Breakthrough victory for Lucy Biddlestone. Photo credit: James Mitchell Photography
Lucy Biddlestone had a very memorable race yesterday by winning her first iron distance! The Bastian at Hever Castle, UK. Having raced Ironman Lanzarote in May she has been showing new strength this last month, this Castle series race was just what she needed next, she lead the race from start to finish! Lucy has been working diligently with me for the past 2 years, Every day she is a pleasure to work with, every session done with enthusiasm and determination whether she feels brilliant or tired.
Congratulations Lucy on a great performance. I am excited to continue to see you grow in more fitness strength and confidence over the coming months.
Marc Stettler had a good race at the Sempach Sprint in Switzerland. This sprint distance race was a great hit out while Marc continues to be ready for his big challenges of the year, Alp d’Huez and Embrunman. Keep up the great work Marc.
Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:
The weekend saw the Swiss National Sprint Championships. Again with a difference, with the swim being segregated time trial racing ensues. This again allowed Nicola to swim without the thought of her hand being hit.
The race also provided stiff competition from the men as they were weren’t set off at time in front of the women. The Champ had a strong and swim solid bike and her run split didn’t reflect her efforts as she had to serve a penalty card for, wait for it… Blocking! She caught some of men and didn’t want to draft off them. Being too many to pass she held back to avoid a draft penalty and instead was given a blocking penalty. Blocking who? At that stage she was over 3 minutes in front, but that’s our sport now.
Good strong hit out. Well done to the champ!
We had Little Cabbage (Emma Bilham) participate in 70.3 Jönköping. Emma finished 4th, the highlight of her day was the fastest run split. As we are in full training for her second Ironman I’ll withhold judgement. However, it’s a good reminder for all that the spoils of victory go to those that believe they can. ‘Work in progress’ would be my bumper sticker for the Little Cabbage.
In California, USA, Steve Pressman raced in the Mammoth Lakes Half Iron Distance race, held at 8100 feet / 2400m altitude. A back to basics race, in a beautiful location, complete with wildlife. Steve came within about 3ft of getting run over by a deer on the bike as the beautiful animal leapt across the road right in front of him. The altitude was challenging, as Steve lives at sea level, but sensible pacing in the swim, a wait till the second half of the bike to get to work, and prior preparation for a steep off road trail run saw him finish not only strongly but in 3rd place in his category. An excellent result all round.
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
For the 3 weekend in a row, British athlete Marc Atkinson was doing what he loves: racing. This time, it was at the Ripon Triathlon in North Yorkshire, England. This was in fact is first Olympic Distance event in many years.
For the 2nd time in 6 days, he managed to set a new PR, with a very respectable time of 2h14 and place 2nd in the 50-54 age group. This was achieved with less than ideal sensations, but was still able to push towards the finish, using a very well balanced effort, across all 3 sports.
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
This week Melanie Baumann was racing at the 70.3 Jönköping. She had another great race and won her Age Group!
Here’s her report from yet another amazing race: 🙂
I’m so happy that I can constantly take another step (sometimes even a leap) forward… I like that direction. 3 weeks after a great race in Denmark, I was able to get another age group win at the new and amazing 70.3 Jönköping! After a less than optimal lead up to the race, I was even more surprised by the result (new PB), backing up a pretty good bike split with my fastest run ever! 8th overall and already qualified for Chattanooga 2017! Thanks coach Lisbeth, for keeping me on track and believing in me!
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
Mariana Lara took a giant leap toward success at her goal race, IM Chattanooga, with an age-group win at Rev3 Williamsburg this weekend. Mariana got the day started with a solid swim and followed that with a personal best bike split for the distance. Mariana came to me in December with a knee injury and uncertain if she’d even be able to run again. With patience, consistency, and progressive development, Mariana is now running healthy, confident, and without pain. With this weekend’s performance Mariana just the big hurdle in her lead up to IM Chattanooga. Well done Mariana!
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
Oriana Heer, in preparation of 70.3 Worlds in Australia raced the Swiss national Champs sprint distance at Sempach, 6. W35-44 in 1:15.36
Francesca Billi, our ultratrail runner, finished the famous Gran Trail Courmayeur 60km and 4000+ in a bit more than 14 hours!
Emanuela Redaelli, after a long stop because of job problems, gave her comeback at triathlon racing: Sprint distance at Lecco (Italy): 1:33.30
Nadia Incerto is partecipati in a bike race from Verbania (Italy) to London in 8 stages, right now she is half way and enjoying it a lot!
Martina Dogana and Marzia Panizza did an open water swim race of 7km, crossing Lake Garda in the north of Italy, Very good swim training.
Yesterday we also held our annual pro train bike day, where we ride a long loop together with a lot of climbing: Monte Grappa (Italy) 120km and more than 2000+.
13 pro train athletes participated and enjoyed this moment of training together in a spectacular countryside.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
This weekend Beth and Neil Scholes competed in the Long Course Weekend in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The Long Course Weekend is an Iron Distance Triathlon held over 3 days – the Swim being held on Friday evening, the Bike on Sat and the Marathon on Sunday.
This is always a challenging event due to the nature of the course and potential weather conditions – just the type of event suited to tough and experienced athletes such as Beth and Neil.
Finishing the weekend as 15th overall in the women’s race, Beth comes away with some good miles in the legs, just as we start to ramp up her training volume in preparation for Ultraman in September.
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Sarah Keller raced in the annual Seeüberquerung Meilen-Horgen, a 2.1km swim across Lake Zurich. Another excellent race for Sarah, finishing 5th female in a strong field of open water swimmers and triathletes.
In Denmark, after a weekend off from racing, Chiin-Hooi Tan, went for the double in Gudhjem, as part of her family holiday. Wednesday evening was the ‘Ice Cream Run’, a 6.9km run race with a giant ice cream to the winning male and winning female. A hilly route mainly on trails, saw Chiin making a move late in the race to take a convincing win. Saturday, brought with it a half iron distance triathlon. Some race day execution issues saw Chiin off where she would like to be coming into T2. She had a good run on what was a hilly trail, to move up the field significantly, while feeling the effects of Wednesdays race in her legs. It was a good reminder after a number of successful races, that preparation counts. Not to be too disappointed, was a great experience, training, and the race swag was worth more than the entry fee.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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