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First ever World Cup victory for Gustav Iden in Karlovy Vary

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 18:41
It was a day of firsts in Karlovy Vary for the inaugural ITU World Cup. First time ever Gustav Iden (NOR) has won a World Cup, with an impressive performance, and another first Tayler Reid (NZL) got on the podium in a World Cup, as he finished third. Completing the podium, veteran Italian, Alessandro Fabian, got his first podium of the season after some months off racing following the Rio 2016 Olympics. “I am extremely happy. We did such a great team effort on the bike. It means quite a lot to me to be on a World Cup podium. I was on a training camp those past weeks and I told my team mates that this one was the one race for me to win. The course is really hard, but I like it. I saw it (the course) last year and thought that this is my kind of course and I wanted to do this race, so here I am”, said Iden after the race. The afternoon was warmer as the sun came out for the men’s race in the Rulava lake, with 64 athletes diving in the pontoon for a two-laps swim which was led, to no one’s surprise, by Slovakian Richard Varga. He was closely followed by Tayler Reid (NZL), Jonas Schomburg (ITU), Alessandro Fabian (ITA) and Jumpei Furuya (JPN), and they quickly broke away from the rest of the athletes before getting to the city loops. Some other strong swimmers, such as Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) or Seth Rider (USA) never managed to get in the front group, and were caught by the large chase pack. At the end of the fifth lap, with a large group of 25 athletes chasing the leaders and with a time difference of more than 2 minutes, four triathletes broke away from the large group and worked together to chase the five men, with three Norwegians -Gustav Iden, Casper Stornes and Endre Espedal, along with Stefan Zachäus (LUX) pushing together to fight for their options. And they played their cards smartly, working together as a team, and with a fourth Norwegian -Morten Hansen- left behind to do most of the work in the third group. It was then when the ‘Norwegian army’ proved themselves really strong going up the hills on the streets of Karlovy Vary, and they reduced the difference with the leading five to less than 30 seconds entering the long and steep transition. With a tough 10km run ahead, Schomburg led the five-men group out of transition, followed close by Fabian and Varga, leaving behind Furuya on the first ramps. But they didn’t know that Iden was coming from behind to showcase an amazing performance. In the first lap he chased Varga, Reid and Schomburg,...

First ever World Cup victory for Gustav Iden in Karlovy Vary

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 18:41
It was a day of firsts in Karlovy Vary for the inaugural ITU World Cup. First time ever Gustav Iden (NOR) has won a World Cup, with an impressive performance, and another first Tayler Reid (NZL) got on the podium in a World Cup, as he finished third. Completing the podium, veteran Italian, Alessandro Fabian, got his first podium of the season after some months off racing following the Rio 2016 Olympics. “I am extremely happy. We did such a great team effort on the bike. It means quite a lot to me to be on a World Cup podium. I was on a training camps those past weeks and I told my team mates that this one was the one race for me to win. The course is really hard, but I like it. I saw it (the course) last year and thought that this is my kind of course and I wanted to do this race, so here I am”, said Iden after the race. The afternoon was warmer as the sun came out for the men’s race in the Rulava lake, with 64 athletes diving in the pontoon for a two-laps swim which was led, to no one’s surprise, by Slovakian Richard Varga. He was closely followed by Tayler Reid (NZL), Jonas Schomburg (ITU), Alessandro Fabian (ITA) and Jumpei Furuya (JPN), and they quickly broke away from the rest of the athletes before getting to the city loops. Some other strong swimmers, such as Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) or Seth Rider (USA) never managed to get in the front group, and were caught by the large chase pack. At the end of the fifth lap, with a large group of 25 athletes chasing the leaders and with a time difference of more than 2 minutes, four triathletes broke away from the large group and worked together to chase the five men, with three Norwegians -Gustav Iden, Casper Stornes and Endre Espedal, along with Stefan Zachäus (LUX) pushing together to fight for their options. And they played their cards smartly, working together as a team, and with a fourth Norwegian -Morten Hansen- left behind and did most of the work in the third group. It was then when the ‘Norwegian army’ proved themselves really strong going up the hills on the streets of Karlovy Vary, and they reduced the difference with the leading five to less than 30 seconds entering the long and steep transition. With a tough 10km run ahead, Schomburg led the five-men group out of transition, followed close by Fabian and Varga, leaving behind Furuya on the first ramps. But they didn’t know that Iden was coming from behind to showcase an amazing performance. In the first lap he chased Varga, Reid and...

