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First ITU Event Organisers Conference Begins this Weekend

Triathlon News - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 06:05
The International Triathlon Union’s first-ever ITU Event Organisers Conference is set to begin this weekend. Scheduled for this Friday, February 24th-26th, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary at the Novotel Hotel, the weekend-long conference is themed “Triathlon events for the next generation of athletes”, and is aimed at any endurance, triathlon and multisport organizing committee looking to enhance their event. The program will include a series of keynote presentations, workshops and breakout sessions concentrated on the development and advancement of triathlon and multisport races. It includes sessions on event marketing, sustainability, improving athlete experience, race planning and more. ITU has secured an impressive lineup of speakers including Tour de France organizer A.S.O., IRONMAN Head of Cycling & Short Course Triathlon Operations Oliver Schiek, General Manager of the grueling Norseman race Dag Oliver, and ITU Chair of Medical & Anti-doping Committee Dr. Sergio Migliorini. Exhibition space was also offered alongside the conference, offering brands the opportunity to expose their product to the world of triathlon event organizers, as well as three days to network with potential clients. The conference, which will be organised in conjunction with the Hungarian Triathlon Federation, will take place over the course of three days. For more on speakers and information, visit http://eventsconference.triathlon.org/.

Malaysia hosts the first Talent Identification Camp of the season

Triathlon News - Mon, 20/02/2017 - 15:49
A total of 50 young triathletes and coaches from 11 emerging countries in Asia joined the ASTC Talent Identification camp and experienced diverse training sessions and tests under the guidance of Peter Clifford, ITU facilitator, and Robert Hervey, ITU Development Coach, at the University Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Malaysia. At the beginning of a new Olympic cycle, the ITU and ASTC are on the lookout for young athletes who have potentials to be future Olympians. ASTC Member National Federations were asked to send their young athletes with potential to the camp. After one week, under the watchful eye of the Team ASTC Head coach and ITU Sport Department staff, some of the athletes will be selected to be Team ASTC members and ASTC emerging athletes. For selected athletes and their coaches, ITU will provide diverse support such as scholarships, equipment support, and mentoring in an attempt to qualify for 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games and future Olympic Games. “Looking ahead to the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games, Asian Games, and future Olympic Games, the aim is to enhance the performance of selected athletes to reaching international level within 5 to 10 years,” explains ITU/ASTC Sport Development Coordinator Ki Wookyong. Clifford and Hervey are looking not only at the athlete’s current performance through the specific testing, but at their potential to improve their mental and physical strength. The young athletes trained on the track and road, in the swimming pool and gym, while accompanying coaches took theory sessions focusing on technical issues, tactics and talent identification. Coach Fabian William from Singapore noted that the camp was a massive success as all the athletes and coaches bonded really well and went on to learn from each other and share ideas and exchange information. By the end of the camp there was so much mutual respect for each other that they were working and racing as one unit, something that will benefit them when they meet in international circuits in the near future. Coaches also networked well, and have begun to discuss on possible joint training collaborations. Some of the athletes from emerging countries could not train consistently before coming to the camp because of cold weather or social environment in their countries. To look at athletes’ potential, Peter made 3 groups based on participants’ age and current performance level. It required accompanying coaches’ cooperation and many discussion...

Malaysia hosts the first Talent Identification Camp of the season

Triathlon News - Mon, 20/02/2017 - 15:49
A total of 50 young triathletes and coaches from 11 emerging countries in Asia joined the ASTC Talent Identification camp and experienced diverse training sessions and tests under the guidance of Peter Clifford, ITU facilitator, and Robert Hervey, ITU Development Coach, at the University Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Malaysia. At the beginning of a new Olympic cycle, the ITU and ASTC are on the lookout for young athletes who have potentials to be future Olympians. ASTC Member National Federations were asked to send their young athletes with potential to the camp. After one week, under the watchful eye of the Team ASTC Head coach and ITU Sport Department staff, some of the athletes will be selected to be Team ASTC members and ASTC emerging athletes. For selected athletes and their coaches, ITU will provide diverse support such as scholarships, equipment support, and mentoring in an attempt to qualify for 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games and future Olympic Games. “Looking ahead to the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games, Asian Games, and future Olympic Games, the aim is to enhance the performance of selected athletes to reaching international level within 5 to 10 years,” explains ITU/ASTC Sport Development Coordinator Ki Wookyong. Clifford and Hervey are looking not only at the athlete’s current performance through the specific testing, but at their potential to improve their mental and physical strength. The young athletes trained on the track and road, in the swimming pool and gym, while accompanying coaches took theory sessions focusing on technical issues, tactics and talent identification. Coach Fabian William from Singapore noted that the camp was a massive success as all the athletes and coaches bonded really well and went on to learn from each other and share ideas and exchange information. By the end of the camp there was so much mutual respect for each other that they were working and racing as one unit, something that will benefit them when they meet in international circuits in the near future. Coaches also networked well, and have begun to discuss on possible joint training collaborations. Some of the athletes from emerging countries could not train consistently before coming to the camp because of cold weather or social environment in their countries. To look at athletes’ potential, Peter made 3 groups based on participants’ age and current performance level. It required accompanying coaches’ cooperation and many discussion...

