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Sissons and Taylor-Brown grab first ever World Cup wins in Madrid

Triathlon News - Sun, 28/05/2017 - 19:02
It was a day of firsts in the Spanish capital for the 2017 ITU Madrid World Cup, with both Ryan Sissons (NZL) and Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) winning their first ever World Cup. Also first on the podium were Taylor Spivey (USA) and Chelsea Burns (USA), as well as Raphael Montoya (FRA) while his compatriot Simon Viain grabbed in Madrid his second world cup top three finishes. Women’s race The women’s race started with Spaniard Carolina Routier leading the water since the very first strokes, opening a gap of a few seconds during the first lap of 750m, to maintain it until the swim exit, and to no one’s surprise: the Spaniard has led the swim in 21 out of the 32 major races she has started so far. With 20 hilly kilometers ahead, Routier was quickly chased by a group of seven women, including Americans Taylor Spivey,  Chelsea Burns and Erin Dolan, Natalie Van Coevorden (AUS), Taylor-Brown, Sara Perez Sala (ESP) and Naya Kingma (NED). They confronted the seven climbs of the Cuesta de la Vega, a demanding slope with 8% gradient, all together under the Madrid’s sun. “It was the toughest course I’ve ever raced, but also one of the best ones”, said Taylor-Brown after the race. “That slope was just terrific, but having such a great atmosphere, with crowds cheering, really helped to get trough it” she explained. The group of eight riders arrived together to T2, with the youngest of the pack, World Cup debutant Taylor-Brown, leaving transition first. And it was then just for her to keep an eye on her rivals and keep the distance, which grew a bit more on each of the four laps to finish with a fantastic victory for the young British, giving UK three wins out of five World Cups so far this season. The young brit was the first crossing the finish line at the Royal Palace in Madrid, stopping the clock on 2h08.05, followed by American Taylor Spivey 51 seconds behind. “It was one of the hardest races I’ve ever done in my career, but also one of the best ones. I loved the atmosphere, the hilly circuit and I just tried to save some energy during the bike for the run course, which I knew it was going to be also really hard”, she said. The third position was for another World Cup debutant, American Chelsea Burns, who didn’t expect to see herself on the podium in Madrid. “I raced great, I felt great, and I just kept on pushing hard”, she said. Local favourite Routier managed to finish on sixth place. Men’s race   60...

Sissons and Taylor-Brown grab first ever World Cup wins in Madrid

Triathlon News - Sun, 28/05/2017 - 19:02
It was a day of firsts in the Spanish capital for the 2017 ITU Madrid World Cup, with both Ryan Sissons (NZL) and Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) winning their first ever World Cup. Also first on the podium were Taylor Spivey (USA) and Chelsea Burns (USA), as well as Raphael Montoya (FRA) while his compatriot Simon Viein grabbed in Madrid his second world cup top three finishes. Women’s race The women’s race started with Spaniard Carolina Routier leading the water since the very first strokes, opening a gap of a few seconds during the first lap of 750m, to maintain it until the swim exit, and to no one’s surprise: the Spaniard has led the swim in 21 out of the 32 major races she has started so far. With 20 hilly kilometers ahead, Routier was quickly chased by a group of seven women, including Americans Taylor Spivey,  Chelsea Burns and Erin Dolan, Natalie Van Coevorden (AUS), Taylor-Brown, Sara Perez Sala (ESP) and Naya Kingma (NED). They confronted the seven climbs of the Cuesta de la Vega, a demanding slope with 8% gradient, all together under the Madrid’s sun. “It was the toughest course I’ve ever raced, but also one of the best ones”, said Taylor-Brown after the race. “That slope was just terrific, but having such a great atmosphere, with crowds cheering, really helped to get trough it” she explained. The group of eight riders arrived together to T2, with the youngest of the pack, World Cup debutant Taylor-Brown, leaving transition first. And it was then just for her to keep an eye on her rivals and keep the distance, which grew a bit more on each of the four laps to finish with a fantastic victory for the young British, giving UK three wins out of five World Cups so far this season. The young brit was the first crossing the finish line at the Royal Palace in Madrid, stopping the clock on 2h08.05, followed by American Taylor Spivey 51 seconds behind. “It was one of the hardest races I’ve ever done in my career, but also one of the best ones. I loved the atmosphere, the hilly circuit and I just tried to save some energy during the bike for the run course, which I knew it was going to be also really hard”, she said. The third position was for another World Cup debutant, American Chelsea Burns, who didn’t expect to see herself on the podium in Madrid. “I raced great, I felt great, and I just kept on pushing hard”, she said. Local favourite Routier managed to finish on sixth place. Men’s race   60...