First ever World Cup victory for Gustav Iden in Karlovy Vary

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 18:41
It was a day of firsts in Karlovy Vary for the inaugural ITU World Cup. First time ever Gustav Iden (NOR) has won a World Cup, with an impressive performance, and another first Tayler Reid (NZL) got on the podium in a World Cup, as he finished third. Completing the podium, veteran Italian, Alessandro Fabian, got his first podium of the season after some months off racing following the Rio 2016 Olympics. “I am extremely happy. We did such a great team effort on the bike. It means quite a lot to me to be on a World Cup podium. I was on a training camp those past weeks and I told my team mates that this one was the one race for me to win. The course is really hard, but I like it. I saw it (the course) last year and thought that this is my kind of course and I wanted to do this race, so here I am”, said Iden after the race. The afternoon was warmer as the sun came out for the men’s race in the Rulava lake, with 64 athletes diving in the pontoon for a two-laps swim which was led, to no one’s surprise, by Slovakian Richard Varga. He was closely followed by Tayler Reid (NZL), Jonas Schomburg (ITU), Alessandro Fabian (ITA) and Jumpei Furuya (JPN), and they quickly broke away from the rest of the athletes before getting to the city loops. Some other strong swimmers, such as Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) or Seth Rider (USA) never managed to get in the front group, and were caught by the large chase pack. At the end of the fifth lap, with a large group of 25 athletes chasing the leaders and with a time difference of more than 2 minutes, four triathletes broke away from the large group and worked together to chase the five men, with three Norwegians -Gustav Iden, Casper Stornes and Endre Espedal, along with Stefan Zachäus (LUX) pushing together to fight for their options. And they played their cards smartly, working together as a team, and with a fourth Norwegian -Morten Hansen- left behind to do most of the work in the third group. It was then when the ‘Norwegian army’ proved themselves really strong going up the hills on the streets of Karlovy Vary, and they reduced the difference with the leading five to less than 30 seconds entering the long and steep transition. With a tough 10km run ahead, Schomburg led the five-men group out of transition, followed close by Fabian and Varga, leaving behind Furuya on the first ramps. But they didn’t know that Iden was coming from behind to showcase an amazing performance. In the first lap he chased Varga, Reid and Schomburg,...

First ever World Cup victory for Gustav Iden in Karlovy Vary

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 18:41
It was a day of firsts in Karlovy Vary for the inaugural ITU World Cup. First time ever Gustav Iden (NOR) has won a World Cup, with an impressive performance, and another first Tayler Reid (NZL) got on the podium in a World Cup, as he finished third. Completing the podium, veteran Italian, Alessandro Fabian, got his first podium of the season after some months off racing following the Rio 2016 Olympics. “I am extremely happy. We did such a great team effort on the bike. It means quite a lot to me to be on a World Cup podium. I was on a training camp those past weeks and I told my team mates that this one was the one race for me to win. The course is really hard, but I like it. I saw it (the course) last year and thought that this is my kind of course and I wanted to do this race, so here I am”, said Iden after the race. The afternoon was warmer as the sun came out for the men’s race in the Rulava lake, with 64 athletes diving in the pontoon for a two-laps swim which was led, to no one’s surprise, by Slovakian Richard Varga. He was closely followed by Tayler Reid (NZL), Jonas Schomburg (ITU), Alessandro Fabian (ITA) and Jumpei Furuya (JPN), and they quickly broke away from the rest of the athletes before getting to the city loops. Some other strong swimmers, such as Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) or Seth Rider (USA) never managed to get in the front group, and were caught by the large chase pack. At the end of the fifth lap, with a large group of 25 athletes chasing the leaders and with a time difference of more than 2 minutes, four triathletes broke away from the large group and worked together to chase the five men, with three Norwegians -Gustav Iden, Casper Stornes and Endre Espedal, along with Stefan Zachäus (LUX) pushing together to fight for their options. And they played their cards smartly, working together as a team, and with a fourth Norwegian -Morten Hansen- left behind to do most of the work in the third group. It was then when the ‘Norwegian army’ proved themselves really strong going up the hills on the streets of Karlovy Vary, and they reduced the difference with the leading five to less than 30 seconds entering the long and steep transition. With a tough 10km run ahead, Schomburg led the five-men group out of transition, followed close by Fabian and Varga, leaving behind Furuya on the first ramps. But they didn’t know that Iden was coming from behind to showcase an amazing performance. In the first lap he chased Varga, Reid and Schomburg,...

First ever World Cup victory for Gustav Iden in Karlovy Vary

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 18:41
It was a day of firsts in Karlovy Vary for the inaugural ITU World Cup. First time ever Gustav Iden (NOR) has won a World Cup, with an impressive performance, and another first Tayler Reid (NZL) got on the podium in a World Cup, as he finished third. Completing the podium, veteran Italian, Alessandro Fabian, got his first podium of the season after some months off racing following the Rio 2016 Olympics. “I am extremely happy. We did such a great team effort on the bike. It means quite a lot to me to be on a World Cup podium. I was on a training camp those past weeks and I told my team mates that this one was the one race for me to win. The course is really hard, but I like it. I saw it (the course) last year and thought that this is my kind of course and I wanted to do this race, so here I am”, said Iden after the race. The afternoon was warmer as the sun came out for the men’s race in the Rulava lake, with 64 athletes diving in the pontoon for a two-laps swim which was led, to no one’s surprise, by Slovakian Richard Varga. He was closely followed by Tayler Reid (NZL), Jonas Schomburg (ITU), Alessandro Fabian (ITA) and Jumpei Furuya (JPN), and they quickly broke away from the rest of the athletes before getting to the city loops. Some other strong swimmers, such as Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) or Seth Rider (USA) never managed to get in the front group, and were caught by the large chase pack. At the end of the fifth lap, with a large group of 25 athletes chasing the leaders and with a time difference of more than 2 minutes, four triathletes broke away from the large group and worked together to chase the five men, with three Norwegians -Gustav Iden, Casper Stornes and Endre Espedal, along with Stefan Zachäus (LUX) pushing together to fight for their options. And they played their cards smartly, working together as a team, and with a fourth Norwegian -Morten Hansen- left behind to do most of the work in the third group. It was then when the ‘Norwegian army’ proved themselves really strong going up the hills on the streets of Karlovy Vary, and they reduced the difference with the leading five to less than 30 seconds entering the long and steep transition. With a tough 10km run ahead, Schomburg led the five-men group out of transition, followed close by Fabian and Varga, leaving behind Furuya on the first ramps. But they didn’t know that Iden was coming from behind to showcase an amazing performance. In the first lap he chased Varga, Reid and Schomburg,...

