2016 Gerardmer Triathlon XL Vice Champion & Olympic Distance Champ Emma Bilham. Photo: Gerardmer Tri
It was a big weekend of racing for all our troops.
We will start with Angry Bird (Daniela Ryf) taking 4th at the World 70.3 Championships on the Sunshine Coast. I know many view it as an upset, but there were no surprises here. Dannie has had to deal with many extenuating circumstances beyond her control these past few weeks and to travel to Australia and show loyalty to her team, sponsors and Ironman, while finishing Top 5 in a great field of athletes was very commendable. Well done to Dannie.
Emma Bilham ventured to Gerardmer one of the great races not just in France, but in Europe. After finishing a solid 2nd in the over distance race she backed up the next day for the sprint race. I don’t need to tell athletes who have done the half iron distance race how tough that is to do. She came out and beat the sprinters the next day in what was just a brilliant effort. A big well done to her, she is an Ironwoman.
Julie Derron winning the Locarno Olympic distance triathlon. Photo: Swiss Triathlon
A week after capturing the Swiss U23 title Julie Derron stepped up to the Open Professional field in Locarno winning the Olympic distance women’s race. Also at Locarno, Reiny Brown completed his first Half Iron distance race to take a creditable 5th in the pro category.
Finally, want to make mention of Mariana (Solorzano) who unfortunately in the week she was due to fly to Australia for her first World Championship race had a bike crash and needed to pull out. However, her heart was unscathed and she competed in a team relay with her boyfriend Nic and they had a great race to finish 2nd. We all wish Mariana a speedy recovery so we can plan her World Championship debut in 2017.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
A huge congratulations this week to Beth Scholes who completed (and won!) UMUK, an Ultraman distance race held in North Wales. Beth entered and committed to this race back in December last year and has diligently built her training over the past 9 months. Come Friday we were confident of conquering the 3 day Ultra event made up as:
- Day 1 – Swim 10 km, Bike 144 km
- Day 2 – Bike 274.5 km
- Day 3 – Run 84.3 km
As if the Ultraman distance is not epic enough on its own, competitors this year were confronted with some miserable weather conditions! – cold and wet – completing the 274km Bike ride on Day 2 in constant cold rain was a truly testing experience. A super determined effort by Beth who was one of only 5 finishers – completing the race in the time of 33 hours and 20 mins.
Congratulations to Beth and her super support crew, Neil and Gideon. UMUK Womens Champion!
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
One of the best performances of this weekend came from Daniela Manser. At Powerman Zofingen, a 10/150/km Duathlon and one of the most grueling races out there Daniela won her age group. Verhy happy with that result!
At Tägi Triathlon, Pascale Trümpy finally stepped up on the podium, finishing 2nd in herage group. A super-strong bike clearly showed her determination already early in the race. Coming 2nd off the bike she pushed hard on the run and kept that spot till the end.
Guy Evans also did very well. After a huge training block within his build-up for XTERRA Maui, we threw a little race at him. Without any tapering than the drive to the race he won his age group easily and came 4th overall. Swim improved a lot, bike strong as usually, run off the bike superb. Even the overall win was in his reach as his 4th place was only about 60s short from first place. Very well done and very well overall progress!
Inly 7 days after her age group win Sabrina joined her team at the Sarnen Half Marathon. With a 1:30h she run well but still could feel the effort from Vichy. However, Sarnen it’s not an easy course, with with a lot of up and down. And of course the girls did well and placed 2nd relay team. Seems like Sabrina is booked for podiums these times!
Andrej Vistica had a strong race at ETU European Half Distance Champs at Challenge Walchsee. He missed the first group in the swim, but then progressed through the field with very strong bike and run splits, finishing 9th overall in a very fast field with a lot of short distance specialists. Andrej showed, that he is on a very good way in his build-up for the big show on Hawaii.
Doro Karbach raced the 70.3 World Champs in Mooloolaba. She did very well, placed first half in her age group and enjoyed the race and the trip a lot.
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
Vinny Vinnes raced at the 70.3 World Championships and had another personal best time for the distance. Just 2 weeks after a personal best Ironman time at Copenhagen, he travelled to Australia for 70.3 Championships,
With a some adjustments in Vinny’s training and his continued determination he is racing really well, with continued work he is going to find more fast times. He has his eyes on more races in the coming months so lots more opportunities for Vinny in 2016. Congrats on very good race at World Champs.
Race Recap from Coach Cam Watt:
After a big period putting on our TriSutto pre World 70.3 Champs camps and pop-up sessions race day dawned with gentle conditions on competitors. As calm a day as you ever can get at Mooloolaba Beach for the swim, gentle winds on bike, and mild spring day in terms of temperature. Sarah Crowley in the Professional women’s field came 13th, a result that she should be comfortable with given some illness leading in and on the day, but far from satisfied in the quest to reach her personal potential.
Next up is TriSutto camp in Jeju Korea, leading into Challenge Jeju and then onto Kona.
Championship races in the professionals compared to standard 70.3’s in the last 10 years drift closer & closer to a long ITU type race, with athletes capable of overcoming a bad swim leg on there way to the podium becoming the exception rather than the norm. The women’s race, the standard & depth of front pack swimmers is high with many being previous ITU genuine front pack swimmers. With the commercial opportunities that 70.3 and other long course races can offer, of which ITU can not match in numbers, surely there will be more and more ex ITU athletes especially in the post Olympic year come across which will only go to further placing the importance of the swim leg in Championship Long Course events.
