Another great hitout for Rei winning the Rio Triathlon. Photo Credit: riotri.com.br
Reinaldo Colucci took on the Rio Triathlon in his preparations for Kona. Coming off a big bike block, Rei displayed a return to form as he rode away from the field to record an excellent win.
Coming into some great form as she prepares for Kona, well done Celine. Photo Credit:Getty Images
Meanwhile at 70.3 Vichy Celine Schaerer showed that she is still improving with every race, running a personal best time in the half marathon run leg, to take an excellent second place finish.
Outstanding efforts from both these Kona bound athletes.
In our elite age group team, Mariana Solorzano raced in her home triathlon in Vevey and finished on the podium for the second consecutive week, with an excellent second place in her category. Another podium as she smokes the back end of the season.
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
Kate Bevilaqua travelled from Bintan to China and backed up her podium place at 70.3 Bintan with another podium at 70.3 China. 2 x 3rd places in 7 days. Well done Kate! 70.3 China was at altitude so gave the race an extra challenge. After a break mid year we are building Kate back up to full fitness, for Kate her 2017 season is just getting started after her Ultraman World Championships win last November.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Another Top 5 performance by Nina Derron, this time at 70.3 Zell Am See. In just her second year racing in the Professional ranks Nina is consistently putting herself in the game, racking up valuable elite racing experiences, and looking forward to backing up again next week in France.
At the other end of her pro career, it always make me happy to see Mirjam Weerd out there having fun and supporting the local events on offer in Curacao, motivating and encouraging new people into our sport. This week Mirjam threw her hand in at the local swim-run-swim event, and reported back that ‘I sucked‘! Love your work mate… 😉
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Chiin Hooi-Tan was very happy to be back racing at Silkeborg, Denmark after a period away. The goal was to have fun and enjoy the race, which was achieved in spades, with a 6th placing overall female. Welcome back Chiin 🙂
Andrea Rudin raced in the Uster Olympic Distance race. This was a new experience for Andrea, lining up to race in the weeks after Ironman, but one with much reward. Andrea discovering her new V12 engine doesn’t rev so high, but powers on in the final third of the race 🙂 Was a super day, and was a big step only 4 weeks post Ironman. A 4th in category and 12th overall female excellent against the short course girls. Of course a post race recovery workout rounded out a super weekend 🙂
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
This weekend, I had 2 of my athletes racing half distances, Nick Morrell in Vichy in France and Melanie Baumann in Zell am See in Austria.
From Melanie: Great day for me at Ironman 70.3 Zell am See! During the last couple of months I’ve been seeing some great progress and after slow start into the season, results are also getting better and better! Even though I didn’t take the win this time, it was probably one of my best races yet! A fairly strong swim was followed by one of the fastest bike splits of the day! And a solid run allowed me to finish 2nd in my age group and even very good overall! Very happy with my race and my progress! In those almost 3 years with coach Lisbeth there’s been just one direction: Up!!! Thank you so much!
Melanie rode very well, only 2 pro girls rode faster and her running is coming along very nicely again too! Melanie’s 2nd place also qualified her for the 70.3 World Championship next year! Excellent race, Melanie!
The race was a non wet suit swim as we expected but not the best for Nick. But then just before race start, Nick realised that the coating had started to come off his googles which made it very hard to focus! Nick swam in 41 mins and probably lost quite a bit of time due this problem! Nick is a very strong rider and he overtook a lot of people on the 90 kms ride, he rode a very solid 2:21 Onto the run, Nick felt good and despite it being very hot, Nick ran a very good and consistent run in 1:33. Overall Nick raced in 4:44 (36th out of 249 in AG) a very solid race Nick, well done!
Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:
Last Wed Greg Stevenson placed 5th (and top Canadian) in his AG at the ITU Cross WC in Penticton. A non wetsuit swim played against him at the start but the fighter that he is, Greg drilled it on the MTB with the third fastest split to bring himself closer to the podium. Alas time ran short on the run to carve out more. Nevertheless, way to represent Greg!
Team Mazur was back racing at IM CDA not even 30 days from IM Whistler. Big congrats to Jan for nailing an IM and course PB by 22min (19min on the bike), and passing for the first time under 12hrs and by a solid margin. Loreen Mazur also tallied a course PB thanks to a 15min faster bike split from last year and finished 8th in her AG, another placing PB.
Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:
- Newcomer to my squad, Florian Staudt, started off his Trisutto career with an age group victory and 2nd overall at the Neustadt A.D. Aisch sprint triathlon this weekend! The training has already produced some good feelings, and we are ready to crush the Police Olympic Distance Championships in two weeks!
- Sean Laude traveled to Penticton this past week and represented the USA in the Long Course Duathlon World Champs. A controlled start to the first run saw Sean already passing athletes who started too fast, and continued to do the same on the ride. On the 2nd run, learning and believing in Big Gear TriSutto-Style, Sean ran a very quick 2nd run split, coming home with a truly great effort, and top 14% of all males in the race!
- Maxi Spahn completed in an 84km Marathon MTB race in Germany this past weekend as he preps for the Bavarian Championships in two weeks. A solid race yielded 5th place overall on the day. Congrats Maxi!
- Two new squad members from Peru, Erick Martinez and Gustavo Beathyate competed in the Lima Half Marathon in Peru. Both completed very consistent races and are showing great response to TriSutto methodologies thus far! Congrats you two!
- Jasmin Schulze went to 70.3 Zell Am See this past weekend as we continue our build for Ironman Arizona later in the year. A new swim PR, and also her first time running under 2 hours for a half-marathon after the difficult bike course that Zell Am Zee offers just shows how your hard work is working, Jasmine! Congrats on a great day!
- Georgi Zaitsev was also in Zell Am Zee this weekend. A new squad member in the last couple months, Georgi is coming back into some form since training with TriSutto methodologies and he showed very good results on the swim and bike. We went after the bike course, and ran a solid 12km. With the main goal Ironman Malaysia later in the Fall, we are in a good spot and keep getting better every day! Great work, Georgi!
- Christian Pleul completed his first every middle distance race at the Knappenman in Germany. A very solid swim, bike, run saw Christian produce a very consistent race start to finish and made coach very proud of the work he has done this season since starting triathlon! It’s a great start, and we now look to what is next!
- Juergen Braun came back from completing his first every triathlon as a middle distance, now going shorter at the Beilngries Olympic Triathlon this past weekend. Juergen enjoyed being able to go full gas on the bike, producing a very solid bike and run split to finish the day extremely strong! After only 2 triathlon races ever, coach is very pleased, and looks forward to the future! Congrats Juergen!
- Carlos Martinez took part in a cycling TT race in Mexico this past weekend. In the race, 1 of the climb segments was timed, and he was able to produce the 2nd best time all day, and ultimately finished 11th overall and set a course PR! Great job Carlos!
- Bill Knoedel finished his season off at the Iowa State TT Championships. After a week in London to watch the World Track and Field Champs, we were unsure of his form, but do the the strength he has gained from TriSutto methodologies, he produced a 2min PR on the course from a year ago! What a finish, Bill!
Race Recap from Coach Mirjam Weerd:
Racing at 70.3 Zell Am See, Jenni had a great race finishing 6th in her AG to grab her hard earned WC 70.3 South Africa 2018 slot! Congrats Jenni!
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
This weekend was the Santa Barbara Triathlon. Established in 1981, this independent event has the unique distances of 1 mile, 34 mile, and 10 mile. It harkens back to the early days of our sport, before the standard distances were yet established, and when even top racing still had a grassroots feel. Pros and elites often use it as a final race effort their prep for Kona. This year Luke Mckenzie mixed it up in the field. For my Santa Barbara athletes, this is a must-do event. Mike Hill, Patricia Neubauer, and Blaine Egan all brought the fire in SB this weekend.
Mike Hill raced the long course on Saturday and the sprint on Sunday. He was the first amateur athlete on both days, finishing 4th overall on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday. On Saturday Mike went on the attack from the gun, exiting the water in 2nd position in a virtual tie with race leader and Santa Barbara local, Chris Braden. Mike went to work on the bike holding onto 2nd place as he entered T2. Mike was outrun by the likes of Luke Mckenzie who suffered a mechanical on the bike, and my former UCSB athlete now turned pro, Sean Harrington. It was a massive day for Mike, and one that served to strengthen his mental focus and toughness as we look ahead to Kona. Mike returned to the start line on Sunday for the sprint event. He lead the swim, and once again, was the first amateur across the line in 3rd place overall. Mike’s performances showed that even in the depth of his Ironman training, he’s got speed for the short events.