Gillian Backhouse grabs the first ever Karlovy Vary World Cup title

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 13:32
Australian Gillian Backhouse won the first ever edition of the ITU Karlovy Vary World Cup after a dominant race, showcasing a magnificient swim, a strong bike and a consistent run in the hills and cobbled streets of the Czech Republic town. Cheered on by the local crowds, local triathlete Vendula Frintova crossed the finish line in second, while American Summer Cook finished third. “I am really happy to be back into top level racing. I’ve been swimming very well all year, so I knew that I’ll be there in the swim, probably with Summer. My plan was just to go full gas on the bike from the beginning cause there were a number of girls in the field who can run faster than I can and I didn’t want them with me on the bike”, said Backhouse after the race. “In a course like this you don’t get much advantage with drafting and going by yourself you can take the best line, and so I did. it was my race plan: swim hard, bike hard, and see what happens on the run”. The Aussie, who hadn’t been on the top of an ITU podium since 2014, executed her race plan perfectly. With 25 athletes taking the start in the Rulova lake, it took only a few meters for Bakchouse and Cook to lead the swim. They both left the water together, but the American struggled to get out of her wetsuit, which caused her to loose some precious seconds in transition one, enough for the Aussie to start riding solo. And solo she rode for the 40km, seven laps in the historic city center of the beautiful spa town, increasing the gap lap by lap, until she had a 2’10’’ diference with the chasers. Behind her, a big group joined efforts on trying to chase the Aussie, but with no luck. Local Frintova led the big group from the beginning, along with some other experienced athletes, such as Emma Jackson, Nicole Van der Kaay, Sandra Dodet and Summer Cook, but the technical course proved to be too hard for them to chase a solo rider. Backhouse managed to enter the second transition with a lead of 2’34’’ and when it all came to the running, Frintova and Cook showed that both are in great form, opening a gap with the rest of the chasing group only a few meters out of transition two, in the first climb of the stairs that athletes had to pass four times. Closing the gap by 15 seconds per lap, Frintova was cheered on by the local crowds but her fantastic run was not enough for the victory in Karlovy Vary. Victory was indeed for the more consistent athlete of the day, and that was Backhouse, who crossed the finish...

Gillian Backhouse grabs the first ever Karlovy Vary World Cup title

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 13:32
Australian Gillian Backhouse won the first ever edition of the ITU Karlovy Vary World Cup after a dominant race, showcasing a magnificient swim, a strong bike and a consistent run in the hills and cobbled streets of the Czech Republic town. Cheered on by the local crowds, local triathlete Vendula Frintova crossed the finish line in second, while American Summer Cook finished third. “I am really happy to be back into top level racing. I’ve been swimming very well all year, so I knew that I’ll be there in the swim, probably with Summer. My plan was just to go full gas on the bike from the beginning cause there were a number of girls in the field who can run faster than I can and I didn’t want them with me on the bike”, said Backhouse after the race. “In a course like this you don’t get much advantage with drafting and going by yourself you can take the best line, and so I did. it was my race plan: swim hard, bike hard, and see what happens on the run”. The Aussie, who hadn’t been on the top of an ITU podium since 2014, executed her race plan perfectly. With 25 athletes taking the start in the Rulova lake, it took only a few meters for Bakchouse and Cook to lead the swim. They both left the water together, but the American struggled to get out of her wetsuit, which caused her to loose some precious seconds in transition one, enough for the Aussie to start riding solo. And solo she rode for the 40km, seven laps in the historic city center of the beautiful spa town, increasing the gap lap by lap, until she had a 2’10’’ diference with the chasers. Behind her, a big group joined efforts on trying to chase the Aussie, but with no luck. Local Frintova led the big group from the beginning, along with some other experienced athletes, such as Emma Jackson, Nicole Van der Kaay, Sandra Dodet and Summer Cook, but the technical course proved to be too hard for them to chase a solo rider. Backhouse managed to enter the second transition with a lead of 2’34’’ and when it all came to the running, Frintova and Cook showed that both are in great form, opening a gap with the rest of the chasing group only a few meters out of transition two, in the first climb of the stairs that athletes had to pass four times. Closing the gap by 15 seconds per lap, Frintova was cheered on by the local crowds but her fantastic run was not enough for the victory in Karlovy Vary. Victory was indeed for the more consistent athlete of the day, and that was Backhouse, who crossed the finish...

