A city steeped in triathlon history, the first running of 70.3 Nice also provided an opportunity to experience the World Championship course for 2019. Teammates Nina and Jeannie engaged in a ding-dong battle all day and it was great to see them both finish on the podium with 2nd and 3rd respectively. With its loooong climb and subsequent technical descent, the bike course was a huge highlight and well suited for our strong climbers. Running along the famed Promenade des Anglais Nina capped off her day with her strongest finish to date whilst Jeannie overcame painful blisters mid run to hold on for 3rd.
Nice also proved to be a great choice of race for Mariana to finish her season. Firstly overcoming the personal challenges of the massive swim start, she also stayed cool and calm on the technical descent avoiding the many 'Crash Test Dummies' falling off all around her. Finishing with 6th place in her age group, Mariana secured a World Champs qualification for next year.
Triath'Long de la Côte de Beauté
Baptiste raced in the half iron distance Triathlon cote de beauté, winning the Junior male category, and placing 11th overall in a solid field. Baptiste continues to improve and is working hard as he looks to step up into the Pro category.
ITU Grand Final - Gold Coast
Barb headed over to Australia to take on her first WTS race in over 2 years and to pick up some Olympic points in the process. Lining up at the ITU Grand Final on the Gold Coast, the athletes were met with very windy conditions and a choppy swim. Barb made a slight detour at the start of the second swim lap which proved to be costly, missing the main pack out on the bike. A hard slog in the windy conditions prevailed and was a harsh welcome back to the fast and furious racing of the WTS.
The Gold Coast World Champs presented a strong goal for Jane and she dedicated herself to a fantastic training block through the cold New Zealand winter. Jane arrived in Australia in terrific shape and excited to race. However it was not to be due to an unfortunate bike crash just 3 days before the race. A broken wrist was the result. Able to put her disappointment aside, it was uplifting to see Jane out on the course all week passionately supporting her teammates and fellow country men and women. Well done Jane, we are all very proud at how you handled this situation and look forward to seeing you back racing soon.
Sarah and Sandy headed to the Seelandtriathlon in Murten to take on the Olympic and Sprint races.
An exciting sprint finish saw Sarah snag 3rd place in her category. Leaving it all out on the race course, it was a great way to round out her Triathlon season for 2018.
After a busy work week Sandy put on the war paint and lined up against the young guns in the Sprint event. On the front foot from the get go, it was a great performance, which saw Sandy finishing as the overall winner!
Brighton and Hove Triathlon
Congratulations Jane, back in the saddle and taking on the new challenge of a Sprint distance triathlon. Despite her own doubts, Jane surprised no-one with a great performance and crossing the line first overall! Looking forward to going around again next week!