By Karl Hayes
Full results below by placing and also by age group
The first round of Elite Energy’s triseries was completed today at Forster in perfect conditions with Pete Jacobs and Lisa Marangon taking out the Olympic distance race. Mitch Robins was 2nd and Adam Holborow was 3rd. Matilda Raynolds was 2nd in the women’s race after overtaking Nicole Ward (3rd) on the run. Top age groupers Robert Skillman and Matthew Koorey finished in the top ten.
Pete JacobsÂ really enjoyed the hitout and raced very hard. He was determined to put in the fastest effort that he could. It was more about proving something to himself. Pete looks like he is in top condition and is just over a week away from heading off to Hawaii to hopefully go better than his 8th placing last year. He has a little bit more long bike work to do then he feels he will be fully ready. Read Pete’s race report.
Lisa MarangonÂ had a blast. Maybe that is easy to do when you win but this was genuine enjoyment. Lisa found one thing worse than anything else… the same thing that the rest of us discovered as we ran from the beach to our bikes â€œI found the hardest bit transition, that gravel on the feet. OUCH!â€
â€œIt was such a fun weekend. The bike was great! The course was awesome. I felt a bit flat from racing on the Saturday but still gave it all I had. My swim was great and I felt really fast (even swimming an extra 100m the wrong way). I didn’t have the power I normally have on the bike but still pushed as hard as I could. On the run I started off really fast and got a blister under my foot which really annoyed me and then my right glute tightened up. Overall I was happy and gained so much from itâ€.
All of the top finishers seemed to really enjoy their results and the whole weekend.
Mitch RobinsÂ enjoyed racing at this distance as he ponders whether ITU is the way he should go right now â€œIt was always going to be a fast race with Pete Jacobs competing as part of his lead up to the Hawaii Ironman, and also my buddy Adam Holborow. As expected, PJ led out of the water, with myself around 45seconds behind. I was stoked to still be within reach, as Jacobs is a fantastic swimmer. He was extremely strong all day and proceeded to ride another 2mins into me. I felt great on the bike though and wanted to put together a hard bike/run combo and really test myself out. I took off on the run still in 2nd place, and gave it all I had, but I was still a little jarred from the hard race the previous day. I extended my lead over the rest of the field, and finished off with a 33:03 min run split to finish in 2nd overall. Full credit to Jacobs, he was super classy today and looks on track to improve on his 8th place in Hawaii last yearâ€
Mitch couldn’t have been happier with his weekend overall, with 2 hard races back to back. He will be racing more short course races this year. â€œThanks to TriNSW for looking after the team all weekend, and a huge thanks to Emo and his Elite Energy crew for another fun and successful raceâ€.
Adam HolborowÂ has been back training for only two weeks. He took a few minutes to give Trizone his thoughts on the race and how things went. â€œEmo (Mark Emerton from Elite Energy) really knows how to throw a good race. I still didn’t know if I was going to race until Saturday arvo. On Friday I rode from Port Macquarie down to Forsterâ€ which seemed to be a bad idea when Adam found out that he had a head wind the whole way down.
â€œI have been back training for 2 weeks now so I was really happy with the way the race went. Pete Jacobs and Mitch Robins were just flying. they are really good athletes. I had a great swim and came out with Mitch and Rob Hurley and once out of transition I got stuck into it. By the 13km mark on the bike I had a lead over the boys and I was trying to catch Pete. As I came through to go back out to do my second lap the guys from the NSW EDS team gave me a time split and I felt pretty good. On the way back out to the turnaround something came loose on my disc wheel and was making a really bad noise. As I was riding I was trying to figure out what it was. Coming into T2 I was feeling good and was in 3rd place. On to the run I felt the effects of Friday and the first 3km I was really struggling but I came good and finished strong. I have a lot of racing coming up so it was great to race on tried legsâ€.
