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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...

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...

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...

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...

World Cup action returns this weekend with the Karlovy Vary race

Triathlon News - Thu, 31/08/2017 - 14:45
Some of the world’s top 100 triathletes will take the stage this weekend in the beautiful spa city of Karlovy Vary for the ninth stop of the World Cup circuit. This is the first time the city of Carlsbad and the spa resort of Karlovy Vary, in the Czech Republic, will host a World Cup event. With plenty of challenging courses in the stunning town, we will welcome the triathletes this Sunday for the 2017 ITU Karlovy Vary World Cup. Like previous World Cup Series, we are expecting loud and tremendous cheers from the crowds encouraging the athletes through the 1500m swim in the Rolava lake, followed by a 40km ride along the streets of Karlovy Vary and four laps of 2.5 km each to finish the race. Men’s Preview A large field of 66 men will be taking the start line in the open-air pool of Rolava this Sunday for the first edition of the Karlovy Vary World Cup, in the heart of the Czech Republic. The well-known Russian brothers, Igor and Dmitry Polyanskiy, will surely be among the ones to watch. Both brothers are very strong swimmers and are used to standard distance races which is exactly what Karlovy Vary has to offer. Igor will be aiming for his first podium of the season, while his older brother, Dmitry, will try to redeem himself as he has not had the best season, with only one podium on his World Cup tally this year. But the Russian duo will have some really strong contenders in the first few strokes in the pool, like Richard Varga, who definitely will try to shine in the 1500m swim and add another race to his record 32-straight races leading out of the water. The seven laps on the city circuit of the bike race, with some areas of corrugated terrain, will probably be the perfect stage for strong riders including Seth Rider and Eric Lagerstrom. Both Americans will be joined in their efforts with some of the usual names on the WTS circuits, such as Jonas Schomburg, who finished 15th in WTS Stockholm, Hungarian Gabor Faldum, who finished 10th in Yokohama or Italian Alessandro Fabian. Along with those strong competitors, some of the other regulars on the circuit vying for the podium of this season’s World Cups, include Wian Sullwald (AUS), Stefan Zachäus (LUX) and Jumpei Furuya (JPN), who will be racing on the streets of the beautiful spa town. Women’s Preview Karlovy Vary will be the perfect scenario for Japanese Ai Ueda (bronze medal in the 2016 overall rankings) to come back after a broken collarbone that took her out of most races this season....

World Cup action returns this weekend with the Karlovy Vary race

Triathlon News - Thu, 31/08/2017 - 14:45
Some of the world’s top 100 triathletes will take the stage this weekend in the beautiful spa city of Karlovy Vary for the ninth stop of the World Cup circuit. This is the first time the city of Carlsbad and the spa resort of Karlovy Vary, in the Czech Republic, will host a World Cup event. With plenty of challenging courses in the stunning town, we will welcome the triathletes this Sunday for the 2017 ITU Karlovy Vary World Cup. Like previous World Cup Series, we are expecting loud and tremendous cheers from the crowds encouraging the athletes through the 1500m swim in the Rolava lake, followed by a 40km ride along the streets of Karlovy Vary and four laps of 2.5 km each to finish the race. Men’s Preview A large field of 66 men will be taking the start line in the open-air pool of Rolava this Sunday for the first edition of the Karlovy Vary World Cup, in the heart of the Czech Republic. The well-known Russian brothers, Igor and Dmitry Polyanskiy, will surely be among the ones to watch. Both brothers are very strong swimmers and are used to standard distance races which is exactly what Karlovy Vary has to offer. Igor will be aiming for his first podium of the season, while his older brother, Dmitry, will try to redeem himself as he has not had the best season, with only one podium on his World Cup tally this year. But the Russian duo will have some really strong contenders in the first few strokes in the pool, like Richard Varga, who definitely will try to shine in the 1500m swim and add another race to his record 32-straight races leading out of the water. The seven laps on the city circuit of the bike race, with some areas of corrugated terrain, will probably be the perfect stage for strong riders including Seth Rider and Eric Lagerstrom. Both Americans will be joined in their efforts with some of the usual names on the WTS circuits, such as Jonas Schomburg, who finished 15th in WTS Stockholm, Hungarian Gabor Faldum, who finished 10th in Yokohama or Italian Alessandro Fabian. Along with those strong competitors, some of the other regulars on the circuit vying for the podium of this season’s World Cups, include Wian Sullwald (AUS), Stefan Zachäus (LUX) and Jumpei Furuya (JPN), who will be racing on the streets of the beautiful spa town. Women’s Preview Karlovy Vary will be the perfect scenario for Japanese Ai Ueda (bronze medal in the 2016 overall rankings) to come back after a broken collarbone that took her out of most races this season....