Sissons and Taylor-Brown grab first ever World Cup wins in Madrid

Triathlon News - Sun, 28/05/2017 - 19:02
It was a day of firsts in the Spanish capital for the 2017 ITU Madrid World Cup, with both Ryan Sissons (NZL) and Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) winning their first ever World Cup. Also first on the podium were Taylor Spivey (USA) and Chelsea Burns (USA), as well as Raphael Montoya (FRA) while his compatriot Simon Viein grabbed in Madrid his second world cup top three finishes. Women’s race The women’s race started with Spaniard Carolina Routier leading the water since the very first strokes, opening a gap of a few seconds during the first lap of 750m, to maintain it until the swim exit, and to no one’s surprise: the Spaniard has led the swim in 21 out of the 32 major races she has started so far. With 20 hilly kilometers ahead, Routier was quickly chased by a group of seven women, including Americans Taylor Spivey,  Chelsea Burns and Erin Dolan, Natalie Van Coevorden (AUS), Taylor-Brown, Sara Perez Sala (ESP) and Naya Kingma (NED). They all confronted the seven hills of the Cuesta de la Vega, a demanding slope with 8% gradient, all together under the Madrid’s sun. “It was the toughest course I’ve ever raced, but also one of the best ones”, said Taylor-Brown after the race. “That slope was just terrific, but having such a great atmosphere, with crowds cheering, really helped to get trough it” she explained. The group of eight riders arrived together to T2, with the younger of the group, World Cup debutant Taylor-Brown, leaving transition first. And it was then just for her to keep an eye on her rivals and keep the distance, which grew a bit more on each of the four laps to finish with a fantastic victory for the young British, giving UK three wins out of 4 World Cups so far this season. The young brit was the first crossing the finish line at the Royal Palace in Madrid, stopping the clock on 2h08.05, followed by American Taylor Spivey 51 seconds behind. “It was one of the hardest races I’ve ever done in my career, but also one of the best ones. I loved the atmosphere, the hilly circuit and I just tried to save some energy during the bike for the run course, which I knew it was going to be also really hard”, she said. The third position was for another World Cup debutant, American Chelsea Burns, who didn’t expect to see herself on the podium in Madrid. “I raced great, I felt great, and I just kept on pushing hard”, she said. Local favourite Routier managed to finish on sixth place. Men’s race 60 triathletes took the...

Sissons and Taylor-Brown grab first ever World Cup wins in Madrid

Triathlon News - Sun, 28/05/2017 - 19:02
It was a day of firsts in the Spanish capital for the 2017 ITU Madrid World Cup, with both Ryan Sissons (NZL) and Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) winning their first ever World Cup. Also first on the podium were Taylor Spivey (USA) and Chelsea Burns (USA), as well as Raphael Montoya (FRA) while his compatriot Simon Viein grabbed in Madrid his second world cup top three finishes. Women’s race The women’s race started with Spaniard Carolina Routier leading the water since the very first strokes, opening a gap of a few seconds during the first lap of 750m, to maintain it until the swim exit, and to no one’s surprise: the Spaniard has led the swim in 21 out of the 32 major races she has started so far. With 20 hilly kilometers ahead, Routier was quickly chased by a group of seven women, including Americans Taylor Spivey,  Chelsea Burns and Erin Dolan, Natalie Van Coevorden (AUS), Taylor-Brown, Sara Perez Sala (ESP) and Naya Kingma (NED). They confronted the seven climbs of the Cuesta de la Vega, a demanding slope with 8% gradient, all together under the Madrid’s sun. “It was the toughest course I’ve ever raced, but also one of the best ones”, said Taylor-Brown after the race. “That slope was just terrific, but having such a great atmosphere, with crowds cheering, really helped to get trough it” she explained. The group of eight riders arrived together to T2, with the youngest of the pack, World Cup debutant Taylor-Brown, leaving transition first. And it was then just for her to keep an eye on her rivals and keep the distance, which grew a bit more on each of the four laps to finish with a fantastic victory for the young British, giving UK three wins out of five World Cups so far this season. The young brit was the first crossing the finish line at the Royal Palace in Madrid, stopping the clock on 2h08.05, followed by American Taylor Spivey 51 seconds behind. “It was one of the hardest races I’ve ever done in my career, but also one of the best ones. I loved the atmosphere, the hilly circuit and I just tried to save some energy during the bike for the run course, which I knew it was going to be also really hard”, she said. The third position was for another World Cup debutant, American Chelsea Burns, who didn’t expect to see herself on the podium in Madrid. “I raced great, I felt great, and I just kept on pushing hard”, she said. Local favourite Routier managed to finish on sixth place. Men’s race 60 triathletes took the...

