became the newest addition to the WTS. The win was not only a first for the host city, but was a first for Gentle as she captured her first ever WTS gold. Along with her on the podium were Flora Duffy (BER), still the Series leader, and Andrea Hewitt (NZL). The race started with a fantastic dive off the pontoon of the Jaques Cartier Basin in old town Montreal, with American Katie Zaferes leading since the very first strokes. Her lead carried on throughout the whole first leg as she was also the first out of the water for the second dive in, followed close by some other classic names when it comes to the swim, like Carolina Routier (ESP) and Emma Jeffcoat (AUS). After 1500m in the mild waters of the basic non-wetsuit swim, Zaferes managed to get a small gap of a couple seconds as she exited the waters, but was chased right after transition by a group of strong bikers. Those who managed to get ahead in the swim grouped together in the first lap. Tallying thirteen athletes, the leading group imposed a frantic rhythm and increased the difference with the chasers on each of the nine laps at the brand new course. Montreal was indeed one of the hardest races of the season and with athletes coming straight from a sprint distance race last week, and another sprint in Hamburg a month ago, Montreal was planned as an Olympic distance, with a hilly and hard circuit, and nine laps to complete 41.5km. During the 41.5km, the leading pack gave relays and turned up in front, trying to save some energy for the run. With all the big names in the group, including Duffy, Zaferes, Hewitt, Kirsten Kasper (USA), Taylor Knibb (USA) or Joanna Brown (CAN), among others. When it came to the run, Gentle pushed hard since the first meters, being the fastest of the field this season in the Olympic distance, to leave all of the other athletes behind. Gentle got a lead of nine seconds in the first lap, with only Duffy, Hewitt and Kasper keeping up with the frantic speed on the Montreal streets. With every pacing lap that lead only grew and eventually as she hit the bell it was enough to allow her to cross the finish line, stopping the clock on 1:59:04, to become the 20th female athlete to ever win a WTS race, and the fourth Australian, after Emma Moffatt, Erin Densham and Emma Snowsill. Second to the finish line was Duffy, 23 seconds...

Ashleigh Gentle gets her first ever WTS win in Montreal

Triathlon News - Sat, 05/08/2017 - 22:33
Australian triathlete Ashleigh Gentle became today the first ever winner of the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Montreal, in a brand new circuit that has became the newest addition to the WTS. The win was not only a first for the host city, but was a first for Gentle as she captured her first ever WTS gold. Along with her on the podium were Flora Duffy (BER), still the Series leader, and Andrea Hewitt (NZL). The race started with a fantastic dive off the pontoon of the Jaques Cartier Basin in old town Montreal, with American Katie Zaferes leading since the very first strokes. Her lead carried on throughout the whole first leg as she was also the first out of the water for the second dive in, followed close by some other classic names when it comes to the swim, like Carolina Routier (ESP) and Emma Jeffcoat (AUS). After 1500m in the mild waters of the basic non-wetsuit swim, Zaferes managed to get a small gap of a couple seconds as she exited the waters, but was chased right after transition by a group of strong bikers. Those who managed to get ahead in the swim grouped together in the first lap. Tallying thirteen athletes, the leading group imposed a frantic rhythm and increased the difference with the chasers on each of the nine laps at the brand new course. Montreal was indeed one of the hardest races of the season and with athletes coming straight from a sprint distance race last week, and another sprint in Hamburg a month ago, Montreal was planned as an Olympic distance, with a hilly and hard circuit, and nine laps to complete 41.5km. During the 41.5km, the leading pack gave relays and turned up in front, trying to save some energy for the run. With all the big names in the group, including Duffy, Zaferes, Hewitt, Kirsten Kasper (USA), Taylor Knibb (USA) or Joanna Brown (CAN), among others. When it came to the run, Gentle pushed hard since the first meters, being the fastest of the field this season in the Olympic distance, to leave all of the other athletes behind. Gentle got a lead of nine seconds in the first lap, with only Duffy, Hewitt and Kasper keeping up with the frantic speed on the Montreal streets. With every pacing lap that lead only grew and eventually as she hit the bell it was enough to allow her to cross the finish line, stopping the clock on 1:59:04, to become the 20th female athlete to ever win a WTS race, and the fourth Australian, after Emma Moffatt, Erin Densham and Emma Snowsill. Second to the finish line was Duffy, 23 seconds...

