Trisutto.com athletes 1st (Nicola Spirig) and 3rd (Nina Derron) at the Thurgauer Sprint Triathlon.
In Thurgauer Sprint Triathlon the Champ (Nicola Spirig) was back doing her first triathlon since her horrific crash. With temperatures starting at 3C before warming up to a warm 6C, the Grand Prix race turned into a duathlon with a unique format. A run-bike-run-bike-run! With the runs at 1.5km and the bike at 8km.
The might of the Olympic champ over this format was too much to ask of the fellow competitors. Nicola powered to the front and gave an exhibition of why if her hand and shoulder can cope with a swim and 50 competitors she can’t be written out of the Olympic story yet!
Very happy to see all the hard winter work done in the dark of a Basel winter paying off for Flora. With her excellent performance winning her category without the swim. We couldn’t ask for a better performance.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Tough conditions suit tough people!
Another freezing cold and wet day in Switzerland saw the Thurgauer Sprint Triathlon changed to a duathlon format. Sandra Gisin went into the race with the mantra to ‘stay in the moment’ and was able to persevere to the finish (with no feelings in her numb hands and feet!)
Nina Derron had a great race competing in the Pro Division, finishing with a third place podium (pictured above).
Well done guys!
Kim Kilgroe rounded out 3 months on the road by racing at the Hatsukaichi ASTC Triathlon Asian Championships, finishing in 17th position. Kim has made fantastic improvements in each of swim, bike and run over the past 6 months giving us great motivation to keep pursuing her goals.
Race Recap from Coach Perry Agass:
A swim, bike and run PB by Daz Parker. Well done. Photo: James Mitchell Photography
Daz Parker raced in Lanzarote Volcano Olympic Distance, and it normally attracts some good competition. Daz is a Pro Xterra athlete and has only recently joined Trisutto. After a number of weeks training in Lanza we decided to drop in this race to find out exactly where we are at, as we are looking to build and come away from Xterra. Daz had a fantastic race pushing the pace from the very start coming over the line in 7th place and more importantly enjoying every minute of it. This gives us a platform to now build on as Daz moves onto 70.3 and Ironman over the next 12 months. Watch this space.
Kiera Tippett hasn’t had the best of off-seasons and like most has struggled over the winter to stay in the zone, but after a great Trisutto camp in Majorca she came away with great determination to put a number of things right. Cracking a 1st in her AG cat and 3rd overall in a local Nottingham Uni race, then she backed that up this w/e with Saffron Waldon Tri coming 1st in her Age Cat and won.
Race Recap from Coach Andrew Wright:
Andrew’s athletes featured in the South China Morning Post.
James Tan won Junior Elite Asian Championships. Fantastic result for one of the most dedicated and loyal athletes I coach. Been working with James for the past 5 years on a daily basis and very happy its now turned into results. Oscar Coggins crashed out of the race but backed up the next day with the fastest overall split in the Mixed team Relay where he and Camden Richter helped HK win a bronze medal.
Graham Turl raced his first 70.3 in Busselton and he was very happy to reach his goal of Sub 6 hrs. Great job.
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
It was a big weekend of racing for my gang and I was super happy with how it all went down!
First Chris Chesher took on Ironman Australia and had a fantastic day finishing his first Ironman in 9:52! Despite having some mechanical issues on the bike and only having a few gears to work with, Chris improvised and still got the job done. He did a unreal job pacing the bike and held on to finish 11th in the competive male 40-44 age group! Super happy for you Chris- you are showing you have what it takes to do well in this sport!
Melonie once again is showing more and more improvements after she finished the Vancouver half marathon at the end of a solid bike week with a 12th out of over 400 competitors!
John Burroughs did the same race and pulled out a solid 1:29 half with a 10th out of 410! Now the training begins!
Doug Johannson did a local 15 km race in Calgary (Eye Ball to the Wall) also at the end of a big couple weeks and pulled out his fasted run I’ve seen from him since we started working together!
Super DOOPER job guys!!!
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
This past weekend at the ASTC Asian Championships in Japan, Indonesian athlete Andy Wibowo competed in his first Elite continental championships at the tender age of 36. He had an average swim, then on the bike, he would eventually crash on the technical course. But showing true grit, pride for his country and the ‘finish what you started’ attitude, he persevered to the finish line, in a sprint finish at the back of the race.
It was a humbling and challenging experience for him to compete against the best short course triathletes in Asia – let’s all wish Andy a speedy recovery!
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
Thank you James Mitchell for the photo of Stephen. Photo: James Mitchell Photography
It has been a busy couple of weeks with athletes of mine at Challenge Fuerteventura last week, a kid’s Canarian Aquathon Championships on Tenerife and this weekend The Volcano triathlon and IM 70.3 Busselton.
Stephen Bayliss has recovered from flu and is back to strength. It was disappointing for him to withdraw from Challenge Fuerteventura last weekend but he just needed a few more days of training before racing. At the Volcano Stephen came out the water in 2nd place, came off the bike in the lead by 40 seconds, but couldn’t quite get to the finish line in front of fast running Kenneth Vendendriessche. It is good to see Stephen able to get some consistent training in and a very positive race.
Gemma Davies-Haywood finished her first triathlon at Volcano. Coming from a total non-triathlon background and within 6 months already finishing her first triathlon. Very proud of you Gemma.
Thank you Sunsmart Bussleton Festival of Triathlon for the photo of Kate.
Kate Bevilaqua had a good race coming 4th Pro woman at IM 70.3 Bussleton. The first 3 girls just putting together a slightly faster race. Now time for some uninterrupted training before her next race in 6 weeks time. Well done Kate. Let’s keep putting the work in.
Last weekend at Challenge Fuerteventura I had Jimmy Radcliffe in his 2nd triathlon blast an impressive race out in 4:53:26. Jason Wilkes came 2nd in his age group in a time of 4.56.50. Jason now continues his last bit of preparation into Ironman Lanzarote.
Professional athlete Graeme Stewart went to Challenge Fuerteventura excited for a great first hit-out of the year, but arrived with no luggage at all. Graeme went out and borrowed, begged for and rented equipment to get himself around the race. Graeme finished in 19th overall. Well done Graeme finishing this race in a much less than ideal circumstances!
Lucy Biddlestone battled away for a great session before her debut Ironman at Lanzarote in 3 weeks time. Lucy came 8th overall in the women’s race.
Marc Stettler raced the Stettfurt Sprint Triathlon in Switzerland. The race was changed to a Duathlon because of freezing cold and wet weather which was not what Marc was looking forward to but he didnt let the situation crack him, he got out there and did his best and finished strong.
Marc’s next race is Zug Triathlon where the weather will hopefully be a bit better!
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
One of the interesting facts of coaching athletes in diverse locations is the climate and race seasons. With the Aussie and Dubai seasons slowing, the European season is starting to gather pace.
Mark Richardson recently qualified for Hawaii Ironman World Championships in South Africa, and after a few easy weeks lined up at the 70.3 Provence France for a workout. Some workout, in a race that became a duathlon due to the weather, earned his place at the 70.3 World Championships. I look forward to seeing Mark down under in Mooloolaba later in the year.
Gisela Reichmuth raced in the first round of the “Landkreis-Cup” run series in the ‘county’ she grew up in a village called Mendorferbuch. A win in her category, and 4th female overall – winning a pot of local honey!
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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