World Cup action returns this weekend with the Karlovy Vary race

Triathlon News - Thu, 31/08/2017 - 14:45
Some of the world’s top 100 triathletes will take the stage this weekend in the beautiful spa city of Karlovy Vary for the ninth stop of the World Cup circuit. This is the first time the city of Carlsbad and the spa resort of Karlovy Vary, in the Czech Republic, will host a World Cup event. With plenty of challenging courses in the stunning town, we will welcome the triathletes this Sunday for the 2017 ITU Karlovy Vary World Cup. Like previous World Cup Series, we are expecting loud and tremendous cheers from the crowds encouraging the athletes through the 1500m swim in the Rolava lake, followed by a 40km ride along the streets of Karlovy Vary and four laps of 2.5 km each to finish the race. Men’s Preview A large field of 66 men will be taking the start line in the open-air pool of Rolava this Sunday for the first edition of the Karlovy Vary World Cup, in the heart of the Czech Republic. The well-known Russian brothers, Igor and Dmitry Polyanskiy, will surely be among the ones to watch. Both brothers are very strong swimmers and are used to standard distance races which is exactly what Karlovy Vary has to offer. Igor will be aiming for his first podium of the season, while his older brother, Dmitry, will try to redeem himself as he has not had the best season, with only one podium on his World Cup tally this year. But the Russian duo will have some really strong contenders in the first few strokes in the pool, like Richard Varga, who definitely will try to shine in the 1500m swim and add another race to his record 32-straight races leading out of the water. The seven laps on the city circuit of the bike race, with some areas of corrugated terrain, will probably be the perfect stage for strong riders including Seth Rider and Eric Lagerstrom. Both Americans will be joined in their efforts with some of the usual names on the WTS circuits, such as Jonas Schomburg, who finished 15th in WTS Stockholm, Hungarian Gabor Faldum, who finished 10th in Yokohama or Italian Alessandro Fabian. Along with those strong competitors, some of the other regulars on the circuit vying for the podium of this season’s World Cups, include Wian Sullwald (AUS), Stefan Zachäus (LUX) and Jumpei Furuya (JPN), who will be racing on the streets of the beautiful spa town. Women’s Preview Karlovy Vary will be the perfect scenario for Japanese Ai Ueda (bronze medal in the 2016 overall rankings) to come back after a broken collarbone that took her out of most races this season....

Proton hosts an ASTC Development Camp

Triathlon News - Mon, 28/08/2017 - 14:11
Twelve young and aspiring triathletes from South East Asia were given the opportunity to take part in the South East Asian Sport Development camp, facilitated by Team ASTC Head coach Peter Clifford from Australia. The camp took place at the University of Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Proton City, Malaysia from August 22 to 28 right after the South East Asian Games. Each day, Peter Clifford conducted various sessions composed of basic speed and agility drills, Swim-Bike-Run-transition skills, stretching, and strength and conditioning with nine coaches from seven different countries such as Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. After the dinner break, all participants finished off the day with classroom sessions covering anti-doping, nutrition, training program and team management issues. The last day of camp ended up with individual and team events of duathlon, and aquathlon individual event. Everyone then came together for cultural activities such as tour and singing in live music cafe as a great way to finish off a successful camp experience. The purpose of this camp was not only to give young triathletes the opportunity to learn triathlon skills and become a better triathlete, but to also get along with other athlete from other countries. “I am really happy to see potentials in participating athletes. I want the athletes and coaches to understand that they need to train consistently to develop themselves to next level through this camp,” said Peter Clifford, head coach of the Team ASTC. “I really appreciate the Malaysian Triathlon Association staff and coaches who have been working overtime to make the camp safe and fun for all of the participants,” said Ki, Wookyong, ITU-ASTC Sport Development Coordinator. Next ASTC SD project is the ITU level 2 coaching course in Hong Kong from November 28 to December 3.