Gillian Backhouse grabs the first ever Karlovy Vary World Cup title

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 13:32
Australian Gillian Backhouse won the first ever edition of the ITU Karlovy Vary World Cup after a dominant race, showcasing a magnificient swim, a strong bike and a consistent run in the hills and cobbled streets of the Czech Republic town. Cheered on by the local crowds, local triathlete Vendula Frintova crossed the finish line in second, while American Summer Cook finished third. “I am really happy to be back into top level racing. I’ve been swimming very well all year, so I knew that I’ll be there in the swim, probably with Summer. My plan was just to go full gas on the bike from the beginning cause there were a number of girls in the field who can run faster than I can and I didn’t want them with me on the bike”, said Backhouse after the race. “In a course like this you don’t get much advantage with drafting and going by yourself you can take the best line, and so I did. it was my race plan: swim hard, bike hard, and see what happens on the run”. The Aussie, who hadn’t been on the top of an ITU podium since 2014, executed her race plan perfectly. With 25 athletes taking the start in the Rulova lake, it took only a few meters for Bakchouse and Cook to lead the swim. They both left the water together, but the American struggled to get out of her wetsuit, which caused her to loose some precious seconds in transition one, enough for the Aussie to start riding solo. And solo she rode for the 40km, seven laps in the historic city center of the beautiful spa town, increasing the gap lap by lap, until she had a 2’10’’ diference with the chasers. Behind her, a big group joined efforts on trying to chase the Aussie, but with no luck. Local Frintova led the big group from the beginning, along with some other experienced athletes, such as Emma Jackson, Nicole Van der Kaay, Sandra Dodet and Summer Cook, but the technical course proved to be too hard for them to chase a solo rider. Backhouse managed to enter the second transition with a lead of 2’34’’ and when it all came to the running, Frintova and Cook showed that both are in great form, opening a gap with the rest of the chasing group only a few meters out of transition two, in the first climb of the stairs that athletes had to pass four times. Closing the gap by 15 seconds per lap, Frintova was cheered on by the local crowds but her fantastic run was not enough for the victory in Karlovy Vary. Victory was indeed for the more consistent athlete of the day, and that was Backhouse, who crossed the finish...

Gillian Backhouse grabs the first ever Karlovy Vary World Cup title

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 13:32
Australian Gillian Backhouse won the first ever edition of the ITU Karlovy Vary World Cup after a dominant race, showcasing a magnificient swim, a strong bike and a consistent run in the hills and cobbled streets of the Czech Republic town. Cheered on by the local crowds, local triathlete Vendula Frintova crossed the finish line in second, while American Summer Cook finished third. “I am really happy to be back into top level racing. I’ve been swimming very well all year, so I knew that I’ll be there in the swim, probably with Summer. My plan was just to go full gas on the bike from the beginning cause there were a number of girls in the field who can run faster than I can and I didn’t want them with me on the bike”, said Backhouse after the race. “In a course like this you don’t get much advantage with drafting and going by yourself you can take the best line, and so I did. it was my race plan: swim hard, bike hard, and see what happens on the run”. The Aussie, who hadn’t been on the top of an ITU podium since 2014, executed her race plan perfectly. With 25 athletes taking the start in the Rulova lake, it took only a few meters for Bakchouse and Cook to lead the swim. They both left the water together, but the American struggled to get out of her wetsuit, which caused her to loose some precious seconds in transition one, enough for the Aussie to start riding solo. And solo she rode for the 40km, seven laps in the historic city center of the beautiful spa town, increasing the gap lap by lap, until she had a 2’10’’ diference with the chasers. Behind her, a big group joined efforts on trying to chase the Aussie, but with no luck. Local Frintova led the big group from the beginning, along with some other experienced athletes, such as Emma Jackson, Nicole Van der Kaay, Sandra Dodet and Summer Cook, but the technical course proved to be too hard for them to chase a solo rider. Backhouse managed to enter the second transition with a lead of 2’34’’ and when it all came to the running, Frintova and Cook showed that both are in great form, opening a gap with the rest of the chasing group only a few meters out of transition two, in the first climb of the stairs that athletes had to pass four times. Closing the gap by 15 seconds per lap, Frintova was cheered on by the local crowds but her fantastic run was not enough for the victory in Karlovy Vary. Victory was indeed for the more consistent athlete of the day, and that was Backhouse, who crossed the finish...

Pooley and Kuzmin grab Duathlon Long Distance World titles

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 04:32
British Emma Pooley and Russian Maxim Kuxmin claimed the titles at the 2017 Powerman Duathlon Long Distance World Championships, hosted this Sunday in Zofingen. The Brit set a fabulous new record with her fourth straight world champion title, while Kuzmin surprised all the favourites for the race to claim his first victory in the distance. After a tremendous race, Pooley, the British duathlete living and training now in Zurich, crossed the finish line stopping the clock on 7h21’04’‘, 27 minutes ahead of Miriam Van Reijen (NL), and closely followed by Katrin Esefeld (GER). Best Swiss women, in fourth place, was Nina Zoller. The Brit started the first leg of the run proving that she was the one to beat, only followed by French Sabrina Montmartreau. But it was on the bike where she showed her class, breaking away from the rest of the group, increasing the margin on every kilometer, just to finish the 150 km ride with more than 16 minutes over Montmartreau. On the last leg of the race, the 30km run, she kept on with the frantic rhythm, while the French women lost her initial strength and was chased first by Van Reijen, then by Esefeld and finally by Zoller, to finish on the fifth position. For Pooley this is her fourth consecutive World Title in the distance, while Van Reijen improved her last year’s fifth place. In the men’s race, Kuzmin’s win, last year’s fifth, was a surprise for a lot of people. He finished 85 seconds in front of last year’s winner Seppe Odeyn (BEL). Third place, as last year, went to Søren Bystrup (DEN). “I simply cannot believe it. I was going to fight and see if I could get a podium place, but gold…”, said an extremely excited Kuzmin after the race. “I reached the leading pack after 30k of cycling. After 70k I decided to attack. I pushed during the hill and realised I had broken the pack, and there was only a French guy and myself in front.  I kept on pushing hard to increase the gap in the second lap of the run and… It is just amazing. In 2016 it was the first time that I tried Long Distance duathlon. I am a winter triathlete who took the decision to change disciplines and go to duathlon. I was 5th here last year and in 2017 was focussed on endurance plus speed training sessions. So that is a result. A wonderful result!”, he explained.

