Race Recap: Podiums across Europe

Race Recap: Podiums across Europe

Eimear Mullan finished in third place at Triathlon Gerardmer.

A relatively quieter weekend of racing from the squad following the successful build up and finish of the Ironman 70.3 World Champs.

This weekend we saw Ritchie Nicholls and Eimear Mullan racing at Triathlon Gerardmer. A good opportunity for a training race with Ritchie finishing Top 5 and backing up from the 70.3 World’s the week before. Eimear finished in third place, in typical Emu fashion running herself the podium. Great job.

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Bella_Bayliss1Great results from Marc Stettler and John Stapleton.

This weekend my squad saw two great results! Marc Stettler finished the very challenging PowerMan Zofingen long course Duathlon World Championships in 9 hours 14 minutes and 16 seconds.

I have been coaching Marc for 12 months and he has come a long way in a year!

Some years ago Marc was coached by Mat O’Halloran so he had a good idea what hard work was, but when we started 12 months ago Marc had taken some time off. In the past year he has worked really hard, been diligent every day with his training, keeping in good contact with me and we have made real progression.  He lost 30kg this year! He is in the shape of his life.  I am so proud of you Marc.

Marc has lots of goals ahead so we will continue on!

John Stapleton overcame some problems with cramping in racing that he has been having recently. Yesterday he raced The Lost Sheep, a tough Half Ironman in Ireland and had no problems! So now he will continue to work away for his next goal Ironman Barcelona.

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

MirkoMirco after his second triathlon finish. (Good to see him after St. Moritz Camp!) 

My squad had eight athletes racing in different races over the weekend.

International Triathlon, Mergozzo (Italy, Middle Distance):

1st. place for my pro athlete Martina Dogana in 4:31.38!

3rd. place with a relay team for Emanuela (she did the bike part in 3:35).

Middle distance triathlon Locarno (Switzerland):

12. place F20 for Valeria in 5:16.33

10. place F35 for Mery in 5:22.34

40. place M35 for Mirco in 5:02.56 (it was only his second triathlon at all!)

Triathlon sprint distance Cremona (Italy):

Stefano Matalucci, 1:12.39 (he is a IM athletes and did the race just as a good intense workout in prep for 70.3 Pula in 2 weeks).

Other 2 athletes did bike races to prepare upcoming triathlons:

Granfondo Scott, 105km, 1200+ : Davide finisher in 3:11

Granfondo Torino, 114km, 1810+: Marco finisher in 4:46

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Maurice_1A 1:22 minute run split for Maurice Inzirillo at the Locarno Half!

So impressed with Maurice this weekend. While he had a few technical problems he did a great job. He’ll be a bit humble to mention it but at 55 years young to run a 1:22 for 20km is very impressive after a difficult time on the bike. Here is Maurice’s race report:

Never give up. Nice swim today and out of water 7th of my group. Bike was terrible! All the shifting system Shimano DI2 was out of order. Impossible to use it. So all the bike leg was done with the big gears 53-13. I spent 10 minutes to figure out what was wrong. Impossible to reset the DI2 and impossible to shift manually the front gear to set the small one. I was so upset and ready to give up. I was finally able to move my back gear from 11 to 13 so I decided to do the bike leg with this config. Not the optimal one with 430m total elevation.  
T2 4th of my group and 46th overall. 
Run was just fantastic. 1:22.28 my best leg: 1st of my group and 11th overall! Total: 4:42.51 4th of my group and 70th overall!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Sarah Keller ran in the Switzerland Marathon Light 10km race, setting a new personal best time. Very happy for Sarah, and her consistency in training is now showing through.

Congratulations to all athletes competing over the weekend.

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Redemption Weekend for Trisutto.com Squad

Redemption Weekend for Trisutto.com Squad

Brilliant comeback performance by Eimear Mullan: 2015 Ironman 70.3 Budapest Champion.

It gave me great pleasure to see Eimear Mullan not only back competing in the races she loves so much, but to see her storm to victory in characteristic Emu fashion at Ironman 70.3 Budapest this weekend.

We all know the frustrations of having to spend most of the season on the sidelines through injury. Eimear was so proud this year to break through with a team sponsorship with Alemeda On, only to have her first year of excitement cut down by injury, leading to doubt and pressure (self-applied) in trying to please the team.

This is not a comment on Eimear’s team, who have been very supportive, but a reality for all professional sportspeople. Athletes with the best intentions can make decisions based on factors around helping a new team or sponsor, which they previously wouldn’t have considered and it affects their racing patterns. A minor niggle turns into something bigger and if you’re not careful there goes the season.