Aussie Sarah Crowley earns first-time Long Distance World Crown

Triathlon News - Mon, 28/08/2017 - 01:46
Executing a phenomenal run performance in her first ITU long distance event of her career, Aussie Sarah Crowley was crowned victorious at the 2017 Penticton ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship. After batting a time deficit from being down in the swim and chasing a race leader for the entirety of the bike, Crowley bypassed the frontrunner in the second lap of the run to grab the excitedly grab the finish tape to seize her first-career world title. “It is pretty unreal. I didn’t go into today expecting that at all, everything just went to plan other than falling over at the start of the swim. But I did have a good day though, I worked pretty hard after that, but yeah I had a good day and I am really happy,” Crowley said of her victory. Coming in second place was Helle Frederiksen (DEN) who dominated the first two legs of the race before finally giving it up to Crowley in the run. Taking the final spot on the podium then went to Canadian Heather Wurtele, who battled hard for her position after a not-so successive swim. The women’s field toed up to the start list with a stacked roster filled with talent on longer distance courses. With three-kilometres in the Okagangan Lake to welcome the swim, the calm waters were a nice escape from windy conditions that left the lake choppy in days prior. In the longer format the field tends to find some gaping and this was no exception. Frederiksen was the clear swim leader, exiting back onto the sandy beach alone but with only a slight advantage. The chase that included Camillia Pedersen (DEN), Leanda Cave (GBR) and Rachel McBride (CAN) were hot on the tails of Frederiksen. The bike was crushed by Frederiksen, she grabbed hold of the tiny lead she earned in the water and ran with it. Lap after lap she gained speed and had created a gap for herself to ride solo untouched. The chase group contained McBride, Pedersen, Wurtele, Crowley, Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) and Cave. Upon entering the run, Frederiksen had gained a healthy lead of minutes. But running a 30-kilometre distance was a first for the Danish as her previous ITU races were at the Olympic level, which meant it was an unknown of what her body could do. Holding firm in the first 10 kilometres, Frederiksen started to slow her pace and the women chasing her, who have more experience on the longer course, were closing in. Crowley then made her move on the second lap, sending it into overdrive and bypassing Frederiksen for the first...

Aussie Sarah Crowley earns first-time Long Distance World Crown

Triathlon News - Mon, 28/08/2017 - 01:46
Executing a phenomenal run performance in her first ITU long distance event of her career, Aussie Sarah Crowley was crowned victorious at the 2017 Penticton ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship. After batting a time deficit from being down in the swim and chasing a race leader for the entirety of the bike, Crowley bypassed the frontrunner in the second lap of the run to grab the excitedly grab the finish tape to seize her first-career world title. “It is pretty unreal. I didn’t go into today expecting that at all, everything just went to plan other than falling over at the start of the swim. But I did have a good day though, I worked pretty hard after that, but yeah I had a good day and I am really happy,” Crowley said of her victory. Coming in second place was Helle Frederiksen (DEN) who dominated the first two legs of the race before finally giving it up to Crowley in the run. Taking the final spot on the podium then went to Canadian Heather Wurtele, who battled hard for her position after a not-so successive swim. The women’s field toed up to the start list with a stacked roster filled with talent on longer distance courses. With three-kilometres in the Okagangan Lake to welcome the swim, the calm waters were a nice escape from windy conditions that left the lake choppy in days prior. In the longer format the field tends to find some gaping and this was no exception. Frederiksen was the clear swim leader, exiting back onto the sandy beach alone but with only a slight advantage. The chase that included Camillia Pedersen (DEN), Leanda Cave (GBR) and Rachel McBride (CAN) were hot on the tails of Frederiksen. The bike was crushed by Frederiksen, she grabbed hold of the tiny lead she earned in the water and ran with it. Lap after lap she gained speed and had created a gap for herself to ride solo untouched. The chase group contained McBride, Pedersen, Wurtele, Crowley, Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) and Cave. Upon entering the run, Frederiksen had gained a healthy lead of minutes. But running a 30-kilometre distance was a first for the Danish as her previous ITU races were at the Olympic level, which meant it was an unknown of what her body could do. Holding firm in the first 10 kilometres, Frederiksen started to slow her pace and the women chasing her, who have more experience on the longer course, were closing in. Crowley then made her move on the second lap, sending it into overdrive and bypassing Frederiksen for the first...

