Podiums and Personal Bests

Podiums and Personal Bests

Kate staying patient on a hot humid day at Ironman Taiwan. Photo Credit: David Sun Ironman Taiwan Media

Kate Bevilaqua raced Ironman Taiwan where high heat and humidity made the race so much harder.  Kate put her patience and determination to the ultimate test by having to forget about pace, or speeds.  This race was about surviving the best she could in the difficult conditions. Kate finished the race on the podium with a great 2nd place.  A race to be proud of. Well done Kate.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Gill I’m very proud of you, we all are. Very well done for your achievements in 2017.

This weekend Gill Fullen took on Ironman Barcelona in what would be her 2nd Ironman of the season. Gill set off had a solid sea swim and came into T1 in a good position but a position where she needed to get her head down and work hard on the bike, that she did, Gill seemed to get stronger and stronger as the bike went on and came into T2 in 4hrs 53min an amazing PB for Gill. Onto the run where its her strongest discipline although the speed isnt there just yet she put in a solid performance on the marathon to cross the line in 9.43 which is another PB overall / 1st in her AG / qualification for Kona 2018 and slipped in the top 20 overall.
Gills had an amazing season this year, everyone knows her story by now and she’s an inspiration for everyone.

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:

Jeremy relishing his well earned victory. For once…. a useful prize….Salud!

Big congrats to Jeremy Breach for taking the overall win at the scorching hot and windy Rocky Point Olympic triathlon at Puerto Penasco, Mexico on Sat! All the hard work in the swim continues to pay off as Jeremy emerged 4th out of the water. He seized 3rd on the bike and then put it down on the run to cross the line first.  “The front runners all ran out of steam and I was able to just keep pushing through.  Biked without power meter because it wasnt reading, paced off of feel [music to coach’s ears!].  Beat the other guys in the last 3 miles of the run  without having to tear up my legs in a final push or sprint!” Awesome effort mate. Well done.

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:

PB’s all round for Mania! Great work.

Edipsos multisport & wellness festival is over. One of the races that you have to do. Great running route next to the sea, for the first 10klm and technical long hills for the second half of halfmarathon.
New PB ,thanks to my coach Vassilis Krommidas!

  • 2nd overall/ 3000 swimming
  • 3rd overall/ halfmarathon
  • 2nd overall/ Hercules combination, for finishers of 3k swim and 21,2k run


Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Craig Strong completed in the Naptown half-distance race this weekend in Indiana, and our first race together since he joined the TriSutto squad earlier this Summer. At the end of the day, Craig produced a 7th place Overall and won his age group on the back of a solid swim, bike, and run! We still have some equipment and fit issues to work out, but we are well on our way to a great start towards preps for Ironman Brazil in 2018! Great job, Craig!

Jappas Du Preez ran a local cross-country league race in England this weekend crossing the line in 4th place! It’s great to see Jappas running completely healthy and producing some fun and great results this Fall! Congrats, Jappas!

Maxi Spahn produced another podium this weekend, finishing 3rd at the Cube Cup Scheßlitz MTB. Maxi has some great form, but we are searching for that luck that has taken away the top step of the podium in the last few weeks! Keep pushing and it’ll come soon, Maxi!

Congratulations to all athletes competing this weekend.

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Spectacular Racing and Results to match!

Spectacular Racing and Results to match!

A great weekend of fast racing in Jersey with Nicola back in the thick of it and finishing on the Podium!

It was a big weekend for the Trisutto sutto crew, that included the amazing comeback of our Olympic Champion Nicola Spirig at the Super League. To prove again what a champion Nicola Spirig is, racing only 16 weeks after giving birth, in a format of 6 short fast races races in 24 hours. Just being able to participate is remarkable, however to be the bastion of consistency in every race and to finish on the podium at the end of the weekend speaks for itself.

Pepper took a couple of tumbles at Super League; heal quickly Barb! Photo Credit: ThatCameraman

Nicola was joined in Jersey by ‘pepper’ Riveros who unfortunately had a nasty fall in the practice round before it even started. Barb soldiered on taking part in day one, then in day two showing great courage saw her in a great position only to crash out on the bike. This was not her fault and the offending tape on the course was removed for the second and third races. We hope her injuries heal soon.

Super work at Ironman Italy…, congratulations Andrej!

On the Sunday Andrej Vistica hit the podium again with a great third place at Ironman Italy. This is his third podium in three Ironman races in a month for Andrej, a brilliant effort.

Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:

Lisa breaks through with a fantastic victory in Madrid!

Winner Winner Fried Chicken Dinner for Lisa Roberts! She captured her first Iron Distance win this weekend in Challenge Madrid. She bested a tough course and all the competition with a monster race-best bike and run combination. At Trisutto, our team is confident this is the first of many long course wins to come. Congrats Lisa!

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

Congratulations Salim on a win in Mallorca!

This weekend added 2 more age group Champions to my squad: Salim won his age group at Challenge Madrid and Victor won his age group at IRONSTAR 226 in Sotchi!
Due to the hard bike course with almost 3000 meters of climbing, my race prediction for Salim was 11:26:17 hours – which turned out to be pretty close to his 11:20:34 finishing time. Swim went well, Salim did exactly what I recommended, got into a rhythm quickly, stayed out of trouble and focused on sighting. Bike went well, despite the tough course and a longer riding time, he had a new PB normalized power for an iron bike leg. Salim finished off the race with a very strong 3:17h marathon.

A great day in Sotchi for Victor.

Victor not only won his age group but also came 4th overall at IRONSTAR 226 in Sotchi. He had a super strong swim and bike, then struggled a bit on the run for the first 20k. But since it was a home race and his wife and many friends were supporting he had not much choice but to continue. Luckily he did, because he felt really strong again on the 2nd half of the marathon. Winning the AG was well worth the battle. Fantastic race, fantastic result!

A tough and worthwhile training day for Diana in Minorca, great work!

Diana did the Artiem Half Menorca Triathlon winning the women’s race. This race fitted perfectly into her preparation for Kona. It was a intense and very tough training day with not only 1200 meters of altitude on the bike but also a hilly (but very scenic) half marathon in Fornells. Great race, great outcome! And winning gave Diana that confidence for the big game on Kona.

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:

Scott digging deep at Augusta.

I had Scott Bradley racing at the popular 70.3 Augusta (over 3,300 participants) this past Sun, toeing the line with the likes of Andy Potts and Jesse Thomas. Scott emerged from the water in 19th and hammered his way up the line into the top ten. He held strong on the run, towards the end duking it out between 9th and 11th. Scott successfully fought back to take 10th overall. In his words – “Overall I’m pleased with the day. I felt consistent and in control of myself all day. No real bad patches. I know it’s current aided, but 3.20 back from Potts out of the water is a real highlight for me! “. We’ve been working hard on his swim and it is slowly paying off. Still more work for sure but he is on the up and up. Congrats and well done Scott!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Chiin running strongly at Powerman.

Chiin-Hooi Tan raced in Powerman Denmark, a 10k run, 60k bike, 10k run format on a multi lap course. A challenging format for sure, and a 2nd in category and 4th female overall an excellent result for Chiin’s current fitness level, always finding something a little extra on race day 🙂

Steve Pressman raced in Ironman Chattanooga, and had an excellent swim, and bike combo. New race nutrition worked a treat – another convert to the chocolate on the bike during Ironman 🙂  Unfortunately not such a good day on the run for Steve, ending his day at mile 17, however the good news is the progress this last year, and really now is about putting it all together on the day.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Memorable Ironman debut for Laura!

This weekend we had Laura Fidler take on her 1st ever Ironman at the integral Ironman Italy. Not really doing any specific Ironman training as such she was coming into this race in some good form, Laura gave a great account of herself and I was very encouraged by her debut performance crossing the line 13th overall and 1st in her AG in 10hrs, This athlete is one hard grafter and this is proof that dedication pays off, always progressing to be better, well done.

Carmen led from the go and had a great race in Cyprus.

Carmen Macheriotou is gearing up for her last 70.3 of 2017 so decided to pop herself into a little sprint race in Cyprus called the K1, she basically led from start to finish and postioned well amongst the Males also , good warm up well done.

Second place for Davina.