It’s all part of the learning curve of being a professional athlete. It’s now our hope and my belief that Eimear will rebuild her season from here and rack up more wins for herself and her new team. Great job.

Matt_Trautman1Remarkable turnaround from Matty Trautman. Broken clavicle to Ironman podium inside 6 weeks.

At the same race The Captain (Matt Trautman) just showed us again why we respect him so much and why every team in the sport should be chasing him. A broken clavicle 5 weeks ago and the doctors only technically passed him to begin training again last Tuesday.

Well he got some training in outrunning some of the big names in the sport with a 69 minute half marathon split and a terrific 3rd place. As expected the swim and bike are still a bit rusty following the accident, but contrary to initial fears Matty will be on the plane to our Kona camp in Jeju and will be ready to compete on the Big Island. Just a fantastic demonstration of using improvisation to overcome.

This weekend we also had Nicola Spirig returning to WTS racing in Stockholm following her win at the European Champs in Geneva. A short break and while back swimming and biking following an extended rest on the run legs to finish Top 5 was an excellent effort and one that will give her much confidence to keep racing short course up to the Olympics.

Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Bella RR1Photo credits: Athlete photography by James MitchellTriActiv Lanzarote

Another great week from my squad. Aya Stevens came a solid 5th in the professional division at 70.3 Budapest. Aya is training and racing herself into the best shape of her life, and there is no stopping her as she will finish her season off with a few more races yet 🙂   Xterra UK next weekend,

Lucy Biddlestone tried a different kind of race for her and ended up winning it! A 28km trail race on Lanzarote, Lucy is also training and racing herself into the best shape of her life and there is also no stopping her!  She has no fear!

Marc Stettler was back racing today after lots and lots of training. Dedicating his recent 2 weeks holiday to do some mega training in preparation for his big goal of the year, Zofingen long distance Duathlon.  Unfortunately Marc fell off his bike on the last day of this training block and injuring his elbow, but the past 2 weeks building back again and today did a 6 minute PB at the Lausanne Olympic distance coming 41st out of 110 guys in his age group. Well done Marc!

Finally, Andy Hamilton smashed another 25mile TT after smashing his local ParkRun the day before, Nothing is stopping Andy from being the best he can be.

Recap from Coach Andres Castillo:

Andres_CWinners are grinners: Cesar Lopez, Coach Andres, Brian Moya and Joh Flynn.

After 4 years on the island Mr. Sancho’s Triathlon did wonderful work to say goodbye in its last edition, with perfect organization and bigger prize money for the Olympic and Sprint distance races. My athlete Brian Moya in his preparation for the Cozumel World Cup won the sprint race with a 16 minutes run and Cesar was second in the Olympic distance after a hard battle. John Flynn and Tedi Quintero won their age groups and Diego placed 5th in the juniors race. Diego and Cesar are part of the Tres Hermanos Foundation and TriCozumel program and just two of the many athletes that participated in this edition from the program.

A huge thank you to the Ortega’s Family in Cozumel who for 4 years used their own resources to create an event that was competitive, but also made a whole family of many triathletes on the island and surrounding areas.

Finally, congratulations to my athletes Rodrigo Gabriel, who raced at a half marathon as training for his Ironman in October with a 1:19 split, and to Juan Sanchez who raced well in the Veracruz triathlon.

Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Melanie_BMelanie Baumann: Age group winner at Challenge Walchsee this weekend!

Congratulations to Melanie Baumann who this weekend raced the Challenge Walchsee Half and won her age group F35-39 and was 3rd fastest (fastest run) of all age group athletes. Fantastic!

Here are Melanie’s thoughts on the race:

Had a great race at Challenge Walchsee today and for the very first time I did well in all 3 legs!!! Already 11th in my age group after the swim, even though or maybe because of changing quite a lot in my swim in the last couple of weeks. On the bike I was feeling very well and I’m really happy with the 4th fastest bike split of all age groups on a really hard course. And didn’t even lose that much on the pros as well! Coming off the bike 4th in my age group, I started running down the remaining competitors to win my age group by 8 minutes with the fastest run split of all age group athletes. I even ended up finishing in 4:59:59h, so happy having done a sub 5 for the very first time, on a course I didn’t think I could do it 🙂 3rd of all age groups and 13th overall, I’m just really happy!!! Thanks, coach Lisbeth!!!

Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Martina_DOnly real champions know how to turn a bad day into a success! Congratulations Martina, proud of you!