Six-Month Countdown to Penticton Begins!

Triathlon News - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 17:33
With the countdown to the inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival just six months away, the local organizing committee and ITU are working hard to ensure an incredible experience for athletes! Penticton 2017 promises to be an amazing and memorable ten day festival. Qualifying races around the globe are almost complete. Only a few countries have races remaining that will send athletes to Penticton 2017. Most of the races in spring time will begin to qualify athletes for Odense, Denmark 2018! If you need assistance regarding your qualification, please contact your National Federation for more information.  If you didn’t qualify for one of the six World Championship races but are interested in competing, register as an open wave athlete! These athletes will compete on the same courses as the Championships in the final wave of the event. You can register to race any of the six so long as space remains. 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 piece of swag and bragging rights for life. More on the Multisport Legend program can be found here. Social media badges are available for download and sharing! Share to your blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Penticton2017 when sharing your training and racing stories. Our host Hotel Penticton Lakeside Resort and Casino has released a block of rooms for Penticton 2017. If you’re still looking for space, contact them via phone to make a reservation for August. +1 250 493 8221 Follow along on social media with @ITUMultisport on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use #Penticton2017

Six-Month Countdown to Penticton Begins!

Triathlon News - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 17:33
With the countdown to the inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival just six months away, the local organizing committee and ITU are working hard to ensure an incredible experience for athletes! Penticton 2017 promises to be an amazing and memorable ten day festival. Qualifying races around the globe are almost complete. Only a few countries have races remaining that will send athletes to Penticton 2017. Most of the races in spring time will begin to qualify athletes for Odense, Denmark 2018! If you need assistance regarding your qualification, please contact your National Federation for more information.  If you didn’t qualify for one of the six World Championship races but are interested in competing, register as an open wave athlete! These athletes will compete on the same courses as the Championships in the final wave of the event. You can register to race any of the six so long as space remains. 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 piece of swag and bragging rights for life. More on the Multisport Legend program can be found here. Social media badges are available for download and sharing! Share to your blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Penticton2017 when sharing your training and racing stories. Our host Hotel Penticton Lakeside Resort and Casino has released a block of rooms for Penticton 2017. If you’re still looking for space, contact them via phone to make a reservation for August. +1 250 493 8221 Follow along on social media with @ITUMultisport on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use #Penticton2017

Workout Wednesday with RJ Ross

Triathlon News - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 18:22
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 RJ Ross, a firefighter from Canada who earned the silver medal in Cozumel. While he competed in the age group World Championships in 2004 in Madeira, in Cozumel he earned his way on his first podium, and to think that his triathlon career all started with a suggestion from his school librarian. Name: RJ Ross Country: CAN Age Group: Male 35-39 Standard Distance Profession: Firefighter How you got involved in triathlon? My public school librarian Jayne Sanford suggested I give it a shot. Yeah, she suckered me in and I took the bait so it’s really all her fault. Lol. How often you train? Depending on the time of year it varies. Off season typically 4-8 hours a week. Base building 10-18 hours a week. Race season 12-14 hours a week. Best training advice? Listen to your body and when in doubt rest.    What motivates you to race? What motivates me to race?  To see the result after knowing you’ve worked as hard and as smart as you can to achieve a goal. That and the sport has some good looking women! Lol Favourite workout: It’s actually a simulated race to some degree. I warm up with a 15 min spin on the computrainer (180-200 watts 95-100 rpm) which I set up under the gazebo at the Port Elgin beach followed by a 10 min easy jog.  Then into the water for a 5 min easy swim.  Main set Starts with a 500 m threshold swim then right onto the bike for 15-20 min big gear work (60-65rpm 260-280 watts) and finishing with a 2.5 km run trying to hold 3:20 km pace.  5 min recovery and repeat it 2 more times.  Warm down 10 min swim or bike dead easy.

