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Strength training and the importance of leg exercises: novices, experts and clubs cyclists

Strength training may improve cycling performance through increased leg power, a greater ability to cope with local fatigue and improved upper body stability. However, this has yet to be proved in research. In beginners and club level cyclists, more cycling is probably the best way to improve performance. Taking time out from cycling to do strength training will probably lead to a decline in cycling efficiency and skill level.
Strength training for cycling – does it really help?

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Strength training is standard practice in sport; most athletes and their coaches know that improved strength, power or muscular endurance is likely to lead to improved performance in competition. However, recent evidence suggests that, except for those at the very top of their sport, the same may not always be true for cyclists. James Marshall explains

Top cyclists such as the Tour de France competitors have a full sports science programme helping them, including nutrition, physiology and psychology. However, apart from training on the bike, the average clubman or woman will probably limit him or herself to a bit of resistance training down at the gym, especially in the off-season. This article aims to answer the following two questions: Is strength training relevant for the beginner cyclist? How does strength training affect performance in elite sprint cycling and road racing?

 

 

Strength training for the novice cyclist

The ability to produce a greater amount of force, to delay fatigue and to control the bicycle are all beneficial when looking to improve cycling performance, and strength training can help all three of these components.

Working with weights for the lower body – eg two days per week of four sets of 5 Repetition-Max (5RM) squats – will help improve leg strength as tested in the squat. Repeated lifting of weights, with less recovery time – eg a circuit of squats, lunges, step- ups all at 15-20RM with 10 seconds of rest – will improve local muscular endurance. The use of weights and stability exercises in the upper body and torso will improve body strength and stability in these areas. But can this help the beginner cyclist improve their cycling performance? Strength training inevitably leads to increased strength, but that is only relevant if it helps improve cycling!

A study carried out in 1995 compared the effects of a) single-joint strength training b) multiple-joint strength training and c) a sprint cycling programme in beginner sprint cyclists (1). The sprint cycling performance was measured by how much power they could produce in five seconds on a cycle ergometer.

All three groups followed their individual programmes for eight weeks, followed by a specific six-week programme of sprint cycling. The two strength-training groups improved their 10RM by 41-44%, with no significant difference between the two forms of training. However, all three groups improved their sprint performance by 4-7%, with no significant difference between the three groups.

It appears, therefore, that for newcomers to a sporting activity, doing that activity may be enough stimulation to initiate a change and improve performance. In the study above, it may be that after only eight weeks of strength training the improvements in the 10RM test were mainly skill based, and the cyclists did not actually get stronger, but just better at doing the strength exercises. It would be interesting to see if after a further eight weeks of strength training whether they got stronger in the 10RM test, and then see if that improved their sprint cycling.

 

 

 

Strength training for club cyclists

If beginner cyclists are able to improve their cycling through practice alone, how about club cyclists who are quite proficient at cycling but may need to be better conditioned? A recent study looked at introducing either a strength-based weights programme, or a muscular-endurance weights programme on club cyclists, three times a week for 10 weeks (2). Testing was based on 1RM on four leg exercises, and lactate and VO2 levels during a progressive cycle ergometer test.

Compared to a control group who did no strength training, the two strength-trained groups again showed improved 1RM scores on the strength tests. But neither group showed any improvement over the control group on the lactate and VO2 levels during the cycle ergometer test. This led the authors to conclude that strength training did not improve the cycling performance of club level cyclists.

However, the cycling test of both of these studies was conducted on an indoor ergometer, in a fixed position. Cycling, especially downhill or mountain biking (DOMB) requires great stability in the upper body. That, and remaining in a position bent over the handlebars for long periods of time in endurance cycling mean that pressure is placed on the lower back.

Whilst strength training has not been conclusively proven to improve cycling performance, certain exercises may be beneficial in allowing the new and intermediate cyclist to spend more time in the saddle, without incurring postural and overuse injuries in the upper body and lower back. Postural exercises performed twice a week for 15 minutes can help establish a base level of strength in the upper body and torso, helping the cyclist adapt to the added demands of their sport.