Today we had the Italian Championship over the Middle Distance in Lovere with some great results for our team:

Martina, 2. place overall 4.47.30 – we are very satisfied with this because Marty is training for Ironman Barcelona.

Irene, 2.place cat S2  5:09.46 – first middle distance race for her (she comes from duathlon), our Trisutto.com St. Moritz camp was very good for her 🙂

Francesca, 2.place cat. M2 5:18.57. Barbara, 3.place cat M1 5:22.04.

So all women on the podiums with Martina 2nd overall. Our man, Emanuelel placed 15. in his cat S2 4:59.03. Solid performance and well done!

Finally, my other 2 athletes were racing Challenge Walchsee where Alex did a new PB 4:44.2 and Emanuela, finished in 7:54.19.

Congratulations to all my athletes competing.

Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Mariana_AMariana Andrade on the way to a podium at Challenge Maceió.

Another exciting result this week for Mariana Andrade finishing third at the inaugural Challenge Maceió in Brazil. Mariana spent 4 weeks in St.Moritz over the summer training with the Trisutto.com team and it is great to see her being rewarded for all her hard work.

Finally, all coaches and athletes extend their best wishes to Jessie Donavan who was unfortunately hit by a truck whilst out on a training ride near Cape Cod last Friday.  Jessie sustained various injuries but is expected her to make a full recovery.  She will have surgery this week to repair a broken collar bone.  We wish you well in your recovery Jessie and we know you will be back.  Hurry slowly.

Congratulations to all athletes competing this weekend.

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Born Winners – Victories for Trisutto.com Squad

Born Winners – Victories for Trisutto.com Squad

Mary Beth Ellis – 2015 Ironman Mont-Tremblant Champion.

She’s just a winner. Yesterday’s Ironman presented every conceivable obstacle for Mary Beth to have a bad day. Trained to dog tired condition, she raced Alpe D’Huez two weeks ago, which in itself was a follow up to her runner’s up position at Ironman Zurich. A plane trip, a change of time zones, no sleep the for two days as we arrived late as we could. Lesser human beings would have just raced this one for training. However they’re not the Honey Badger. When the gun goes off it doesn’t just start the race – it defines what MBE is, was and always will be: ‘The ultimate competitor’.

A little over 9-hours of giving it every thing she had. And when her body said no more? She just dug deeper and did what very few can do – improvise and overcome. Make no mistake Mary Beth is a born winner and is going to finish her career with Ironman Titles into the double figures.

Carina_BThird place for Carina Brechters at the Allgäu Triathlon Half Distance.

This weekend I was also very happy with Carina’s second attempt at the Half Ironman distance. We are working towards teaching her to ride a bike like the big dogs do. This takes time, effort and commitment. She is now showing the latter two. Time will tell if she has what it takes to do that for three years.

Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

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Embrun, France – Andrej Vistica’s already impressive 2015 season continued today with a fantastic win at the 32nd edition of Embrunman.

In addition to it’s long tradition Embrunman is famous for it’s very difficult course. With more than 3800m of ascents on the 186km bike leg and a run course that is far from easy, this race is formidable and known as the toughest iron distance event in the world. The race has cult status not only among French triathletes.

As per tradition the race started at 6:00h, in complete dark. For the first 20 minutes participants need to follow a boat with a light reflector. Vistica exited the water with Victor del Corral and with a 3 minute gap to lead group with all the main favorites.

After the first 40km of the bike ride Vistica caught the lead group and went for a solo break. His lead grew steadily and he reached second transition with 6 min lead to James Cunnama, 9 min to del Corral, while all others had double-digit gap. The ride was made even harder by the rain that started on top of Col d’Izoard. The temperature on the top was only 5 degrees Celsius.

Although Andrej’s lead was reasonable, the race was far from decided. Both Cunnama and del Corral are known as very strong runners. In the first 3km Cunnama took a minute out of his gap and it looked like a matter of time that he would take the lead. However, by the half-way point Cunnama only managed to get another 45s closer and then Andrej’s lead started growing again. At the end, Vistica added fastest run split (2:53h) to his fastest bike split and won the race with a huge margin of 12 minutes to Victor del Corral and James Cunnama.

At the finish line, Andrej was very pleased with his effort:

“This is my best race performance so far! I’m very happy! Coached by Jo Spindler, I spent the last 4 weeks in St. Moritz preparing for this race in Brett Sutton’s group and it obviously paid off.”

Andrej PodiumMen’s podium: James Cunnama, Andrej Vistica and Victor del Corral.

