ITU World Cup and Mooloolaba Triathlon - Australia
An action packed weekend of racing in Mooloolaba at our Home of Triathlon team Aussie base with the ITU World Cup on Saturday and the Mooloolaba Triathlon on Sunday.
Kelly-Ann and Barb kick started their ITU 2019 season at the Mooloolaba World Cup. With high start numbers, the starting positions for the beach start were a disadvantage; however Kelly-Ann had the swim of the day to lead out of the water. The bike all came together mid race, with Barb showing her strength to help close the gap to the front group of 4. The fast technical bike course saw a lot of efforts to keep in the front part of the large group. On the run Barb ran through to a 9th place finish, with Kelly-Ann making a surge in the final km to move up to 8th. In the battle for ITU points Kelly-Ann was second home of 7 Australians, and Barb was 1st Chilean. After a recovery day, ahead lies 10 days good training, before the New Plymouth ITU race in two weeks, as Barb and Kelly-Ann continue to build fitness and refine race sharpness. Well done.
Photo Credit: Viviane's Logbooklet
Gaspar, Max and Andrea had mixed results in Mooloolaba at the World Cup. Fast transitions saw them all into the main pack on the bike. Unfortunately Gaspars bike was badly damaged (DNF) when hitting a traffic cone early in the bike when he was in a great position. Andrea attacking during the bike and was excellently positioned out of T2, however needs another month to build fitness to mix it up from there. The reverse was true for Max being squeezed by the group through the tight high speed technical sections, getting off at the back of the group. A solid run moved him up, to finish first of our men and first Swiss, however it was an opportunity lost. All 3 were straight back into training, as they endeavour to show stronger racing and results at the New Plymouth ITU World Cup in two weeks.
Photo Credit: Viviane's Logbooklet
Baptiste lined up in the Open race the following day, over the Olympic Distance. Bap has the swim and bike to be in the fight but missed the feet of the main group to be 2 mins down out of the water. Riding under one hour he was on the front of a chase pack, but with the leaders riding 55 for the 40km, the run was about rounding out a fun training morning. A ride home, 4500m swim saw out Sunday Funday before back into training Monday morning
It was a whirlwind trip across the Tasman for Jane, officiating at the ITU World Cup on Saturday and racing in the new draft-legal Mooloolaba Sprint race on the Sunday. A fast swim gave Jane a resounding lead setting her up for a great day and first place in her category. Quick pack and change, and it was back on the shuttle to catch the early afternoon flight back home to New Zealand. A great weekend!
CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup - Brazil
Rei backed up last weekends race with a 4th this week at the America Cup Brasilia. This lifts Rei’s ITU points to enable starts at upcoming WTS races, as he looks to Olympic selection for Team Brasília
Blue Lagoon Triathlon - South Africa
Taut had an excellent race at the Blue Lagoon Olympic Triathlon in South Africa. His consistency showing in the race with a super second in category and 8th overall. Well done Taut.
Run from the Gun
Well done to Mariana who took on the undulating Kerslauf 10k in Switzerland and was able to push home strongly in the second half for the chocolate medal.
Robert ran a local half marathon at Reading in the UK as his Sunday long run day. An excellent 70 minute time, for this catered workout - then back into training, as we keep consistently and quietly doing the work for this Iron man.