Aussie Sarah Crowley earns first-time Long Distance World Crown

Triathlon News - Mon, 28/08/2017 - 01:46
Executing a phenomenal run performance in her first ITU long distance event of her career, Aussie Sarah Crowley was crowned victorious at the 2017 Penticton ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship. After batting a time deficit from being down in the swim and chasing a race leader for the entirety of the bike, Crowley bypassed the frontrunner in the second lap of the run to grab the excitedly grab the finish tape to seize her first-career world title. “It is pretty unreal. I didn’t go into today expecting that at all, everything just went to plan other than falling over at the start of the swim. But I did have a good day though, I worked pretty hard after that, but yeah I had a good day and I am really happy,” Crowley said of her victory. Coming in second place was Helle Frederiksen (DEN) who dominated the first two legs of the race before finally giving it up to Crowley in the run. Taking the final spot on the podium then went to Canadian Heather Wurtele, who battled hard for her position after a not-so successive swim. The women’s field toed up to the start list with a stacked roster filled with talent on longer distance courses. With three-kilometres in the Okagangan Lake to welcome the swim, the calm waters were a nice escape from windy conditions that left the lake choppy in days prior. In the longer format the field tends to find some gaping and this was no exception. Frederiksen was the clear swim leader, exiting back onto the sandy beach alone but with only a slight advantage. The chase that included Camillia Pedersen (DEN), Leanda Cave (GBR) and Rachel McBride (CAN) were hot on the tails of Frederiksen. The bike was crushed by Frederiksen, she grabbed hold of the tiny lead she earned in the water and ran with it. Lap after lap she gained speed and had created a gap for herself to ride solo untouched. The chase group contained McBride, Pedersen, Wurtele, Crowley, Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) and Cave. Upon entering the run, Frederiksen had gained a healthy lead of minutes. But running a 30-kilometre distance was a first for the Danish as her previous ITU races were at the Olympic level, which meant it was an unknown of what her body could do. Holding firm in the first 10 kilometres, Frederiksen started to slow her pace and the women chasing her, who have more experience on the longer course, were closing in. Crowley then made her move on the second lap, sending it into overdrive and bypassing Frederiksen for the first...

Canadian Lionel Sanders win Long Distance World Championship on home soil

Triathlon News - Mon, 28/08/2017 - 00:21
With cheers of a home nation crowd, Canada’s own Lionel Sanders claimed victory to become the 2017 Penticton ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Champion. Overcoming a large deficit from the swim and a flat tire on the bike, the Canadian delivered a come-from-behind performance to collect his first world honour of his career. “That has got to be the hardest I have ever ran. Unfortunately I got a flat on the bike, the technical descent scared the crap out of me. I think it was a testament of two things: always carry a spare and second, it is not over until it is over.” Lionel said. “I like adversity. I don’t ask for it but it always seems to come for me. So I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to win this thing, with a flat tire and that became my motivation, so you can do a lot of things when you are highly motivated.” Taking the silver medal was Joshua Amberger (AUS), who held the race lead for the majority of the competition. The bronze then went to another Aussie, Joe Gambles. Preparing for a full morning of triathlon racing, the men’s roster lined up for an early start to kick off the last day of competitions at the 2017 Penticton Multisport World Championships event. The 24-deep list of elite men ran from their beach start into the Okagagan Lake to start the three-kilometre lap swim. The swim course included two long one-kilometre straight parts that intended to split the field. Two men managed to get the edge, Amberger and Spaniard Pablo Dapena Gonzalez exited the waters first with a lead of about two minutes over a pack of four men such as Mark Buckingham (GBR) and Andy Potts (USA). Sanders was about four minutes down in the swim, but is known to always make a comeback in the next two legs of the race. Once onto the bike, Amberger quickly separated himself as the race leader. He intensified his lead pedal after pedal. The 120-kilometre bike allowed for many changes in the field among the top ten, but all kept gunning for the Aussie. Frenchman and the 2016 ITU Long Distance World Champion, Sylvain Sudrie pushed himself into the silver position, with Canada’s Sanders in hot pursuit. Eventually Sanders overtook Sudrie near the middle of the bike leg, but a flat tire out on the course pushed Sanders back in third as the two headed back into the second transition. Amberger sped into T2 after dominating on the bike; he had created over a three-minute lead over the chase. However, the run is Amberger’s softer spot, which meant that every second...