At the German Allgäu Triathlon (Olympic distance) our Philipp Gubler placed 2nd in his age group, beaten only by Sebi Kienle. Philipp placed 6th overall only a few seconds behind Faris al Sultan who came in 5th!

Steffen Warias raced ICan Nordhausen in Germany. The gourmet chef from Merseburg raced hard and the work paid of with a 3rd place in his Age Group. He had a solid swim and bike and at the end he hammered the half marathon in 1:36h which ended up in a 4:57h total. After a broken collarbone we’re looking forward to his first long distance at Cologne226 since 3 years now.

Thomas_SThomas Schäfer second at the ICan Nordhausen.

Finally, our para cyclist Thomas Schäfer raced the ICan Nordhausen as well but only in his parade discipline: cycling. Thomas team achieved the 2nd place in the relay category. He hammered the bike and had the 2nd fastest bike split of 2:10 over 90km of the day. Well done to all our athletes competing today.

Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

I feel happy and I have a big smile on my face today because we had some very, very good performances this weekend. The winning will come when these people work as hard as they do.

This weekend Esther and Victor were our role models for the kids at TriActiv Lanzarote.

Victor_DCVictor del Corral: Runner’s Up at Embrunman.  

I have competed in tough races all over the world, but having also raced Embrunman many times I know it is one of the hardest iron distances out there. Starting the swim in the dark at 6am, a 190km ride up and down the French Alps including the Col d’Izoard which is over 2300m, then the marathon up and down the hills of the village of Embrun. Victor has been dealing with an annoying niggle in his ankle since Ironman UK, so although we had planned to go to Embrun we knew the ankle may make the race difficult.  He had a very good swim and bike, finishing the bike in 3rd place ahead of race favourite, Marcel Zamora. After 18km on the run his ankle began to get sore and difficult but he kept his concentration, he ran 2.56 with the bad foot, passing James Cunama to come 2nd!  Congratulations Andrej Vistica who was the champion of the day with a great race. On the podium were all athletes who have been helped by Brett or by Brett’s coaches!

EstherEsther Rodriguez 2nd at TriNautico sprint distance.

I took Esther Rodriguez on at the beginning of the summer, I am very happy to be working with Esther because she is a gutsy and hard working girl, but in the need of being pointed in the right direction with some solid training.  I am really enjoying seeing Esther take this training on board and getting stronger by the day. I work with Esther at Sands Beach, she helps me with the kids training so we are a little Team. TriActiv Lanzarote continues to go from strength to strength.

Esther came 2nd at the TriNautico sprint triathlon on Lanzarote yesterday, after a solid swim bike and run.  She was a great role modal for all our juniors also racing. Now we continue with the training for her upcoming Spanish Championships and 70.3 Lanzarote.

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James Mitchell raced the same sprint triathlon. After some injury problems it was lovely to see him enjoy the afternoon race with no problems. Hollie Craddock racing also back on track after some recent injuries.

Mia Leadbeater raced the adult sprint race continuing to show her hard work and dedication to us all.  Congratulations Mia on your great race. Marcos Knight, Jorge Wilkes, Adrián Rodríguez Hernández, Juanma all raced the kids race showing us all how it is done. Well done all of you. Lots more to come from all of you and I’m very proud of you all,

Aya Stevens came 4th at the Slovakian Mountain Bike Championships as training in preparation for the upcoming Xterra UK! Richard Newey smashed his 50mile TT pb by 4 minutes in England while he continues to prepare for 70.3 Worlds then Hawaii. Great work Richard.

Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

MarianaMariana winning the 10km event at the Maratona de Santa Catarina.

Congratulations to Mariana Andrade for another win this week, this time in the 10km event at the Maratona de Santa Catarina. Sharpening up the run legs before heading to Challenge Maceio next week.

Jessie Donavan and Anne Basso both raced at Ironman Mont Tremblant. Jessie rode very strongly through the field and fought on hard to secure a 6th place finish.

Anne performed consistently across all 3 disciplines and finished in 11th place. Encouraging signs for both women.

Trisutto.com team member, Trevor Desault, representing the boys in Canada also finished a solid 6th. Great job guys.

Recap from Coach Luis Villavicencio:

Lottie Riddle


So proud of our Squaddie Lottie Riddle who in her 3rd Half Ironman distance has achieved something very special. She did a great job doing a PB and winning her Age Category! Well done Lottie, very happy for you.

Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

GiselaReichmuthGisela Reichmuth was 1st place in her category!

Well done to two of my Swiss athletes racing this weekend in cool and wet conditions in Switzerland and Germany.