Go through the five exercises in order; start with one set and then progress to two sets with 30 seconds rest between exercises, and two minutes rest between sets. If you have any previous lower back pain consult your doctor or physiotherapist before commencing this routine.

 

 

 

Advanced level cyclists

If beginner and club level cyclists are best able to improve their cycling performance by simply doing more cycling, what about those at higher performance levels? Elite cyclists would probably find it hard to increase their volume of training and, indeed, excessive volumes of training are linked to overtraining in endurance athletes (3). Are they better off looking at improving and making their current training regime of cycling more efficient, or can weight training offer real advantages?

One potential disadvantage of weight training may be the increase in muscle mass that results. An increase in size could hinder the cyclist by increasing the air resistance they face as they cycle at speed; the greater the speed, the greater the drag of wind resistance. Even where drafting is allowed, a larger ‘frontal’ cross-sectional area will make efficient drafting harder.

The other resistance faced by the cyclist is that of gravity; a greater mass means that there is gravitational force to overcome when there is any kind of incline. While this is not an issue for a track cyclist on a perfectly level track, it becomes a major factor for road cyclists, especially where the terrain is hilly. Any strength-training routine must therefore result in an improvement in leg power or leg cadence greater than the increase in gravitational or air resistance produced as a result of increased size or mass. To date, no research has been published that analyses this cost/benefit ratio in elite cyclists.

For endurance cyclists, increasing the legs’ ability to resist fatigue is important. Whilst the majority of work may rely on aerobic metabolism to provide the energy for the race, about 13% of the energy required comes from anaerobic metabolism (4). This energy source may be called upon at crucial times, such as the sprint to the finish line, or racing up a hill. The legs themselves may be working maximally, producing lactic acid, but because the rest of the body is working sub-maximally, it can redistribute this lactic acid to the liver, heart and upper body muscles, where it can subsequently be metabolised.

If the legs can become more proficient at dealing with an increase in lactic acid, by removing it quickly from the system, then more work can be done at a higher intensity, allowing the cyclist to sprint for longer. This is the theory behind circuit-type training of the legs, but as yet, there are no studies in elite cyclists that specifically assess this type of training.

However, these peripheral adaptations have been shown to take place after High Intensity Training (HIT) in well-trained cyclists (average peak VO2 = 64.5ml/kg/min) after only four weeks of training at two sessions per week (5). Cyclists were split into three different training groups and a control group.

All three training groups showed an improvement in their 40km time trial, anaerobic capacity, peak VO2 and ventilatory thresholds, but not their total plasma volume (PV). The fact that the PV did not change but the performance measures all improved, indicates that the changes were in the legs, not in the central system. The fact also that three different high-intensity training routines all led to improvements shows that it was introducing the intensity that led to improvements in performance. Moreover, it may be that sequencing the different routines every four weeks would lead to further positive changes.

 

 

Explosive leg training

A recent study in New Zealand looked at combining HIT with explosive leg exercises, in an attempt at using specific power exercises to improve mechanical efficiency and anaerobic power (6). This study took place within the cyclists’ competitive season, with the exercise protocols replacing 20% of their normal existing road training.

The cyclists were tested for 1km and 4km power as well as peak power and oxygen cost. After five weeks of training (12 sessions lasting 30 minutes each), all the power indicators had increased, and the oxygen cost of cycling had decreased. Remember that these improvements occurred in the competitive season, when the cyclists were already well trained and supposed to be in peak form.

Not all the improvements can be due to an increase in central aerobic power; indeed, the 1km trial is mainly anaerobic in nature so an alternative explanation must be found. It is likely that the explosive leg exercises stimulated the neural system by rapidly activating the motor units within the muscles. This may have led to a quicker rate of peak force development when cycling, resulting in greater acceleration and sprint performance.

