Archive for June, 2011
Polar has been in close partnership with top pro cycling teams for more than ten years and are celebrating the 98th Tour de France by launching a limited edition of the CS500 cycling computer. Polar have aimed this unit at the Cycling market, but I was keen to try it out as a multisport athlete.
The Australian 2009/2010 was a big one for leading age grouper Caroline Sweeney. Just enough time to have recovered from the birth of her eldest daughter (2008) and fit in one last season before the birth of her second daughter. Her finale was a 6th overall at Huskisson long course and 1st age grouper.
Challenge Cairns will be replayed on One HD on Wednesday 29th of June at 8am Australian Eastern Standard Time and again on Thursday 30th June at 1:30pm AEST. Don’t miss Pete Jacobs excellent commentary and the many referneces to the ‘big guy’ during this great broadcast. The performance from Chris McCormack was surgical and no one had a chance on the day. Rebekah Keat stormed home in the run to take the women’s race.
Last weekend in Monroe, Washington State USA five Australians, headed by former top ITU triathlete Annabel Luxford (4th) raced and performed well. Michael Fox was the only DNF after a flat tyre and no spare put him out. Lisa Marangon placed 7th with Sophia Amor-Smith and Pete Schokman also racing well.
BREAKING NEWS: Martin Britta (GER) disqualified, 3rd place belongs to Kim Loeffler (USA) for the Ironman France Nice podium. The German pro female Martin Britta has been disqualified after a non respected penalty on the bike leg, in accordance with the official rules. Kim Loeffler, the American athlete announced as a top pro favorite, is then granted the 3rd place.
Emmie Charayron (FRA) once again reigned supreme as a European champion, this time in the women’s elite division at the 2011 ETU European Triathlon Championships. While Charayron won the 2009 Junior European Championships, she failed to medal last year as a competitor in the elite division. However, she changed that this year with a beastly run to win the elite title with more than a minute run to spare. The French woman even had time to slow down to pick up her country’s flag and give a few high five’s along the way.
Crowie only announced that was racing Ironman Coeur D’Alene a couple of days before the race in a bid to earn the points he needs to guarantee his starting place at Kona this year. However the two time World Champion has shown what a class act he is by taking out the event and setting a new course record in the process.
Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) and Silvia Felt (GER) have won on the Riviera! After a race led from the start to the finish by the Belgian and a titanic fight in the women pro field, the favorites did the job offering a fantastic show to the 80 000 Nice crowd.
Nothing could keep Alistair Brownlee (GBR) from retaining the European Championship, not even technical difficulties. Despite falling nearly two minutes behind due to a punctured tire, Alistair made a quick repair and sped his way back to the top to claim his second consecutive title after a monster run.
His brother Jonathan joined him on the podium in the No. 2 spot to give Great Britain top honors at the 2011 ETU European Championships.
The top four ranked triathletes in the ITU’s premiere series will go head-to-head in the 2011 ETU Triathlon European Championships in Pontevedra, Spain this weekend. The Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series leader and defending champion Alistair Brownlee (GBR), series runner-up Alexander Brukhankov (RUS), 2010 ITU World Champion Javier Gomez (ESP) and 2010 ITU Sprint Triathlon World Champion Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) are set to compete in the men’s showdown. The women’s field will be very close with emerging talents such as Emmie Charayron (FRA), Carole Peon (FRA), Ainhoa Murua (ESP), Helle Frederiksen (DEN) and Aileen Morrison (IRL) vying for the European title.