Kiera Tippett 5th and Seb Garry 1st at the European Triathlon Championships
Seb Garry becomes a Double European Age Group Champion in the sprint Duathlon and Triathlon at just 16 years of age! It was only a couple of weeks ago Seb picked up the Age Group Sprint Duathlon title in Kalkar Germany. This weekend saw him take on the challenge of the Triathlon in Lisbon, a Title that we had planned for last October. So the pressure was on! But Seb has been improving all the time with a great work ethic towards the targets we set.
Seb’s been in great form at all 3 disciplines but a couple of things went wrong at the start for him, at the gun his goggles got ripped off, so rather than panic he stopped and put them back on losing vital seconds off the leaders. However he made good ground going through the field and gaining back on the leaders. Into transition going into the bike he struggled to get his foot into his bike shoe losing again more seconds on the leaders and down by around 1min 45.
However, he put his head down and pushed hard to gain on the leaders, coming in 5th off the bike. With the leaders in his sights he pushed all the way to the end running an impressive 16.25 (5km) off the bike coming in 1st in his age group and 3rd overall. I think everyone would agree this is an impressive display by one of Trisutto’s youngest athletes at just 16! He as a very bright future.
Matt Leeman after a great winter raced Outlaw Half this weekend and was up against 2 previous winners so the challenge was on. He exited the water 2nd and after a solid bike lost some ground and dropped some positions to come out of T2 in 7th. He worked hard and was gaining fast on the run climbing back up to 4th overall. I’m really pleased with this performance from Matt and it’s given him a great platform now to build on.
Kiera Tippett raced in the British Champs last weekend and it was a fantastic performance, she recently got announced as the British Champion over a DQ fault which is a great result and only adds to the performance here. Competing this weekend in the Euros in Lisbon added another good performance coming 5th in her Age Cat.
Laura Fidler is continuing to rebuild after a really bad bike accident just 1 month ago and was unable to put the work in she would have liked before the Europeans. However she grafted her way to 6th in her age category, getting the 2nd fastest bike split on the day. She has given herself a very good start to the season and one we can build on now with her chosen 70.3 distance.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Mariana Andrade started her season off in fine style on Sunday, lining up for her 9th appearance at Ironman Brazil, which now also doubles as the Ironman South America Championships.
Held in her hometown of Florianopolis, this is a very special race for Mari and she showed much grit and determination to finish in a fantastic 6th place in the Elite womens field.
Mariana is the head coach of a large triathlon team in Florianopolis and spends many hours each week on-deck training her team. She had many fans on Sunday supporting the hometown coach and it is wonderful to see how she has inspired her athletes with such a courageous performance out on the race course also.
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
Superb performance by Andy Wibowo! Photo credit: Bintan-Tri
This past weekend on the resort Island of Bintan in Indonesia, local hero Andy Wibowo managed to defend his title from last year, holding off athletes from Australia and Europe. After a tied for 1st place swim, he took charge on the bike leg and then ran strongly under the hot sun. His finish time of 2h02:54 was one of the fastest ever recorded on the course.
Top Filipino age grouper Felipe “Jong” Sajulga of Team Caltex Delo Tri Bukidnon, won his 5th strait Durianman Olympic Distance event, in the beautiful city of Davao in the Mindanao region. This came off the back of a heavy couple weeks of training. In fact, Jong was seen after the race doing a 3 hours uphill ride towards his home, to shake out his legs and maintain the volume, as he prepares for his next race: Challenge Roth.
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfiniger:
At the Triathlon Sprint Idroscalo – Milan (Italy) Sara Platini was 2nd in the W30-34 category with a new PB 1:10 (before 1:21 !!!). Great improvement, very happy with this result!
Paola Bonfreschi, triathlon olympic no draft Barberino (Italy): 1st W45-49 in 2:52.23 (Paola placed also 10th overall!)
Saverio Venturelli, triathlon olympic no draft Barberino (Italy): 13th M45-59 in 2:40.47
Tanja Starl, half distance Linztriathlon (Austria): 2nd W35-39 in 5:17 and this means that Tanja qualified for the European Half Distance Championship at Walchsee In Austria, as this race was the only Austrian Selection race! Well done.
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Chiin-Hooi Tan raced in the Haderslev Half Iron Triathlon in Denmark and it was a day to adapt and overcome. After swimming a little of course, some cramps late in the bike and severe cramping on the run, Chiin pulled out the 3rd fastest female run to finish 2nd in her category with some prize money to boot. A practice run for the next half in two weeks, and a day to blow out some cobwebs. Well done Chiin.
Finally, a race recap from one of our recent Mallorca campers, Ermanno Ciarrocchi who put in an excellent performance at the European Age Group Championships:
“Raced this morning, eventually all the training according to your plan and the turbo trainer sessions kicked in, I broke down each leg into a moderate-medium-mad block – remember in Mallorca?! – and…it just worked!
Ended up finally running decently, with a 36’47” split, for me way the best in recent years! Also the bike went very well, although I think I was an inch too conservative.”
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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