Workout Wednesday with RJ Ross

Triathlon News - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 18:22
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 RJ Ross, a firefighter from Canada who earned the silver medal in Cozumel. While he competed in the age group World Championships in 2004 in Madeira, in Cozumel he earned his way on his first podium, and to think that his triathlon career all started with a suggestion from his school librarian. Name: RJ Ross Country: CAN Age Group: Male 35-39 Standard Distance Profession: Firefighter How you got involved in triathlon? My public school librarian Jayne Sanford suggested I give it a shot. Yeah, she suckered me in and I took the bait so it’s really all her fault. Lol. How often you train? Depending on the time of year it varies. Off season typically 4-8 hours a week. Base building 10-18 hours a week. Race season 12-14 hours a week. Best training advice? Listen to your body and when in doubt rest.    What motivates you to race? What motivates me to race?  To see the result after knowing you’ve worked as hard and as smart as you can to achieve a goal. That and the sport has some good looking women! Lol Favourite workout: It’s actually a simulated race to some degree. I warm up with a 15 min spin on the computrainer (180-200 watts 95-100 rpm) which I set up under the gazebo at the Port Elgin beach followed by a 10 min easy jog.  Then into the water for a 5 min easy swim.  Main set Starts with a 500 m threshold swim then right onto the bike for 15-20 min big gear work (60-65rpm 260-280 watts) and finishing with a 2.5 km run trying to hold 3:20 km pace.  5 min recovery and repeat it 2 more times.  Warm down 10 min swim or bike dead easy.

Our Triathlon Love Story…

Triathlon News - Tue, 14/02/2017 - 15:33
Roses are red, violets are blue. Swimming, biking and running is what led me to you. Triathlon is a sport that takes time, effort and a lot of dedication, so how special is it when your love for the sport introduces you to the love of your life? In honour of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share with you some real-life triathlon love stories from people around the world, including two elite couples! Happy Valentine’s Day! Non Stanford (GBR) & Aaron Royle (AUS) “We both won World U23’s at Auckland 2012, but it wasn’t until the end of the 2013 season that we met, at a French Grand Prix race in Nice. We’ve been great friends ever since, always catching up at various races around the world over coffee or dinner. It wasn’t until 2016 though that he plucked up the courage to make me his girlfriend. There’s some disagreement over our “first date” but we’re pretty lucky that triathlon takes us to some amazing dating locations, and allows us to travel and experience the world together.” Tommy Zaferes (USA) & Katie Zaferes (USA) “I met Katie at a World Cup in Tiszaújváros, Hungry. I wasn’t planning on going to the after party, but my roommate (Joe Maloy) convinced me it was a party I couldn’t miss. I ended up going and found myself hanging out with Katie. We started to talk, talked all night and never stopped. We started dating a month later, got engaged after a year, and got married three months after we got engaged! We have currently been married for a little over two years now and train and travel together full time. The longest we have been apart in the last two years is seven days, and we just finished filming our episode of the TV show Tiny House Nation. We plan on living in the 370sq ft house throughout the next Olympic cycle. True Love ” Lucie O’Malley (GBR) *Instagram* “My now husband proposed to me on the finish line of my first Olympic distance triathlon back in 2012. It was a cold, grey rainy June day and the race was a bit of a slog but I was really pleased to have beaten my predicted time by over 10 minutes. I had just turned around to get a much needed drink, turned back and saw him on one knee holding up a beautiful diamond and sapphire ring! The race commentator noticed what had happened and announced it over the microphone so everything be near by clapped and cheered for us. We have been happily married for 2 and a half years and now have a beautiful baby daughter. Valentines Day marks 11 years together so it is a very...

