Emma Bilham 1st professional athlete with friend Lucy Biddlestone, 1st Age Group athlete at Challenge Gran Canaria. Photo: James Mitchell Photography
This weekend saw Julie Derron travel to Cozumel for the U23 World Championships. I’m very proud of Julie’s excellent race to finish 7th. A good swim, excellent bike to be first out of the transition, then in sweltering heat hung on to the top 10 finish. A big well done.
The next day we had another fantastic reason to be proud all weekend.
The Little Cabbage (Emma Bilham) put it all together for an excellent win in the inaugural Challenge Mogan – Gran Canaria. This season has seen Emma fulfil her potential as a bonafide professional athlete. Leading from gun to tape every discipline was executed with a controlled aggression we have been working towards since some shaky days at the start of the season. Well done Emma and best mechanical luck as she island hops to Mallorca to take on the Ironman.
Finally, Trent Simmons represented Trisutto at the Toughman Championships this weekend in New York. On Saturday competing with 4 year-old son Jonah in the Toughkids competition, before lining up for the main half iron distance event the day after. On a course that indeed lived up to its name as being ‘Tough’ Trent did a great job for a solid 4th place overall. Well done to all on a great weekend.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
A good training race in Brazil this weekend for Mariana Andrade who travelled up the coast to Penha to race the GP Extreme Triathlon – the distances for this event were 1k swim / 100k bike / 10k run which was perfect to enable Mariana to get a good long hard ride in under race conditions. Finishing as first Elite Female was an added bonus. Great job Mariana!
Mirjam and Emma celebrating post race in Gran Canaria. Photo Credit: Ingo Kutsche
Mirjam closed out her European season with a 4th place finish at Challenge Mogan-Gran Canaria. It has been a busy few weeks for Mirjam, finishing off the summer with two Long Course Triathlons whilst at the same time packing and preparing to relocate to the island of Curaçao in the Caribbean Sea.
We wish Mirjam (and Rick) all the best as they embark on their new, and very exciting adventure. 🙂
Race Recap from Coach Keegan Williams:
Sam Cook competed at the recent New Zealand Secondary Schools Nationals and came away with the criterium title. Big things to come from Sam in the future.
Kim Munro was in action at the ITU World Championships in Mexico. He had a great two races after training through the New Zealand winter gaining his first podium at a World Championships with a bronze in the sprint distance and backing up with a 5th in the Olympic distance. A great effort from Kim.
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
Fernando Palhares raced in Brazil on the weekend, Grand Prix Extreme, same one as Mariana Andrade and he was 3rd in his age group 40-44 plus 11th overall! He had a great swim and bike but forgot a bit to drink so he faded a bit on the run!
The race was: 1 km swim, 100 kms bike, 10 kms run, great with something a bit different! We used this race as a training race for the long distance Brazilian Championships in a few weeks.
Eric Govan ITU World Champs.
Erica’s experience from the ITU World Championships in Cozumel:
This race was hot. Even the water was hot. The swim was in 29C water and it was shortened on race morning due to the current. Once on the pontoon we had to get in quickly and grab on. Wow, was the current ever strong! I jumped in and had to swim back several strokes to get back to the pontoon. There was quite a bit of life below the surface and it was hard not to get distracted by the clear water and coral and fish. It was also hard to swim straight with the current pushing us around but we eventually got out, I think more exhausted than usual.
The bike was flat out and back and already the heat got me. Luckily I had been advised to have 1/2 a bottle of plain cold water on the bike that I could waste and I did so, though it was warm by the time the bike started, pouring it over my arms and neck and rinsing salt water from my mouth. I rode this conservatively as the heat was tough for this Canadian. I rode it like I would ride an Ironman. This was a flat out and back and a great opportunity for a time trial but it was also a sauna.
Once on the run I REALLY dialed it back. It was quite disheartening to see athletes laying down on the side of the road overcome with heat. A scooter would pull up beside them and dump a bag of ice on them. Clearly the organizers had planned or several cases of heat exhaustion, including Jonathan Brownlee. I was happy to cross the line and feel ok.