Athletes chatter ahead of Madrid World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 26/05/2017 - 21:22
After an eight-year hiatus, world cup racing returns the Spanish capital to host the 2017 Madrid ITU Triathlon World Cup. Read what elite athletes think of the new course, one of the toughest of the circuit. Kristian Blummenfelt On how he feels coming to Madrid as the returning champion: “It’s always great to be back here in Madrid. The course has changed a bit and it’s tough, it’s going to be fun.” On the heat expected for the race day: “It’s going to be really hot on Sunday, at least 30 degrees. So it’s going to be crucial to keep well hydrated and not get too excited at the beginning of the race.” On whether the race is going to be harder this year than next year: “The level here in madrid this year is great, very high level. I’ll have to watch after Ryan Sissons and a few others. It’s going to be hard.” On whether the bike course will be the key sector of the race: “Definitely. Going up and down, with no real place to relax on the bike course. Whether you are on the front of the back or on the bike, yo need to get the pedals going all the time.” Taylor Spivey On the different conditions from Yokohama, her last race: “This course it’s going to be really tough, and it’s also going to be the complete opposite from Yokohama. Yokohama was cold, really wet and slippery, and also a really flat course, and here this course it’s going to be really hot and tough. I think it will be a good course, but also a hard one.” On whether she has already tried the terrific Cuesta de la Vega: “I’ve seen most of the course, but I expect to see the whole bike course tomorrow during the familiarisation.” On whether the bike course will be the key sector of the race: “Yes, I think so. For different factors: the up and downs, the hills… All is going to be decided on the bike.” Uxio Abuín On him competing in Madrid before: “I think it’s going to be an interesting race. The course is very hard, there’s some really strong contendents and the heat it0s also going to strike us all. We are all gonna suffer a lot.” On whether he is ready for the World Series: “I sure think I am, I’m just looking for my opportunity, here in Madrid and next in Cagliari. That’s my goal for these weeks, and I prepared for that the best that I could”. Camila Alonso On what she expects for Sunday: “This is the first time I race here in Madrid in a World Cup. I know the course has changed from previous years, and I know it’s going to be tough, specially the bike course. Especially because of the...

Athletes chatter ahead of Madrid World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 26/05/2017 - 21:22
After an eight-year hiatus, world cup racing returns the Spanish capital to host the 2017 Madrid ITU Triathlon World Cup. Read what elite athletes think of the new course, one of the toughest of the circuit. Kristian Blummenfelt On how he feels coming to Madrid as the returning champion: “It’s always great to be back here in Madrid. The course has changed a bit and it’s tough, it’s going to be fun.” On the heat expected for the race day: “It’s going to be really hot on Sunday, at least 30 degrees. So it’s going to be crucial to keep well hydrated and not get too excited at the beginning of the race.” On whether the race is going to be harder this year than next year: “The level here in madrid this year is great, very high level. I’ll have to watch after Ryan Sissons and a few others. It’s going to be hard.” On whether the bike course will be the key sector of the race: “Definitely. Going up and down, with no real place to relax on the bike course. Whether you are on the front of the back or on the bike, yo need to get the pedals going all the time.” Taylor Spivey On the different conditions from Yokohama, her last race: “This course it’s going to be really tough, and it’s also going to be the complete opposite from Yokohama. Yokohama was cold, really wet and slippery, and also a really flat course, and here this course it’s going to be really hot and tough. I think it will be a good course, but also a hard one.” On whether she has already tried the terrific Cuesta de la Vega: “I’ve seen most of the course, but I expect to see the whole bike course tomorrow during the familiarisation.” On whether the bike course will be the key sector of the race: “Yes, I think so. For different factors: the up and downs, the hills… All is going to be decided on the bike.” Uxio Abuín On him competing in Madrid before: “I think it’s going to be an interesting race. The course is very hard, there’s some really strong contendents and the heat it0s also going to strike us all. We are all gonna suffer a lot.” On whether he is ready for the World Series: “I sure think I am, I’m just looking for my opportunity, here in Madrid and next in Cagliari. That’s my goal for these weeks, and I prepared for that the best that I could”. Camila Alonso On what she expects for Sunday: “This is the first time I race here in Madrid in a World Cup. I know the course has changed from previous years, and I know it’s going to be tough, specially the bike course. Especially because of the...

World Cup Racing Returns to the Spanish Capital

Triathlon News - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 11:00
After an eight-year hiatus, world cup racing returns to the Spanish capital to host the 2017 Madrid ITU Triathlon World Cup. First appearing on the calendar in 2003, Madrid hosted a world cup event every year until 2008, until it became a regular stop on the World Triathlon Series from 2009 to 2013. As one of the headquartering cities to ITU, the city of Madrid is a special place for triathlon, sure to produce an exciting event. Athletes are in for a challenging race day as Madrid is serving up one of the toughest courses of the 2017 world cup season. The elites will dive in the water of the Casa de Campo lake for two laps of 750 metres each to then grab their bikes for five kilometres in the same park before heading for the city center to do six laps of a highly demanding, technical and tough circuit, including the terrific Cuesta de la Vega, a demanding slope with 8% gradient. The second transition area and finish line is situated on the beautiful Plaza de Oriente, right in front of the Royal Palace. During the run, athletes will face four laps of 2.5 kilometres each on a flat road that will allow them to enjoy the amazing sights of the city from the Debod Temple. Women’s Preview Leading off the women’s start list is Vendula Frintova (CZE). As the top-ranked women racing this weekend, she has finished in the top-15 in three World Triathlon Series events this season. The veteran athlete has the experience that many women racing do not have and therefore will play a huge advantage during Sunday’s competition. Her last world cup podium was in 2015, so she is also due for another medal. A great number of young talent are expected to line up this Sunday, almost guaranteeing that the Madrid podium will see some new faces. USA women continue to prove their strength, showcasing rising stars in many events. This weekend the Americans will set their fates on Taylor Spivey, Erin Dolan and Kaitlin Donner. Spivey just missed the podium in New Plymouth earlier this season by finishing fourth, so could get within the grasp again this weekend. Dolan also has had some close world cup podiums in her career and will be looking to officially step onto her first. While Donner is the only U.S. women racing to have made it onto a world cup podium, that was in 2015 and Madrid will be her first standard-distance race of season. Hoping to keep the gold within the nation, Spain’s own Carolina Routier will be racing for the hometown glory. Routier continues to...