Adam’s partner’s parents live in Forster and her Dad, Peter Camilleri, was the bike leg director and family friends, the Nixons, are the volunteer coordinators. â€œI was staying with them all weekend and to see how hard these guys work not only on the weekend but the weeks and months leading up to the race is amazing. They both race usually but to take the sideline and help out is great. All the volunteers made the race work and Forster is just an amazing place for a race. I hope the triseries takes off and becomes really popularâ€.
Matilda Raynolds, who came 2nd in the women’s Olympic distance, main comment after the race was that she was â€œvery surprisedâ€. Matilda’s coach Spot Anderson has been talking up Matilda and Siobhan to me recently and I have to say he was right on the mark.
I asked Matilda for some initial thoughts on the race â€œIt was great to be racing nearÂ top triathletesÂ like Lisa Marangon and Nicole Ward and to see my off season training being applied was very satisfying. I have definitely come away with a lot of areas to work on. Emo and Elite Energy should be congratulated on running a really enjoyable weekend and I hope to be able to get to more of the triseries races. Also a big thank you to Tri NSW for their support over the weekend and to my coach Spot Andersonâ€.
Matilda is someone to watch.
Nicole WardÂ didn’t have her greatest race and as a long course specialist who hasn’t done many Olympic distance races she just wanted to go as hard as she could and have some fun. â€œMy goal race at the moment is Gold Coast Half IronmanÂ in 2 weeks time and this weekend at Forster was about some good training to follow on from Port Douglas Long Course last weekend. I had a strong swim (apart from following Lisa (Marangon) off course on the first lap which lost us a bit of time!) and felt good on the bike but I didn’t have my usual run legs which is usually a strength for me. I felt a little off and fatigued from Port Douglas. I have never raced the weekend following a long course race before so it was new experience for me!â€
Just outside the top 3 in the women’s race was up and comerÂ Siobhan McCarthy who posted the fastest run time in the Pro Series female race yesterday and almost took the fastest time again today missing out by three seconds to 2nd placed Matilda Raynolds. Siobhan’s enthusiasm is great to see and she was incredibly excited about her race today. Siobhan’s big takeaway from the weekend is “After racing against Lisa and Nicole and Matilda – I have some work to do on the bike”. Siobhan echoed comments of just about everyone there this weekend “The team at Elite Energy and the town of Foster did an amazing job, in a great venue to start the season, and I am looking forward to Husskison in November”.
Matthew Koorey showed that age is no barrier finishing 10th overall in a time of 2:03:10. Racing in this age group (40-44) against Matthew makes you wonder how you can compete against someone like that. Train more maybe…
Full race report to come…
Full Results – Results by age group further down the page…
|1||Lawrence||Holly||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|4||Seymour||Jeanni||ZAF (South Africa)|
|8||Pallant||Emma||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|12||Smith||Lesley||USA (United States of America)|
|14||Chura||Haley||USA (United States of America)|
|15||Kaye||Alicia||USA (United States of America)|
|16||Watkinson||Amelia||NZL (New Zealand)|
|17||Spieldenner||Jennifer||USA (United States of America)|
|18||Brandon||Lauren||USA (United States of America)|
|22||Seymour||Natalie||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|24||Morrison||Kimberley||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|32||Wassner||Laurel||USA (United States of America)|
|33||Brennan Morrey||Ruth||USA (United States of America)|
|34||True||Sarah||USA (United States of America)|
|35||Linnell||Allison||USA (United States of America)|
|36||Hector||Alice||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|38||Jackson||Heather||USA (United States of America)|
|43||Pomeroy||Robin||USA (United States of America)|
|44||Roberts||Lisa||USA (United States of America)|
|45||Palacio Balena||Romina||ARG (Argentina)|
|47||Joyce||Rachel||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|53||Cravo De Azevedo||Luiza||BRA (Brazil)|
|55||Wendorff||Amanda||USA (United States of America)|
|57||Drewett||Hannah||GBR (United Kingdom)|
On the men’s side, an equally determined group will seek to win this year’s title with 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Tim Reed (AUS) returning to defend his title. Sebastian Kienle (DEU), who was the 2012 and 2013 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and 2014 Ironman World Champion, will be looking to become the first man to win three Ironman 70.3 World Championship titles. This year’s world championship also sees the return of 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and 2015 Ironman 70.3 runner up, Javier Gomez to the start line after an accident in 2016 sidelined his goals of an Olympic medal in Rio. With a victory in his only Ironman 70.3 event this year plus a win and top placings on the WTS circuit, he will bring some top-end speed to the field. Unfortunately, a nagging hip injury and season ending surgery has put the much anticipated debut of two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee on hold for this year.