 

 

Summary

Strength training may improve cycling performance through increased leg power, a greater ability to cope with local fatigue and improved upper body stability. However, this has yet to be proved in research. In beginners and club level cyclists, more cycling is probably the best way to improve performance. Taking time out from cycling to do strength training will probably lead to a decline in cycling efficiency and skill level. The exceptions are abdominal and lower back exercises that can help prevent lower back pain.

Once skill and aerobic fitness levels have improved through normal cycling training, performance can be improved through introducing high intensity training even during the competitive season. This is a very specific way of inducing load onto the legs that forces local adaptations to take place. Just doing ever-larger volumes of cycling may well lead to overtraining.

For elite level cyclists, introducing explosive strength and body weight exercises is likely to improve sprint and short hill climbing performance. Traditional strength exercises, however, may be detrimental in that they increase muscle mass and size, adding to the air and gravitational resistances that cyclists need to overcome.

The important thing to remember is that new stimuli force the body to adapt and improvements in performance are made. New training methods should not be used in addition to existing training. Instead, try to keep one or two sessions a week aside for variety. These may include strength training, HIT or core work.

James Marshall MSc, CSCS, ACSM/HFI, runs Excelsior, a sports training company
References

   1. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 1995; 27(5): Supplement abstract 1013
   2. MSSE 2004; 36(5):Supplement abstract 396
   3. MSSE 2000; 31:676-683
   4. MSSE 2000; 32:1002-1006
   5. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2005; 19(3):527-533
   6. JSCR 2005: 19(4):826-830

 

 

 

This article was taken from the Peak Performance newsletter, the number one source of sports science, training and research. Click here to access these articles as soon as they are released to maximise your performance.

 

Articles on training-related topics represent the personal opinions of the author based on their own experience and research. TriZone.com.au provides these for your review and consideration, but does not endorse any particular recommendations of the authors.

 

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.

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2017 ITU World Cup season kicks off with Murray and Hall victories

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The first ITU event in Cape Town was a thrilling start to the year. Trizone looks back at this exciting race, the all-South African men’s podium and incredibly battle between English friends Learmonth and Lucy Hall.

ITU South Africa Men’s Race Review

Local South African Richard Murray had told everyone how desperately he wanted to win the ITU race on home soil since his last win four years ago, but he wasn’t the only one with his eyes on the top spot. Local South African athletes Henri Schoeman and Wian Sullwald were other key power players, and the start line was tense.

This tension built and maintained intensity throughout the swim, with a strong lead pack forming and storming through the water. The bike leg was no different, and the furious lead pack powered on with a thick group vying for the win. Schoeman was riding his new Hypervox Swift Bike, a huge talking point on social media before the event thanks to its slick styling.

Penalty threatens Murray’s dream

As the pack stormed into T2, Murray dropped his helmet outside the box, earning himself a time penalty. Scrambling, he narrowly took the lead with Schoeman racing hard just behind him. With his wish to win on home soil, Murray worked hard throughout the run, and maintained his lead until the finish. Murray was followed by an all-South African podium of Henri Schoeman in second and Wian Sullwald in third.

  1. Richard Murray (RSA) – 51:33
  2. Henri Schoeman (RSA) – 51:41
  3. Wian Sullwald (RSA) – 51:56

“Third time’s a charm they say! Finally got it today. When I heard about that penalty though… I thought it was a 15 second penalty and I knew the gap to Henri was not that big, so I was pressed. That was the hardest I pushed myself in the first race of the season ever! So happy though to finally get the win in Cape Town,” said a very happy, very relieved Murray.

“I’m happy with my race. The form is good. I made that one mistake going out on the run when I pushed too hard to follow Richard. I went in the red a bit too early so I could not push harder at the end when Richard served his penalty. I thought I might have a chance, but my legs were feeling like lead at that stage,” said Schoeman.

Wian was thrilled with his result, posting on Facebook: “Great to finally get the season started here in Cape Town with the Discovery Triathlon ITU world Cup and a clean sweep in the mens field with me finishing 3rd. Happy to see that my come back trail in well on path. Very big thank you to all the wonderful people that came out to support us and make the pain a bit easier. Congrats to champs Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman who made history with the first ever clean sweep at a World Cup!