Canadian Lionel Sanders win Long Distance World Championship on home soil

Triathlon News - Mon, 28/08/2017 - 00:21
With cheers of a home nation crowd, Canada’s own Lionel Sanders claimed victory to become the 2017 Penticton ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Champion. Overcoming a large deficit from the swim and a flat tire on the bike, the Canadian delivered a come-from-behind performance to collect his first world honour of his career. “That has got to be the hardest I have ever ran. Unfortunately I got a flat on the bike, the technical descent scared the crap out of me. I think it was a testament of two things: always carry a spare and second, it is not over until it is over.” Lionel said. “I like adversity. I don’t ask for it but it always seems to come for me. So I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to win this thing, with a flat tire and that became my motivation, so you can do a lot of things when you are highly motivated.” Taking the silver medal was Joshua Amberger (AUS), who held the race lead for the majority of the competition. The bronze then went to another Aussie, Joe Gambles. Preparing for a full morning of triathlon racing, the men’s roster lined up for an early start to kick off the last day of competitions at the 2017 Penticton Multisport World Championships event. The 24-deep list of elite men ran from their beach start into the Okagagan Lake to start the three-kilometre lap swim. The swim course included two long one-kilometre straight parts that intended to split the field. Two men managed to get the edge, Amberger and Spaniard Pablo Dapena Gonzalez exited the waters first with a lead of about two minutes over a pack of four men such as Mark Buckingham (GBR) and Andy Potts (USA). Sanders was about four minutes down in the swim, but is known to always make a comeback in the next two legs of the race. Once onto the bike, Amberger quickly separated himself as the race leader. He intensified his lead pedal after pedal. The 120-kilometre bike allowed for many changes in the field among the top ten, but all kept gunning for the Aussie. Frenchman and the 2016 ITU Long Distance World Champion, Sylvain Sudrie pushed himself into the silver position, with Canada’s Sanders in hot pursuit. Eventually Sanders overtook Sudrie near the middle of the bike leg, but a flat tire out on the course pushed Sanders back in third as the two headed back into the second transition. Amberger sped into T2 after dominating on the bike; he had created over a three-minute lead over the chase. However, the run is Amberger’s softer spot, which meant that every second...

Canadian Lionel Sanders win Long Distance World Championship on home soil

Triathlon News - Mon, 28/08/2017 - 00:21
With cheers of a home nation crowd, Canada’s own Lionel Sanders claimed victory to become the 2017 Penticton ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Champion. Overcoming a large deficit from the swim and a flat tire on the bike, the Canadian delivered a come-from-behind performance to collect his first world honour of his career. “That has got to be the hardest I have ever ran. Unfortunately I got a flat on the bike, the technical descent scared the crap out of me. I think it was a testament of two things: always carry a spare and second, it is not over until it is over.” Lionel said. “I like adversity. I don’t ask for it but it always seems to come for me. So I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to win this thing, with a flat tire and that became my motivation, so you can do a lot of things when you are highly motivated.” Taking the silver medal was Joshua Amberger (AUS), who held the race lead for the majority of the competition. The bronze then went to another Aussie, Joe Gambles. Preparing for a full morning of triathlon racing, the men’s roster lined up for an early start to kick off the last day of competitions at the 2017 Penticton Multisport World Championships event. The 24-deep list of elite men ran from their beach start into the Okagagan Lake to start the three-kilometre lap swim. The swim course included two long one-kilometre straight parts that intended to split the field. Two men managed to get the edge, Amberger and Spaniard Pablo Dapena Gonzalez exited the waters first with a lead of about two minutes over a pack of four men such as Mark Buckingham (GBR) and Andy Potts (USA). Sanders was about four minutes down in the swim, but is known to always make a comeback in the next two legs of the race. Once onto the bike, Amberger quickly separated himself as the race leader. He intensified his lead pedal after pedal. The 120-kilometre bike allowed for many changes in the field among the top ten, but all kept gunning for the Aussie. Frenchman and the 2016 ITU Long Distance World Champion, Sylvain Sudrie pushed himself into the silver position, with Canada’s Sanders in hot pursuit. Eventually Sanders overtook Sudrie near the middle of the bike leg, but a flat tire out on the course pushed Sanders back in third as the two headed back into the second transition. Amberger sped into T2 after dominating on the bike; he had created over a three-minute lead over the chase. However, the run is Amberger’s softer spot, which meant that every second...