Pooley and Kuzmin grab Duathlon Long Distance World titles

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 04:32
British Emma Pooley and Russian Maxim Kuxmin claimed the titles at the 2017 Powerman Duathlon Long Distance World Championships, hosted this Sunday in Zofingen. The Brit set a fabulous new record with her fourth straight world champion title, while Kuzmin surprised all the favourites for the race to claim his first victory in the distance. After a tremendous race, Pooley, the British duathlete living and training now in Zurich, crossed the finish line stopping the clock on 7h21’04’‘, 27 minutes ahead of Miriam Van Reijen (NL), and closely followed by Katrin Esefeld (GER). Best Swiss women, in fourth place, was Nina Zoller. The Brit started the first leg of the run proving that she was the one to beat, only followed by French Sabrina Montmartreau. But it was on the bike where she showed her class, breaking away from the rest of the group, increasing the margin on every kilometer, just to finish the 150 km ride with more than 16 minutes over Montmartreau. On the last leg of the race, the 30km run, she kept on with the frantic rhythm, while the French women lost her initial strength and was chased first by Van Reijen, then by Esefeld and finally by Zoller, to finish on the fifth position. For Pooley this is her fourth consecutive World Title in the distance, while Van Reijen improved her last year’s fifth place. In the men’s race, Kuzmin’s win, last year’s fifth, was a surprise for a lot of people. He finished 85 seconds in front of last year’s winner Seppe Odeyn (BEL). Third place, as last year, went to Søren Bystrup (DEN). “I simply cannot believe it. I was going to fight and see if I could get a podium place, but gold…”, said an extremely excited Kuzmin after the race. “I reached the leading pack after 30k of cycling. After 70k I decided to attack. I pushed during the hill and realised I had broken the pack, and there was only a French guy and myself in front.  I kept on pushing hard to increase the gap in the second lap of the run and… It is just amazing. In 2016 it was the first time that I tried Long Distance duathlon. I am a winter triathlete who took the decision to change disciplines and go to duathlon. I was 5th here last year and in 2017 was focussed on endurance plus speed training sessions. So that is a result. A wonderful result!”, he explained.

Pooley and Kuzmin grab Duathlon Long Distance World titles

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 04:32
British Emma Pooley and Russian Maxim Kuzmin claimed the titles at the 2017 Powerman Duathlon Long Distance World Championships, hosted this Sunday in Zofingen. The Brit set a fabulous new record with her fourth straight world champion title, while Kuzmin surprised all the favourites for the race to claim his first victory in the distance. After a tremendous race, Pooley, the British duathlete living and training now in Zurich, crossed the finish line stopping the clock on 7h21’04’‘, 27 minutes ahead of Miriam Van Reijen (NL), and closely followed by Katrin Esefeld (GER). Best Swiss women, in fourth place, was Nina Zoller. The Brit started the first leg of the run proving that she was the one to beat, only followed by French Sabrina Montmartreau. But it was on the bike where she showed her class, breaking away from the rest of the group, increasing the margin on every kilometer, just to finish the 150 km ride with more than 16 minutes over Montmartreau. On the last leg of the race, the 30km run, she kept on with the frantic rhythm, while the French women lost her initial strength and was chased first by Van Reijen, then by Esefeld and finally by Zoller, to finish on the fifth position. For Pooley this is her fourth consecutive World Title in the distance, while Van Reijen improved her last year’s fifth place. In the men’s race, Kuzmin’s win, last year’s fifth, was a surprise for a lot of people. He finished 85 seconds in front of last year’s winner Seppe Odeyn (BEL). Third place, as last year, went to Søren Bystrup (DEN). “I simply cannot believe it. I was going to fight and see if I could get a podium place, but gold…”, said an extremely excited Kuzmin after the race. “I reached the leading pack after 30k of cycling. After 70k I decided to attack. I pushed during the hill and realised I had broken the pack, and there was only a French guy and myself in front.  I kept on pushing hard to increase the gap in the second lap of the run and… It is just amazing. In 2016 it was the first time that I tried Long Distance duathlon. I am a winter triathlete who took the decision to change disciplines and go to duathlon. I was 5th here last year and in 2017 was focussed on endurance plus speed training sessions. So that is a result. A wonderful result!”, he explained.