All three athletes mentioned the impact of an all South African podium. “It is a fantastic day for us. I am happy we could have done it for our country and sport,” said Schoeman.

Murray added: “It could not have been a better day out in Cape Town. I very happy for Wian seeing that he is coming back after being injured. I hope this will help grow the sport even more.”

 

ITU South Africa Women’s Race Review

Rivals and friends, Great Britain’s Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth battled throughout the entire race last weekend in Cape Town.

Starting the swim stroke for stroke, the pair continued their battle into the bike leg. Rachel Klamer of Holland dug her heels in and worked hard on the bike to gain on the leaders, and at T2 she was moving up. As the run commenced though, Klamer lost some steam, and Ai Ueda of Japan soared past her.

Exciting sprint finish at the blue carpet

The leaders were neck and neck though, and the two friends had discussed a sprint finish as they ran step for step during the run. “We decided during the run that we would start sprinting once we reach the blue carpet and just to go for it and what happens, happen,” said Learmonth.

“The plan was to use Cape Town as part of our training and have a bit of fun! We wanted to test some training tactics as well and it did work, but triathlon is very unpredictable and there are so many variables…so when it all works out it is just wonderful!” said Hall.

On her first World Cup win she added: “It is amazing. I’m turning 25 next week and I always said that if I can get a World Cup podium before I am 25 then I will be happy.”

Ueda could not hide her satisfaction with her podium place. “My favorite discipline is running and the weather was perfect today. I’m just so happy that I got on the podium again.”

  1. Lucy Hall (GBR) – 59:34
  2. Jessica Learmonth (GBR) – 59:35
  3. Ai Ueda (JPN) – 1:00:04

 

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Flora Duffy and Kristian Blummenfelt earn debut titles at World Cup

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In the final World Cup race ahead of the Rio Olympic Games, the men’s and women’s elite races produced thrilling races that set the scene for unpredictable and phenomenal race in Brazil. Hosting the event for the very first time, Flora Duffy (BER) and Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) earned the debut titles of the 2016 Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup.

Women’s Review

Becoming the first elite to ever win the event title, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy scored gold at the 2016 Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup.

In the last major ITU competition before the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games begin for triathlon, Duffy secured the first-place medal right before having to head south to race on August 20. By executing her famous cycle and then continuing the power onto the run, Duffy grabbed her first World Cup win of the season and first since 2012.

Duffy said of her win, It kind of came as a bit of a surprise, I came in here pretty tired just came from a big block of training for Rio, but just new I wanted to get one last hit out, so I knew it could go either way. It definitely hurt out there, but I am glad with how it went. But yeah it just did not feel too pretty.

Taking the silver medal was Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle, who also snagged a piece of hardware just in time before she sets to compete on the world’s stage in the Olympics. While the bronze was awarded to Taylor Knibb (USA), who stepped onto her first World Cup podium.

I didn’t know how it was going to go. I have not raced since Yokohama, but I knew that coming here was good timing for Rio. So I am pretty relieved that I put up a good result, said Gentle of her podium performance.

 

2016 Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup 
750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run

1. Flora Duffy BER BM 01:03:00
2. Ashleigh Gentle AUS AU 01:03:24
3. Taylor Knibb USA US 01:03:44
4. Emma Jackson AUS AU 01:04:16
5. Lindsey Jerdonek USA US 01:04:24
6. Jolanda Annen SUI CH 01:04:33
7. Kirsten Kasper USA US 01:04:43
8. Yuka Sato JPN JP 01:05:04
9. Taylor Spivey USA US 01:05:27
10. Paula Findlay CAN CA 01:05:39

 

Men’s Review

Cruising through the course and never losing his leader position in the last two disciplines, Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt secured the first-ever men’s elite title at the 2016 Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup.

While the event was the last major ITU competition before a majority of the elites head to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games, the opportune win came right before Blummenfelt competes on August 18.