Long Distance Champions to be crowned to close out Penticton

Triathlon News - Sun, 27/08/2017 - 01:41
The most anticipated race of the whole multisport festival, the 2017 Penticton ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships has arrived and is bringing forth a deep list of strong elite athletes that are eager to showcase the world their talent at the longer course. The course contains a three-kilometre swim, a 120-kilometre bike course that winds around the two lakes surrounding the city of Penticton and then finishes with a 30-kilomtre three-lap run course that will tour through the downtown streets of the city. Women’s Preview Topping the women’s field is one of Canada’s own: Rachel McBride. McBride or “The Tiger” is known as Canada’s up and coming talent or winning quite a few long course races. She also won the bronze medal last year in the ITU World Championship in Oklahoma, so knows what it takes to make the podium. Another Canadian racing is Melanie McQuaid, who will be competing after she won the cross triathlon world championship in Penticton just a few days ago. Leanda Cave of Great Britain is among the start list and will be a huge threat. She is only person who has won both ITU Standard Distance World Championships in 2002 and the ITU Long Distance World Championships in 2007. This distance is her strength however, so she will be a top performer on Sunday. Denmark’s Camilla Pedersen is also a previous Long Distance Course World Championship, which is was in 2014. Her title win was one of miraculous proportions, because she suffered a crash the year before and then came back to win the crown. Aussies Melissa Hauschildt and Sarah Crowley are frontrunners as well. Hauschildt was the ITU Long Distance World Champ in 2013 and is a really consistent triathlete and one of the top runners in the field. Whereas Crowley has won some more recent long distance races and is one of the best talents on the bike and run. One of the top names is another Canadian, Heather Wurtele. She is very successful on long distance courses and has multiple titles under her belt in the Ironman world. And one more Canadian to watch is Jen Annett, while she may not be one of the top threats, she was born in Penticton, giving her a home turf advantage. Men’s Preview The men’s field is a long and talent filled list of athletes that signifies that the world title could go in any direction. One of the most obvious choices to win on Sunday is the 2016 reigning champion, Frenchman Sylvain Sudrie. He was also the 2011 champion and has had a handful...