Below is the pro men’s start list for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship:
|4||Don||Tim||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|9||Mendez Cruz||Mauricio||MEX (Mexico)|
|10||Von Berg||Rodolphe||USA (United States of America)|
|17||Collington||Kevin||USA (United States of America)|
|18||Hanson||Matt||USA (United States of America)|
|21||Tutukin||Ivan||RUS (Russian Federation)|
|23||O’Donnell||Tim||USA (United States of America)|
|24||De Elias||Mario||ARG (Argentina)|
|26||Thomas||Jesse||USA (United States of America)|
|27||Quinchara Forero||Carlos Javier||COL (Colombia)|
|34||Chrabot||Matt||USA (United States of America)|
|35||Van de Wyngard||Felipe||CHL (Chile)|
|37||Cunnama||James||ZAF (South Africa)|
|41||Wiltshire||Harry||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|42||Scott||Drew||USA (United States of America)|
|43||Kalashnikov||Ivan||RUS (Russian Federation)|
|44||Leiferman||Chris||USA (United States of America)|
|46||Jolicoeur Desroches||Antoine||CAN (Canada)|
|47||Kanute||Ben||USA (United States of America)|
|49||Cartmell||Fraser||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|51||Carrillo Avila||Alan||MEX (Mexico)|
|54||Otstot||Adam||USA (United States of America)|
|55||Crawford||Guy||NZL (New Zealand)|
The 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon will offer a $250,000 total professional prize purse which will be distributed to male and female first through tenth place finishers.
In addition to the competitive professional field, approximately 4,500 registered age-group athletes representing more than 90 countries, territories and regions from around the world are expected to compete at this year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship.
Luke Bell and Tim Van Berkel go head to head again
Two of the biggest names in IRONMAN racing, aussies Luke Bell and Tim van Berkel are returning to IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast to headline the pro field and test themselves on the tough 2016 World Championships course.
The veteran Bell is set to re-invigorate his racing season that stalled with an uncharacteristic and almost unbelievable DNF at IRONMAN Cairns, while Van Berkel is using the Sunshine Coast race as a tune up for his assault on the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona.
Bell’s IRONMAN Cairns was one of the shortest on record, when he was pulled out of the water by the rubber ducky (IRB) no more than fifty metres off shore.
“The main challenge of the first half of the year was supposed to be IRONMAN Cairns but unfortunately when the gun went off and I dived in the water, I dived onto the feet of a couple of guys in front of me and cracked a rib within the first few strokes. So that ended that goal. It was a very quick trip.”
“That is the nature of IRONMAN, you spend a lot of time and effort hoping everything is going to be good on one day. It is either good or it is not, but that is the way it is and we are all used to it. You just put it behind you and move on. I rested up fully for about three weeks and did what I could that was pain bearable, but it took me 4-5 weeks all up to recover.”
Back in peak fitness Bell is keen to leave Melbourne and head north to the warmth the Sunshine Coast and show everyone that at 38, he is still a force in the world of IRONMAN 70.3.
“It has been a couple of years since I have actually raced on the Sunshine Coast so I am happy to hear that they are using the 2016 World Championship course. A challenging bike course is always better than an out and back on a freeway. It keeps it honest and makes sure that someone who is good over all three disciplines wins the race.”