Our Triathlon Love Story…

Triathlon News - Tue, 14/02/2017 - 15:33
Roses are red, violets are blue. Swimming, biking and running is what led me to you. Triathlon is a sport that takes time, effort and a lot of dedication, so how special is it when your love for the sport introduces you to the love of your life? In honour of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share with you some real-life triathlon love stories from people around the world, including two elite couples! Happy Valentine’s Day! Non Stanford (GBR) & Aaron Royle (AUS) “We both won World U23’s at Auckland 2012, but it wasn’t until the end of the 2013 season that we met, at a French Grand Prix race in Nice. We’ve been great friends ever since, always catching up at various races around the world over coffee or dinner. It wasn’t until 2016 though that he plucked up the courage to make me his girlfriend. There’s some disagreement over our “first date” but we’re pretty lucky that triathlon takes us to some amazing dating locations, and allows us to travel and experience the world together.” Tommy Zaferes (USA) & Katie Zaferes (USA) “I met Katie at a World Cup in Tiszaújváros, Hungry. I wasn’t planning on going to the after party, but my roommate (Joe Maloy) convinced me it was a party I couldn’t miss. I ended up going and found myself hanging out with Katie. We started to talk, talked all night and never stopped. We started dating a month later, got engaged after a year, and got married three months after we got engaged! We have currently been married for a little over two years now and train and travel together full time. The longest we have been apart in the last two years is seven days, and we just finished filming our episode of the TV show Tiny House Nation. We plan on living in the 370sq ft house throughout the next Olympic cycle. True Love ” Lucie O’Malley (GBR) *Instagram* “My now husband proposed to me on the finish line of my first Olympic distance triathlon back in 2012. It was a cold, grey rainy June day and the race was a bit of a slog but I was really pleased to have beaten my predicted time by over 10 minutes. I had just turned around to get a much needed drink, turned back and saw him on one knee holding up a beautiful diamond and sapphire ring! The race commentator noticed what had happened and announced it over the microphone so everything be near by clapped and cheered for us. We have been happily married for 2 and a half years and now have a beautiful baby daughter. Valentines Day marks 11 years together so it is a very...

ITU announces Committee Members & Athlete’s Agreement

Triathlon News - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 08:04
The ITU Executive Board recently confirmed candidates for vacant seats within ITU Committees. In accordance with ITU’s Constitution, Committees must be made up of at least one member of the opposite gender. With several female candidates interested in the Committees, the ITU Executive Board voted to allow two members of the opposite gender to participate on Committees, while only one will have voting privileges. The newly appointed members will serve on the Committees until the next ITU Congress at which point the positions will be open for re-election. Women’s committee Leroy Cooke (JAM) Bernard Hanratty (IRL) Multisport Committee Nezha Bidouane (MAR) Melody Tan (MAS)  Medical & Antidoping Committee Angela Pedro (POR) Dr. Jaquelin Ofelia Rives Santi (CUB) Coaches’ Committee Claudia Beristain (MEX) Kate Roberts (RSA) The full list of Committee Members can be found here. In addition to voting on Committee Members, the ITU Executive Board approved the Athlete’s Agreement, which can be found here. Various changes were made to the agreement, with input from National Federations and the Athletes’ Committee to reflect benefits for athletes. Following a proposal to update Rankings to Paratriathlon and Multisport events, the Board accepted the proposal. For Paratriathlon races, points from events held prior to January 1st, 2017 will be calculated according to the 2016 version of the ITU Paratriathlon Points Lists Criteria, with athletes scoring based on the class in which they competed at the time of the event with exception for athletes now competing in the PTS4 class. For those athletes who originally competed in the PT4 class and are now in the PTS4 class, the points earned at those events held prior to January 1st , 2017 will be multiplied by 1.5. Please see table 2.3 in the ITU Paratriathlon Points List Criteria for a full breakdown of points applicable January 1st, 2017 and onward. At ITU Multisport events in the discplines of Duathlon, Long Distance Triathlon and Winter Triathlon, points from events held prior to January 1st , 2017 will be calculated according to the 2016 version of the ITU Duathlon Points List Criteria, and the points earned at those events will be divided by 2. Please see table 2.2 in the ITU Multisport World Championships Points Lists Criteria for a full breakdown of points applicable January 1st, 2017 and onward.