Women’s Committee: Case study #1 – Driving Female Participation in Triathlon

Triathlon News - Fri, 04/08/2017 - 16:40
The ITU Women’s Committee is launching a series of articles to promote the stories of #WomeninTri. Here is the first one of the series: USA Triathlon WIN: Women’s Initiative 2017 The USA Triathlon WIN: Women’s Initiative is a series of 18 events across the country designed to drive participation by women who are new to multisport. The 2017 events are organized by 11 race directors, each of whom submitted proposals and were chosen by a selection committee from a pool of candidates. The calendar includes a combination of women’s-only triathlons and duathlons, women’s-only waves within existing races, instructional clinics and social gatherings. Each event selected for the WIN program offers some form of training or instructional session in addition to a celebratory post-event social activity. The goal is to provide low-cost, community-driven events to expose, and continue to involve, female participants of all ages in the multisport lifestyle. The WIN program builds upon USA Triathlon’s long tradition of promoting women in multisport, including the formation of a Women’s Committee in 2010 and attaining triathlon’s status as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women. It is part of a larger strategic initiative at USA Triathlon to grow the number of female triathletes in the United States. Currently women make up 38 percent of USA Triathlon’s total annual membership base. Youth participants are more evenly split, with girls making up just under half of USA Triathlon’s youth members at 46 percent. WIN Program race directors receive a stipend, promotional support on USA Triathlon’s social media channels, and WIN-branded event materials including a banner and finisher medals. Click here for the full listing of 2017 WIN Program events.

Chit chat from the #WTSMontreal Press Conference

Triathlon News - Thu, 03/08/2017 - 20:58
The elites are going to be racing on a brand new WTS course this weekend as Montreal hosts the event for the very first time. But before the first start gun goes off on Saturday, some of the athletes, including Mario Mola (ESP), Kirsten Kasper (USA), Alexis LePage (CAN) and Andrea Hewitt (NZL) sat down with some of the local media to chat about the upcoming action. Mario Mola What are the preparations you have before a standard distance race? “We train all year long in order to prepare for any race. Obviously throughout the year there is a mix of sprint distance races with Olympic distance races, but at the end of the day it is quite a long effort anyway so we don’t do anything specifically for one of the other. We just try to prepare mentally for it. It is definitely going to be a tough race, but yeah I am very excited to be here in Montreal, it is the first time that I am here, so I am just taking time, go easy the first couple of days and then get ready for the show.” What do you owe the success of the Spanish team this year? “I don’t know, I don’t think there is just one reason, there are always different things that end up making a generation. If I have to say one reason, the one that always comes to my head and I have mentioned it before, but we have been lucky to have athletes in the past and even to now, such as Javier Gomez. We are able to spend time with and see how he does things. We just believe that we do things well and we are working hard, so if there is something that Javi has done it is unbelieveable and hard and complicated but that is what we are dealing with right now. We know that things are going to be hard and it is not going to be easy of course, but we will work hard. We have to be in front and we have to fight to be on the podium. In every single race we end up in the place that we deserve.” Do you think you’ll be able to put up a fast run on the Montreal course? “I don’t know! It is a big jump from a 5km to a 10km. When you start a 5km run you have done before about 40 minutes of effort. Whereas here when you start the run you have already about 1 hour 20 minutes of effort on your legs and your body, so you are not as fresh. But I feel confident that I am at the moment in good shape, I will try to do my best. I unfortunately have not had the opportunity to check the course yet but I am excited about the race here and I will try to do my best. And at the end like I always say, the time is always a small...

