Eimear Mullan finished in third place at Triathlon Gerardmer.
A relatively quieter weekend of racing from the squad following the successful build up and finish of the Ironman 70.3 World Champs.
This weekend we saw Ritchie Nicholls and Eimear Mullan racing at Triathlon Gerardmer. A good opportunity for a training race with Ritchie finishing Top 5 and backing up from the 70.3 World’s the week before. Eimear finished in third place, in typical Emu fashion running herself the podium. Great job.
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
This weekend my squad saw two great results! Marc Stettler finished the very challenging PowerMan Zofingen long course Duathlon World Championships in 9 hours 14 minutes and 16 seconds.
I have been coaching Marc for 12 months and he has come a long way in a year!
Some years ago Marc was coached by Mat O’Halloran so he had a good idea what hard work was, but when we started 12 months ago Marc had taken some time off. In the past year he has worked really hard, been diligent every day with his training, keeping in good contact with me and we have made real progression. He lost 30kg this year! He is in the shape of his life. I am so proud of you Marc.
Marc has lots of goals ahead so we will continue on!
John Stapleton overcame some problems with cramping in racing that he has been having recently. Yesterday he raced The Lost Sheep, a tough Half Ironman in Ireland and had no problems! So now he will continue to work away for his next goal Ironman Barcelona.
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
My squad had eight athletes racing in different races over the weekend.
International Triathlon, Mergozzo (Italy, Middle Distance):
1st. place for my pro athlete Martina Dogana in 4:31.38!
3rd. place with a relay team for Emanuela (she did the bike part in 3:35).
Middle distance triathlon Locarno (Switzerland):
12. place F20 for Valeria in 5:16.33
10. place F35 for Mery in 5:22.34
40. place M35 for Mirco in 5:02.56 (it was only his second triathlon at all!)
Triathlon sprint distance Cremona (Italy):
Stefano Matalucci, 1:12.39 (he is a IM athletes and did the race just as a good intense workout in prep for 70.3 Pula in 2 weeks).
Other 2 athletes did bike races to prepare upcoming triathlons:
Granfondo Scott, 105km, 1200+ : Davide finisher in 3:11
Granfondo Torino, 114km, 1810+: Marco finisher in 4:46
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
So impressed with Maurice this weekend. While he had a few technical problems he did a great job. He’ll be a bit humble to mention it but at 55 years young to run a 1:22 for 20km is very impressive after a difficult time on the bike. Here is Maurice’s race report:
Never give up. Nice swim today and out of water 7th of my group. Bike was terrible! All the shifting system Shimano DI2 was out of order. Impossible to use it. So all the bike leg was done with the big gears 53-13. I spent 10 minutes to figure out what was wrong. Impossible to reset the DI2 and impossible to shift manually the front gear to set the small one. I was so upset and ready to give up. I was finally able to move my back gear from 11 to 13 so I decided to do the bike leg with this config. Not the optimal one with 430m total elevation. T2 4th of my group and 46th overall. Run was just fantastic. 1:22.28 my best leg: 1st of my group and 11th overall! Total: 4:42.51 4th of my group and 70th overall!
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Sarah Keller ran in the Switzerland Marathon Light 10km race, setting a new personal best time. Very happy for Sarah, and her consistency in training is now showing through.
Congratulations to all athletes competing over the weekend.
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