The Podium: James Cunnama, Bart Aernouts and Markus Hörmann at Challenge Poznan.
Markus Hörmann and Diana Riesler raced the Half-Challenge at Poznan this weekend. It turned out to be breakthrough performances from them both. Markus is my youngest pro athlete and he has already shown really good performances but never hit a podium in a strong field. He had a good swim, but already started to make his way through the field in T1 and continued to do so on the bike. On the run course he was 5th until 1km before the finish line. With me going furious and shouting at him at the side of the course he pulled out a strong finish and stormed into third, passing Heemeryck and Molinari, only a few 100 meters before the finish line. Very happy for this podium behind Bart Aernouts and James Cunnama in such a strong field.
Diana Riesler was on her best today, except of the swim and transition times! She was 7mins back after T1 and her race was more or less over. She started the bike to at least get in some training. But on the bike she soon started to find her rhythm, pass some girls and realise that probably not everything is lost and worked herself through the field on the bike. To everybody’s surprise she came off the bike first and had almost a 2 minute lead over Radka Vodickova. She ran like she has never ran before and achieved a personal best half marathon split and won Half-Challenge Poznan! Our two weeks camp with the Trisutto.com squad in St. Moritz and some speed work definitely worked. Also a great follow up for Diana following her Ironman victory at Lanzarote earlier in May.
Para-Cyclist Thomas Schäfer had two solid performances. Within two days Thomas picked two 5th places at the para-cycling World Cup in Elzach. Friday was the time trail race and on Sunday the road race. Both races are already part of our lead in for the World Champs next weekend in Notwill (CH), so no wonder he carried a lit bit of fatigue through those races. Thomas is looking forward to race there and to qualify for the Olympics in Rio in 2016.
Finally, also very happy with Carson Christen’s run at the 15km run race at Nordic Fest Elvelopet, where he achieved his personal best over 15km and was the first non-high school or college runner! For the past week, we worked hard to improve his run. He had never run so much, so often and so long. Very happy that all that works is paying dividends.
Due to demand for St. Moritz summer triathlon camps, Jo Spindler and Brett Sutton will be hosting an additional 7-day age group camp from August 17th to August 23rd. Book here.
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
A cold wet day at Ironman Canada for Minsok Pak, riding much of the bike in one gear when his Di2 stopped working in the cold and wet, but toughed it out for a commendable 11th place.
Cudos to Tyler Baum, who after a number of months of injury, and relocation for work, started Ironman Lake Placid, having a good swim, and bike.
Congratulations to Jordan Bryden, fabulous first step back to racing at 70.3 Calgary. The benefits of 3 weeks at camp and hurrying slowly starting to show through. We are on our way.
TOP 10 PRO Men – Finish
2 3:50:45 0:02 1 Andy Potts USA
3 3:57:01 6:18 7 Justin Metzler USA
4 3:57:57 7:15 24 Matt Lieto USA
5 3:58:20 7:38 3 Chris Leiferman USA
6 3:59:07 8:25 23 Jordan Bryden CAN
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Great to see Mariana Andrade bounce back quickly after a frustrating race Ironman in Zurich last week. Just one week back home in Brazil she decided at the last moment to race the GP Winter triathlon and was rewarded with a a win.
Congratulations also to Jessie Donavan, who after an excellent swim battled bravely in very cold and wet conditions at Ironman Canada and finished 6th in the women’s Pro field.
Well done to all athletes competing this weekend.
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