Davina Greenwell took on The Gautlet ( at Hever Castle / part of the Castle Series in the Uk) Davina last year won the super sprint here as her first ever Tri, she came on board with me in March so hasn’t been with me long but is progressing fast. Davina works very hard, gets her head down and does the work and this w/e she was rewarded very well crossing the line 2nd overall and only 10sec behind the winner, also the fastest female bike split of the day. Only her 2nd Middle distance race in just 12 months in the sport, showing really good progress a  fantastic result Davina well done

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Well done Maxi, quite a race!

Maxi Spahn entered a 54km MTB Marathon in Germany this past weekend. With some professional athletes lining up on the start line, it would be a great test of fitness. Maxi produced a great race, and he attacked the pros on the last climb of the race, and no one was able to respond! Unfortunately, with 5km to go, Maxi snapped his chain and was forced to run the rest of the route. During this time, a 40sec gap to 2nd place evaporated and Maxi was left to finish in 2nd place. A very frustrating end to an otherwise perfect race, but great on you Maxi for finishing the race (running with a MTB) and persevering to a podium place! Top step comes next week!

Jappas Du Preez is in the midst of a post-Ironman season break in order to recover mentally and physically for next season. But he had the urge to enter a small run race at home, and jumped into a 5k. Showing some good recovery, post-  IM Wales, Jappas ran a 17:30, finishing 2nd, and setting his 2nd best time since we started working together! Awesome work, Jappas!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Patricia with her winner’s bouquet.

Patricia “The Germanator” Neubauer finished her triathlon season on a high at the Carpinteria Triathlon, a classic event in the Santa Barbara triathlon community. Pat’s instructions were to blast the swim and the bike, leave nothing for the run, and then run! The Germanator followed her plan to the letter and came away with a new best time for the Olympic distance, her first category win, and an overall women’s podium position, finishing third for the day. It was a massive season for Patricia. This fall and winter will be a run focus, and next year The Germanator will take on her first Ironman!

Jamie, ready to battle the men in the surf.

Jamie Christie drove down the coast from Los Angeles to San Diego to compete in the 70.3 Superfrog on a stretch of beach between the Navy SEAL training grounds in Coronado and the US/Mexican border. Jamie lead the women’s race out of the water, and because of the rolling start, she got to mix it up with the men on the 2 lap surf swim. Jamie kept herself in the fight with a solid bike, and hung tough on the run which challenged competitors with a mixture of hard packed and soft sand running. Jamie came to this event on a mission to earn a start at the 2018 70.3 World Championships. Jamie finished a respectable 6th in her category and was able to secure a roll-down slot to punch her ticket to South Africa. Well done Jamie. Get ready for a big year in 2018!

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

Ironman debut for Serena and she looks pretty pleased about it!

Serena Pruzzo: raced at  IRONMAN Cervia – full distance on Saturday. For her it’s was a first Ironman. Serena worked hard in all season for this dream. I’m so proud she finished the amazing race and she become an IRONMAN in 14:56:31! The way was tought with some obstacles but she never lost the willpower. Well done Serena!

Well done Stefano, a great race in Italy!

Stefano Curzio: raced at  IRONMAN Cervia – full distance on Saturday. We known during Trisutto Camp at Fuerteventura last winter. He had bad memories about his last IM. Bad feeling and physical difficulty. We did a specificy plan in this months where he training of quality. He arrived the days before the IM with load physical and mind. He did a perfect race, with fast swim and good bike, during the run he has suffered from adductor. He finished the race in 10:59.16 with solid performances. One hour less of his last IM! Stefano: we have achieved the objective!!! Yes!!!!

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:

Manos deserves a great thumbs up!

This week was the time of Manos Kelaiditis who compeet in Berlin Marathon. Despite the last-minute flight’s mishaps and cancellations, he managed to arrive late afternoon of the previous day of the race! Manos made a nice race, following the plan we had said despite the intense hip pain that emerged from the 16th km, resulting in a PB of 28 minutes with a time of 3:46!

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Smiling faces on the podium in Spain.

This weekend Carolina Lanza traveled to her home country, Spain, to race a middle distance triathlon. She has been training very consistently and was looking to perform and show results of her hard work in the race. Carolina did exactly that: solid swim, a very strong bike and run to win her Age Group, 3rd women overall! It was a very satisfying to see her performing with determination and having fun at the same time. Carolina has done very well in creating balance in her life – managing a very demanding job, social life and training. I’m very happy and proud to see Carolina enjoying her achievement! Great job and keep smiling! (…and yes, Carolina earned her cocktails! )

This time is was about the family. Remy and Raffy enjoying their their time and medals! Well done boys

Hever Castle Triathlon was on the cards for Nicholson family this weekend. David didn’t give himself a lot of time to recover from the solid effort in tough conditions last Sunday in Ironman 70.3 Weymouth. However this Sunday was all about the family day out. Both of his sons, Remy and Raffy, were competing in triathlon too and Clare was their great supporter as always. David focused on making this race a good training day. He wasn’t feeling fresh but still put a very solid effort in all 3 disciplines and even racing tired still finished with a PB.Remy and Raffy did really well and had a lot of fun. What a nice way to spend a family weekend, sport and triathlon for everyone in a beautiful setting. As David wrote in his report, “it was very happy experience for the whole family”. It’s exactly what triathlon should be! Well done David for making this a memorable weekend for you and your loved ones!Now we focus on recovery and planning next blocks of training for what looks like a busy racing schedule for David.

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Pleased to see Tracey Horne pop herself into another local training race over the weekend with a good outcome. For Tracey it is all about learning to enjoy the process of simply swimming, biking and running again, without bogging herself down with any pressure of results! Every athlete needs to learn what works best for them! Good job Tracey 🙂


Congratulations to all athletes competing this weekend.

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Winning Ways continue in Weymouth!

Winning Ways continue in Weymouth!

James Cunnama breaks the tape at 70.3 Weymouth bringing home yet another win in his superb season!

Big weekend of racing !

Great to see Nicola racing at the WTS Grand Final in Rotterdam. Photo Credit: Swiss Triathlon

This weekend was a special weekend as it saw the return to racing of Nicola Spirig just 4 months after the birth of her daughter Malea. While most will be amazed at her effort to finish in 13th place at the WTS Grand Final race, unfortunately a ridiculous choice of race course, and a bike accident that unfolded in front of her on the first lap curtailed a possible higher finish for the Swiss mum. It is still quite an extraordinary performance, however for those who may have forgotten, we are dealing with a great champion who sent out a little reminder to all, that 2020 will see the Swiss flag near the front of the Olympic field again.

Congratulations Julie on a fantastic race – 5th at the World Champs! Photo Credit: Swiss Triathlon

Following in the footsteps of the master was her own apprentice. Julie Derron came into mind blowing conditions, and had the race of her life so far. Taking a great 5th in the U23 World Champs. This too was a stunning technical display and one could do worse than put her name in the little black book to make the step up to World Series level racing.

What a great day for Mariana, proudly representing her native Mexico in Rotterdam, and finishing with a Top 10.

Mariana Solorzano had a harrowing week of food poisoning, however decided to follow the courageous effort of her two squad partners, and blasted a top 10 with her best ever performance. Always a great effort to do that at the biggest of races.

Podium Celebrations for James in Weymouth.

Weymouth, England
We then moved on to Sunday which saw James Cunnama rounding off his Kona race preparations with another scintillating bike ride to set up and take out the 70.3 Weymouth title. I’m really pleased to see James progress in this area, great work.

Corinne Abraham was also having her final hit out at Weymouth, but coming from Lanzarote got a large dose of frost bite which culminated in her crashing into a hedge! However after bravely re-mounting within just a few seconds, The wizard realized stinging nettles also come in a hedge. Soldiering on scratching and freezing at the same time, Corinne, still managed to do coach proud with a big run, and still gain the training needed for Kona. While no prize money for Corinne, plenty of km in the legs for Kona for the Welsh Wizard.
Jane Hansom was however not so lucky, as Jane too flew in from an exotic location for one last race and was hit by the freeze. She to hit the pavement in a not too nice a fashion, and had to pull out. Hopefully a hot bath to ease the aches and pains will see Jane bounce back, and take her place at Kona.

Nini on her way to 2nd place overall finish in Pattana.

Nini Ruttanaporn avoided any such awful weather, racing at the Pattana Triathlon Festival Olympic distance in Thailand. Nini has made good progress, however we are still working on the need to quieten her mind, that will allow her to unleash her potential in races that is currently held back by expectation and a focus on the things that do not matter.

Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:

Lisa getting in some suitable training prior to Challenge Davos!

Lisa Roberts battled the elements as much as the competition finishing in 3rd at Challenge Davos this weekend. Snow and frigid temps turned the race into a unique format. First a 10k bike race up Fluela pass followed by a neutralized downhill and finishing with a 21k run. Lisa, a native of desert in AZ, is not a fan of frigid temps but showed her mental and physical strength with a second fastest bike and run on the day. She is heading to race Challenge Madrid in what will be far more appealing weather conditions this weekend.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Melanie’s best race ever!

Melanie Baumann raced the 70.3 Weymouth. Melanie had quite a terrible swim and T1, but then she dropped the hammer on the bike with the 2nd fastest bike split of the day (incl. Pros) and finished with a run PB and also one of the fastest overall runs! 2nd age grouper overall and 1st in her age group, 9th incl. Pros! Only 17 mins down on Pro winner and 3rd fastest overall from bike mount line to finish.

Building back – well done Fran.

I also had Fran Bungay racing in Weymouth. Fran has been struggling with some ankle issues and she’s not at her very best yet but she was cleared to race! Fran toughed it out which she’s very good at and ended up being 2nd in her age group (40-44).

AG win and 3rd overall, great work Gerda 🙂

In Romania, Gerda Maria raced on home soil! Gerda is Romanian but she lives and work in Doha which can make it a bit of a challenge to train well due to the crazy heat and humidity! Gerda raced the ETU olympic distance in Mamaia. The swim was very rough but Gerda likes this as she’s a great swimmer! She was 2nd female out of the water. Then she had a solid bike and run. Gerda won her age group (35-39), in a time of 2:31 and she was 3rd fastest female overall.

Congratulations to all these strong women! Very proud of you all!

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

On route to a great win in Weymouth – Congratulations Jen 🙂

Jen Wood had a fantastic race at Ironman 70.3 Weymouth, winning her age group! When we started working together, Jen was still recovering from injury. We put a lot of thinking and discipline into her training, to get her back to health and keep her injury free. Not only did we achieve that, but Jen did some fantastic racing during this time. From doing her first 70.3 ever to her first AG-win in less than 4 months. We had a very detailed race plan. As we knew, that the race in Weymouth would be a challenging cold and rainy one, a very important part of Jen’s success was preparing the right equipment for that conditions. We decided that she will not hurry her transition after the swim, but take the time to dress up for a chilly ride. Winter underwear, gloves, arm warmers, plastic bag, everything was ready and proved to be very helpful. Jen executed to perfection, struggled a bit on the swim, made her way through the ranks on the bike already and put out a fantastic fast run to win her age group with almost a 10 minute margin to 2nd. Congrats again Jen! Very well done!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Lolo, emotional after an inspiring breakthrough race.

When Lauren “Lolo” Vallee came on 2.5 months ago, her goals were to get faster on the run, have a great Ironman, and to rediscover motivation and joy in her training and racing. By the time Lolo raced the Harvest Moon half-IM distance race in her home town of Boulder, Colorado this weekend, she was stronger, faster, happier, and more motivated than ever in the sport. Lolo raced with a fire from the start. She set a personal best for the distance by over 19 minutes and smashed the five hour barrier in a time of 4:50:30. Most importantly, in this race, Lolo got a sense of what is possible. We’re both looking forward to Lolo’s race at Ironman Los Cabos in eight weeks. Go get it Lolo!

Bex, fifth place for never giving up!

Bex Fink, raced the Malibu Triathlon Olympic on Saturday, and anchored a relay in their weekend event with a four mile run on Sunday. Bex also went a personal best for the distance on Saturday despite being on the side of the road with a puncture for over 11 minutes. After the race, Bex became a minor celebrity with friends and strangers alike when she recounted the details of how she fixed the gash in her tire with a “boot”. This is a trick that I explained to Bex over the phone, just in case, in the days before IM Whistler earlier this summer. Getting back to a more grass-roots kind of racing, as Bex wrote; “outside the crazy hyper-focused IM world” was a perfect way for Bex to wrap up the 2017 triathlon season. Next big goal for Bex is California International Marathon in December.

Ollie, basking in the sunset after an outstanding effort.

Ollie Saxon was the third athlete this weekend to set a massive personal best. He raced the Sundowner Triathlon half-IM distance in East Yorkshire in the cold and rain of Northern England. This year’s event proved just as soggy as last. Like a true Yorkshireman, Ollie suited up in fluro pink kitchen gloves for the bike and got on with it. Ollie has made huge gains this year. Consistency and grit have made the difference. Ollie went a 10 minute personal best on the course, and a seven minute personal best for the distance. It was a triumphant way to finish his triathlon season, and like Bex, Ollie’s got a marathon on schedule in early December. We’re already looking ahead to 2018, and it’s gonna be a cracker.

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Great job David! 

“This race threw up a few new challenges and some old ones, so it meant there was lots to talk about on the way home with my number one supporter!” 
These were first words David Nicholson used in his race report. While following the David progress on the tracker and getting very timely updated from David’s ‘Number One Supporter’ – his wife Clare (Thank you Clare!), I could tell the day was a challenging endeavour testing athletes mental and physical preparation. Low temperatures of water and air required warm clothing too! David was prepared and ready. He managed the swim very well. It was a very solid effort considering the conditions.  On the bike leg David got a puncture but he stayed focused and after the repair carried on as normal riding strong toward T2. When he set onto the run the enjoyment of running his target pace and feeling under control was definitely there. Clare also noticed a running form improvements following a week at Lanzarote Trisutto camp. David got stronger and faster as the run went on and finished as happy as always.
“Not my finest race, but actually one of the most enjoyable!” – was David’s comment in the report. It was not the race for a PB or other records. I’m very happy to see how well David managed adversity during the race, stayed focused to get the job done. This is a very valuable experience for David as we build toward a full Ironman later this year. Great job David! I’m very proud of your day!

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Podium for Claire in Weymouth.

This weekend Claire Weller took on Weymouth 70.3 and only her 3rd ever middle distance race. Weymouth isn’t the easiest of course’s so when the UK weather decides to play life can be tough and I think all athletes struggled this w/e because of that. Claire had a solid race and gave a very good account of herself and where she is at the moment crossing the line 16th overall and 3rd in her AG. Continuing to show good progress this athletes had a great First season in the sport, well done

Rob Osborne took on the World Champs this w/e like many other Age Groupers. He was in the sprint draft legal race that gave up some different challenges for Rob, also in his wave and AG was former World Aquathlon Champ British elite Richard Stannard so stiff competition. Rob had a good race but was up against great performances on the day, finishing outside the top 10 wasn’t what he wanted but he gave it all he had , and to wear your nations badge and with pride you done well and never gave up, so much respect.

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:

Top 10 for Wendy at the World Champs!

With the ITU World Championship in Rotterdam, Wendy closed a difficult period of preparation after her injury problems she had in past year. She competes for first time in a World Championship in Sprint dst. representing team GB finished 8th in F35-39. After this race we are optimistic for even better results in the future!

Yiannos (top) and Michalis (bottom) both landed themselves on the top step of the podium.

In Cyprus we have another cup series race, this was an uphill race. The Victories continued for my athletes for third consecutive weekend, Michalis Theocharous was the winner of the K30-39 and Yiannos Savva in the K50+

I am so proud for everyone for all effort they do!

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

The European race season has almost come to an end now and many of my athletes enjoy their break to recover for the next season.
Borris Jung did the Alzenau sprint triathlon as his first training after a two week vacation and break from triathlon training. He was as fast as last year, just with the difference that he did the race last year before his season break. So definitely a good start into the training for the next season! Borris finished the race in 2nd place in his agegroup.

Martin Kasten ran the 10km Greifensee Lauf as a good training run. His finishing time of 39:41 was just 1min slower than his personal best over that distance and a great training for the last races of his season in Phuket in November where Martins season will end.

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Sean Laude finished his multisport season with the Toughman NY Championship. After slowly coming back from some nagging run injuries and short coure races this summer, Sean ended his year with a solid 3rd Place AG and 16th Overall. After a good year, and making some solid improvements in the swim and bike disciplines, I am looking forward to next year, and seeing how much stronger Sean can get over the winter!