Pooley and Kuzmin grab Duathlon Long Distance World titles

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 04:32
British Emma Pooley and Russian Maxim Kuxmin claimed the titles at the 2017 Powerman Duathlon Long Distance World Championships, hosted this Sunday in Zofingen. The Brit set a fabulous new record with her fourth straight world champion title, while Kuzmin surprised all the favourites for the race to claim his first victory in the distance. After a tremendous race, Pooley, the British duathlete living and training now in Zurich, crossed the finish line stopping the clock on 7h21’04’‘, 27 minutes ahead of Miriam Van Reijen (NL), and closely followed by Katrin Esefeld (GER). Best Swiss women, in fourth place, was Nina Zoller. The Brit started the first leg of the run proving that she was the one to beat, only followed by French Sabrina Montmartreau. But it was on the bike where she showed her class, breaking away from the rest of the group, increasing the margin on every kilometer, just to finish the 150 km ride with more than 16 minutes over Montmartreau. On the last leg of the race, the 30km run, she kept on with the frantic rhythm, while the French women lost her initial strength and was chased first by Van Reijen, then by Esefeld and finally by Zoller, to finish on the fifth position. For Pooley this is her fourth consecutive World Title in the distance, while Van Reijen improved her last year’s fifth place. In the men’s race, Kuzmin’s win, last year’s fifth, was a surprise for a lot of people. He finished 85 seconds in front of last year’s winner Seppe Odeyn (BEL). Third place, as last year, went to Søren Bystrup (DEN). “I simply cannot believe it. I was going to fight and see if I could get a podium place, but gold…”, said an extremely excited Kuzmin after the race. “I reached the leading pack after 30k of cycling. After 70k I decided to attack. I pushed during the hill and realised I had broken the pack, and there was only a French guy and myself in front.  I kept on pushing hard to increase the gap in the second lap of the run and… It is just amazing. In 2016 it was the first time that I tried Long Distance duathlon. I am a winter triathlete who took the decision to change disciplines and go to duathlon. I was 5th here last year and in 2017 was focussed on endurance plus speed training sessions. So that is a result. A wonderful result!”, he explained.

Leeds lift first ever Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 00:26
Leeds I won the first ever Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup in Nottingham in front of a packed crowd on the Victoria Embankment. The all-star team of Georgia Taylor-Brown, Aaron Royle, Jessica Learmonth and Tom Bishop lifted the Cup ahead of Loughborough I, followed by Canada as seventeen teams raced in perfect conditions. Mixed Relay is set to feature for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and five Olympians were part of the action in Nottingham. An initial 300m swim in the River Trent was followed by a 7.5km bike ride and 1.5km run before athletes handed over to their next team mate to do the same again. In total, seventeen teams of four athletes took part, including international teams from Japan, Germany, Australia and Canada. Japan made the strongest start through Fuka Sega’s leading swim, but the race soon turned into a battle between two Leeds teams, Loughborough and Canada. Coming into the final leg, Jessica Learmonth of Leeds I was running shoulder to shoulder with Canada’s Paula Findlay and handed over to Tom Bishop just centimeters in the lead. Bishop’s bike leg made a certainty of his team’s victory, and Ben Dijkstra put in a huge swim leg to move Loughborough I into contention. Bishop had time to celebrate with the finishing line crowd before Dijkstra finished in second place followed by Canada. Bishop said: “We put the pressure on ourselves just because we wanted to take the win. When I realised the gap was opening up on the bike I just thought ‘keep on pushing,’ and at the end we came home with the win. The whole team carried us really well.” Jodie Stimpson did Loughborough’s third leg and said: “We are all happy. Unfortunately, we couldn’t come out with a win, but we couldn’t have done anything more, so we are all happy.” Chris Perham, Loughborough’s second leg athlete added: “The atmosphere throughout the whole competition has been outstanding, and I hope to come back and do it again.” Jeremy Briand, who did the final leg for Canada, said: “It was fun being back in the UK as we were here for nationals earlier this year. It’s a fun type of racing and we’re all still young.” British Triathlon CEO, Jack Buckner, said: “There are always nerves when there’s a brand-new event, with a new format, in a new location; but everything went well. It was a great atmosphere and early estimates are that the event attracted up 20,000 spectators and had a fantastic response via the...

Leeds lift first ever Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 00:26
Leeds I won the first ever Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup in Nottingham in front of a packed crowd on the Victoria Embankment. The all-star team of Georgia Taylor-Brown, Aaron Royle, Jessica Learmonth and Tom Bishop lifted the Cup ahead of Loughborough I, followed by Canada as seventeen teams raced in perfect conditions. Mixed Relay is set to feature for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and five Olympians were part of the action in Nottingham. An initial 300m swim in the River Trent was followed by a 7.5km bike ride and 1.5km run before athletes handed over to their next team mate to do the same again. In total, seventeen teams of four athletes took part, including international teams from Japan, Germany, Australia and Canada. Japan made the strongest start through Fuka Sega’s leading swim, but the race soon turned into a battle between two Leeds teams, Loughborough and Canada. Coming into the final leg, Jessica Learmonth of Leeds I was running shoulder to shoulder with Canada’s Paula Findlay and handed over to Tom Bishop just centimeters in the lead. Bishop’s bike leg made a certainty of his team’s victory, and Ben Dijkstra put in a huge swim leg to move Loughborough I into contention. Bishop had time to celebrate with the finishing line crowd before Dijkstra finished in second place followed by Canada. Bishop said: “We put the pressure on ourselves just because we wanted to take the win. When I realised the gap was opening up on the bike I just thought ‘keep on pushing,’ and at the end we came home with the win. The whole team carried us really well.” Jodie Stimpson did Loughborough’s third leg and said: “We are all happy. Unfortunately, we couldn’t come out with a win, but we couldn’t have done anything more, so we are all happy.” Chris Perham, Loughborough’s second leg athlete added: “The atmosphere throughout the whole competition has been outstanding, and I hope to come back and do it again.” Jeremy Briand, who did the final leg for Canada, said: “It was fun being back in the UK as we were here for nationals earlier this year. It’s a fun type of racing and we’re all still young.” British Triathlon CEO, Jack Buckner, said: “There are always nerves when there’s a brand-new event, with a new format, in a new location; but everything went well. It was a great atmosphere and early estimates are that the event attracted up 20,000 spectators and had a fantastic response via the...