ITU announces Committee Members & Athlete’s Agreement

Triathlon News - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 08:04
The ITU Executive Board recently confirmed candidates for vacant seats within ITU Committees. In accordance with ITU’s Constitution, Committees must be made up of at least one member of the opposite gender. With several female candidates interested in the Committees, the ITU Executive Board voted to allow two members of the opposite gender to participate on Committees, while only one will have voting privileges. The newly appointed members will serve on the Committees until the next ITU Congress at which point the positions will be open for re-election. Women’s committee Leroy Cooke (JAM) Bernard Hanratty (IRL) Multisport Committee Nezha Bidouane (MAR) Melody Tan (MAS)  Medical & Antidoping Committee Angela Pedro (POR) Dr. Jaquelin Ofelia Rives Santi (CUB) Coaches’ Committee Claudia Beristain (MEX) Kate Roberts (RSA) The full list of Committee Members can be found here. In addition to voting on Committee Members, the ITU Executive Board approved the Athlete’s Agreement, which can be found here. Various changes were made to the agreement, with input from National Federations and the Athletes’ Committee to reflect benefits for athletes. Following a proposal to update Rankings to Paratriathlon and Multisport events, the Board accepted the proposal. For Paratriathlon races, points from events held prior to January 1st, 2017 will be calculated according to the 2016 version of the ITU Paratriathlon Points Lists Criteria, with athletes scoring based on the class in which they competed at the time of the event with exception for athletes now competing in the PTS4 class. For those athletes who originally competed in the PT4 class and are now in the PTS4 class, the points earned at those events held prior to January 1st , 2017 will be multiplied by 1.5. Please see table 2.3 in the ITU Paratriathlon Points List Criteria for a full breakdown of points applicable January 1st, 2017 and onward. At ITU Multisport events in the discplines of Duathlon, Long Distance Triathlon and Winter Triathlon, points from events held prior to January 1st , 2017 will be calculated according to the 2016 version of the ITU Duathlon Points List Criteria, and the points earned at those events will be divided by 2. Please see table 2.2 in the ITU Multisport World Championships Points Lists Criteria for a full breakdown of points applicable January 1st, 2017 and onward.

Murray and Hall claim the first victories of the World Cup season

Triathlon News - Sat, 11/02/2017 - 18:40
A first ever for the sport of triathlon in South Africa; that is what happened – in a nutshell – on Saturday when Richard Murray, Henri Schoeman and Wian Süllwald took the top three spots at the Cape Town Triathlon ITU World Cup. On the women’s side, Great Britain’s Lucy Hall won her first ever ITU World Cup race on an amazing sprint finish against her training partner Jessica Learmonth. Men’s review It was the opening race of the 2017 ITU World Cup season and it could not have got better for the locals. Murray won in 51 minutes and 33 seconds followed by Schoeman on his heels 8 seconds later and Sullwald in 51.56. Murray has declared that he has always wanted to win on home soil in Cape Town since the city hosted its first WTS in 2014. On Saturday he got his chance on the World Cup platform, but Murray made it very tense for himself and the fans. He got a time penalty for dropping his helmet outside the box in transition two. It was a big leading group coming out of the swim and it stayed that way on the bike leg. Running out of transition 2 Murray took the lead and Schoeman pushed hard to follow. Murray gave his all to build a lead on the run having that penalty in mind. “Third time’s a charm they say! Finally got it today. When I heard about that penalty though… I thought it was a 15 second penalty and I knew the gap to Henri was not that big, so I was pressed. That was the hardest I pushed myself in the first race of the season ever! So happy though to finally get the win in Cape Town,” said a very happy, very relieved Murray. “I’m happy with my race. The form is good. I made that one mistake going out on the run when I pushed too hard to follow Richard. I went in the red a bit too early so I could not push harder at the end when Richard served his penalty. I thought I might have a chance, but my legs were feeling like lead at that stage,” said Schoeman. All three athletes mentioned the impact of an all South African podium. “It is a fantastic day for us. I am happy we could have done it for our country and sport,” said Schoeman. Murray added: “It could not have been a better day out in Cape Town. I very happy for Wian seeing that he is coming back after being injured. I hope this will help grow the sport even more.” Women’s review It was the first race of the new season and nobody was sure what to expect. Hall won the sprint race in 59 minutes and 34 seconds. Learmonth was second in 59.35 and Japan’s Ai...