World Cup Racing Returns to the Spanish Capital

Triathlon News - Wed, 24/05/2017 - 11:00
After an eight-year hiatus, world cup racing returns to the Spanish capital to host the 2017 Madrid ITU Triathlon World Cup. First appearing on the calendar in 2003, Madrid hosted a world cup event every year until 2008, until it became a regular stop on the World Triathlon Series from 2009 to 2013. As one of the headquartering cities to ITU, the city of Madrid is a special place for triathlon, sure to produce an exciting event. Athletes are in for a challenging race day as Madrid is serving up one of the toughest courses of the 2017 world cup season. The elites will dive in the water of the Casa de Campo lake for two laps of 750 metres each to then grab their bikes for five kilometres in the same park before heading for the city center to do six laps of a highly demanding, technical and tough circuit, including the terrific Cuesta de la Vega, a demanding slope with 8% gradient. The second transition area and finish line is situated on the beautiful Plaza de Oriente, right in front of the Royal Palace. During the run, athletes will face four laps of 2.5 kilometres each on a flat road that will allow them to enjoy the amazing sights of the city from the Debod Temple. Women’s Preview Leading off the women’s start list is Vendula Frintova (CZE). As the top-ranked women racing this weekend, she has finished in the top-15 in three World Triathlon Series events this season. The veteran athlete has the experience that many women racing do not have and therefore will play a huge advantage during Sunday’s competition. Her last world cup podium was in 2015, so she is also due for another medal. A great number of young talent are expected to line up this Sunday, almost guaranteeing that the Madrid podium will see some new faces. USA women continue to prove their strength, showcasing rising stars in many events. This weekend the Americans will set their fates on Taylor Spivey, Erin Dolan and Kaitlin Donner. Spivey just missed the podium in New Plymouth earlier this season by finishing fourth, so could get within the grasp again this weekend. Dolan also has had some close world cup podiums in her career and will be looking to officially step onto her first. While Donner is the only U.S. women racing to have made it onto a world cup podium, that was in 2015 and Madrid will be her first standard-distance race of season. Hoping to keep the gold within the nation, Spain’s own Carolina Routier will be racing for the hometown glory. Routier continues to...

Hong Kong Triathlon Head Coach Opportunity Available

Triathlon News - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 21:40
The Hong Kong Sports Institute Limited (“HKSI”) is the Government’s delivery agent of elite sports training systems.  The HKSI’s mission is to provide an environment in which sports talent can be identified, nurtured and developed to pursue excellence in the international sporting arena benchmarked at Asian and Olympic Games results.  We are now inviting suitable candidates for the following vacancy: The Job The HKSI works in close collaboration with Hong Kong Triathlon Association (“TRIHK”) in achieving the jointly defined goals of elite training.  Therefore, while reporting to the Chief Executive/ Deputy Chief Executive, the incumbent is also responsible to the TRIHK to ensure the following duties are satisfactorily conducted: To oversee the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of the Triathlon elite training programme in line with the agreed training and competition aims of TRIHK and HKSI; To lead all regular strategic reporting to HKS and to ensure a positive collaborative working relationship between TRIHK and HKSI; To lead the Triathlon Department, managing coaching and administrative staff, ensuring that it operates effectively, efficiently and within the annual financial budget; To ensure that all scientific, medical, education and other athlete support services are fully utilised and integrated into the Triathlon programme to enhance elite training outcomes; To create systematic opportunities for talent to emerge through related programmes; To contribute towards the overall development of coach education programmes which promote the development of local coaches; To contribute to in-house and general media publications as requested; and To contribute to the enhancement of the professional image of the HKSI and TRIHK. The Requirements University degree or its equivalent; Holder of national level coaching certificates; Over 10 years’ proven experience and achievement in coaching Triathlon at international level; Substantial experience in leading programme planning and administration in Triathlon; Demonstrated ability to utilise sports science and sports medicine to add value to the training and coaching process; Excellent interpersonal/ analytical/ evaluation/ planning skills; High level of computer literacy; Strong links with international Triathlon bodies; Excellent written and oral communication skills; and Awareness/ knowledge of Child Protection in sport and equal opportunity issue in the context...