After exiting the waters slightly behind and then quickly recovering and transitioning into the front pack, Blummenfelt held onto the advantage until he blasted away on the run to grab his second World Cup title of the season.

It is definitely nice. We have been doing a bit of training in the last couple of weeks and my body is responding well. One day after altitude it can be good and the next it can be crappy, especially after so close to coming down, the condition could be good or bad, so I am pleased to see that it was a good one today.

The remaining two spots were earned by two World Cup podium first-timers. Canada’s own Matt Sharpe claimed the silver medal, while the bronze went to USA’s Eric Lagerstrom.

I am pretty shattered right now, in all aspects, physically, emotionally, spiritually. But it was beautiful out there, amazing crowds, I am just stunned right now,” Sharpe said of getting onto his first World Cup podium. I haven’t raced much in Canada in the last few years, I have had a bit of a struggle over the last couple of years, so for me it is just nice to have a good performance for all of my supporters. All of my family and my friends, they sacrifice a lot for me, so to do this, it is all for them.

 

2016 Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup
750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run

1. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR NO 00:57:29
2. Matthew Sharpe CAN CA 00:58:43
3. Eric Lagerstrom USA US 00:58:47
4. Maximilian Schwetz GER DE 00:58:54
5. Jumpei Furuya JPN JP 00:58:57
6. Franz Loeschke GER DE 00:59:09
7. William Huffman USA US 00:59:12
8. Kevin Mcdowell USA US 00:59:16
9. Diogo Sclebin BRA BR 00:59:20
10. Simon De Cuyper BEL BE 00:59:24

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Cool and calm Ryan Bailie takes Aussies to stunning ITU relay silver

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A never-say-die finish by Bunbury’s Rio-bound Ryan Bailie has secured a stirring silver medal for Australia with one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the ITU World Mixed Teams Relay Championship behind the US in Hamburg.

While the Americans led by Gwen Jorgensen were deserved gold medallists, the Australians never gave up and were the the talk of the town as 100,000 people lined the streets to cheer them home.

Bailie – widely regarded as the best anchorman in the game – produced the race of his life to keep Germany’s local hero Gregor Buchholz at bay in a neck-and-neck sprint to the finish for the minor medals.

The Australians were almost certainly out of contention over the (4x 300m swim; 6.6km bike; 1.6km run) course, after former Under 23 world champion Charlotte McShane led off and struggled to get herself out of the swim-bike transition.

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‘I thought I had really let the team down today; I struggled in that first transition and lost the group.’

“You know it is different in a team event; you’ve got your team mates and they are going after you and you don’t want to let others get a head start,” said McShane. “But I’m glad we have such a really strong team and they were able to pull back.”

The Aussies languished in 13th place at one stage before McShane, fighting hard on the bike and run handed over to yesterday’s in-form individual silver medallist Jake Birtwhistle.

The long-striding Tasmanian produced easily the fastest 1.6km run leg of the day to put Australia into seventh position, and in with a shot with London Olympian Emma Jackson maintaining the rage to give Bailie a medal chance in the top six.

“Over the short distances it’s red hot the whole way; there’s not much you can do, you’ve just got to try and hold on,” said Birtwhistle.

Meanwhile, Bailie kept his cool on the bike and produced an amazing final run leg to nail the finish and give the Australians their second silver medal in two years behind the US in the event which saw them take bronze in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The event is on the cards to make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020.

‘It’s not over ’til it’s over.’

“We’re just so proud to wear the green and gold,” said Jackson, adding: “Australians love the relay, we love the opportunity to compete as a team and to come away with the silver two years in a row is amazing.”

Triathlon Australia’s Performance Director Bernard Savage admitted he believed Australia had the team to win. “I have to say I am disappointed we didn’t win because I knew we had the team that could win, but in saying that I am so proud of the way each and every one of them fought and their never, ever give in attitude,” he said, while also praising Bailie and Birtwhistle’s coach Jamie Turner.