Murray and Hall claim the first victories of the World Cup season

Triathlon News - Sat, 11/02/2017 - 18:40
A first ever for the sport of triathlon in South Africa; that is what happened – in a nutshell – on Saturday when Richard Murray, Henri Schoeman and Wian Süllwald took the top three spots at the Cape Town Triathlon ITU World Cup. On the women’s side, Great Britain’s Lucy Hall won her first ever ITU World Cup race on an amazing sprint finish against her training partner Jessica Learmonth. Men’s review It was the opening race of the 2017 ITU World Cup season and it could not have got better for the locals. Murray won in 51 minutes and 33 seconds followed by Schoeman on his heels 8 seconds later and Sullwald in 51.56. Murray has declared that he has always wanted to win on home soil in Cape Town since the city hosted its first WTS in 2014. On Saturday he got his chance on the World Cup platform, but Murray made it very tense for himself and the fans. He got a time penalty for dropping his helmet outside the box in transition two. It was a big leading group coming out of the swim and it stayed that way on the bike leg. Running out of transition 2 Murray took the lead and Schoeman pushed hard to follow. Murray gave his all to build a lead on the run having that penalty in mind. “Third time’s a charm they say! Finally got it today. When I heard about that penalty though… I thought it was a 15 second penalty and I knew the gap to Henri was not that big, so I was pressed. That was the hardest I pushed myself in the first race of the season ever! So happy though to finally get the win in Cape Town,” said a very happy, very relieved Murray. “I’m happy with my race. The form is good. I made that one mistake going out on the run when I pushed too hard to follow Richard. I went in the red a bit too early so I could not push harder at the end when Richard served his penalty. I thought I might have a chance, but my legs were feeling like lead at that stage,” said Schoeman. All three athletes mentioned the impact of an all South African podium. “It is a fantastic day for us. I am happy we could have done it for our country and sport,” said Schoeman. Murray added: “It could not have been a better day out in Cape Town. I very happy for Wian seeing that he is coming back after being injured. I hope this will help grow the sport even more.” Women’s review It was the first race of the new season and nobody was sure what to expect. Hall won the sprint race in 59 minutes and 34 seconds. Learmonth was second in 59.35 and Japan’s Ai...

Murray and Hall claim the first victories of the World Cup season

Triathlon News - Sat, 11/02/2017 - 18:40
A first ever for the sport of triathlon in South Africa; that is what happened – in a nutshell – on Saturday when Richard Murray, Henri Schoeman and Wian Süllwald took the top three spots at the Cape Town Triathlon ITU World Cup. On the women’s side, Great Britain’s Lucy Hall won her first ever ITU World Cup race on an amazing sprint finish against her training partner Jessica Learmonth. Men’s review It was the opening race of the 2017 ITU World Cup season and it could not have got better for the locals. Murray won in 51 minutes and 33 seconds followed by Schoeman on his heels 8 seconds later and Sullwald in 51.56. Murray has declared that he has always wanted to win on home soil in Cape Town since the city hosted its first WTS in 2014. On Saturday he got his chance on the World Cup platform, but Murray made it very tense for himself and the fans. He got a time penalty for dropping his helmet outside the box in transition two. It was a big leading group coming out of the swim and it stayed that way on the bike leg. Running out of transition 2 Murray took the lead and Schoeman pushed hard to follow. Murray gave his all to build a lead on the run having that penalty in mind. “Third time’s a charm they say! Finally got it today. When I heard about that penalty though… I thought it was a 15 second penalty and I knew the gap to Henri was not that big, so I was pressed. That was the hardest I pushed myself in the first race of the season ever! So happy though to finally get the win in Cape Town,” said a very happy, very relieved Murray. “I’m happy with my race. The form is good. I made that one mistake going out on the run when I pushed too hard to follow Richard. I went in the red a bit too early so I could not push harder at the end when Richard served his penalty. I thought I might have a chance, but my legs were feeling like lead at that stage,” said Schoeman. All three athletes mentioned the impact of an all South African podium. “It is a fantastic day for us. I am happy we could have done it for our country and sport,” said Schoeman. Murray added: “It could not have been a better day out in Cape Town. I very happy for Wian seeing that he is coming back after being injured. I hope this will help grow the sport even more.” Women’s review It was the first race of the new season and nobody was sure what to expect. Hall won the sprint race in 59 minutes and 34 seconds. Learmonth was second in 59.35 and Japan’s Ai...