Blaine Egan came on board this winter and has made massive improvements in all three disciplines. Blaine dropped 19 minutes over his time from last year. The plan was to blast the swim and bike and to hold back on the run since Blaine’s just recovered from a bit of an achilles flair-up. Holding back on the run, Blaine still improved by more than 5 minutes over the 10 mile course. In two weeks Blaine races 70.3 Santa Cruz, and coach is expecting to see his best run yet!
Patricia “The Germanator” Neubauer, had a seven minute time drop from her race last year with her biggest improvements coming on the swim and the run. Pat exited the water second in her category and quickly assumed the lead on the bike. She lead her group through the first half of the run and finished second in the women 30-34 category. The Germanator is already looking ahead to the next local race with the goal of claiming her first win. This winter it’s a run block for Pat, and next year it’s Ironman!
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
This past weekend, Paris based triathlete Damien Leonardi toed the line at Ironman Vichy in France. After a posting one of the fastest swims of the day, and a solid bike ride, he faded a bit under the rays of the sun on the run, to finish in a respectable time of 9h56.
On the same day, at the Uster Olympic distance in Switzerland, training mates, good friends and “classmates” Ralf Battenfeld and Carlos Mendez were in action for a solid training race, after a good block of training. Ralf managed a solid finish time, in 2h22, which is impressive for an athlete in the 50-54 age group. Carlos finished a few minutes ahead of him, in a time of 2h14, for a good tune up towards the 70.3 World Championships in 2 weeks.
Halfway across the world, Indonesian Olympic swimmer Andy Wibowo competed in him home town run race, The Bali International Marathon, in the 21 KM distance. He crossed the line in 1h21, to finish 4th in the national open category. Not bad for somebody who did a long and gruesome indoor ride, the day before. This result sets him up for a solid showing at the Ironman World Championships next October, in Kona Hawaii.
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
It was a triathlon (a quarter of a long distance format) in Mragowo, Poland, where Piotr Gasiorowski got his summer triathlon season underway. Having just returned from holidays in Tenerife, low temperatures and wet conditions were not welcomed but Piotr got the job done. He did fantastic swim PB, a very strong bike and run legs winning his age group and coming 6th overall, just under a minute from the 3rd step on the overall podium. It was great result and a first step toward our main goal of the season. Great job Piotr!
Rafal Herman had a very strong day in Zell am See racing Ironman 70.3 in stunning beauty of Austrian lakes and mountains. After a solid block of training at altitude in St Moritz it was time for a hit out at race intensity as part of the build up towards Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. With all the miles in his legs coming into the race, it was a strong performance over all 3 disciplines. Luckily the sun came out for the race and he got very good conditions to enjoy racing and great atmosphere on the course. Very well done Rafal!
Carolina Lanza travelled to France to spend an active bank holiday weekend with some triathlon action at the Triatlon de la Madeleine. The scenery and the weather definitely lived up to the expectations but not everything always go to plan. One is certain, Carolina gained a lot of valuable experience about a race preparation – both ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ I’m glad Carolina made the most what she could from the trip and did some good training in the mountains. As always there has been a smile and time for some fun with friend!
Race Recap from Coach Christian Nitschke:
Last weekend I once again had five athletes racing. For some of them it was the last race of the season.
Cornelia Stähli and Borris Jung were both racing the Ironman 70.3 in Zell am See. It is for sure one of the most beautiful race courses around the world. Both had great races and are very satisfied with the result. I am very happy that both could show very good improvements in the swim. Cornelia exited the water after 33:30min about 90s faster compared to her last races and Borris could even improve his swim by almost 5min. He was finally able to show a solid swim that did not leave him so far behind that he has to pass almost the entire field on the bike ;-). Both were riding very strong but very well paced and went on the run after a 2:43 and 2:31 bike split. Cornelia was in 4th position in her agegroup almost the entire race. At the beginning of the run it looked a bit like there was the possibility for a podium because she was slowly closing the gap. In the end it was her second strong 4th place finish after 5hrs 6min in her first 70.3 season. Something to be very proud of!