Chit chat from the #WTSMontreal Press Conference

Triathlon News - Thu, 03/08/2017 - 20:58
The elites are going to be racing on a brand new WTS course this weekend as Montreal hosts the event for the very first time. But before the first start gun goes off on Saturday, some of the athletes, including Mario Mola (ESP), Kirsten Kasper (USA), Alexis LePage (CAN) and Andrea Hewitt (NZL) say down with some of the local media to chat about the upcoming action. Mario Mola What are the preparations you have before a standard distance race? “We train all year long in order to prepare for any race. Obviously throughout the year there is a mix of sprint distance races with Olympic distance races, but at the end of the day it is quite a long effort anyway so we don’t do anything specifically for one of the other. We just try to prepare mentally for it. It is definitely going to be a tough race, but yeah I am very excited to be here in Montreal, it is the first time that I am here, so I am just taking time, go easy the first couple of days and then get ready for the show.” What do you owe the success of the Spanish team this year? “I don’t know, I don’t think there is just one reason, there are always different things that end up making a generation. If I have to say one reason, the one that always comes to my head and I have mentioned it before, but we have been lucky to have athletes in the past and even to now, such as Javier Gomez. We are able to spend time with and see how he does things. We just believe that we do things well and we are working hard, so if there is something that Javi has done it is unbelieveable and hard and complicated but that is what we are dealing with right now. We know that things are going to be hard and it is not going to be easy of course, but we will work hard. We have to be in front and we have to fight to be on the podium. In every single race we end up in the place that we deserve.” Do you think you’ll be able to put up a fast run on the Montreal course? “I don’t know! It is a big jump from a 5km to a 10km. When you start a 5km run you have done before about 40 minutes of effort. Whereas here when you start the run you have already about 1 hour 20 minutes of effort on your legs and your body, so you are not as fresh. But I feel confident that I am at the moment in good shape, I will try to do my best. I unfortunately have not had the opportunity to check the course yet but I am excited about the race here and I will try to do my best. And at the end like I always say, the time is always a small...

Chit chat from the #WTSMontreal Press Conference

Triathlon News - Thu, 03/08/2017 - 20:58
The elites are going to be racing on a brand new WTS course this weekend as Montreal hosts the event for the very first time. But before the first start gun goes off on Saturday, some of the athletes, including Mario Mola (ESP), Kirsten Kasper (USA), Alexis LePage (CAN) and Andrea Hewitt (NZL) sat down with some of the local media to chat about the upcoming action. Mario Mola What are the preparations you have before a standard distance race? “We train all year long in order to prepare for any race. Obviously throughout the year there is a mix of sprint distance races with Olympic distance races, but at the end of the day it is quite a long effort anyway so we don’t do anything specifically for one of the other. We just try to prepare mentally for it. It is definitely going to be a tough race, but yeah I am very excited to be here in Montreal, it is the first time that I am here, so I am just taking time, go easy the first couple of days and then get ready for the show.” What do you owe the success of the Spanish team this year? “I don’t know, I don’t think there is just one reason, there are always different things that end up making a generation. If I have to say one reason, the one that always comes to my head and I have mentioned it before, but we have been lucky to have athletes in the past and even to now, such as Javier Gomez. We are able to spend time with and see how he does things. We just believe that we do things well and we are working hard, so if there is something that Javi has done it is unbelieveable and hard and complicated but that is what we are dealing with right now. We know that things are going to be hard and it is not going to be easy of course, but we will work hard. We have to be in front and we have to fight to be on the podium. In every single race we end up in the place that we deserve.” Do you think you’ll be able to put up a fast run on the Montreal course? “I don’t know! It is a big jump from a 5km to a 10km. When you start a 5km run you have done before about 40 minutes of effort. Whereas here when you start the run you have already about 1 hour 20 minutes of effort on your legs and your body, so you are not as fresh. But I feel confident that I am at the moment in good shape, I will try to do my best. I unfortunately have not had the opportunity to check the course yet but I am excited about the race here and I will try to do my best. And at the end like I always say, the time is always a small...

ITU confirms the partnership with American Triathlon Confederation

Triathlon News - Thu, 03/08/2017 - 11:37
ITU is pleased to announce it has signed the Development Grant contract for 2017 with the American Triathlon Confederation (CAMTRI). The budget will be invested in strategic development goals including athlete and coach development as well as technical and event development as well as increasing the participation of women in the sport. “CAMTRI’s plan will provide a positive contribution to the sport through a variety of initiatives and it’s great to give them the support to keep on developing our fantastic sport,” said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “The plan is heavily focused on developing talent in athletes and coaches alike, which shows how connected CAMTRI President Liber Garcia is with the development necessities in Americas areas.” Garcia said, “The signing of the Development Grant contract is an enormous step forward for us as we seek to build the sport of Triathlon in Americas. We have worked very hard in the development of triathlon and this has been recognised by the ITU as they assist us on our sporting journey. Our plan is focused on creating talent in athletes and coaches as well as highlighting gender balance and supporting women in sport. I would like to once again extend my deepest gratitude to ITU for the continued support and faith in our work and I look forward to seeing our new athletes race in 2018.” With the funds provided bi ITU, CAMTRI will organise Level 1 and 2 Technical Official Seminars in different countries of America, as well as e-learning coaching programmes in Mexico, Bolivia and Trinidad and Tobago. CAMTRI will also put in place Youth, Junior and U23 development camps to identify the young talents of the future.  

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