Murray and Hall claim the first victories of the World Cup season

Triathlon News - Sat, 11/02/2017 - 18:40
A first ever for the sport of triathlon in South Africa; that is what happened – in a nutshell – on Saturday when Richard Murray, Henri Schoeman and Wian Süllwald took the top three spots at the Cape Town Triathlon ITU World Cup. On the women’s side, Great Britain’s Lucy Hall won her first ever ITU World Cup race on an amazing sprint finish against her training partner Jessica Learmonth. Men’s review It was the opening race of the 2017 ITU World Cup season and it could not have got better for the locals. Murray won in 51 minutes and 33 seconds followed by Schoeman on his heels 8 seconds later and Sullwald in 51.56. Murray has declared that he has always wanted to win on home soil in Cape Town since the city hosted its first WTS in 2014. On Saturday he got his chance on the World Cup platform, but Murray made it very tense for himself and the fans. He got a time penalty for dropping his helmet outside the box in transition two. It was a big leading group coming out of the swim and it stayed that way on the bike leg. Running out of transition 2 Murray took the lead and Schoeman pushed hard to follow. Murray gave his all to build a lead on the run having that penalty in mind. “Third time’s a charm they say! Finally got it today. When I heard about that penalty though… I thought it was a 15 second penalty and I knew the gap to Henri was not that big, so I was pressed. That was the hardest I pushed myself in the first race of the season ever! So happy though to finally get the win in Cape Town,” said a very happy, very relieved Murray. “I’m happy with my race. The form is good. I made that one mistake going out on the run when I pushed too hard to follow Richard. I went in the red a bit too early so I could not push harder at the end when Richard served his penalty. I thought I might have a chance, but my legs were feeling like lead at that stage,” said Schoeman. All three athletes mentioned the impact of an all South African podium. “It is a fantastic day for us. I am happy we could have done it for our country and sport,” said Schoeman. Murray added: “It could not have been a better day out in Cape Town. I very happy for Wian seeing that he is coming back after being injured. I hope this will help grow the sport even more.” Women’s review It was the first race of the new season and nobody was sure what to expect. Hall won the sprint race in 59 minutes and 34 seconds. Learmonth was second in 59.35 and Japan’s Ai...

Murray and Hall claim the first victories of the World Cup season

Triathlon News - Sat, 11/02/2017 - 18:40
A first ever for the sport of triathlon in South Africa; that is what happened – in a nutshell – on Saturday when Richard Murray, Henri Schoeman and Wian Süllwald took the top three spots at the Cape Town Triathlon ITU World Cup. On the women’s side, Great Britain’s Lucy Hall won her first ever ITU World Cup race on an amazing sprint finish against her training partner Jessica Learmonth. Men’s review It was the opening race of the 2017 ITU World Cup season and it could not have got better for the locals. Murray won in 51 minutes and 33 seconds followed by Schoeman on his heels 8 seconds later and Sullwald in 51.56. Murray has declared that he has always wanted to win on home soil in Cape Town since the city hosted its first WTS in 2014. On Saturday he got his chance on the World Cup platform, but Murray made it very tense for himself and the fans. He got a time penalty for dropping his helmet outside the box in transition two. It was a big leading group coming out of the swim and it stayed that way on the bike leg. Running out of transition 2 Murray took the lead and Schoeman pushed hard to follow. Murray gave his all to build a lead on the run having that penalty in mind. “Third time’s a charm they say! Finally got it today. When I heard about that penalty though… I thought it was a 15 second penalty and I knew the gap to Henri was not that big, so I was pressed. That was the hardest I pushed myself in the first race of the season ever! So happy though to finally get the win in Cape Town,” said a very happy, very relieved Murray. “I’m happy with my race. The form is good. I made that one mistake going out on the run when I pushed too hard to follow Richard. I went in the red a bit too early so I could not push harder at the end when Richard served his penalty. I thought I might have a chance, but my legs were feeling like lead at that stage,” said Schoeman. All three athletes mentioned the impact of an all South African podium. “It is a fantastic day for us. I am happy we could have done it for our country and sport,” said Schoeman. Murray added: “It could not have been a better day out in Cape Town. I very happy for Wian seeing that he is coming back after being injured. I hope this will help grow the sport even more.” Women’s review It was the first race of the new season and nobody was sure what to expect. Hall won the sprint race in 59 minutes and 34 seconds. Learmonth was second in 59.35 and Japan’s Ai...

Friday Feature: Henri Schoeman Ready to Succeed Again in New Season!

Triathlon News - Fri, 10/02/2017 - 14:00
Many times for an athlete, there are defining moments in their career where everything finally starts to fall into place. Where all the long training sessions, hard exhausting days and every drop of sweat finally pays off. In 2016, South Africa’s Henri Schoeman never had one of those defining moments… because he had two! During the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, Schoeman earned the bronze medal in the men’s race in his debut Olympic appearance. He then followed up that dream-worthy performance by winning his first-ever World Triathlon Series race at the Cozumel Grand Final. After checking off two milestones in the timespan of a month, the triathlon world has been introduced to a whole new level of Schoeman and is eagerly awaiting what he has in store for the new 2017 season. Schoeman starting competing in the elite field in 2011, after spending a couple seasons in the junior ranks. He adapted into the sport from a swimming background, so not long after starting to compete it became evident that he excelled in one of the disciplines over the rest of the field. Eventually he carved a special namesake for himself as a huge threat in the swim. Tuning into a race, it became a competition norm to see the Vereeniging, South Africa native be one of the leading men out of the water, a move that started to act as his signature race form. “It’s been great to stand out and be known for a certain aspect of the triathlon. I come from a strong swimming background and being one of the fastest swimmers came as no surprise.” In Rio, Schoeman knew that he would have to use his swift swimming abilities to once again perform well and be one of the top men out of the water if he wanted a fighting chance to get on the podium. So it was no mistake that he ended up selecting his beach start position next to the Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonny, who he knew would also be strong in the swim. That strategic move paid off and he exited seventh from the water and joined the front bike pack that ultimately allowed him to position himself in a good spot for the run, where he blew past the competition and lead him right to his historical bronze medal. “I couldn’t be more proud of Rio. The Olympics has been everything to me while growing up and winning a medal has been one my biggest dreams.” Realizing his Olympic dream would have been enough for Schoeman, he could have ended his season being proud of achieving such a huge accomplishment. But knowing...