Leeds lift first ever Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 00:26
Leeds I won the first ever Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup in Nottingham in front of a packed crowd on the Victoria Embankment. The all-star team of Georgia Taylor-Brown, Aaron Royle, Jessica Learmonth and Tom Bishop lifted the Cup ahead of Loughborough I, followed by Canada as seventeen teams raced in perfect conditions. Mixed Relay is set to feature for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and five Olympians were part of the action in Nottingham. An initial 300m swim in the River Trent was followed by a 7.5km bike ride and 1.5km run before athletes handed over to their next team mate to do the same again. In total, seventeen teams of four athletes took part, including international teams from Japan, Germany, Australia and Canada. Japan made the strongest start through Fuka Sega’s leading swim, but the race soon turned into a battle between two Leeds teams, Loughborough and Canada. Coming into the final leg, Jessica Learmonth of Leeds I was running shoulder to shoulder with Canada’s Paula Findlay and handed over to Tom Bishop just centimeters in the lead. Bishop’s bike leg made a certainty of his team’s victory, and Ben Dijkstra put in a huge swim leg to move Loughborough I into contention. Bishop had time to celebrate with the finishing line crowd before Dijkstra finished in second place followed by Canada. Bishop said: “We put the pressure on ourselves just because we wanted to take the win. When I realised the gap was opening up on the bike I just thought ‘keep on pushing,’ and at the end we came home with the win. The whole team carried us really well.” Jodie Stimpson did Loughborough’s third leg and said: “We are all happy. Unfortunately, we couldn’t come out with a win, but we couldn’t have done anything more, so we are all happy.” Chris Perham, Loughborough’s second leg athlete added: “The atmosphere throughout the whole competition has been outstanding, and I hope to come back and do it again.” Jeremy Briand, who did the final leg for Canada, said: “It was fun being back in the UK as we were here for nationals earlier this year. It’s a fun type of racing and we’re all still young.” British Triathlon CEO, Jack Buckner, said: “There are always nerves when there’s a brand-new event, with a new format, in a new location; but everything went well. It was a great atmosphere and early estimates are that the event attracted up 20,000 spectators and had a fantastic response via the...

Zofingen hosts its 10th Duathlon Long Distance World Championship

Triathlon News - Fri, 01/09/2017 - 17:35
This year Zofingen celebrates 29 years of competition. This small town in Switzerland has become the “place to be”, the “must do”, the “bucket list” entry for all determined duathletes (and quite a few triathletes) and definitely the biggest and toughest test for long distance duathlon. Most of them will gather this weekend in the beautiful town, for the tenth consecutive year, for the 2017 ITU Duathlon Long Distance World Championships. A challenging 10k run, 150k bike and final 30k run to test the endurance; physical and mental, of the athletes. As you enter the venue there is a board, a Hall of Fame that reads like a “who’s who” of famous names.  On that board, the name of Emma Pooley shows three straight victories. Can she make it 4 in 2017 and add this world title to the European one that she won in Sankt Wendel? Her closest opposition, Nine Brenn might not be starting after a crash a week ago but the Dutch athlete, Miriam van Reijen and Germany’s Katrin Esefeld will make sure Pooley has to work. Make or break – it will be Bodenburg that most will fear. The massive climb that the athletes face on each of the three laps is where the race can be won or lost. The defending champion for the men is Seppe Odeyn (BEL). Continuing the great Belgian tradition of long distance duathlon, Odeyn’s power is in that long, tough distance work and he will be hoping to repeat his stunning victory from 2016. Main rival from Germany, Felix Köhler had a great victory in Sankt Wendel but he too had a crash recently and will be making a call on whether tor ace or not in the next few hours. Denmark’s Søren Bystrup won bronze last year. Early season silver in Sankt Wendel could see him improve this year on the long course but he will not have it easy with Thomas Bruins (NED) and 2015 winner from France, Gaël Le Bellec both racing. Age Group athletes from all over the world are now exploring the city and looking at the build of the arena, riding around the bike course and making last-minute changes to their clothing as the rains continue. The oldest competitor comes all the way from Argentina. Juan Alberto Marquez has become a bit of a celebrity in his home country and will be hoping for a better time than last year, when he missed out on the medals. This year there will be three athletes racing in a very particular category: doing the run backwards. Oh yes …. Backwards running. Hassan Kurt holds the World record for 100k...

