'It was a great day for all at the inaugural Spirit Triathlon Series with the opening race at Portocolom. While the racing was excellent what was more important was that the actual DNA of the race matches ours. A challenging course surrounded by fun, camaraderie and a great feeling of togetherness, something at races I haven't felt for some time.
Just a great April experience to kick the season off. My thanks to David and his team for producing a triathlon in the spirit of its founders. Super weekend.'
Photo Credit: Ingo Kutsche
A fabulous weekend of racing at Triathlon Internacional Portocolom. It was fantastic to have eleven Home of Triathlon athletes on the start line, Pro's and Age Groupers alike.
In the Professional women's race Nina was strong from start to finish on a course to her liking, finishing second across the line and is the early leader of the European Triathlon League. A great start to the year, well done Nina!
After leading out the swim, Michelle had a solid bike and strong finish on the run. Was wonderful to see Michelle back racing, finishing with an excellent 7th place.
Sarah started her first pro race with a good swim, and bike. She fought hard on the run, finishing 13th. Flora’s forte is extreme triathlon. She had a strong swim and bike, then moved up on the run for 10th. Expect to see Sarah and Flora progress through the Spirit Series, as they gain more experience in the pro ranks.
After loosing some time on the swim, Federica chased hard on the bike and run, gradually moving up during the day to finish 11th.
In the mens Pro race both Robert and Baptiste also lined up as new pros. Baptiste was amongst the leaders in the swim. He didn’t have the legs on the bike or run, but dug deep for his 23rd place finish. Robert had a slower swim, before a solid bike and run. Not having the bike descending skills of the European athletes, 18th was a respectable finish for Robert.
Michelle (top), Nina (left) and Robert (right) representing the Home of Triathlon Team.
Four of our age group athletes raced in their age group categories. Well done to Ralf, Zeinulla, Taut and Sergey - and thank you for your thoughts on your experience at our inaugural Spirit race.
Ralf showing great form on the run on route to 2nd place in his category. Photo Credit: Ingo Kutsche