Race results

World Cup Gold!

October 30

ITU Tongyeong World Cup - South Korea
Max went into Tongyeong World Cup, after wins at the ETU U23 Championships and U23 Swiss National Championships. Nervous prior to race day, and not sure of his own expectations, Max was able to execute his race plan close to perfection. Placing himself into the main group on the bike, and holding patient. He was able to counter all attacks on the run like his life depended on it; before launching his own all out attack closer to the finish line. Congratulations Max, is wonderful to see you win your first World Cup. Now the real work begins as we look to do the same at WTS level. 
After racing in Ecuador last week Barb globe-trotted all the way to South Korea during the week, lining up for back-to-back World Cups. Pepper was able to put any semblance of jet-lag aside, having another solid race. With a large pack finishing the bike together, it was 'on' from the start of the run. Losing some places early, Barb fought back hard on the second run loop finishing in 4th place. After a very hectic month travelling, it Is now back to Australia for Barb to settle into some consistent training. 
Dan also competed in Tongyeong, battling away on his route to collecting points for his own Olympic selection. A wetsuit malfunction during the start set him back, and was trying to catch up from then on. We wish Dan better mechanical luck at the next round of races. 
Ibiza ETU Multisport Championships - Spain 
The ETU Multisport festival continued over the week and three of our Professional women headed to Ibiza for the ETU Middle Distance Championship. They were greeted on race day with unfavourable conditions, severe thunderstorms delaying the start. The late start unfortunately resulted in the bike leg being halved, reduced to a 45km single loop; the swim and run retaining their full distance. 
It was a great start and swim by Camilla as she led the Elite Women's field out of the water, however her lead was short-lived when taking a misguided turn followed immediately by a heavy bike crash. Showing great tenacity Camilla made her way back to the front of the race where she was joined by Nina, both skilled and capable riders in the wet conditions. Suffering repercussions from her crash, unfortunately Camilla had to call it a day early in the run; always a difficult decision, but the correct one. 
On the run Sarah unleashed a storming performance as she weaved through the field on the 4 looped course, carving out an amazing 1:19 run split whilst tackling the slippery cobblestones, turns, stairs and congestion. Sarah finished with the Silver Medal, a fantastic performance, with plenty more to come! 
Nina complimented her strong bike leg with an ever-improving run, finishing her season with an encouraging 5th place. A short break now for Nina to recharge the batteries and plan her assault on 2019. 
After her great win last weekend in the duathlon, Sandy backed up mid-week with an evening aquathlon (1k swim / 5k run), finishing with a creditable bronze medal in her category. Certainly a worthwhile trip. It is now back home and on to a Swim Stimulus plan for Sandy. 
Challenge Forte Village - Sardinia 
On paper the Forte Village course looked well suited for Jeanne however the day did not pan out as she would have liked, battling the mind games which accompany a non-policed race and the stark realisation that all is NOT fair in love and war. Racing at the Professional level is indeed war and Jeannie will take much away from the experience, fuelling the fire for her next race!
Ralf was a little nervous before race start at Forte Village with the swim cancelled, and delayed bike / run start. We agreed ‘business as usual, let everyone else talk themselves out of a good performance’. A fabulous bike split, fastest by far in his category, and a solid run, saw Ralf claim a wonderful win in his category. We are very happy for Ralf who has worked so diligently for all his successes this European season.

Turkey 70.3 
Anton and Shiz  represented our age group team racing along the Turkish Riviera on the Mediterranean coast. 
Anton returned to racing after a solid swim / bike training block. An excellent swim and bike, he was 7th off the bike in his category. He did slow in the second half of the run with fewer run miles in the legs. We now have a platform to build upon, as we address run fitness. If all goes to plan Anton will line up in several warm weather 70.3s in the next months. Well done, now to continue the process. 
Also coming off a swim / bike plan, Shiz started well with a solid swim before going to battle against the large pelotons on the bike. Unfortunately this scenario is becoming a norm in many races these days, presenting an unwanted dilemma / reality for those wishing to be competitive yet race fairly. 
A moment of lost focus and Shiz found herself in a collision and on the ground. Despite acute shoulder pain, Shiz was able to carry on and her run legs came to the fore bringing her home strongly with a 7th place in her category. Post race trip to the hospital it was discovered Shiz has a dislocated shoulder; recover well Shiz.