Zofingen hosts its 10th Duathlon Long Distance World Championship

Triathlon News - Fri, 01/09/2017 - 17:35
This year Zofingen celebrates 29 years of competition. This small town in Switzerland has become the “place to be”, the “must do”, the “bucket list” entry for all determined duathletes (and quite a few triathletes) and definitely the biggest and toughest test for long distance duathlon. Most of them will gather this weekend in the beautiful town, for the tenth consecutive year, for the 2017 ITU Duathlon Long Distance World Championships. A challenging 10k run, 150k bike and final 30k run to test the endurance; physical and mental, of the athletes. As you enter the venue there is a board, a Hall of Fame that reads like a “who’s who” of famous names.  On that board, the name of Emma Pooley shows three straight victories. Can she make it 4 in 2017 and add this world title to the European one that she won in Sankt Wendel? Her closest opposition, Nine Brenn might not be starting after a crash a week ago but the Dutch athlete, Miriam van Reijen and Germany’s Katrin Esefeld will make sure Pooley has to work. Make or break – it will be Bodenburg that most will fear. The massive climb that the athletes face on each of the three laps is where the race can be won or lost. The defending champion for the men is Seppe Odeyn (BEL). Continuing the great Belgian tradition of long distance duathlon, Odeyn’s power is in that long, tough distance work and he will be hoping to repeat his stunning victory from 2016. Main rival from Germany, Felix Köhler had a great victory in Sankt Wendel but he too had a crash recently and will be making a call on whether tor ace or not in the next few hours. Denmark’s Søren Bystrup won bronze last year. Early season silver in Sankt Wendel could see him improve this year on the long course but he will not have it easy with Thomas Bruins (NED) and 2015 winner from France, Gaël Le Bellec both racing. Age Group athletes from all over the world are now exploring the city and looking at the build of the arena, riding around the bike course and making last-minute changes to their clothing as the rains continue. The oldest competitor comes all the way from Argentina. Juan Alberto Marquez has become a bit of a celebrity in his home country and will be hoping for a better time than last year, when he missed out on the medals. This year there will be three athletes racing in a very particular category: doing the run backwards. Oh yes …. Backwards running. Hassan Kurt holds the World record for 100k...

Zofingen hosts its 10th Duathlon Long Distance World Championship

Triathlon News - Fri, 01/09/2017 - 17:35
This year Zofingen celebrates 29 years of competition. This small town in Switzerland has become the “place to be”, the “must do”, the “bucket list” entry for all determined duathletes (and quite a few triathletes) and definitely the biggest and toughest test for long distance duathlon. Most of them will gather this weekend in the beautiful town, for the tenth consecutive year, for the 2017 ITU Duathlon Long Distance World Championships. A challenging 10k run, 150k bike and final 30k run to test the endurance; physical and mental, of the athletes. As you enter the venue there is a board, a Hall of Fame that reads like a “who’s who” of famous names.  On that board, the name of Emma Pooley shows three straight victories. Can she make it 4 in 2017 and add this world title to the European one that she won in Sankt Wendel? Her closest opposition, Nine Brenn might not be starting after a crash a week ago but the Dutch athlete, Miriam van Reijen and Germany’s Katrin Esefeld will make sure Pooley has to work. Make or break – it will be Bodenburg that most will fear. The massive climb that the athletes face on each of the three laps is where the race can be won or lost. The defending champion for the men is Seppe Odeyn (BEL). Continuing the great Belgian tradition of long distance duathlon, Odeyn’s power is in that long, tough distance work and he will be hoping to repeat his stunning victory from 2016. Main rival from Germany, Felix Köhler had a great victory in Sankt Wendel but he too had a crash recently and will be making a call on whether tor ace or not in the next few hours. Denmark’s Søren Bystrup won bronze last year. Early season silver in Sankt Wendel could see him improve this year on the long course but he will not have it easy with Thomas Bruins (NED) and 2015 winner from France, Gaël Le Bellec both racing. Age Group athletes from all over the world are now exploring the city and looking at the build of the arena, riding around the bike course and making last-minute changes to their clothing as the rains continue. The oldest competitor comes all the way from Argentina. Juan Alberto Marquez has become a bit of a celebrity in his home country and will be hoping for a better time than last year, when he missed out on the medals. This year there will be three athletes racing in a very particular category: doing the run backwards. Oh yes …. Backwards running. Hassan Kurt holds the World record for 100k...

Olympians head to Nottingham, UK, for Mixed Relay showdown

Triathlon News - Fri, 01/09/2017 - 14:42
British and international triathlon stars prepare to go head-to-head in a brand-new sporting event this weekend, the Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup 2017 Nottingham. 68 elite triathletes, including five Olympians, line up on Nottingham’s Victoria Embankment on Saturday 2 September, all seeking to be the very first to lift the Cup. Athletes will be competing in teams of four, two men and two women, each completing a mini triathlon before tagging their teammate to do the same; exactly the same format that will feature in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. With 17 quartets in the running for the event’s inaugural title, the Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup 2017 Nottingham is set to be a nail biting battle, broadcast live on BBC One in UK. Reigning ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Champions Australia are in the mix, alongside international teams from Germany, Japan and Canada. From a British perspective, 13 squads have been formed around the UK Sport Lottery Funded World-Class British Triathlon Performance Centre structure, with representation also from London and Nottingham by British Triathlon coached training groups.  Leeds I retains the top ranking despite the withdrawal of Jonny Brownlee through illness. Aaron Royle steps into his space and Mark Buckingham has been brought in to replace him in the Leeds II team having just returned from the Pentiction ITU Multisport World Championships. Elite action gets underway at 2:30pm (local time) in front of a sold-out grandstand. International viewers will be able to watch the event via the British Triathlon website from Tuesday onwards. Non Stanford, Team Leeds II athlete, said; “I can’t wait to get on that start line in Nottingham. The Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup Nottingham will be a real showcase event for the sport and will give spectators an entirely new triathlon experience.I’m looking forward to seeing what support the city can give us!” Emma McGuigan, Group Technology Officer for Accenture’s Communications, Media & Technology operating group, said, “We’re delighted to welcome the city of Nottingham to the inaugural Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup, where we are thrilled to announce our partnership with British Triathlon. “With innovation at the heart of Accenture, we look forward to playing a key role within triathlon’s new and exciting race format and helping bring a fast-growing sport to new audiences. To everyone...

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