Dean Bowen raced the hotly contested male 30-34 race coming 26th in a category where other then the podium, was seeing 5-10 competitors coming in every 60sec for the top 50! Tight racing!
While the World Championships was on, Julia Shaw completed the Brisbane to Townsville Smilling for Smiddy charity ride. A charity ride run by Mark “Sharky” Smoothy, a well known triathlon identity and long time friend of many a TriSutto fraternity member. The ride was 1600km over 8 days. Julia started training under TriSutto in May this year, 4 months before this giant goal of hers. Julia will not mind me sharing this, as it really is an incredible story. Julia was overweight, never ridden close to 200km before, let alone do it for 8 days straight and couldn’t average the “Smiddy group speed” for more than 30km let alone 1600km. The chances of Julia being capable of being able to achieve this goal in such short time, where slim to none, was risky to put the body under so much strain, and also the let down of not achieving an unrealistic goal. This was all explained to Julia at the start, she understood but replied let’s do it!!!! We pushed Julia very hard, to the limit, and once or twice even past it, but she reveled in it and constantly gained confidence on the bike, while supplementing the bike training with Swim/Run sessions. A 2 day trial run was held 3 weeks out with all the Smiddy riders and crew, which Julia completed, her biggest 2 days of riding to date and that was enough to convince the crew she was up to the challenge!! The riders took off in Brisbane on the 27th August and 1600km and 8 days later rolled into Townsville. Huge achievement!
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
This past weekend at the Ironman 70.3 World Champs in Australia, Andy Wibowo, like many times in his sports career, was representing Indonesia. He managed to better his PR down to 4h20, with a best ever run split, and come across the line as first Asian. Admittedly, Andy was expecting a better performance out of himself, of which shows his high regard for athletic excellence. The big picture, is that he’s having a very consistent season, which is always the first step, to a breakthrough.
Then in Europe, Swiss athlete Ralf Battenfeld was doing his first ever duathlon, in the short distance event at the legendary race of Powerman Zofingen. Hindered by a slight hamstring niggle and busy completing his thesis that somewhat hindered his preparation. He started out with a conservative first run, then followed it with one of the fastest bike splits in his age group. Then he finished it off with a solid 2nd run, for a respectable overall performance!
Race Recap from Coach Mathias Hecht:
This weekend I had 2 athletes race at 70.3 worlds in Mooloolaba; Adam Miller and Daniel Schaller. They both raced in the same age category. I also had Bettina Steiger race in the pro field of the Powerman World Championships! This was her first experience at the longer distance.
I am very happy with Adam’s and Daniel’s results. They worked hard all summer and it is good to see they were able to perform on the day. Daniel is mostly concentrating on Ironman racing and will race Ironman Mallorca in three weeks. Adam had a great short course season where he had to deal with a hamstring injury for a bit and came back strong, which is great to see.
Bettina raced did her first longer triathlon a few weeks ago (70.3 Wiesbaden where she finished 4th in her age group). Sadly, she started to have a knee problem after the 150k bike leg and she pulled out after 15k of the 30k run. I think most important for her was the experience to race over several hours as her main goal is racing Ironman next year. So we were able to test out some nutrtion and this seemed to work pretty well. Coach Hecht is still happy and we can build on that!
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
Ali Maher had a fantastic race at 70.3 Worlds in Mooloolaba over the weekend- finishing ahead of the girls who were beating her earlier in the year. She went from 37th out of the swim to 16th off the bike and ran her way to tie for 7th in the F30-34 age group. No surprise in her first World Championship race to see Ali place top 10 with a solid race across all 3 disciplines. I see Ali train her heart out day in and day out with incredible consistency. She makes no excuses even working full time as a busy tax lawyer. I’m so impressed how much progress and how well Ali is responding to the Trisutto training methods. Ali gets another opportunity to put all her hard work to good use in Kona in less than 5 weeks. Can’t wait!!!
On the other side of the globe Joanie Heisey competed in the Jackson Hole Half Marathon and came away with another AG podium and placed 3rd in the F50-54 AG out of 30 runners in her catagory. Joanie, like Ali is in a roll this year! For both, no doubt the best is yet to come.
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Gisela Reichmuth raced in the Half Challenge Walchsee European Championships today, almost cracking the top 10 in a competitive category. A solid swim, some caution on the hilly and technical bike route, and a negative split run to finish.
Flora Colledge raced at Powerman Zofingen, one of the ‘monuments’; winning the open category by some margin. This is a fabulous result for Flora and well deserved, with the work she has been doing on the bike in training starting to pay off. Definitely some recovery days this week for the legs!
In the 70.3 World Championships Mark Richardson, Melanie Benson and Frank Mathews all did themselves proud in hotly contested fields. Mark placing first British athlete in his category, Melanie having company in the swim (for a change as plenty of other fast swimmers to race), and Frank in his first World Champs with a super all round performance.
70.3 Worlds was quite a day, and congratulations to every athlete who raced, coaches, supporters, family and friends.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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