Juergen Braun ran his first ever open half-marathon his weekend in Germany. After having run a half-marathon at the end of a middle distance race this summer, we were looking forward to seeing how fast he could run on fresh legs! Juergen didn’t disappoint and produced an extremely steady and strong race, finishing in 1:45 for a 16min overall personal-best! With another solid winter of training, and some time at camp next Spring, I’m looking forward to seeing even more improvements across the board! Congrats Juergen!

Jan Pascal Tschudy completed in the Challenge Davos Fluela Pass Hill Climb this past weekend. With a bit off a naggy heel issue coming off the Inferno Triathlon, we decided against he half-distance race, choosing to only ride. It turned out to be straight winter in Davos, and Jan toughed out the race to place 3rd Overall and 3rd in his AG! Way to take lemons you were given and turn them into lemonade, Jan!

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Yannis Theodoropoulos has a habit of finding some of the toughest, not to mention coldest races to enter! This weekend didn’t disappoint with the Ring of Steall Mountain ‘Sky Race’ in Scotland. consisting of uncompromising mountain running, scrambling along mountain ridges with steep ascents, traverses and descents on technical and challenging terrain! It was quite an adventure including typical Scottish mountain weather of rain, and snow up the mountain summits. In Yannis own words,
The course didn’t have a relaxed moment at least for a city boy, with not much sky running experience. The course could be split in 4 parts two uphills followed by two descents. The descents were so much more technical and tough than the ascents. Mud till about the middle of the calf and hidden rocks under grass. Whichever way you choose was at your own peril. Had about 4-5 falls at the first descent. The ridge running was the most spectacular part of the course. Running among the clouds literally.

Magic Yannis, and living proof that there is more adventure out there than the M-dot.

Congratulations to all athletes competing this weekend.

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Against all Odds!

Against all Odds!

Danni reclaims the Ironman 70.3 World Championship Title in Chattanooga! Photo: @DonaldMiralle

Now that a few days have passed since Daniela Ryf, aka Angry Bird won her 5th Ironman branded World Championship title, we want to share with all of the Trisutto family how this success was achieved. Also when things don’t go right that we don’t hide from telling our readers what happens and why, so they don’t fall into the same mistakes.

Why the heading – ‘Against all Odds’? 
It is public knowledge that the Angry Bird has spent 6 months of this year as the injured bird.

While people look at her results in awe, one could be forgiven for thinking her injury can’t be too bad. Most athletes would love to have results like Ironman Africa Champion, Challenge Roth Champion, and winning a number of other races in between! However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Danni’s back problem was dire, as she has alluded to in her social media. If she had her way, and medical opinion had its way, there would have been no Chattanooga, no upcoming Kona, and definitely no Roth!  It was that bad. However we discussed the situation, and decided on following the coaches plan. The same plan that has seen Corinne Abraham have a great season culminating in qualifying for Kona. A plan that is used for injured horses that can’t do the normal training volumes and routines.

We used races to hold condition till the injury (that was continually worked on) recovered.

This is mentally taxing for an athlete who can’t work as much or as fast as normal. The only time they are allowed to push is the second phase of each discipline in races. Now that the 70.3 World Championship has been run and won, we can share the reason for the slower first part of swims in races during the early part of the race season. Also why the power house bird bike was not there, and the reason for the steady runs at the start of races. They are all planned, and I must say have been executed by the bird magnificently!

That is what I applaud and appreciate. Danni didn’t win the race in Chattanooga – she won it at these other events, and at training months before. All the time having to go against her natural instincts of harder is better. This takes incredible strength of character, and is a masterful display of belief in and patience of the coaches plan. Simultaneously carrying the weight of her own team manager questioning her longevity and speed while every day fighting for season survival. It was and is the character of a true champion.

Many reasons to smile after Zurich 5150 .

We let our hair down a bit at the 5150 in Zurich to show any doubters that the Bird is coming not to race, but to regain her title of Queen of non drafting triathlon. Injured or not, will be ready to go to war. While some might not have understood that message, I can assure you all the men that raced pro in Zurich did. Once we took care of that, we started to build the work back into her training. The 70.3 World Title was the World Championship she wanted to win back this year!

So only now do we think of Kona, and go to work on that goal. Yes, Danni had not done any of her Kona workouts from the last 2 years because of the back injury. However scary it might be, she is at not at top fitness but I’ll make it very clear, she went to Chattanooga 100% in war mode!

There will only be one certainty in Kona – if you want to take the title off the injured bird then you are going to have to be prepared to fight to the death for it!  It is her way. It is the Trisutto way! I was humbled by her attitude and performance at Chattanooga, that when the starting gun fired, she was intent on giving it her all! That made me a very proud coach.

The challenging hilly course at Allgäu proved to be perfect preparation for Chattanooga.  Photo Credit: Michael Rauschendorfer

Lastly I want to thank good friend and team mate Philippe Blatter, who helped the bird when she needed a confidence building race last month, in order to get her head in the right place for the attack on the World Championship. Phil personally ensured she got the race she needed. The Allgäu Triathlon in Germany had Danni believing she could do it. Until then she was merely hoping coach was right. Once back from Germany the Angry Bird was her old self.  Thank you so much from both of us!


Join Trisutto Head Coach Brett Sutton at one of his remaining training camps in 2017 in SurseeCyprus or Gran Canaria.

A Blockbuster Weekend!

A Blockbuster Weekend!

Katey Gibb is the Sunshine Coast 70.3 Champion!

Katey Gibb took her 2nd Professional 70.3 victory of the year on Sunday winning the Sunshine Coast 70.3 in dominating fashion. Exiting the water in the front group Katey then went about riding solo to build a huge lead allowing herself a conservative approach on run to defend and come across line 3:43min in front. I couldn’t be prouder, as after her emotional home victory in Busselton in May this year, I suspected this race was the driving force that powered
Katey’s dreams, I may have been right, so some hard questions were asked and we went about changing up Katey’s outlook on Triathlon which then saw her settle into her new full time job. So happy to say, that Katey has now won her NEW home race, and the new approach and upcoming life events that put a big smile on Katey’s face make coach very happy.

Jacqui Thistleton headed up on a last minute trip to China for the Beijing International Triathlon. An invite only non-drafting Olympic Distance, Jacqui used it as a good hit-out over the shorter distance and for coach to prove to her after her recent race crash in Cebu 70.3 and subsequent wound infection that she’s more then recovered and ready to knuckle down to work ahead of the end of year70.3’s. Jacqui was 4th behind some quality Olympic Distance specialists.

Felicity Sheedy-Ryan raced the Czech Republic ITU World Cup in KaloVary. After some hectic travel back from North America after her Duathlon World Title which included a few cancelled flights etc (read trip from hell!!!) Flick settled into her home for the next few weeks in Girona Spain before heading off to Czech. Flick made some improvement on her usual deficit to the front in the swim, and despite riding same time as the first group solo, Flick ran though all but 3 girls (eventual winner Gillian Backhouse lead solo all day) only to be out sprinted in final 200m to take 6th. A solid race, and one that now settled for a few weeks we will continue to build on…

Stacey running relaxed and strongly through the half marathon at the Sunshine Coast 70.3,

Hayley Stevenson and Stacey Van Muelen also raced the Sunshine Coast 70.3, this was Hayley’s first race back after the Nice Ironman and some well deserved down time while holidaying through Europe. Hayley was given the goal of matching her first and last 5k run splits which she did!!! Stacey had a very solid race, coming 2nd in her age-group by only 4sec and PB’ing all legs, the great thing is, there is much to work on despite great race, so we will continue the push forward.

Racing in Chattanooga, the first of two Ironman World Champs events for Jess this year.

Jess Ripper raced the World 70.3 Championships after making the trip from his Japan home. After a solid swim and with the race plan to be quite conservative on the early climb on bike, which is quite hard to do on fresh legs amongst hundreds of pumped athletes in a championship event. Jess struggled compared to normal on the tough run course but no time to dwell, Jess is back home for the final lead-in to Kona in 5 weeks time.

Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:

With public interest and focus on Daniela Ryf’s 5th Ironman Word Title win this weekend, we should not forget our other warriors. Back in Switzerland Celine Schaerer rounded out her race preparations for Kona with a solid win in Seeland Triathlon in Murten.  No taper for Celine, just a solid swim, bike and run – well done Celine.

Fourth place finish for Andrej in Wales.