Sandy Benz was 1st place female overall in the Rhyathlon at St Gallon, a local sprint triathlon.  A training race for Sandy, as she prepares for the ITU World Championships in Chicago in September.

Gisela Reichmuth was 1st place in her category, and 6th female overall at the Allgäu sprint triathlon in German.  A good results off the back of Ironman training this season 🙂

Well done to all of our athletes competing this weekend.

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Weekend of Podiums and PBs for Trisutto.com Squad

Weekend of Podiums and PBs for Trisutto.com Squad

One of my favourite races: Alpe D’Huez Triathlon 

For the first time in many years I was not able attend the Alpe D’Huez Triathlon this season. A very special race to me, having first spent a season there in 1992 and making the pilgrimage back with the squad every year since 2007.  However, Trisutto.com were well represented in spirit with many former squaddies making the journey back and our own Honey Badger (Mary Beth Ellis) and Ritchie Nicholls competing in the spectacular but gruelling long distance event.

While riding in a solid second position Ritchie Nicholls suffered a puncture, which put him out of the race, while I was very happy with the all day training hit-out for Mary Beth Ellis who took 2nd behind an impressive Emma Pooley.

Alpe D Huez1Ritchie and Mary Beth at one of the most spectacular race courses you’ll see.

This weekend also saw our emerging pro, Carina Brechters, continue to improve her run and take a solid Top 5 in the Triathlon Bundesliga series. She’ll now return to St. Moritz where we’ll get to work on that final leg as we progress to the podium.

Carina_BCarina Brechters competing this weekend.

Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

Steffi Jansen had a fantastic day at Ironman Maastricht! She not only won her Age Group, but placed 5th overall in the women’s field. Steffi had a personal best swim, exiting the water in 9th place. She executed her race plan very well on a tough and windy course and made up a lot of ground. Coming off the bike in 2nd position already, she quickly took over the lead in her age group and worked herself into the pro field with a strong run. Steffi is a dedicated athlete with a high degree in self-organization and self-discipline and I’m very happy she was able to pull off such a good race!

Steffi JansenTerrific performance by Steffi Jansen.

Thomas Schäfer had his season highlight – the Paracycling Worls Champs. He raced himself to 2 fantastic 6th place finishes in both the Time Trial and the Road race. Initially, he was a little bit disappointed, as he hoped for a medal in at least one of the events – and he was really close as well, missing the podium only by a few seconds. Especially during the road race, he pluck up courage tried to break away from the field, but at the end was caught by the peloton again. Even more impressive that after this effort he could do so well at the sprint to the finish line! Compared to his last World Champs, he improved his performance and competitiveness by a huge amount and now is really in the mix at the very top end of his sport. At the end, it’s only your imporvement and performance, which one can control. And if you’ve done the best what you could on that day, you can be proud of yourself. With his great performance he emphasized again that would be a competitive nomination for Germany’s team for next years Olympics. Well done, Thomas!

Thomas SchaferGutsy breakaway performance by Thomas Schäfer.

Chris Nitschke had a tough and humbling experience at his ‘home’ race Ostseeman. He clearly came to defend his title there and was on the way, taking over the lead at the start of the marathon and leading till 10km. But unfortunately, already at the beginning of the marathon an old hip injury broke up again and restrained him from running fast or running at all. He suffered a lot of pain and wouldn’t have finished the race, if there wasn’t so much support from the crowd at the course. It was a very emotional finish and we all wish him a speedy and fully recovery!

Christian NChris Nitschke competing at Ostseeman.

Finally, Carole Fuchs had her first race under my guidance. She raced Ironman 70.3 Cebu, had a personal best over this distance right away, placing 6th in the pro women’s field and earning herself a bit of money. We worked hard on her swim over the past few weeks and that improved swim fitness already paid off. Carole’s strength is her bike and she showed this by riding the fastest bike split of the day, followed by a good run. There is lot of work to do for Carol, especially in the water, but Cebu was a great start of our coaching relationship.

Carole FuchsA personal best from Carole Fuchs.

Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Over the past 2 weeks there have been some great training races.

Esther Rodriguez won the women’s race at a 12km trail race at Tahiche, Lanzarote, while Justi Perez came 4th, close to the top 3 in the same race as Esther.

This weekend Esther came 2nd woman in a 2km competitive open water swim race on Lanzarote. Well done Esther.

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This weekend also saw Lucy Biddlestone winning the 10km Barranco del Quiquere trail run in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote. While my junior, Marcos Knight came 13th overall in the 5km race.

Keep up this great work Everyone 🙂  I am proud of you all.