“The Sunshine Coast is one of those places that everyone in Australia likes to race. Whether it is the 70.3, or Mooloolaba. Over the years coming up through the juniors and all the age groupers racing Moooloolaba and the ITU events, it is a place that everyone is very familiar with. You look forward to getting up there hanging out on the beach and spending a few days in an enjoyable family oriented location.”
“Sunshine Coast 70.3 is great preparation for the guys heading over to Kona because it is about four weeks out and you also have the young guys trying to make their mark on the 70.3 world coming up through. It is a great opportunity for them and it gets everyone in the one spot at the one time and we try and belt the hell out of each other,” he said.
One of those athletes looking for a last minute tune up for the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona is Tim Van Berkel who has done IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast twice with mixed results.
“I DNF’d the first time but the second time I won in 2015, so I have good memories there and I am looking forward to having another crack at it.”
“The bike is changed from the year I won it but the swim and the run are the same. It is awesome that they are keeping the World Championship course from last year because it has a harder ride that goes out into the hinterland. Being a smaller guy and it being pretty hilly I think it will suit me. When the bike is hard, packs split up a bit and it takes the sting out of some of the faster runner’s legs. I think the new bike course is the way to go.”
“Everything is about Kona for me I am hoping to get back in the top ten like I did in 2014 and that is the big goal. The last two years I have been really disappointed with my results there and I want a top ten and I am putting all my eggs into that basket.”
“IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast is five weeks out from Hawaii and it is my last solid hit out. It is perfect for me because all I have to do is jump in the car and head three hours north and I am there.”
“I love racing up that way and I am expecting a very strong field to turn up. It is a triathlon Mecca up there in Mooloolaba and Maroochydore with the ITU and the 70.3 racing and the 70.3 Worlds last year. I love racing in Australia and I like to come home in good form so I am really looking forward to it,” he said.
Community-inspired “Small Batch” Collection launches with Cola Me-Happy Energy Gel
Last fall, GU Energy Labs turned to its community of athletes to nominate and vote for the next great Energy Gel flavor. After the votes were tallied, GU’s innovation team hit the kitchen to bring the voter’s choice flavor to fruition. The company announced the launch of “Cola Me-Happy” Energy Gel, the first in a series of special-made “Small Batch” flavors made at their headquarters in Berkeley, CA..
“Our community of athletes constantly inspires and challenges us to come up with new flavors, and some of their ideas can be unique,” said Magda Boulet, vice president of innovation, research and development, GU Energy Labs. “Our innovation team loves tinkering in the kitchen. We love creating flavors that will satisfy our athletes’ taste buds while training and racing. It’s the best part of our job.”
The family owned company has been manufacturing all GU Energy Gel flavors at its headquarters in Berkeley, Calif., since, 1983. GU currently has 27 vibrant flavors of Energy Gels in its line, joined by Cola Me-Happy, which is available now for a limited time. All “Small Batch” Collection flavors will be sold in 8-packs only, exclusively through www.guenergylabs.com.
Cola Me-Happy, box of 8 MSRP $12.00
Cola Me-Happy Energy Gel packs a light sweetness, and it is a refreshing and tasty take on a classic aid-station favorite. Created for daily training, the Cola Me-Happy Gel packs energy-dense calories in a portable 100-calorie packet to keep athletes light on their feet and flying past the competition.
Cola Me-Happy Energy Gel provides carbohydrates that use non-competing pathways to help maximize absorption and utilization while diminishing stomach distress. As well as providing the optimal level of sodium, the primary electrolyte lost in sweat, to ensure hydration by maintaining water balance while branched-chain amino acids reduce mental fatigue and decrease muscle damage.
Melissa Bodeau, who nominated the winning flavor, said she is extremely excited to see Cola Me-Happy be brought to life. “The packaging is absolutely perfect, and it’s so neat to have the opportunity to train with a flavor that I dreamt up,” Bodeau said.