Andrej Vistica ventured to Ironman Wales. There is no doubt that this guy is tough, backing up from a great second place finish at Embrunman long distance race less than a month ago. Although he is not recovered, he produced a fantastic run to motor into 4th place on a very challenging course. Well done indeed.

Rei finished 17th in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Photo Credit @wagner.araujo.via Mundotri.com.br

As Reinaldo Colucci heads into his final preparation for Kona, he wanted to take on the 70.3 World Championships, as a test for next season, and where he needs to improve. Both this Championship and Kona are a ‘try before you buy’ experience as we look to put our heads down for 2018.

Race Recap from Coach Melanie Mitchell:

Superb effort by Laura in Chattanooga!

I have been working with Laura for the last 6 months with the focus on taking Laura to her first ever World Championship 70.3 Half Ironman event.Laura came to me after completing a Trisutto 16 week Half Ironman program, then entered her very first 70.3 event in Subic Bay. Laura surprised herself and won the 30-34 category and booked herself a ticket into the 70.3 World Championships, which was to be her second Half ironman event. With the gravity of being a new comer to the sport and having booked herself a place to a World championships event Laura decided to get herself a Trisutto coach.
Her and I are a perfect fit, from our very first conversation I knew there was something special about Laura, she was positive and VERY determined. I was excited and nervous to take her to her first ever World Championship event. I have lots of experience working with Mums and being a mum myself I understand the time restrictions to training and empathy if stuff happens! as it usually does with 2 small kids.
Under those circumstances, Laura who’s husband is in the Army and living on the Island of Guam managed with such determination to complete all the training. I am blown away by Laura’s dedication and the huge improvements she has made since beginning with me. I had no worries that Laura would race exceptionally well despite this being her second 70.3 event, because she applied herself in training to perfection; she was confident and like a race horse waiting for those gates to open so she could be let loose. Laura executed her race plan to perfection and the result showed, placing 15th overall in the 30-34 category.
Success isn’t just about a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal. Everything Laura did up until she crossed that finish line was GOLD! Congratulations Laura!

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Kona Qualifying at Ironman Wales – Congratulations Jappas!

Jappas Du Preez lined up for his big season finale at Ironman Wales this weekend. After a great season lined with top 5’s and 10’s at the British Military races and ETU Middle Distance Championship, we decided to give the full-distance a rip. The Wales weather showed up with rain/wind/hills and small roads to make it a proper race. Jappas came out of the water in a very solid 1 hour, stayed safe on the bike and making sure to eat his buffet. Then onto the run, he managed to produce the 19th fastest run split of the day, and earn his top-10 AG spot and his ticket to Kona was punched. Coach is extra pleased as Jappas and I have worked very well together for 2 solid years, chipping away, and he is the first Kona qualifier in my squad. Massive congratulations to you Jappas!

Sascha Moryson, fresh off a solid win, last weekend, was able to come away 2nd this past weekend at the P-Weg MTB Marathon, only being beaten to the line by the current Austrian Masters Marathon MTB Champion. It’s been great to see some late season fitness showing itself in the legs, and with a few weekends to go, we continue to ride the train! Keep it up Sascha.

Florian Staudt finished his season strongly at the German Police Olympic Distance Championships this past weekend, finishing in the top bit of the bunch. It was great to see the bike power and run legs show themselves at the best all season after only a couple weeks of TriSutto workouts in them. Ready to get back to work and see what is going to happen over the Fall/Winter months and into next season with a full batch of hard work.

Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:

Proud as punch! Great work Oriana for turning things around; happy after the race!

This weekend I had Oriana and Marco racing at Chattanooga. Oriana Heer, F35-39, had an excellent race, considering a lot of issues going on the weeks before the IM 70.3 World Championship at Chattanooga. She paced herself in a remarkable way, focussing on the moment and on herself. This is quit new for Oriana and showed that it works 🙂 I’m really proud of her, because until a few days before the race predictions were not good. 5:17.19 is a remarkable time on this tough course, very well done Oriana! This was a great piece of growing!

Mariasole and Marco proudly displaying their finisher medals in Chattanooga 🙂

Marco De Leo, M35-39, is an athlete who prefers fast and flat courses, but I believe that this difficult course was worthy for a World Championship and we have to give our best and therefore we tried to do it 🙂 As always, Marco showed a strong bike, pacing himself well over the tough hills. The half marathon performance suffered a bit, but he fought till the finish line and finish in 5:28.06. Good job Marco, be proud of yourself, not everyone is qualifying year after year for the World Championship races, you are very consistent!

Best wishes to Jana Perrone, who suffered a bike accident last week. While Jana was cycling home from work she was hit by a car and finished in hospital with a lot of contusions and a broken collarbone. Last Friday she underwent surgery to fix the fracture. All the best Jana, heal well!

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

Never give up!

Last saturday Mariasole Ghidini raced at Ironman 70.3 World Championship at Chattanooga,Tennessee. Very tough race not only for the courses but for the Mariasole’s stomach problems during the swim. She never gave up and she finished in 7:06. We are really satisfied!! Congrats for your strong mind. Well done Mariasole!

Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:

Todd rolling through Madison Wisconsin.

I had two athletes racing this weekend, both finishing top ten in their respective AG. Jeremy Breach carved out an 8min PB at the San Diego Classic OD on Sat, placing 7th – a seven placing improvement from last year, while Todd Hawkins battled some stiff mid-West winds to finish 9th at IM Wisconsin on Sun in 10:27hrs. Solid performances gents. Well done.

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Closing out the season with a good race in Almere, congrats Stephan.

The European triathlon season is slowly coming to an end now. Over the last weekend some of my athletes finished their racing season, while some will still race some races abroad later this season.

Stephan Meinecke decided to do another full distance race after he struggled a lot on the run in Ironman Hamburg. From my point of view it is important to finish the season with a solid race to keep motivated during the off season. He raced Challenge Almere last weekend just 4 Weeks after IM Frankfurt. Once again Stephan showed his strength in the water with one of the fastest agegroup swims of the day. He also had a very good bikeride in very hard conditions. It was raining almost during the entire 180km. But nevertheless he could break the 5hr mark for the first time and leave the transition zone in first place in his agegroup. Compared to his 3:13 Marathon in Challenge Venice Stephan struggled a bit during the run, but still finished 3rd after 9hrs25min to claim the bronze medal in his agegroup in this ETU European Championship race. Now after three full Ironmans in three months Stephan will enjoy his well deserved rest to be even more dominant moving into the 50-55 agegroup next season.

Leonhard Wiedemann traveled to Wales this past weekend to race the Ironman Wales for the first time. Without any doubt this is one of the most challenging Ironmans worldwide. It is always a quite cold swim. The way to the first transition zone alone would leave most people breathless and the bike course is for sure one of the hardest you will find in the Ironman circuit. If this would not be enough of a challenge the run course provides 500m of altitude difference as well. Leonhard had his best swim of the season exiting the water after just over 60min. On the bike he was fighting both the elements and the hilly course to finish the 180km bikeride in just under 6hrs (exactly 1hr slower compared to Ironman Hamburg 4 Weeks ago). On the run it was a hard fight to get to the finishline. Leonhard finished the race just over 11hrs. Even though it was his 4th full distance race this year he could once again improve his agegroup placement from 24th (IM Hamburg) to 18th place in Wales in the 40-45 agegroup. Leonhard will enjoy a little break as well now.

Getting the job done in challenging conditions; good job Florian!

Florian Blumenthal is still not tired from all the races he recently did and took on the Murten middle distance race last Saturday. The weather conditions were really bad and the swim was shortened from 2000m to 500m. Still it was a challenge because of the very choppy water. Florian is a very good swimmer and still needed 11min for the 500m swim. After the swim he had his best bike and run of the season. He could ride 12W more compared to 70.3 Rapperswil and still run 10s per km faster on the half marathon. This is once again a great proof that you can improve throughout the season even if you do many races. We all love racing and that´s what we train for 😉 . Murten was still not Florians last race of the season because he was lucky and won a race entry for Challenge Davos next weekend. Florian can finish his season with another interesting experiment racing two middle distance races back to back.

Martin Kasten did the short course race in Murten last Saturday. On this distance the swim was completely canceled due to the weather conditions. The race was carried out as a duathlon with a 1,2km run before the bikeride instead. Martin was a bit surprised of his race. He had great runs and his watch showed a 3:xx km split for the first time. On the bike he could set a new personal record as well and finished the race strong during the final 5km run.