“He has been working with NSWIS sprint coach Paul Hallam on the Blue Carpet Project to get his athletes ready to fight and sprint when the going gets tough over that final 100 metres on the blue carpet,” said Savage.

“And that’s what it came down to today with Ryan and the way he timed his finish to perfection. He is as cool and calm as they come and today was a steely performance from Bailie if ever there was one.”

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2016 Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup features semi-finals in 20th edition

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The ITU World Cup season continues this weekend, with the sixth stop of the ten-part World Cup calendar rocking up in the iconic Hungarian town of Tiszaujvaros. The northern Hungarian city is one of the longest running World Cup locations in ITU history. Part of a week-long party, the race is a favourite for many top athletes.

For this year’s 20th anniversary of the Tiszaujvaros World Cup, the event will maintain its semi-finals and finals format, with three semi-finals for the men and two for the female triathletes taking place on Saturday. The finals, meanwhile, will be held on Sunday.

Women’s Elite Preview
For the first semi-final, 22 athletes will make up the pontoon for the three-lap 750m swim course, before taking their bikes for a two-lap 20km flat bike run. The 5km run is also going to be fast and flat, with a course designed for the whole town to get behind the athletes.

Ukraine’s Yuliya Yelistratova will be one of the ones to beat in this semi-final, having recently won second place at the European Championships in Lisbon and a podium position in Huatulco. She will definitely have a very strong opponent in local athlete Margit Vanek, third on the European Champs ranking and winner of the ETU European Cup in Melilla.

USA’s Lindsey Jerdonek or Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat will be among the other ones to watch.

In the second semifinal, Renee Tomlin (US) already knows what it’s like to race in Tiszaujvaros and will be a great competitor, having finished fifth at WTS Abu Dhabi and in the Mooloolaba World Cup.

Other athletes to keep an eye out for will be Japan’s Yuko Takahashi, Russia’s Elena Danilova, France’s Michelle Flipo and Spain’s Anna Godoy Contreras, all of whom have shown some strong performances this season.

The top 14 athletes in each semi-final will qualify for the final – to be held on Sunday – with another two places awarded to the next two best times.

Men’s Elite Preview
Silver medalist in the European Championship in Lisbon a month ago, Russian Dmitry Polyanskiy is one of the favourites in heat one, along with Australian Luke Willian and Hungarian athletes Istvan Kiraly and Akos Vanek, who will certainly be able to count on the crowd’s support.

The Russian team deployed in Tiszy is quite strong, with Igor Polyanski and Vladimir Turbayevskiy among the ones to follow in the second semi-final. But they will face some strong competitors as well, with Spain’s Francesc Godoy, Australia’s Drew Box or France’s Raphael Montoya fighting for a spot in the finals.

In the third semi-final, the local athletes will be very strong competitors, with Gabor FaldumTamas Toth and Laszlo Tarnai trying to secure their spot in the final, in addition to strong opponents such as Ukraine’s Ivan Ivanov and Italy’s Delian Stateff.

The top nine athletes in each semi-final will qualify for the final, which is slated for Sunday, with another three places awarded to the next three best times.

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ABOUT THE RACE:
Now in its 20th year, Tiszaujvaros is just two hours from Budapest, and due to its status as the second longest running ITU event is known as the triathlon capital of Hungary. The World Cup has one of the best atmospheres of any on the ITU calendar and is a summer tradition in Tiszaujvaros, as the event has a festival like vibe. ITU legends like Emma Carney, Hamish Carter, Loretta Harrop and Javier Gomez have all topped the podium at this event.

SCHEDULE:
Elite Women
Semi-finals – Saturday 9 July – from 15:32 (UTC/GMT +2) Click here for time in your area
Final – Sunday 10 July – 15:45 Click here for time in your area

Elite Men 
Semi-finals – Saturday 9 July from 16:21 (UTC/GMT +2) Click here for time in your area
Final – Sunday 10 July – 17:10 Click here for time in your area

WEBSITES:
http://www.tvkmalitriatlon.hu/en/

START LISTS:
Click here for the women’s start list
Click here for the men’s start list

PRIZE MONEY:
$60,000 USD (equal for men & women)

LIVE COVERAGE:
Live timing and text coverage from Tiszaujvaros will be available on race day at triathlon.org/live or at @triathlonlive on Twitter.