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Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

I’m delighted for my athletes who raced this weekend. Competing on 3 continents they had performances that encourage me in many ways.

Jason Ramdeen raced in the Loggerhead Triathlon in Florida, with yet another podium and 2nd in his category, and 10th overall. Another solid result from ‘Team Ramdeen’, with his wife and young son there to support.

Jason RTeam Ramdeen out in full force.

Jason Richter was the overall winner of the ‘Down to Run Full Moon Endurance Challenge’ 10 mile trail race in Florida.  This starts after sun down on an off road course, lit only by runners head lamps. Jason took an impressive overall win on a water logged course. Earlier this year Jason decided to change focus from triathlon to running, has embraced our ‘White Kenyan’ run program, and is achieving super results – all while making a career change with a heavy study schedule on top of a full working week. His goal is to run the Boston marathon in 2016, and he is well on his way.

JasonRichter1stOverallDownToRun10mileTrailRace1Impressive win for Jason Richter.

Frank Matthews, raced at 70.3 Durban. Traveling from UAE for the race, Frank gave it a red hot go. He put himself in the mix with an outstanding swim / bike combination, and with that attitude he is one to watch for a podium at any race. We can do things with athletes that have Franks drive, and work ethic.

Finally, Chiin-Hooi Tan was overall winner of the Vikingman in Denmark!  Chiin continues to go from strength to strength, backing up after recently qualifying for the 70.3 World Championships.

ChiinCongratulations Chiin-Hooi Tan taking out the  Vikingman Championships!

Recap from Coach Luis Villavicencio:

A weekend of exceptional performances for my athletes this week. Firstly, my Trisutto.com online athlete Stewart Mackay overcame a 5 minute penalty to still beat our pre-race goal of a sub 6-hour 70.3 race in Durban, South Africa by nearly three quarters of an hour! Well done, Stewart. The next goal a sub 5-hour is definitely on the cards!

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Also, our squadie Jose Iturbide used his Triathlon fitness training to help take out his third National Race Car Championship crown in a row.

For those who may not be familiar with Jose Jorge, he is a champion race car driver who started training for half marathons simply to improve his fitness and become an even better race car driver! After success at the half marathon, I started to convinced him to try out triathlons and now he has qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Austria in August! What an athlete.

Jose Iturbide

Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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Race Results from Trisutto.com Team

Race Results from Trisutto.com Team

As our pro squad prepares for the ITU World Long Distance Championships and the European full-distance Ironman season, our age group squad carried the flag proudly this weekend with some tremendous results.

Recap from coach Jo Spindler:

Thomas Ibach won his age group at the Spreewald Triathlon over the Olympic distance by 20 minutes. He had a very good run and this result should give him a lot of confidence for a big effort at Ironman Frankfurt in 2 weeks time.

Sando Wechsung was the fastest guy overall at the Hualian Rafting Triathlon. A unique race in Taiwan, which consists of 11km rafting down a river, 12km run through the mountains and 44km cycling on the coastal highway. Yes, this is the correct order: boat, run, bike and potentially this format offers a bright future for all swim-challenged athletes 😉 . However, Sando did very well at Challenge Taiwan earlier this year and profed successfully that he is also a force in the water. Congrats to this nice win!

Race Recap - Jo1Sando Wechsung competing in the Hualian Rafting Tri.

Steffen Warias won a local 5.6 run. Also an overall win. It’s a very nice result for him as he cannot remember when or if he ever was first overall in the race. Steffen is running a gourmet restaurant in Merseburg – Ritters Weinstuben – which I highly recommend if you want to reward yourself with an ultimate taste experience. He is fitting in his workouts into a demanding and fully packed day and is still able to improve his athletic abilities.

Race Recap - Jo2Moritz joining a swim session at the Trisutto.com camp.

Moritz Bachmann had a superb race at Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg and improved his personal best over the half distance by as much as 17 minutes! Looks, that his quick visit of one of the trisutto camps 2 weeks ago and all the dedicated and good work over the winter payed hughe dividends. I’m very pleased with his progress and looking forward to him racing Roth in 3 weeks time.

Race Recap - Jo3Another podium for Thomas Schäfer.

Finally, after to World Cup podiums, paracyclist and duracell engine Thomas Schäfer stormed to another podium at a 52 MTB marathon in Biesenrode, Germany. Just to put it straight: This was not a paralcycling MTB race, Thomas was 3rd overall amongst all riders – including all non-handicapped athletes as well. The race consisted of 2 loops and Thomas roade in a leading group of 3. Unfortunately he crashed on a descend but could carry on. He still had to stop another time to align saddle and handlebar straight again which pointed in different directions after the crash. First 2 guys were gone after this and he crossed the finish line in 3rd with not other touchdown.