Borris had a good run as well and finished 25th in his agegroup after 4hrs and 49min. What an improvement compared to the 52nd place in Rapperswill in the beginning of June. Since he was very keen to race the 70.3 World Championships next year he went to the award ceremony with the hope to get a slot. His hope was fulfilled and he will race in South Africa next year as well.
Florian Blumethal backed up last weeks 3rd place finish with another podium in his agegroup on Sunday. Over the past years he was constantly finishing 4th or 5th in his agegroup in the Tägi Tri and it was his goal to make it on the podium this time. He had a great swim bike and run performance and finished the race in 2nd place just 6 seconds behind the agegroup winner! His last race of the season will be the middle distance race in Murten.
Martin Kasten was racing the Uster short distance Triathlon last weekend. After a relatively weak swim, compared to his abilities, he could show a very good bike and run combination to finish 8th in his agegroup. His local triathlon club was holding the club championships at that race and he was the fastest finisher of his triclub. Well done Martin! Also for him the Murten middle distance race will be the next stop.
Andre Möller finished his season with the Wanderup sprint triathlon. We started his “comeback” to the sport of triathlon last year after years of injury and little motivation. Andre is definitely back and enjoys every bit of the training and racing. He finished the race with a 5th place in his agegroup and is very happy with his comeback season: “Finding of this season: great sport, no injuries, next season is going to be awesome and by the way, great coach ;-)”. Thanks Andre! It was a pleasure to guide you back to the sport you love!
Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:
Bettina Steiger raced the Trans Vorarlberg triathlon in bregenz on saturday. an iconic race that starts with a 1k swim in the bodensee, followed by a 100k bike ride with last 12k up a mountain pass to the ski resort Lech. then you run 12k up there on a hilly course. bettina won her age group and finished 9th women overall. Bettina will finish her season with the half distance in Murten and concentrating on her Kona campaign in 2018.
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
First I had Shannon Jones represent Canada in the ITU Long Course Worlds in Penticton this past Sunday. As this was Shannon’s first World Championship event, she was just grateful to be there with no expectations except to have a good day and make it to the finish in one piece. I had more thoughts that I kept to myself. Shannon isn’t a highly competitive racer but she is probaly one of the most consistnat athletes I’ve seen, loves to train which always plays out well at the races. The last month leading in she was dealing with some minor niggles so to play it safe we moved the running to the water! This didn’t worry me one bit as I don’t believe it’s the last 5 weeks that matter as much as the last 5 months. Well Shannon absolutely nailed it with a 5 min quicker bike then last year on the same course and ran her way to 10th in the World! We both couldn’t be happier with this result!!!
Ryan Wright travelled to Ironman CDA for his first race with me. Ryan came on with me at the start of the year and immediately I could see some talent, especially in the swim and run. His schedule as an emergency room doctor is pretty insane and it’s always a challenge to get the best out of him while making sure he gets enough sleep and recovery. We were going into this race a bit blind with no recent results to work with but we had a plan to be conservative on the swim and bike so he could access his run. Ryan did great to stick to the plan on the swim and the bike but the 35 degree heat in CDA got to him on the run but he got to the finish in 11th which is far from a train wreck but we both know not what he’s capable of. Ryan doesn’t have too many Ironman’s under his belt but we learned a lot from this one, the main thing is we need more time to build him up enough mentally and physically tonne able to execute the race we can both be happy with- onwards and upwards!
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
70.3 Zell am See – Austria: Irene Coletto, F35-39, in preparation for the first official Ironman race in Italy at the end of September, raced this half distance coming full out of training. In 4:55.10 she placed 3rd in her age group and 16th overall, good feelings during swim and bike. Well done Irene, now onto the big one 🙂
Andrea Cattabiani, M40-44, showed a very well paced performance. He gave all he had in this day, finishing happy and satisfied. 5:21.54 his time and good improvements for him.Another 2 half distances races left for him this season. Good job Andrea!
Jana Perrone, F25.29, participated in a team relay for the olympic distance at Uster Triathlon. She swam the 1,5km in 29:28. Coming out of a period with some health issues, it was a solid training for her.
Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:
On Sunday, Fabio Vassena raced a Sprint distance Triathlon at Valmadera Como Lake Italy. He had a great race and got what he came for! He placed 15th M40-44 in a total time of 01:07.59. Fabio raced very well and hard, with a swim of 11.01, a bike of 32.36 and a 24.24 run. Good job Fabio, so happy for you!
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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