Hong Kong Triathlon Head Coach Opportunity Available

Triathlon News - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 21:40
The Hong Kong Sports Institute Limited (“HKSI”) is the Government’s delivery agent of elite sports training systems.  The HKSI’s mission is to provide an environment in which sports talent can be identified, nurtured and developed to pursue excellence in the international sporting arena benchmarked at Asian and Olympic Games results.  We are now inviting suitable candidates for the following vacancy: The Job The HKSI works in close collaboration with Hong Kong Triathlon Association (“TRIHK”) in achieving the jointly defined goals of elite training.  Therefore, while reporting to the Chief Executive/ Deputy Chief Executive, the incumbent is also responsible to the TRIHK to ensure the following duties are satisfactorily conducted: To oversee the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of the Triathlon elite training programme in line with the agreed training and competition aims of TRIHK and HKSI; To lead all regular strategic reporting to HKS and to ensure a positive collaborative working relationship between TRIHK and HKSI; To lead the Triathlon Department, managing coaching and administrative staff, ensuring that it operates effectively, efficiently and within the annual financial budget; To ensure that all scientific, medical, education and other athlete support services are fully utilised and integrated into the Triathlon programme to enhance elite training outcomes; To create systematic opportunities for talent to emerge through related programmes; To contribute towards the overall development of coach education programmes which promote the development of local coaches; To contribute to in-house and general media publications as requested; and To contribute to the enhancement of the professional image of the HKSI and TRIHK. The Requirements University degree or its equivalent; Holder of national level coaching certificates; Over 10 years’ proven experience and achievement in coaching Triathlon at international level; Substantial experience in leading programme planning and administration in Triathlon; Demonstrated ability to utilise sports science and sports medicine to add value to the training and coaching process; Excellent interpersonal/ analytical/ evaluation/ planning skills; High level of computer literacy; Strong links with international Triathlon bodies; Excellent written and oral communication skills; and Awareness/ knowledge of Child Protection in sport and equal opportunity issue in the context...

Bermuda to Host First World Triathlon Series Event in April 2018

Triathlon News - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 13:58
Bermuda Tourism Authority and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) have signed a three-year contract to host World Triathlon Series events with the first race to be held on 28 April 2018. Bermuda Tourism Authority CEO Kevin Dallas said: “Our warm climate in April offers perfect conditions for racing. We invite triathletes to enjoy some early season training, kick off their race calendar and bring their friends and families to relax on our pink sand beaches.” ITU has already inspected and approved the race course for the World Triathlon Bermuda. Sprint and standard distances will offer a swim in the crystal clear Atlantic Ocean, a challenging bike course over hilly terrain and a run along the picturesque Front Street with its colorful buildings in the center of Bermuda’s capital Hamilton. The home of ITU World Champion Flora Duffy, Bermuda will welcome triathletes from around the world to its beautiful island one hour off the US East Coast. Athletes and their families will enjoy a full weekend of festivities and can reach Bermuda with daily direct flights from major hubs such as New York City, Boston and Philadelphia in the USA, Toronto in Canada, and London in the UK. Reigning ITU World Champion Flora Duffy said: “Bermuda is my home, a place that I am drawn to, it’s where I belong and I am excited to welcome triathletes to an island that is set apart by its location and way of life. Bermuda is about the people you meet, and a land that has its own mystique. But whilst Bermudians are welcoming, remember that Corkscrew Hill is an absolute beast on the bike and I will look forward to taking it on against the best in the world. They will need to be at their best to catch me. It looks like a snake climbing a wall and is so narrow and technical that we will have to race up single file. Add local crowds cheering on either side and the atmosphere will be spectacular, these are the memories we will all treasure as athletes.” ITU President Marisol Casado added: “We love the technical course that will challenge our elites and provide a breathtaking scenery to age group athletes. Bermuda is very accessible for athletes from North America and Europe. The race on 28 April 2018 provides a much-needed opportunity for them to start off their ITU season in a warm climate close to home.” Registration to enter World Triathlon Bermuda will open shortly.

Bermuda to Host First World Triathlon Series Event in April 2018

Triathlon News - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 13:58
Bermuda Tourism Authority and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) have signed a three-year contract to host World Triathlon Series events with the first race to be held on 28 April 2018. Bermuda Tourism Authority CEO Kevin Dallas said: “Our warm climate in April offers perfect conditions for racing. We invite triathletes to enjoy some early season training, kick off their race calendar and bring their friends and families to relax on our pink sand beaches.” ITU has already inspected and approved the race course for the World Triathlon Bermuda. Sprint and standard distances will offer a swim in the crystal clear Atlantic Ocean, a challenging bike course over hilly terrain and a run along the picturesque Front Street with its colorful buildings in the center of Bermuda’s capital Hamilton. The home of ITU World Champion Flora Duffy, Bermuda will welcome triathletes from around the world to its beautiful island one hour off the US East Coast. Athletes and their families will enjoy a full weekend of festivities and can reach Bermuda with daily direct flights from major hubs such as New York City, Boston and Philadelphia in the USA, Toronto in Canada, and London in the UK. Reigning ITU World Champion Flora Duffy said: “Bermuda is my home, a place that I am drawn to, it’s where I belong and I am excited to welcome triathletes to an island that is set apart by its location and way of life. Bermuda is about the people you meet, and a land that has its own mystique. But whilst Bermudians are welcoming, remember that Corkscrew Hill is an absolute beast on the bike and I will look forward to taking it on against the best in the world. They will need to be at their best to catch me. It looks like a snake climbing a wall and is so narrow and technical that we will have to race up single file. Add local crowds cheering on either side and the atmosphere will be spectacular, these are the memories we will all treasure as athletes.” ITU President Marisol Casado added: “We love the technical course that will challenge our elites and provide a breathtaking scenery to age group athletes. Bermuda is very accessible for athletes from North America and Europe. The race on 28 April 2018 provides a much-needed opportunity for them to start off their ITU season in a warm climate close to home.” Registration to enter World Triathlon Bermuda will open shortly.