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Strong across all three disciplines – great work Madina!

On a very hot day Madina Umbetova took on a local middle distance race in Almaty as a preparation for her Ironman. After a very good block of training Madina put her bike strength into practice and delivered a strong swim – bike – run combination: 1st out of water, 1st after the bike and finished 2nd women overall.

A PB and third place for Rafal.

Rafal Herman and Piotr Gasiorowski went together on a road trip to Rugen to race Ironman 70.3. The venue and the course has been voted one of the best in Europe and it promised to be an exciting race, also for the reason that both were racing in the same age group! It proved to be the case. Both Rafal and Piotr executed the plan and delivered strong results.  Rafal finished 3rd in AG with PB of 4:25 with solid swim and bike and strong run. Piotr, after some bike dismantling issues on route to T2, followed very closely in 7th position only 5 min behind. It was great training day for each of them as we built towards key races of the season.  Well done both!

Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:

Blaine, capping off a great season with another personal best.

Blaine Egan capped off his 2017 race season at 70.3 Santa Cruz and once again had massive time drops. Blaine saw a 15 minute improvement on the bike over the distance and an eight minute time drop on the run. The swim was cut short, but Blaine had his most competitive swim yet, emerging second from the water in his group. Blaine finished 7th in his group for the day. Excellent race, and an outstanding season. Well done Blaine.

Crossing the line at the World Champs – great effort Jamie!

Jamie Christy was determined to race at 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga despite having an emergency appendectomy this June. As usual, Jamie fired off a top swim and clocked the second fastest swim of the day in the amateur competition. The rest of the day was a demonstration of grit and perseverance as Jamie was determined to have a solid race at her first World Championships. Congratulations Jamie, it was your first WC, but it won’t be your last.

Bex Fink raced in her first World Championships this weekend as well. It was a solid race for Bex as she balanced it with participating in a friend’s wedding in Atlanta on the same day! Bex crossed the line, and just kept running — straight to the hotel, shower, pack the car, and make the drive back to Atlanta to preside as the wedding officiant! This was one for the record books!

Race Recap from Coach Matt Trautman:

David Hunt took on the 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga this past weekend. As we saw it was a real all rounders course with any weaknesses being exposed. David stuck to the game plan perfectly and managed to get the most out of himself on the day, finishing the bike and run legs strongly. He should proud of his performance.

Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:

Brad pretty excited at his first 70.3 World Champs!

I had 2 athletes race the challenging, honest course in Chattanooga at 70.3 Worlds
First was Brad Hale and I couldn’t be happier with his result. After having a great race in Whistler in July we took a nice break and went into the Chattanooga build a bit more relaxed with big focus on strength through lots of big gear & strength runs. The main goal was keeping a nice balance of doing enough to be ready for the course but not too much to take away from his busy life as a father of 3, husband and busy Rancher. Brad demonstrated exactly all the methodologies we use at Trisutto and why they work! Well he had one of his best swims and swam the uphill swim in Chattanooga with a blistering cadence of 84 strokes/minute, exactly the swim that suits his short arms and immobile shoulders. All the big gear training absolutely worked as he rode the highest watts I’ve seen out of him at 77 cadence and only 135 heart rate. Then he went on to run a faster 1/2 marathon than he did last year in Calgary which was a dead flat bike course. His running heart rate today was exactly 10 beats higher (avg 145) than his bike heart rate. We had a race plan, pre race fuelling everything laid out to get him his best result based on his current fitness & I would say it worked like a charm!!! Brad doesn’t question anything, doesn’t worry about trying to target watts in training he just gets the job done! This guy has so much more potential than I think he even realizes. If he were able to do more or even desired to he would have every potential to make to it The big island one day with the right race selection. For now it was a great day out and I’m so pleased with his performance.

Shawn pretty happy to feel strong enough to get through the tough course at Worlds in Chattanooga:-)

My next super dad racing was Shawn Russet. Like Brad, we had to take a relaxed approach through the summer with all his family & kid commitments and other more important priorities other than triathlon. Knowing the course, we just stuck to the important bits of the strength & aerobic aspects so he could still have a good experience at Worlds! This is exactly what happened! Shawn had a solid swim and was able to ride the challenging bike course with no issues, even faster than what I anticipated. Shawn lacked a little bit of volume leading in to have his best run off that course but he still hung on steady start to finish with a smile. I believe, as well, we have officially sorted out his past GI distress issues. We have now done 2 x 70.3’s together with no GI issues! Now that summer is over, looking forward to building Shawn up from here for his upcoming races!

Amy Ellet showing some skills at her first cross race of the year!

Our “jack of all trades” racer Amy Ellet took on her first Cross race of the season in Calgary and had a blast, as always! She ended up crossing the line in a close race for 9th overall female but was happier to win the beer prize for mid pack winner! Amy heads to Australia for a little work sabbatical and will get to try some of the races on that side of the world!

Nat 2nd female overall at the Rainbow Beach Double Sprint 🙂

Nat Kerr took on the double sprint at Rainbow beach, 2 days back to back of sprint distance races. Nat came away with 2nd female overall, AG winner and almost identical splits on day 2 from day 1! Nat earned a mini break before we build up to Hervey Bay 100 in Nov.

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:

A little warm up for next week…, well done Wendy on second place.

This week my athletes took part in three different races,
Beginning with Wendy (Casterton), she took 2nd overall female in a Sprint distance race at the GB as preparation race for the World Champs in Rotterdam next week. For Wendy, this is a great achievement , since just last year after a surgery on her back she could not even walk!

Another World Champs – well done Andreas.

In Chattanooga I had Andreas (Goros) who through his very difficult professional and family program had his 6th participation in a World Championship 70.3.

Wouter enjoying his first World Champs in Chattanooga.

In his first world championship, Wouter (Delbaer),who in a year has been transformed by a new triathlete who played the most in the races on a triathlete who knows well what he wants to get from each race!

Back-to-back wins for Michalis!

Finally in Cyprus again we have another race of the cycling cup where Michalis (Theocharous) was again the winner of his category M30! So this back to back wins show his great performance in second part of the season!
Congrats to all !!

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

A great Pro debut for Matt in Wales.

Matt Leeman for me this w/e had a breakthrough performance at Ironman Wales in his 1st Pro outing in the full distance. Crossing the line 5th isn’t a podium but it’s a great result for this young developing athlete, as he was up against a stacked field. Matt had a good race, he exited the water in 46.38 with Harry Wiltshire as 1/2 and then hit the bike out of T1 in 2nd , the weather in Wales was brutal but Matt put in a very good account coming into T2 6th, onto the run and Matt eventually moved up to 5th and held on to cross the line with a 3.08 Mara time, well done showing great progress all the time.

Also Fiona Davidson took on the brutal course for the 3rd time , previously coming 2nd and 3rd in her AG Fiona was looking for that prime spot to go to Kona. The weather on the day for every athlete was bad and some dealt with it and some didn’t, for Fiona it was a very tough day indeed not coping with the cold very well This year just missing out on the podium coming 4th well done Fiona.

Dimos proudly representing Cyprus at the World Champs in Chattanooga.

This w/e see Lou Oherlihy  Khadiga Amin and Dimos Papa race the World 70.3 Champs. Dimos was representing Cyprus for the very first time and was a massive step forward for his country. He raced well considering he came into this race with a bad infection, onwards we go well done

Khadiga again representing Egypt was and is a massive achievement and one that she carried out very well. She’s progressing all the time and finding out more and more about herself every time she puts herself on the line, very well done K.

“That’s me!”

Lou’s had a mixed season representing GB and she was coming into this comp with mixed fitness, only being with me a short time now showing signs of good progress and especially in this race we have taken a lot of positives so very well done I’m encouraged by the future.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Qualification for Hawaii 2018! In Wales, Boris Hueber did the IM! His main goal was to secure a slot for Hawaii next year. Boris had an ok swim, and then a really good bike on a very, very tough course! And then he finished off with a solid run! It got a bit exciting towards the end but Boris did great job and fished 8th in his age group which meant a slot for Hawaii 2018! So happy for you, Boris!

Not for the fainthearted!