I can look back and know that this was probably my slowest race but also well managed. I took every opportunity for Ice in the clothing, water on the head and scraps of shade on the road and just kept going. It was nice to finish and get in an ice bath. I was inspired by so many age group athletes who have reached amazing levels of fitness and speed in order to represent their country and it was very humbling to do a big race with so many elite age groupers.
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
One of the highlights of this year was the Paralympics in Rio. For the German National Team Thomas Schäfer raced the Individual Time Trial and the Road Race in Category 4/5. The qualification process for the Olympic team was tough and finally getting the ticket was a dream come true. Thomas put everything on the road he had and raced with a guts and heart and earned himself an Olympic Diploma in the Individual Time Trial. That gave him a lot of confidence for the Road Race 2 days later and indeed, the race startet really well and Thomas was well placed in the chasing group of 2 escaped riders and set the pace at the difficult climbs. Unfortunately he was involved in 60km/h crash and hit a lamppost. He was able to carry on despite a broken finger and a lot of road rash all over his body. He still could finish 12th in that race. Well done Thomas! Was an exciting week following your racing. You showed all your passion and excellence and that you’re made out of really tough stock!
At Ironman Wales, we saw another fantastic performace of Oli Klaus. He improved his time from 2 years ago on the same course by an incredible 30 minutes! He had the swim of his life and is now in the sub-1h club. Then he rode controlled on the bike, suffering a bit at the end from all those climbes. It’s really one of the toughest courses out there. Then backed it up with a solid run. 30 minutes is such a hughe improvement and it showed all the persistence and perseverance Oli put into his training over the past 2 years. Therefore it was a bit sad that he missed out on a Kona slot ranking 12th in his AG group – same place as 2 years before. In any other year, his time would have beend good enough for a slot. So it was fantastic racing and a bit of tough luck. We take the positives away and train to get the slot in his next race.
Is a DNF worth mentioning? In my weekly reports, I usually report podiums, personal best performances, outstanding results. It’s not that you just race and get a mentioning. You have to do well. You have to earn your place in my report. All the build-up racing and if something goes wrong I keep out of the limelight. So why mention Diana’s DNF here? She raced Ironman Wales. She was 4th out of the water with a 54min swim, 2nd off the bike with a 5:32h bike and could maintain her 2nd place far into the 2nd half of the marathon. In the last 10k she was slowing down a lot and at km 38km there was just nothing left, even walking a straight line was not possible any more and she had to drop out.
However, what might look like an embarrassement was rather one of the best performances I’ve seen from her. The wrongful dramas of Frankfurt and Vichy had a tremendous toll in mental energy and training time. Therefore it was just amazing to see Diana racing one of the hardest races in the Ironman circuit with nothing more than passion, heart and will power – until her body gave in. Given her lack of preparation for this race, she did just fantastic. You cannot fake an Ironman. It’s a success, not a failure to last as long as she did.
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
Lucy on the charge. Photo: James Mitchell Photography
Lucy Biddlestone was first age group lady at Challenge Gran Canaria! I was very proud of Lucy, she started training with me 2 years ago, and from day 1 she has been so determined, no session is too much, she gets it done best she can till it is all done, whether it is to be done at 6am or 9pm, she gets it done and with a smile on her face. 2 years ago Lucy did not have the strength or fitness to make her dreams reality, however after 2 years of dedicated hard work every day Lucy’s strength in swim bike and run is showing everyday, and this weekend was another step in the right direction.
Top 5 for Stephen. Reaping the benefits of consistent training. Photo by James Mitchell Photography
Stephen Bayliss came 5th in the pro mens race at Challenge Gran Canaria, Stephen had a good swim and bike, he entered T2 in 3rd place but some competitive guys ran faster and pushed Stephen to 5th. Stephen has been putting some good consistent months of training in and it is starting to show in his fitness.
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
Fiona Davidson competed at Ironman Wales this weekend. 6 months ago she fell over and broke her ankle but stuck with it and ended up coming 2nd in her AG, along the way getting a massive swim PB! This athlete has showed what true grit she’s got, she’s been on one hell of a journey just to get to the start line. She’s never gave up the fight and deserves this result. Trisutto and I am very proud of her achievements, amazing Fiona very well done.