Bermuda to Host First World Triathlon Series Event in April 2018

Triathlon News - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 13:58
Bermuda Tourism Authority and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) have signed a three-year contract to host World Triathlon Series events with the first race to be held on 28 April 2018. Bermuda Tourism Authority CEO Kevin Dallas said: “Our warm climate in April offers perfect conditions for racing. We invite triathletes to enjoy some early season training, kick off their race calendar and bring their friends and families to relax on our pink sand beaches.” ITU has already inspected and approved the race course for the World Triathlon Bermuda. Sprint and standard distances will offer a swim in the crystal clear Atlantic Ocean, a challenging bike course over hilly terrain and a run along the picturesque Front Street with its colorful buildings in the center of Bermuda’s capital Hamilton. The home of ITU World Champion Flora Duffy, Bermuda will welcome triathletes from around the world to its beautiful island one hour off the US East Coast. Athletes and their families will enjoy a full weekend of festivities and can reach Bermuda with daily direct flights from major hubs such as New York City, Boston and Philadelphia in the USA, Toronto in Canada, and London in the UK. Reigning ITU World Champion Flora Duffy said: “Bermuda is my home, a place that I am drawn to, it’s where I belong and I am excited to welcome triathletes to an island that is set apart by its location and way of life. Bermuda is about the people you meet, and a land that has its own mystique. But whilst Bermudians are welcoming, remember that Corkscrew Hill is an absolute beast on the bike and I will look forward to taking it on against the best in the world. They will need to be at their best to catch me. It looks like a snake climbing a wall and is so narrow and technical that we will have to race up single file. Add local crowds cheering on either side and the atmosphere will be spectacular, these are the memories we will all treasure as athletes.” ITU President Marisol Casado added: “We love the technical course that will challenge our elites and provide a breathtaking scenery to age group athletes. Bermuda is very accessible for athletes from North America and Europe. The race on 28 April 2018 provides a much-needed opportunity for them to start off their ITU season in a warm climate close to home.” Registration to enter World Triathlon Bermuda will open shortly.

Bermuda to Host First World Triathlon Series Event in April 2018

Triathlon News - Tue, 23/05/2017 - 13:58
Bermuda Tourism Authority and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) have signed a three-year contract to host World Triathlon Series events with the first race to be held on 28 April 2018. Bermuda Tourism Authority CEO Kevin Dallas said: “Our warm climate in April offers perfect conditions for racing. We invite triathletes to enjoy some early season training, kick off their race calendar and bring their friends and families to relax on our pink sand beaches.” ITU has already inspected and approved the race course for the World Triathlon Bermuda. Sprint and standard distances will offer a swim in the crystal clear Atlantic Ocean, a challenging bike course over hilly terrain and a run along the picturesque Front Street with its colorful buildings in the center of Bermuda’s capital Hamilton. The home of ITU World Champion Flora Duffy, Bermuda will welcome triathletes from around the world to its beautiful island one hour off the US East Coast. Athletes and their families will enjoy a full weekend of festivities and can reach Bermuda with daily direct flights from major hubs such as New York City, Boston and Philadelphia in the USA, Toronto in Canada, and London in the UK. Reigning ITU World Champion Flora Duffy said: “Bermuda is my home, a place that I am drawn to, it’s where I belong and I am excited to welcome triathletes to an island that is set apart by its location and way of life. Bermuda is about the people you meet, and a land that has its own mystique. But whilst Bermudians are welcoming, remember that Corkscrew Hill is an absolute beast on the bike and I will look forward to taking it on against the best in the world. They will need to be at their best to catch me. It looks like a snake climbing a wall and is so narrow and technical that we will have to race up single file. Add local crowds cheering on either side and the atmosphere will be spectacular, these are the memories we will all treasure as athletes.” ITU President Marisol Casado added: “We love the technical course that will challenge our elites and provide a breathtaking scenery to age group athletes. Bermuda is very accessible for athletes from North America and Europe. The race on 28 April 2018 provides a much-needed opportunity for them to start off their ITU season in a warm climate close to home.” Registration to enter World Triathlon Bermuda will open shortly.

Three months until the Inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival!