The packaging on the Cola Me-Happy Gel was inspired by a piece of art commissioned by GU from California artist and trail runner Maggie Tides, titled “Places We Play,” which celebrates the beautiful trails, hills, roads and water in the Bay Area of Northern California.
For more information about the “Small Batch” Collection, or to purchase the new flavor, visit www.guenergy.com/small-batch. To learn how to incorporate this flavor into a nutrition plan for a race or training session, visit www.guenergy.com/nutrition-plan.
Ironman 70.3: Tim Don and Jeanni Seymour win at Ironman 70.3 Boulder
Tim Don and Jeanni Seymour both came from behind to run to victory at Ironman 70.3 Boulder last weekend. Here’s how the races played out.
The men’s swim saw Aussie Jake Montgomery chasing Matt Chrabot, with Matt Franklin following close behind. Chrabot made it out of the water in the lead, finishing in just 24:44, while Montgomery was seconds behind, making it out of the water in 24:46.
The leading pair maintained their position at the front, ahead of a solid chase pack of Tim Don, Drew Scott, Rodolphe Von Berg, Ben Hoffman, Justin Metzler and Matt Franklin.
Impressively, Montgomery and Chrabot maintained their lead as the run began. Behind them, infamously strong runner Tim Don made his way into third place.
Throughout the run though, Don was able to set the fastest time and take the lead, running to victory in 3:41:32. Matt Chrabot made it to second, while Ben Hoffman finished in third.
Alicia Kaye set the fastest swim time of 26:52, with Katy Evans finishing in 27:56, and Leanda Cave chasing hard making it out of the water just behind her in 27:58.
As the bike leg got well underway, Kaye maintained her lead, building it to a huge two minutes by the 13-mile mark. Chasing her was Leanda Cave, Jeannie Seymour, Christen Brown and Katy Evans.
After the second transition, Kaye was still in the lead but the run was where things were about to change. Jeanni Seymour was only 1:20 behind Kaye at the transition, which set her up perfectly for the rest of the run where she ran to victory, finishing in 4:07:56. Lesley Smith made it to second, while Alicia Kaye finished in third.
ITU: Gomez ends Mola’s winning streak with victory at Montreal ITU 2017
Javier Gomez Noya triumphed in Montreal in a fierce race and very windy conditions. Blummenfelt and Murray chased close behind to round out the podium.
The swim was anyone’s race, and by the start of the bike leg it was destined to be a battle between the top seven riders, including Gomez, Blummenfelt and Brownlee and more. South African Richard Murray chased hard and reached the leaders in the bike, setting himself up for the run.
“I know that about halfway through the second lap that it was possible to catch Johnny,” said Murray. “I saw the pace difference.
ITU run sets Gomez up for victory
Most exciting though was the run. As Gomez flew through the second transition, he took the lead and didn’t look back, finishing the race in 01:47:50.
“It was a really good course,” said Gomez. “A lot of spectators, and it’s always nice to see people cheering.
“A few Spaniards are on holiday here as well, supporting us. I hope they keep doing this race because it’s one of the best ones.”
Mola retains top spot on the ITU leaderboard
This victory ended fellow Spaniard Mario Mola’s impressive winning streak this year, where Mola has run to victory in four huge events.
“That’s racing,” said Mola. “Of course I wanted to keep the momentum I had, but the guys in front did well.
“I emptied the tank on the bike. I tried to start hard on the run. Halfway through the run my legs said ‘that’s enough, that’s all you have today.’ So I made it to the end with what I had left.”Mola finished in 14th place, perhaps out of steam after his win in Edmonton last week.
While Mola may maintain his first place on the leaderboard, Gomez is now in second place, so it remains to be seen who will take out the final victory after Stockholm later his month and the final in Rotterdam in September.
- Javier Gomez Noya 01:47:50
- Kristian Blummenfelt 01:48:05
- Richard Murray 01:48:42
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