COURSE PROFILE:
SEMI-FINALS
Swim – 750m – Three laps of a 250m swim circuit with a pontoon start, wetsuits are not expected
Bike – 20km – Two laps of a mostly flat circuit
Run – 5km – Three laps of a most flat and fast run
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FINALS
Swim – 750m – Three laps of a 250m swim circuit with a pontoon start, wetsuits are not expected
Bike – 20km – Eight laps of a mostly flat course
Run – 5km – Four laps of a mostly flat and fast run course
Click here for a course map 

FORMAT:
This ITU World Cup marks the debut of the new multi-round, multi-day sprint format. The event will be decided over two days, with sprint distance semi-finals held on Saturday and then a sprint distance final on the Sunday. The total number of entries will decide the number of semi-finals – three for the men and three for the women on Saturday, with a maximum of 30 athletes in each semi-final, which will start in waves. Every semi-final will qualify a fixed number of athletes for the final and additionally a number of athletes will qualify based on the best times. For example, if the total field is between 31 and 60, there will be two semifinals; the top 14 in each will go through to the final and a further two will go through on time, creating a final field of 30. A full breakdown of the numbers and rules can be found on page 55, section 20 of the ITU Competition Rules, here.

Past Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup winners   

WOMEN   MEN 

2015  Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS)  Igor Polyanskiy (RUS)
2014  Rachel Klamer (NED) Akos Vanek (HUN)
2013  Katie Hursey (USA)  Florin Salvisberg (SUI)
2012  Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) Pierre LeCorre (FRA)
2011 Gwen Jorgensen (USA)  Brent McMahon (CAN)
2010 Yuliya Yelistratova(UKR)  Reinaldo Colucci (BRA)
2009 Kate McIlroy (NZL) Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS)
2008 Andrea Whitcombe (GBR)  Javier Gomez (ESP)
2007 Samantha Warriner (NZL)  Javier Gomez (ESP)
2006 Joelle Franzmann (GER)  Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS)
2005 Annabel Luxford (AUS) Dmitriy Gaag (KAZ)
2004 Anja Dittmer (GER) Shane Reed (NZL)
2003 Anja Dittmer (GER) Volodymyr Polikarpenko (UKR)
2002 Siri Lindley (USA) Craig Walton (AUS)
2001 Siri Lindley (USA)  Martin Krnavek (CZE)
2000 Loretta Harrop (AUS) Martin Krnavek (CZE)
1999 Loretta Harrop (AUS) Hamish Carter (NZL)
1998 Loretta Harrop (AUS) Hamish Carter (NZL)
1997 Emma Carney (AUS) Craig Walton (AUS)

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Want to get dirty in Jindabyne? ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships are coming

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Snowies Prepare to Shine on the World Stage

As the very best of the world’s off-road athletes prepare to #GetDirtyDownUnder at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, the Snowy Mountains are putting final preparations in place to shine on the world stage, with locals preparing to be part of the international explosion of culture, colour and world class sporting action that will engulf the region from 18th to 20th November 2016.

SNOWY MOUNTAINS, NSW

Yes, the World Champs are coming to the Snowies and there’s an opportunity for everyone in the region to be a part of it. It’s a chance to be inspired while watching the world’s best race on home soil. On Friday afternoon, it’s the amateur women’s world champs race, then on Saturday morning the amateur men will take to the field. Saturday afternoon is when the big guns will be out, with the Elite Men and Elite Women tackling the Snowies course – all hoping to bring home the coveted title of champion of the world! Our very own Australian National Champion Ben Allen and Olympians Erin Densham and Courtney Atkinson will be leading the Aussie charge for gold, alongside reigning world champion Spain’s Ruben Ruzafa.