Jonny Brownlee gets his first WTS win of the season in Stockholm

Triathlon News - Sat, 26/08/2017 - 18:36
Jonathan Brownlee got his first victory of the season after performing a perfect race in 2017 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm. “A great swim, a breakaway on the bike and I pushed hard on the run”, as he said after the race. A perfect combination to redeem himself from his disappointing 4th place in the previous two races. After him, silver and bronze was decided on a sprint finish uphill, with Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) claiming the silver and Pierre Le Corre (FRA) bronze. “It’s been a tough few months for me, and I guess that’s how it feels to feel normal again”, said Jonny after the race. “The swim didn’t hurt, the bike didn’t hurt, and the first laps of the run didn’t hurt. It only started hurting with 2 km to go, and that’s great. I hate having bad races, I hate finishing bad after races, so it feels great to be back again. It was nice to actually perform a full triathlon”. The race started with an amazing day in Stockholm, sunny and warm, and 54 men taking the start on the pontoon in Riddarfjärden. As is becoming a tradition on the ITU circuit, Slovakian Richard Varga lead the squad during the 1500m swim. He was closely followed by one of the biggest favorites in Stockholm, the younger Brownlee, as well as Aaron Royle (AUS) and Andrea Salvisberg (SUI). When they took off on their bikes, a group of seven riders tried to break away from the very outset. Brownlee, Royle, Dorian Coninx (FRA), Salvisberg, Jonas Schomburg (ITU), Justus Nieschlag (GER) and Varga, with Varga falling off the back of the pack on the first Royal Palace hill climb. The six remaining competitors built a strong rhythm in order to open a wide gap from the chasers. This worked quite well lap after lap and increased the gap to one minute. Behind them, Mario Mola (ESP) and Kristian Blummenfelt led the chasing group working hard on the cobble stones of the old city. Uphill climbs and technical turns turned into a nightmare for some strong riders, including Spaniard Fernando Alarza, who crashed on the second lap. When it all came to the run, Jonny Brownlee smashed the rest of the small group by performing an incredibly fast transition uphill. Only Royle and Nieschlag were able to keep up the pace, which meant that Jonny run solo for 10km. But right behind the duo, six men were aiming for a podium position: Mola, Blummenfelt, Ryan Sissons, Tom Bishop, Pierre Le Corre and Salvisberg. On the bell lap, the six-man group chased Royle, Nieschlag and Mario, who were after Jonny, but the...

Jonny Brownlee gets his first WTS win of the season in Stockholm

Triathlon News - Sat, 26/08/2017 - 18:36
Jonathan Brownlee got his first victory of the season after performing a perfect race in 2017 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm. “A great swim, a breakaway on the bike and I pushed hard on the run”, as he said after the race. A perfect combination to redeem himself from his disappointing 4th place in the previous two races. After him, silver and bronze was decided on a sprint finish uphill, with Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) claiming the silver and Pierre Le Corre (FRA) bronze. “It’s been a tough few months for me, and I guess that’s how it feels to feel normal again”, said Jonny after the race. “The swim didn’t hurt, the bike didn’t hurt, and the first laps of the run didn’t hurt. It only started hurting with 2 km to go, and that’s great. I hate having bad races, I hate finishing bad after races, so it feels great to be back again. It was nice to actually perform a full triathlon”. The race started with an amazing day in Stockholm, sunny and warm, and 54 men taking the start on the pontoon in Riddarfjärden. As is becoming a tradition on the ITU circuit, Slovakian Richard Varga lead the squad during the 1500m swim. He was closely followed by one of the biggest favorites in Stockholm, the younger Brownlee, as well as Aaron Royle (AUS) and Andrea Salvisberg (SUI). When they took off on their bikes, a group of seven riders tried to break away from the very outset. Brownlee, Royle, Dorian Coninx (FRA), Salvisberg, Jonas Schomburg (ITU), Justus Nieschlag (GER) and Varga, with Varga falling off the back of the pack on the first Royal Palace hill climb. The six remaining competitors built a strong rhythm in order to open a wide gap from the chasers. This worked quite well lap after lap and increased the gap to one minute. Behind them, Mario Mola (ESP) and Kristian Blummenfelt led the chasing group working hard on the cobble stones of the old city. Uphill climbs and technical turns turned into a nightmare for some strong riders, including Spaniard Fernando Alarza, who crashed on the second lap. When it all came to the run, Jonny Brownlee smashed the rest of the small group by performing an incredibly fast transition uphill. Only Royle and Nieschlag were able to keep up the pace, which meant that Jonny run solo for 10km. But right behind the duo, six men were aiming for a podium position: Mola, Blummenfelt, Ryan Sissons, Tom Bishop, Pierre Le Corre and Salvisberg. On the bell lap, the six-man group chased Royle, Nieschlag and Mario, who were after Jonny, but the...