Very well done to all and congrats to everyone racing this weekend!


Race Recap - DanExcellent performance from Paul Stiekema at Ironman 70.3 Victoria. 

Coach Dan McIntosh:

Paul, like most of my athletes, is consistent and works hard in training so I have full confidence in his potential to produce a great result at Ironman Canada later this year. However, he hasn’t been racing 70.3 or Ironman events recently so we recently put Victoria 70.3 on the calendar to serve as an opportunity to check in during the build up and identify strengths and weaknesses in a race environment.

First the weaknesses:

1. Paul learned that shell fish as a part of prerace feeding is a risky deal.

2. We’re working on improving his swim speed and strength and after a “good” swim warmup he positioned himself at the front, prepared to start strong and hold onto the lead pace. His effort was strong but struggled with finding a good draft in a congested swim and had to swim around groups, costing time and energy.

3. Paul started the bike in a solid steady effort but encountered lots of slow traffic from earlier waves and had difficulty judging his pacing relative to the competition.


1. Despite an unfortunate bout with seafood, Paul’s mental resilience persevered and in typical fashion he acknowledged the mistake, accepted the responsibility, put on a brave(albeit green) face and lined up to give a best effort.

2.  Paul is very coach-able and despite some inconsistencies in effort early on, when he reached 60k, per the race plan, he trusted the training and increased his effort, producing a negative split.

3. Onto the run, his GPS wasn’t working so he relied on training and ran off of feel, keeping even pace through each mile and finished the last 5k at top effort, negative splitting the run as well. Being able to refocus and draw on preparation in training was critical in producing the race he did despite the mistakes made early on.

Overall he was disappointed in not coming away with the win but the 5 minute deficit can be eliminated by overcoming mistakes.

We took a few recovery days but due to his strong foundation we were quick to get back to work and with 6 weeks to prepare we are looking forward to putting together a great race in Whistler BC.


Race Recap - BellaProfessional athlete, Aya Stevens. Athlete Photography by James Mitchell

Coach Bella Bayliss:

Aya was 7th at Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg this weekend.

Aya had not run since her 8th place at Ironman Lanzarote but she has worked hard keeping her swim and bike training and water running too.  Now she is running again and building up for her next Ironman.  Well done keeping everything going and staying strong whilst having the little problem.

Swiss athlete Marc Settler had a great race at Zug Olympic distance race in Switzerland. His first triathlon of the year after busy months of work and study. More to work on but all on track and Enjoying the challenge.  Well done Marc!

Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Melanie Baumann came 2nd in her age group today, in Challenge Heilbronn, she was fastest in the swim and the bike and a few seconds slower on the run but she lost time in transition!! Would have won had the transition not counted, needs to practice this 4th discipline  more, she was 16th fastest pro out of all the women, including pros so she’s going really well and getting ready for Frankfurt in 2 weeks.

Erica Govan raced Toronto Olympic distance on the weekend, she was 2nd in her age group and qualified for ITU World’s in Cozumel next year, she did a PB overall and she ran her fastest 10 km ever, in 45 min, rode 1.06 and had one of her best swims, in 27 min. Great work!

Well done also to Susie Langley coached athlete Terrence Hines in Denmark with his best half ironman result in 6 years. He continues to make great inroads on his running and is great to see his confidence returning  Well done mate!

Robbie Haywood coached athletes also had a successful weekend: Chiin Hooi Tan,  3rd in age category at 70.3 Kronborg in Denmark, and qualified for 70.3 World Champs. Mark Richardson, 1st in age category and 5th overall at Boskman Triathlon in the New Forest, UK.


Well done to all competing this weekend.

Brilliant Performances at Lanzarote, Rimini and Noosa

Brilliant Performances at Lanzarote, Rimini and Noosa

Diana Riesler: 2015 Ironman Lanzarote Champion.

It’s always a pleasure reporting on the success of my professional athletes. They train so hard and deserve all the attention they get. Plus much more. To me personally however, what is just as satisfying is to see the success of athletes developing within our broader coaching squad.

This weekend two Trisutto.com coaches saw their charges take hugely significant results. Coaching an athlete to a professional Ironman Win or a Podium is no small thing. On top of consistent high quality training, it takes steady leadership and experienced hands capable of adapting to external factors in the pre-race buildup.