Triathlon News - Thu, 18/05/2017 - 19:29
Today marks the official three-month countdown to the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Penticton! The local organizing committee and ITU are working hard to prepare for thousands of athletes from around the world to descend on Penticton for what promises to be an incredible ten-day festival. Last week the first athlete newsletter went out to all registered participants. We sent this via the lists shared from the National Federations. Do you think you should have received this newsletter but didn’t? Email info@penticton2017.com to be added to the distribution list. Watch for weekly updates in your inbox on everything related to the festival. There has been incredible interest in athletes looking to add another race to their roster in Penticton as an open wave athlete. Thinking of doing another Duathlon? Perhaps adding Aquathlon as a warm up effort to your Long Distance World Championship race? You can compete on the same great course as the World Championship race in the final wave of the day. If you’re interested in racing but require another bike, look to our rental partners Freedom Bikes and Raceday Transport to add whatever bike you need for the day. Speaking of bikes, if you need to transport yours, we have a great option in sponsor Raceday Transport. They will pack your bike, ship it to Penticton and re-assemble it for your race. There are other options available if you’re the type who likes to build your bike yourself. There are activities galore for you, your family and your friends in Penticton. Want to purchase extra tickets for your family and friends to attend the Pasta Party? You can do that here. Want to find fun activities for kids? You can see some fantastic choices here. Want to arrange a wine tour, plan a shopping excursion or learn the best place to go hiking? See some options for activities here. Whatever you want to do pre or post race, there is something for everyone in Penticton. Follow along with all of the action on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under the handle @ITUMultisport. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Penticton2017. See you in three months!

Three months until the Inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival!

Triathlon News - Thu, 18/05/2017 - 19:29
Today marks the official three-month countdown to the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Penticton! The local organizing committee and ITU are working hard to prepare for thousands of athletes from around the world to descend on Penticton for what promises to be an incredible ten-day festival. Last week the first athlete newsletter went out to all registered participants. We sent this via the lists shared from the National Federations. Do you think you should have received this newsletter but didn’t? Email info@penticton2017.com to be added to the distribution list. Watch for weekly updates in your inbox on everything related to the festival. There has been incredible interest in athletes looking to add another race to their roster in Penticton as an open wave athlete. Thinking of doing another Duathlon? Perhaps adding Aquathlon as a warm up effort to your Long Distance World Championship race? You can compete on the same great course as the World Championship race in the final wave of the day. If you’re interested in racing but require another bike, look to our rental partners Freedom Bikes and Raceday Transport to add whatever bike you need for the day. Speaking of bikes, if you need to transport yours, we have a great option in sponsor Raceday Transport. They will pack your bike, ship it to Penticton and re-assemble it for your race. There are other options available if you’re the type who likes to build your bike yourself. There are activities galore for you, your family and your friends in Penticton. Want to purchase extra tickets for your family and friends to attend the Pasta Party? You can do that here. Want to find fun activities for kids? You can see some fantastic choices here. Want to arrange a wine tour, plan a shopping excursion or learn the best place to go hiking? See some options for activities here. Whatever you want to do pre or post race, there is something for everyone in Penticton. Follow along with all of the action on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under the handle @ITUMultisport. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Penticton2017. See you in three months!

Athletes in Yokohama commit to clean sport

Triathlon News - Thu, 18/05/2017 - 15:26
In ITU we strongly believe in clean sport, because that’s what makes our sport, and our athletes, great. Every year, we commit time, effort, energy and a substantial budget to our anti-doping mission, but we are not only talking about doping tests, it’s also a matter of education. With that goal on mind, it was great to see the warm welcome that most athletes participating in WTS Yokohama gave to the outreach programme ‘Play True’, organized by the Japan Anti-Doping Agency and the Japan Triathlon Union. More than 150 triathletes and parathletes participated on the programme, helping spread the message that we love triathlon, but most of all we love clean sport. Athletes participating had the chance of signing a flag to be passed on to future generations of triathletes. Right before the athletes briefing in Yokohama, triathletes could show their knowledge about rules answering questions such as how often the Prohibited list is updated, and shared best practices to help them understand the methodologies, rules and recommendations from ITU, the IOC and the WADA. After all, the fight on doping is on every single one of us, and we all should be familiar with the rules we have to follow to showcase our clean sport. Athletes competing in WTS Yokohama, as all the ones racing the WTS this season, had also the chance to show their commitment to compete clean with ITU’s new swim caps which have a “Love Triathlon, Love Clean Sport” logo, an initiative that not only enhances the audience experience (as it is easier to spot your favorite athletes on the water due to the bright green color of the caps) but also improves overall athlete safety.

Athletes in Yokohama commit to clean sport

Triathlon News - Thu, 18/05/2017 - 15:26
In ITU we strongly believe in clean sport, because that’s what makes our sport, and our athletes, great. Every year, we commit time, effort, energy and a substantial budget to our anti-doping mission, but we are not only talking about doping tests, it’s also a matter of education. With that goal on mind, it was great to see the warm welcome that most athletes participating in WTS Yokohama gave to the outreach programme ‘Play True’, organized by the Japan Anti-Doping Agency and the Japan Triathlon Union. More than 150 triathletes and parathletes participated on the programme, helping spread the message that we love triathlon, but most of all we love clean sport. Athletes participating had the chance of signing a flag to be passed on to future generations of triathletes. Right before the athletes briefing in Yokohama, triathletes could show their knowledge about rules answering questions such as how often the Prohibited list is updated, and shared best practices to help them understand the methodologies, rules and recommendations from ITU, the IOC and the WADA. After all, the fight on doping is on every single one of us, and we all should be familiar with the rules we have to follow to showcase our clean sport. Athletes competing in WTS Yokohama, as all the ones racing the WTS this season, had also the chance to show their commitment to compete clean with ITU’s new swim caps which have a “Love Triathlon, Love Clean Sport” logo, an initiative that not only enhances the audience experience (as it is easier to spot your favorite athletes on the water due to the bright green color of the caps) but also improves overall athlete safety.