On Saturday, Victor Manrique did his last race of the year and what a race! Victor lives in Villars in Switzerland and decided to race close to home in Chamonix, France, doing the Evergreen- Endurance. Victor choose to do the distance 118, which meant 2 kms swim, 95 kms on the bike and then a half marathon. Unfortunately, the weather turned out to be very bad. The swim took place in lake Montriond and then the athletes ride to Chamonix.
It was a bit hectic with a mass start but once people started to spread out, Victor felt much better and he came out of the water feeling very good, despite the water being less than 16°. Victor felt good all along on the bike, except for on the very slippery down hills! he overtook a lot of people both on the uphills and on the flatter sections. The air temperature was below 10° for the whole ride and with rain and fog! Onto the run! If you can call it a run…Rather a fast hike in the rain, hail and temperatures dropping from 10° to below 0! And then hell started!
Victor felt really good coming out of transitions and was running well until he hit a trail that was more like a wall and it became impossible to run! So Victor started climbing instead! There were massive tree roots all over the path, also massive rocks and it was extremely slippery and lots of people used poles! Plus the visibility was almost zero! And then it started hailing big time, almost snowing… Victor somehow made it to the top and then back down again without knowing how!  He was very pleased once he finished and could get a hot shower! And very happy to make it back down in one peace! As Victor said: WOW!! that race was an experience. Definitely one to never forget. Not sure I would want to repeat it. Crazy stuff! When Victor later on checked the times, he realised that he was 3rd in his age group, with a time of just below 9 hours! What a day for Victor!

Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:

Vinny Vennes has got straight back into racing at a Championship race after a difficult achillies injury for the past 2 months.  But we kept Vinny fit on the swim and bike, and as the injury improved we built the running.  Vinny is still not super fit on the run, but still raced strong at 70.3 Championships with 5 hours 5 minutes.  Well done Vinny! I look forward to seeing the 2nd half of your season going from strength to strength.

Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:

Mark gears up for another epic Ironman in Wales! Photo Credit: Getty Images via Ironman Wales Media

Mark Richardson raced in Ironman Wales, a tough course he knows from racing last year. The weather was again cool and wet (no surprises there) adding to an already tough course with hills, typically British narrow roads, and less than smooth road surface. Another sub hour swim for Mark keeps this as a standard of his races now. The bike again solid, although a granny gear for several of the 16% climbs would have been useful; but the choice of deep rear wheel instead of disk saving on the road vibration and fatigue. A best run of the season from Mark saw him cross the line in 7th place, and all round excellent performance. There were 6 Kona spots up for grabs, and all accepted, so no Kona spot for Mark this time around, however another super race and end of season result. Now for some well earned rest and relaxation, with some ‘unstructured training’.


You did it mate!.., well done Philippe 🙂

Philippe Blatter raced in the 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga, to round out another superb season. Congrats Philippe, and now for some rest and unstructured training, as we plan for 2018 🙂

Gisela Reichmuth traveled to Stockholm to run in the Half Marathon. A fun low key event, doubling up as a sightseeing and girls weekend trip away. Happy to say ‘all objectives’ were achieved 🙂

Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:

Mirjam after her relay leg….’How’d that go mate?, let me get you a bucket….’

  • Mirjam Weerd raced at the Almere Sprint Relays with her team TTW Ladies. A good day all round with the team finishing up 4th, their best result of the season!
  • Tracey Horne jumped back on the horse for a local sprint event and enjoyed a good race.
  • Sandra Gisin ventured over to Stockholm with her good mate Gisela for a Half Marathon and splashed her way through the course on a wet day. Good job Sandra conquering the Half!


Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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Veni, Vedi, Veci

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Capturing the moment…, Congrats Flora! Photo Credit: Heiko Rodde

I’ve been working with Flora Colledge for two years now, as she follows her dream of moving from top age group athlete to pro. Flora is one of my most hard working athletes, and really gives it everything. She also loves a tough race! Powerman Zofingen, Long Course Duathlon World Championships did not disappoint, with the 10km run, 150km bike and 30km run to finish, and to keep it honest the run was mainly up, or down hill! I’m very proud of Flora, not because she won her first World Title but because of her attitude, her consistency, and her persistence. I know she always gives it everything, and in this sport this is the secret to success.  Congrats Flora, World Champion.

Also racing at Zofingen Powerman but in the short(er) 10km run, 50km bike and 5km run race, was Andrea Rudin. Again a brutal course, and again another excellent race by Andrea to finish 3rd in her category, and 6th female overall.  To quote Andrea ‘I am happy with that race today. I enjoyed it although it was so hard. I could ignore the pain:) these are the races where you get strong‘.   I couldn’t say it any better, well done.

Chiin-Hooi Tan was back in action at the Challenge Fredericia Olympic distance race which was also the Danish Championships. She again excelled as she continues her return to training (and racing). Seems the time away has done wonders with one of her best ever swims, and bikes on a technical course (maybe the MTB riding has been helping!), with a solid top 10 fastest run off ‘short easy runs’.  A 7th in the unusual 19-39 category and 12th overall female. Super Chiin.

Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:

This one will be talked about for years! Congratulations Rebecca and her wonderful Support Team.

This weekend I saw some gutsy performances by my athletes which made me really proud. First of all Rebecca Joslin focussed all year to be on top of her game in the Livigno Extreme XL. A full ironman distance at altitude with an enormess amount of high meters, the famous Stelvio climb and a finish up on the mountain. The race itself is scary enough let alone with the weather that welcomed the brave athletes with rain, cold and even snow on the Stelvio. Due to the weather the organisation decided during the race to divert the course around the Stelvio. All these elements made the race even tougher. Rebecca didnt let herself be discouraged by all those things. Even though she had to overcome hyperventalation during the swim and breathing through a straw during the run. The bike felt really strong and her awesome support crew helped her to stay focussed. She ended up second woman and 17th athlete overall. Congrats Rebecca (and biggest supporter Andrew) for a gutsy performance!

Cecile on her way to winning her agegroup at Challenge Walchsee.

Cecile Amstad drove up to Walchsee. A beautiful place in Austria where Challenge Walchsee starts of the september month with a gorgeous lake swim, challenging bike and beautiful run. But also in Austria the weather made it for hard conditions. Cecile loves to race in the heat so she needed to adjust her plans. In transition it took her 11 minutes to dress up in jackets and armwarmers with cleaning gloves and all, but in the end it payed of with a half marathon pb finish and the win in her agegroup! Well done Cecile! Cozumel in a couple of months will provide some different circumstances. We’re well on our way.

Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:

Another strong performance by Georgina in Locarno! Congratulations!

Georgina Gadient started at the Half Distance in Locarno, Switzerland. her second last race for this season. And she showed, that there is still something left in her tank. A great Age Group (35-44) win and 2nd Women Overall behind former Olympic Champ Brigitte McMahon. We still need to work a lot on her swim and after Brett saw her at the Sursee Camp, we are trying out a few new things and hopefully it will pay out in 2018. Her bike was strong as always even with cramps starting around the 80km mark. She finished the day off with a solid 21k run. Of course I am super happy with this result as I know our season plan worked out well. if an athlete can race at such a consistent high level over several month, you know the athlete put in the effort during winter time when champions are made.

Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:

Pavel in the break away on the bike (3rd position) and on the podium (right).

Pavel Blagikh asked me last week if he spontaneously could do a bike road race. Normally the answer to such a request is: “if you want a broken collarbone, then go ahead and race”. You often see serious crashes in road races and the risk of getting injured is quite high, especially if you are not a very skilled bike rider. It is a bit different with Pavel, since he has been racing both road and MTB races on national level before he started with triathlon. His skills on a bike are far beyond average. So I agreed also knowing that his season highlight, the Ironman Kalmar, was already done. Pavel was very surprised that he found himself in a breakaway of four riders after just 15min into the race. He thought he was lacking the speed after some months of Ironman training. That was clearly not the case. These four kept the pace high and could keep the main field away all the way to the finish line. Pavel finished the sprint in 3rd place overall and was very happy with this result. The other riders had way more race km in their legs but he still was competitive enough to finish the 71km race on the podium after 1hr43min. There will be another road race in two weeks and the Ironman 70.3 Turkey to finish his great season.