Friday Feature: Henri Schoeman Ready to Succeed Again in New Season!

Triathlon News - Fri, 10/02/2017 - 14:00
Many times for an athlete, there are defining moments in their career where everything finally starts to fall into place. Where all the long training sessions, hard exhausting days and every drop of sweat finally pays off. In 2016, South Africa’s Henri Schoeman never had one of those defining moments… because he had two! During the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, Schoeman earned the bronze medal in the men’s race in his debut Olympic appearance. He then followed up that dream-worthy performance by winning his first-ever World Triathlon Series race at the Cozumel Grand Final. After checking off two milestones in the timespan of a month, the triathlon world has been introduced to a whole new level of Schoeman and is eagerly awaiting what he has in store for the new 2017 season. Schoeman starting competing in the elite field in 2011, after spending a couple seasons in the junior ranks. He adapted into the sport from a swimming background, so not long after starting to compete it became evident that he excelled in one of the disciplines over the rest of the field. Eventually he carved a special namesake for himself as a huge threat in the swim. Tuning into a race, it became a competition norm to see the Vereeniging, South Africa native be one of the leading men out of the water, a move that started to act as his signature race form. “It’s been great to stand out and be known for a certain aspect of the triathlon. I come from a strong swimming background and being one of the fastest swimmers came as no surprise.” In Rio, Schoeman knew that he would have to use his swift swimming abilities to once again perform well and be one of the top men out of the water if he wanted a fighting chance to get on the podium. So it was no mistake that he ended up selecting his beach start position next to the Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonny, who he knew would also be strong in the swim. That strategic move paid off and he exited seventh from the water and joined the front bike pack that ultimately allowed him to position himself in a good spot for the run, where he blew past the competition and lead him right to his historical bronze medal. “I couldn’t be more proud of Rio. The Olympics has been everything to me while growing up and winning a medal has been one my biggest dreams.” Realizing his Olympic dream would have been enough for Schoeman, he could have ended his season being proud of achieving such a huge accomplishment. But knowing...

Workout Wednesday with Cecilia Davis-Hayes

Triathlon News - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 15:46
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 USA’s Cecilia Davis-Hayes. Competing in Cozumel was a first time for Davis-Hayes competing at the World Championships, but it looks like once is all it takes for her to land on the podium. In her debut World Champion appearance, Davis-Hayes earned the bronze medal in the 25-29 standard-distance age group. That medal came from training 10 times and up to 20 hours a week, and did we mention she is in Medical School? Wow! You go Cecilia! Name: Cecilia Davis-Hayes Country: USA Age Group: Female 25-29 Standard Distance Profession: Medical Student How you got involved in triathlon? I ran Cross Country/ Track in college, then picked up cycling as cross training when I broke my heel bone while doing the steeple chase. How often you train? 10 times per week. 20 hours maximum. Best training advice? Love your training, it should be fun! Find a trail or cycling route that you really love doing, and a swimming group where you really have fun.    What motivates you to race? I love competing. It makes me feel alive. And I love preparing for a big race scientifically—it’s like an experiment to see how well you can use the machine that is your body to move fastest across the three disciplines. Favourite swim workout: 8x4min building to race pace in the open water at Lake Tobyhanna, near my parents house in the Poconos. Favourite bike workout: 10x6min threshold intervals on 9W bike route in New Jersey, stopping at the Runcible Spoon in Nyack, NY for a pumpkin muffin. Favourite run workout: 2x30min tempo run on the Bridle Path in Central Park.

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Triathlon News - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 14:24
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