Jonny Brownlee gets his first WTS win of the season in Stockholm

Triathlon News - Sat, 26/08/2017 - 18:36
Jonathan Brownlee got his first victory of the season after performing a perfect race in 2017 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm. “A great swim, a breakaway on the bike and I pushed hard on the run”, as he said after the race. A perfect combination to redeem himself from his disappointing 4th place in the previous two races. After him, silver and bronze was decided on a sprint finish uphill, with Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) claiming the silver and Pierre Le Corre (FRA) bronze. “It’s been a tough few months for me, and I guess that’s how it feels to feel normal again”, said Jonny after the race. “The swim didn’t hurt, the bike didn’t hurt, and the first laps of the run didn’t hurt. It only started hurting with 2 km to go, and that’s great. I hate having bad races, I hate finishing bad after races, so it feels great to be back again. It was nice to actually perform a full triathlon”. The race started with an amazing day in Stockholm, sunny and warm, and 54 men taking the start on the pontoon in Riddarfjärden. As is becoming a tradition on the ITU circuit, Slovakian Richard Varga lead the squad during the 1500m swim. He was closely followed by one of the biggest favorites in Stockholm, the younger Brownlee, as well as Aaron Royle (AUS) and Andrea Salvisberg (SUI). When they took off on their bikes, a group of seven riders tried to break away from the very outset. Brownlee, Royle, Dorian Coninx (FRA), Salvisberg, Jonas Schomburg (ITU), Justus Nieschlag (GER) and Varga, with Varga falling off the back of the pack on the first Royal Palace hill climb. The six remaining competitors built a strong rhythm in order to open a wide gap from the chasers. This worked quite well lap after lap and increased the gap to one minute. Behind them, Mario Mola (ESP) and Kristian Blummenfelt led the chasing group working hard on the cobble stones of the old city. Uphill climbs and technical turns turned into a nightmare for some strong riders, including Spaniard Fernando Alarza, who crashed on the second lap. When it all came to the run, Jonny Brownlee smashed the rest of the small group by performing an incredibly fast transition uphill. Only Royle and Nieschlag were able to keep up the pace, which meant that Jonny run solo for 10km. But right behind the duo, six men were aiming for a podium position: Mola, Blummenfelt, Ryan Sissons, Tom Bishop, Pierre Le Corre and Salvisberg. On the bell lap, the six-man group chased Royle, Nieschlag and Mario, who were after Jonny, but the...

Flora Duffy repeats WTS Stockholm victory to collect fifth win of season

Triathlon News - Sat, 26/08/2017 - 16:08
Becoming only the second woman in ITU history to have won five World Triathlon Series races in a single season, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy secured the place in history after a dominating victory at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm. The win secured her the overall Series leader position going into the Rotterdam Grand Final next month as she will enter the race with a perfect score of 4000 points in the effort of retaining her world title. “I was very happy with today to execute a solid race in the swim, bike and run. My swim has been a little shakier this year so it was nice to come out third behind Jess (Learmonth) and Lucy (Hall), it was a perfect position. And then onto the bike we were hammering on that first lap to create a gap and that kind of set the race up perfectly,” Duffy said. Speaking of her position before Rotterdam, “That is the reason that I came here, I had five pretty good scores before today, but as you said you never know what is going to happen. With the Grand Final being points and a half you kind of want to go in there with have the biggest buffer that you can to make sure you can absolutely give yourself the world title.” Taking the silver medal was Great Britain’s Jessica Learmonth, who earned her first career WTS medal, while the bronze went to Aussie Ashleigh Gentle who had a come-from-behind performance that gave her a fourth podium finish this season. Learmonth said, “It is amazing, I can’t really believe it to be honest. It was hard work, but I am delighted.” While the day before in Stockholm it was overcast with rain in the forecast, the skies cleared just in time for WTS racing. With a pontoon dive, the women first had to overcome a longer 1000 metre lap followed by a second lap of half the distance at only 500 metres. The British were the swiftest in the water to start as Learmonth and Lucy Hall managed to get out in front. The distance of the first lap really separated the field into a long line of swimmers with small groups gaped out among the course. Duffy kept up with the consistency of her swim this season and remained just on the heels of the two Brits. Staying the leader throughout, Learmonth exited the water first for the third time this 2017 season, followed by Hall, Duffy and Katie Zaferes (USA). After a quick first transition, Learmonth, Zaferes and Duffy caught the slight edge to race off on the bike as a threesome, Hall just missing the pack by seconds. Great Britain’s Jodie...

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