Get wild with Ben - Photo Credit: In2Adventure

Get wild with Ben – Photo Credit: In2Adventure

On Sunday – a world first for the Snowy Mountains – the event will host for the first time ever, a World Champs Mixed Team Relay. This is a fast, furious and exciting event for spectators where national 4-person teams including two men and two women complete a mini triathlon relay. The atmosphere will be electric with a huge helping of national pride on the line as our Aussie champions take on the world. The Junior (under 19s) and Para-triathletes world champs will also be an amazing spectacle on Sunday morning after the Team Relay.

For spectators, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take in the vibrant atmosphere of an international event with world class athletes racing at their very best. Master of Ceremonies Adam Thomson, lead singer of Aussie 90s band Chocolate Starfish will have the crowd pumping, along with Triple M Melbourne’s sports reporter Lachie Wills. Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will also be turning on the fun with entertainment and kids’ activities, as well as a sports expo and regional stalls showcasing the very best of the Snowy Mountains. And, there will also be a chance to soak up some good old Aussie tucker in the Eat Street precinct.

In Jindabyne, the spectacle of the Parade of Nations and the Opening Ceremony on Thursday evening 17th November in Claypits Park will be another great opportunity to be a part of this international cultural festival. It will include all the colour and pageantry of the athletes’ parade, featuring entertainment from the likes of our very own Snowy Horsemen and the launch of the Event Anthem Everybody’s Human Race written and performed by Adam Thomson. Local schools Jindabyne Central and Snowy Mountains Grammar will also be joining the party and play a big role in the Opening Ceremony and the week-long festival.

It’s going to be a true community event with an army of local volunteers. Our ‘TRUE BLUE CREW’ will be lining up to be a part of the action on the course, at the finish line, at the aid stations and throughout the event.

Plus, the best news of all, even amateur athletes, families and the kids can be a part of the world champs’ festival, with a series of short course events hosted on Sunday afternoon. These include a Sprint, Teaser, Junior and Dirt Kids triathlon which is open to all comers to have the chance to race on a world champs course! You don’t have to be fast, overly fit or experienced to come and have a go at these fun and friendly events.

So, whether it’s as a spectator, cheer squad, volunteer or competitor, everyone can be a part of this world class event as we showcase this spectacular region to the world.

To find out more about how you can be involved visit the event website at www.trextriathlon.com.au

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS (2016):

  • ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships: Snowy Mountains, NSW: 18-20 November, 2016
  • Snowies MTB Festival: Snowy Mountains, NSW: 25-27 November, 2016

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Thriathlon AUS picks Challenge Shepparton to be ITU’s Victoria World Long Course Champs Selection Race

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Triathlon Australia has announced its National Calendar of events for the 2016-2017 season, unveiling that CHALLENGE SHEPPARTON will be the feature long course race for the state of Victoria.

The National Calendar covers both the Australian National Championship events and the Australian Age Group World Qualifying events.  The calendar is designed to span all states with the aim of promoting and creating fair and equal opportunities for Triathlon Australia members to participate.

The National Calendar sets out to showpiece some of the best Triathlon and multisport events Australia has to offer. “Not only are the events a unique experience, but our Race Directors delivering them are world-class,” said  Triathlon Australia CEO Miles Stewart.

On Friday 1 July, CHALLENGE SHEPPARTON received the exciting news that its long course event – scheduled for 13 November 2016 – was to be the only World Championship Qualification Event taking place in Victoria.

“After three years establishing CHALLENGE SHEPPARTON, this now places our much loved race on the National and International triathlon stage,” aded CHALLENGE SHEPPARTON Event Manager Kelvin Maude.

This means that CHALLENGE SHEPPARTON will provide the opportunity for Elite, Under 23 and Age Group triathletes to earn points towards the 2017 ITU (International Triathlon Union) Age Group World Championships to be held in Penticton, Canada. “A chance to win points to secure a place on the Australian Green and Gold Team is a dream of many athletes,” noted Mr Maude.

 

 

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