Deborah Bomstein did her third 70.3 race in her first triathlon season last Sunday in Portugal. I am very happy that she had a great experience and finished the race! There were many obstacles to overcome. She injured her shoulder just a couple of days before the race which bothered her a lot during the race. In addition the water was freezing cold compared to Dubai. Normally 16-17° water temperature is just fine, but if you have been training in Dubai all summer long these temperatures really feel very cold. The bike course was very difficult compared to the straight roads in Dubai as well and I am very proud that she mastered this course with the turns and descents without any issues! On the run her shoulder was hurting a lot and she had to dig deep to get to the finishline. That was her first triathlon season and when we started to work together last November it was hard for Deborah to swim more than 25m and run more than 1km without getting breathless. She has now successfully finished three 70.3 races and enjoys the sport of triathlon a lot! Well done Deborah!

Last but not least Marc Haller was part of a relay team doing the 30km run in the Powerman Zofingen. It was a very solid progressive training run in Marcs Frankfurt Marathon preparation on a very tough course.

Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:

Celebrating a perfect race! Congratulations Rowan.

I had some great racing of my athletes this week! Rowan had a simply perfect race and won his age group at Ironman Cascai 70.3. He is getting stronger from race to race and it’s great to see what a huge difference the new training approach makes and how quickly Rowan progresses. He’s done well, so he get’s an easy week to recover before we enter the final weeks of his Kona preparation.

Well done Adi!

Together with some of my other athletes, Adrian Glättli escaped the bad weather around the Zurich region when he raced the Locarno triathlon. Only 2 weeks after a good performance at Ironman Sweden he had another great race and another 11th place finish – very close to the Top-10 in his age group. Well done!

Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:

Ana and Carolina getting ready for some fast and furious racing!

Ana Berenguel & Carolina Lanza (‘The Fun Team’) enjoyed the Pondathlon in London, I could call it a pool version of swim-run events.  It was a short, sharp and fast training for both girls and as always a lot of smiles and fun with friends. Now we are all waiting what would be next team challenge.

Genevieve Jacques took on a local middle distance race last Saturday as part of her Ironman preparation. It was a challenging course with some hills on bike and run as one could expect from a region around Barcelona. Even with a flat tire and disappointment after, Gen did a great job and finished 4th overall in the women field. More importantly Gen took a lot of satisfaction and re-gained confidence after a period of set backs. It was a very solid effort across all three disciplines, especially very strong run which is encouraging for months ahead.  Great job Gen!

After successful debut in middle distance triathlon in Gdynia a month ago, Krzysztof Machnicki is now preparing for his first marathon in a few weeks time.  Last weekend he ran a night half marathon in Warsaw as part of this training. No taper, no time goals this time, just do the training – were the instructions. To his surprise it was a very strong run in time of 1:23 on tired legs.  Good job and let’s keep the hard work going!

A good 5k training race for Piotr.

As a second run session of the day Piotr Gasiorowski ran a 5km night race in Warsaw and finished in 18:28 which was a very good session! We are building toward a main part of his triathlon season and we will see Piotr on the start line of Ironman 70.3 Rugen next weekend. Best mechanical luck!

Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:

Alex enjoys a home race in Locarno

Alex Luraschi raced an Olimpic distance Triathlon at Locarno, Switzerland. He did one of his favorite races placed near his home. He finished 9th in his category M 30-34 in 2:28.16 and 36th overall. He managed a solid performance and he continue’s to show great progress! Well done Alex! Proud coach!

Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:

Always nice to win a sprint finish! Good job Sascha!

Sascha Moryson completed in the Neumorschen Marathon MTB race in Germany this past weekend. Continuing to show some great results and numbers in training, Sascha continues to have a great late season run of fitness. He came away with the win by winning the final sprint with a few other guys! With a goal race this weekend, no better way to prep then a win before!

Lee Melling came to the squad roughly 2 months ago, frustrated at a standstill in his fitness and results. We went straight to work identifying some things to work on (namely, more swimming and big gear riding) He has since, seen the benefits and how the TriSutto system works with his fastest ever half-distance race this past weekend in Portugal. “Coming out of the water, I quickly was able to settle into a rhythm, and all those sessions with big gear, high power really paid off. And to get off the bike and the legs feel so good was a revelation”! We just barely missed an AG 70.3 World Champs spot, but what a way to end the season! Now Lee is ready and eager to keep improving and smash out some races in 2018! Well done, Lee!

Race Recap from Coach Vassilis Krommidas:

Setting a fantastic average speed at the TT race, Yiannos enjoys the winners spoils.

After the rest of the summer continued the Cyprus cycling cup series with a TT race. Two of my athletes took part, Yiannos Savva in the 50+ category was the winner with an average of 43+ km/h, not bad for an athlete of this age category and second overall only 30 seconds slower than the 20 years younger winner!

The second cyclist Michalis Theocharous in the 30-39 category took the third place taking part in the race on the road bike. Not at all bad for these conditions. So only happy I can be for their effort and results.

Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:

Backing up well; another great race by Melanie!

Melanie Baumann had a cracker race! Last weekend, she raced the 70.3 Zell am See and came 2nd in her age group. And then she raced Challenge Walchsee this weekend! She crashed on her bike, then took time to fix everything and then she kept going with an injured calf, ran very strongly and won her age group!

In Locarno, Arnaud Margot raced a half distance. 3 weeks prior to this race, Arnaud had to do his annual military duties which meant 3 weeks in the army and far away from home! Luckily Arnaud was still able to train and he’s very good at fitting in sessions here and there! He was staying close to Locarno for those 3 weeks, and therefore we decided to finish of the army camp with a race! Arnaud raced very ok in all 3 disciplines and he ended up coming 8th in his age group and 11th over all. Now it’s back home again for Arnaud, to his proper bed and NO army food…

2 relays and 2 podiums for Camille!

Camille Nieto finished off her season in style! She went to Yverdon les Bains in Switzerland to race. Here she did a double relay with good friends, first a sprint relay where Camille’s team nailed it and won by 14 mins! Then Camille and team mates decided, as a last minute decision, to race the Olympic distance relay as well! And again they smashed it and won, again, by 14 mins!

Nick Morrell raced in Yverdon too! And here’s quite an achievement! Nick has been racing back to back in the last 3 weeks! And it’s not over yet, as he’ll be racing  again this upcoming weekend, doing the half distance in Murten in Switzerland! Nick started out with an olympic distance in Lausanne, 2 weeks ago, then 70.3 in Vichy one week later and then Yverdon (olympic distance) this last weekend!  Nick has done a very good job in all 3 races! Now there’s one more to go before Nick’s race season comes to an end, making the most out of racing close to home! Very well done Nick! In Vichy, Nick got tested for motor doping!  Great to see that this is actually done! And no wonder that they choose Nick as he’s a monster bike rider.

Arnaud, right, after his race in Grasse in the south of France. Great race Arnaud!

In Grasse in France, Arnaud Penel took part in the Trigames, 1.9 km swim, 100 kms on the bike with 2000 m of elevation. Arnaud swam very ok and then he had an awesome bike and finished off the race with a good run. Arnaud was 4th in his age group and 18th overall. Well done.

Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:

Congrats to ‘The Farmer’ (right)…, podium finish and good training run!

Last Saturday, Manila based Swiss age group athlete Roman Menz was in action at the Aboitiz Triathlon Olympic Distance in Pico De Loro Cove. Putting together a very solid all around performance over the swim-bike-run, Roman won the 40-44 age group, besting athletes who had beaten him earlier in the year.

Then on Sunday, Felipe “The Farmer” Sajulga competed in a tune up race for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, just 5 weeks away. At the 1st Mayor JJ Fiesta Olympic Triathlon on the beautiful Island of Camiguin, in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, he managed to grab 3rd place overall, and a small prize. But importantly, he tested out his leg speed between two Ironmans!

Post race recovery in Armenia. Good job Pavel!

Also on Sunday, in the beautiful country of Armenia, Saudi based Russian Pavel Golikov was enjoying his vacation away from work, by racing the Savage of Sevan half Ironman @ 1900m elevation, and on a rented bike. After a strong swim, and spending some time in the lead on the bike, Pavel hung on to 3rd place overall, and very satisfied with his effort, with the circumstances.

Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:

Second place for Laura in Portugal.

Laura Fidler raced this w/e at 70.3 Portugal, Laura is improving all the time, knocking off almost 30mins over the course of 12 months and constantly now under 5hrs for a 70.3, she is showing signs of some great performances to come with the hard work and dedication she has. Laura raced her way into the Top 10 overall this w/e finishing in the pros and 2nd in her AG , Very well done Laura


Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.

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