Included are race blogs and recaps from around the group this weekend, which I hope give some insight into the broader training movement that we are about. Again, well done to all.

Ironman Lanzarote

At Ironman Lanzarote, one of the most iconic and challenging events in the Ironman calendar, Diana Riesler won her 2nd Ironman Title today. Coming out of the water in 4th position with a 55 minute swim time, Diana then took over the lead on the bike at the 60km mark and dominated the race thanks to a bike ride that was none other than sensational. No competitor was able to respond to Diana’s race best 5hrs 37mins bike ride and a 3rd best marathon time of 3hrs 16 mins under extremely challenging conditions for which Ironman Lanzarote is well known. Diana was ecstatic at the finish line with her race victory.

With her win today she collected enough points to directly qualify for the Hawaii Ironman World Championship in October 2015, moving her up into a top 15 spot within the international triathlon ranking KPR.

Coach Jo Spindler

Bella Squad LanzaroteMichi Herlbauer Photo Credit : Ironman Lanzarote, Daniel Herlbauer  Photo Credit : Ingo Kutsche, Aya Stevens  Photo Credit : Jack Wilkes, Jason Wilkes Photo Credit : Sands Beach, James Mitchell Photo Credit : Ironman Lanzarote, Simon Leadbeater Photo Credit : TriLanzarote, Hollie Craddock Photo Credit: TriLanzarote, Caroline Young Photo Credit : James Mitchell

Ironman Lanzarote 2015 was a very successful day! Consistent hard work in training by each of my athletes, then persistence and patience on race day got them their reward. Even on a Lanzarote windy day! Huge congratulations. Equally proud of you all.

This weekend saw the Herlbauers both overcoming their demons and demonstrating what I know they can. We have worked hard over the last couple of years, this result was very special. Dani Herlbauer, 6th male Pro, 9 hours 25 minutes 58 seconds. Michi Herlbauer 2nd female Pro, 10 hours 13 minutes 47 seconds.

For our other athletes, I told Aya this was a long training exercise on her journey to becoming the best she can be, and she did just a great training day! Aya Stevens: 8th female Pro, 10 hours 54 minutes 59 seconds.

Jason Wilkes: 10 hours 39 minutes 27 seconds. Qualifying for Kona in his age group and a 30 minute PB on the toughest of tough days! Dedication to every detail and lots of hard work, including working a full time job.

James Mitchell: 11 hours 9 minutes 36 seconds. A 3 minute PB! Conquering his 5th Ironman Lanzarote. In-between his full time photography.

Simon Leadbeater: 11 hours 33 minutes 51 seconds. 1st time Ironman and just his 3rd triathlon! All the while working a full time manual job.

Hollie Craddock: 13 hours 29 minutes 29 seconds. 2+ hour PB! Won her age group! Qualified for Kona. A very tough young girl!

Caroline Young: 16 hours 49 minutes 32 seconds. 2nd attempt at Ironman Lanzarote and this year she did it! What an achievement. She has come so far in life.  Congratulations all of you.

Coach Bella Bayliss

Wonderful work Jo and Bella. I will also add in an excellent result for one of our age group athletes, Alicja Medak, who with a typical gutsy effort and following the mantra “it’s just another training day, get it done!” got herself on the podium and earned qualification for Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. Very happy with her effort here. Well done, Alicja.

Martina DoganaMartina Dogana Top 5 at Challenge Rimini

Challenge Rimini

This weekend also saw athletes competing at Challenge Rimini.

Ritchie Nicholls came into this race with good form and following a solid swim and good first half of the bike took a tumble, which effectively put an end to his fight for the top of the podium. He brushed himself off and completed the race, running himself back into the Top 10. So while a disappointing result, we’re happy with where his run fitness is at this stage.

Congratulations at Rimini also to Coach Edith Niederfriniger and her 4 athletes competing. Martina Dogana taking an excellent Top 5 in her build for Ironman Austria. Well done too to Luis Villavicencio coached athlete, Lottie Riddle, who ran herself into the Top 5 in her age group.

Abi BaileyAbi Bayley wins the Noosa Ultimate.

Noosa Ultimate

This weekend we also had Abi Bayley competing at the 10km Noosa Ultimate and winning in a time of 36:00 flat. A great hit out on a tough course, and always nice to come away with a victory.

Next week we make the official start to our summer campaign. I will soon be joined on deck at St Moritz by Coaches Jo, Edith, and Andres as part of our international training group. I’m very excited about the momentum we’re building and what we’ll continue to be able to achieve. We have now got the base, expertise and the athletes to really make this a year to remember.