British, US Para triathletes top Yokohama podium

Triathlon News - Mon, 15/05/2017 - 20:29
Great Britain and the USA dominated the podium at the second International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para Triathlon Series of the year, which concluded on Saturday (13 May) in Yokohama, Japan. The British contingent won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals, with Paralympic champion Andy Lewis, Alison Patrick and Dave Ellis all starting their seasons with wins. For many of the British athletes, it was their first international competition since Rio 2016, where the sport made its Paralympic debut. Lewis (1:08:44) produced a strong 5km to run to come from behind to beat the USA’s Mark Barr by nine seconds in the men’s PTS2 category. Barr led after both the 750m swim and the 20km bike, but Lewis passed Barr on the run to ensure a winning start to his season. Morocco’s Paralympic bronze medallist Mohamed Lahna (1:11:20) finished third. Ellis (1:03:08) marked his return to international Para triathlon with victory in the men’s PTVI class. Ellis was competing in his first international race since 2014 and finished two minutes, 14 seconds ahead of Spain’s Hector Catala Laparra (1:05:22), with Poland’s Lukasz Wietecki (1:06:07) finishing third. There were two British Para triathletes on the podium in the women’s PTVI race as Alison Patrick won gold, while her teammate Melissa Reid finished third; both took silver and bronze respectively from Rio 2016. Patrick (1:07:19) produced a dominant performance to finish three minutes, 40 seconds ahead of Spain’s Susana Rodriguez (1:10:59), with Reid just over a minute further back in third (1:12:01). Dutch Paralympic silver medallist Geert Schipper claimed the victory in the men’s PTHC class in a time of 1:00:35. Italy’s Paralympic bronze medallist Giovanni Achenza (1:00:58) finished second, with Australia’s Bill Chaffey (1:03:06) finishing third. The Japanese crowds were treated to a home winner in the women’s PTHC race as Wakako Tsuchida (1:15:11) took the victory ahead of Great Britain’s Jade Jones (1:16:30) and Spain’s Eva Maria Moral Pedrero (1:17:42). Jones made an impressive Para triathlon debut after deciding to combine triathlon with her athletics career. The USA’s Allysa Seely led the way for the USA, which finished with three gold, two silver and a bronze medal. Seely (1:21:01) continued her dominance in the women’s PTS2 class as she defended her title from last year. The world and Paralympic champion produced another strong performance to finish 44 seconds ahead...

British, US Para triathletes top Yokohama podium

Triathlon News - Mon, 15/05/2017 - 20:29
Great Britain and the USA dominated the podium at the second International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para Triathlon Series of the year, which concluded on Saturday (13 May) in Yokohama, Japan. The British contingent won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals, with Paralympic champion Andy Lewis, Alison Patrick and Dave Ellis all starting their seasons with wins. For many of the British athletes, it was their first international competition since Rio 2016, where the sport made its Paralympic debut. Lewis (1:08:44) produced a strong 5km to run to come from behind to beat the USA’s Mark Barr by nine seconds in the men’s PTS2 category. Barr led after both the 750m swim and the 20km bike, but Lewis passed Barr on the run to ensure a winning start to his season. Morocco’s Paralympic bronze medallist Mohamed Lahna (1:11:20) finished third. Ellis (1:03:08) marked his return to international Para triathlon with victory in the men’s PTVI class. Ellis was competing in his first international race since 2014 and finished two minutes, 14 seconds ahead of Spain’s Hector Catala Laparra (1:05:22), with Poland’s Lukasz Wietecki (1:06:07) finishing third. There were two British Para triathletes on the podium in the women’s PTVI race as Alison Patrick won gold, while her teammate Melissa Reid finished third; both took silver and bronze respectively from Rio 2016. Patrick (1:07:19) produced a dominant performance to finish three minutes, 40 seconds ahead of Spain’s Susana Rodriguez (1:10:59), with Reid just over a minute further back in third (1:12:01). Dutch Paralympic silver medallist Geert Schipper claimed the victory in the men’s PTHC class in a time of 1:00:35. Italy’s Paralympic bronze medallist Giovanni Achenza (1:00:58) finished second, with Australia’s Bill Chaffey (1:03:06) finishing third. The Japanese crowds were treated to a home winner in the women’s PTHC race as Wakako Tsuchida (1:15:11) took the victory ahead of Great Britain’s Jade Jones (1:16:30) and Spain’s Eva Maria Moral Pedrero (1:17:42). Jones made an impressive Para triathlon debut after deciding to combine triathlon with her athletics career. The USA’s Allysa Seely led the way for the USA, which finished with three gold, two silver and a bronze medal. Seely (1:21:01) continued her dominance in the women’s PTS2 class as she defended her title from last year. The world and Paralympic champion produced another strong performance to finish 44 seconds...

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