Rob Hume competed at Wales also and started his race off with a swim PB leading his AG. Onto the bike and Rob pushed the pace for 3 quarters of the bike and then started to struggle, when he was passed and dropped to 3rd in his AG, onto the run and after about 10k couldn’t hold on, got passed by more athletes. However he dug deep and finished strong to cross the line to get a PB. Well done Rob, showing progress all the time.
Lucy Francis also competed at Wales. Lucy started off strong and very well with a Swim PB and in 12th position in her AG. Onto the bike and Lucy I would say had a solid bike to hold position. She came out of T2 holding 12th and pushed on for the first 3 laps but then the wheels came off a little. She crossed the line with a solid performance in what some would say is the hardest course around. Well done Lucy.
Race Recap from Coach Andrew Wright:
Well done to these athletes for their great results in Mexico ITU grand final yesterday.
- Oscar Coggins 23rd Elite junior (Hk)
- James Tan 60th Elite junior (HK)
- Lynda Coggins 6th 50-54 AG (HK)
- Gregory Berge 10th 30-34 AG (France)
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
This past Sunday at Ironman Wales, Swiss based Danish athlete Martin Barner was in action for his 2nd Ironman distance of the season. He started the day with his first ever sub 1 hour swim, then rode and ran steadily over the very challenging and stunning backcountry terrain. He managed to finish in the respectable time of 10h09, for 8th place in the very competitive 35-39 age group.
This caps off a very consistent and break thought season for Martin, which in his own words, exceed his expectations from the start of the year when he signed up with Trisutto.
Earlier last week, Canadian athlete Michele Harvey-Blankenship was competing at the ITU Grand Finale on the beautiful Mexican Island of Cozumel, in the Caribbean Sea.
After struggling with a foot injury before she started with Trisutto, she followed a compromised preparation, with primarily water running and indoor cycling. While not fully recovered, she managed to finish 11th in the Aquathlon and 19th in the Sprint distance, in her respective age group. Her efforts showed a lot of determination and courage, to toe the line and do her best, given the circumstances. This gives clear signs of promise for a strong and healthy 2017 campaign
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
Great weekend of racing for my athletes!
First we had Paul Jung & Camp coach Gary racing the iconic Barrelman Half Ironman which also happens to be the Long Course Provincial Championships for Ontario. It’s a beautiful course located righted at Niagara Falls.
This would be Pauls 2nd half Ironman this year with his main goal to go under 5 hrs. He smashed it- coming in 4:50 with a good swim and an absolutely smoking bike for someone who came to me last year with a bike weakness. Paul is so new to this sport but it was really fantastic to see him pull off such a great race at his 2nd go at the distance!
Gary in his 4th race this year pulled off his 4th podium to come in 3rd at the Barrelman. Gary didn’t feel that great for the race but I’m really proud of how be ploughed through with his best effort:-)
Theresa for the 2nd weekend in a row won her Age in another non wetsuit open water swim!!! Great confidence booster for the big dance coming up in Kona in less than 3 weeks. Great to also hear Theresa is learning the benefits of a swim draft:-) Well done, as always Theresa!!!
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Chiin-Hooi Tan commenced her ‘off season’ with a 7.5km local cross country race (!), ‘winter’ cross in Denmark – notably the weather not so wintery with competitors in t-shirt and shorts. Running the 7.5k over 2 minutes faster than in January over almost the same route, Chiin was first female, just 7 days after racing in Challenge Almere Half Distance triathlon. This also puts a lock on her local club championships, defending her overall title from last year. Well done Chiin 🙂
*Well done also to Chiin’s partner Jesper who placed 3rd in his category in the 5km race.
Flora Colledge raced in the Swiss International Seeland Middle Distance triathlon, a 1.9 / 83 / 20km format in Marten, Switzerland. After a less than great swim, Flora had the fastest bike of the day, then made a solid chase on the run, coming up short by 20 seconds, but placing a super second overall on the day. A big big improvement on last year, finishing ahead of a lot of competitors who were ahead of her last year (6th last year, 2nd this year). Another step forward.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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