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Michael Fox and Lisa Marangon win race 3 of the Sydney Sprint Series



Sydney Sprint Series, Kurnell – Race 3 2010/2011 – By Karl Hayes

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Michael Fox pulled one back on Sam Douglas when he won race 3 of the 2010/2011 Sydney Sprint Series. A month ago in Nowra Sam rode away from Michael in the triseries Olympic distance race put on by Elite Energy. Both guys ran a fairly similar, but tough, 10km in Nowra. On Sunday, Fox ran away from Sam and really

Michael Fox Triathlete

stamped his authority on the race. Brady cramped on the run while in third place. Ben Hammond was chasing and when he saw Matt Brady had pulled up he stopped to offer assistance… ummm no he didn’t. He smiled and ran in to third place in the age group and took the bronze medal. Matt had put in one of the fastest swims and bikes before he succumbed to cramps on the run.  He posted 10:33 for the swim and 28:40 on the bike.

In the women’s race Lisa Marangon was dominant from start to finish. Siobhan McCarthy suffered a bit from the heat the previous day and struggled. Siobhan put in a solid fourth behind Natalie Van Coevorden and Laura Siddall. Natalie raced incredibly well with a blistering run almost a minute and a half faster than Lisa but lost too much on the bike. Laura is racing very strong right now.

Lisa Marangon Triathlete

Lisa Marangon is focusing on the shorter triathlons in 2011 as she works towards the possibility of London 2012. This is a big step up but if anyone has the determination and ability it is Lisa. Lisa has said she will be racing the club distance at Callala Beach this weekend. She has won a few rounds of the 2010/2011 triseries. This weekend she has two or three tough competitors. To see Lisa’s results from 2010 click here. In 2010 Lisa won Busselton half ironman, was 3rd at Lake Placid ironman in the USA, 4th at Nepean and 2nd at the Canberra half ironman in December.

The top ten swim, bike and run times are below plus the top three in each age group and everyone’s results in one table. Natalie Van Coevorden was the only female to get a top ten spot in any of the legs.

Travis Shields won the first round just as he was peaking for IMWA and had a great race again in round 3 with an 8th overall and an age group 2nd place behind the talented Chris Dmitrieff. Chris is normally known for his long distance racing with some very good finishes over the years in long distance triathlons. Chris placed 8th in Ironman WA in 2008 with a time of 8:28 and a 3rd overall in the Port Macquarie half ironman in 2009 in 4:05.

Euan McNair pulled a heartilidge after doing some serious travelling to the northern hemisphere and decided not to race at the last minute after felling a ‘bit tired’. Euan has been training under Mark Newton of Herts and Jet Cycles fame. He has become very competitive in the last year for someone over 30 and working a serious job. Mark also trains Sam Douglas and first time winner last weekend Belinda Dent in the 35-39 age group.

Mick Maroney once again showed us what a great athlete he is. Another fast ‘old’ bloke is Scott Milson. For someone from Scotland he can swim fairly well and his run and bike are fast. Scott is training like a pro these days and has some good goals this year.

I didn’t race in round 2 but I have to say I was impressed with what the organisers put on for round 3. It was great to see a very accurate 5km run (although I was getting very close to going under 18mins on the old run course) and the swim was certainly more accurate than the first two rounds. Once the organisers get the bike course sorted this series has the potential to step up.

Open Category?

One thing missing (this was glaringly obvious) was an open age group. The fast guys and girls really struggled racing amongst us mere mortals. Having to cycle slowly through a no passing zone, swim around and over slower age groupers and then run on a packed course for full three laps is not what these elite guys and girls should be doing. If this race is going to be Sydney’s main triathlon series it would be good to see the fast crowd have the freedom to race hard. For them to step up to the next level they need to have the opportunities to really push themselves.

As a 40-44 age grouper who came 4th in this round I also think Mick Maroney should race in the open age group. It is only fair. Just kidding of course Mick although you did whinge a bit about the no passing lane and slow swimmers in front of you so the next race could be your opportunity if there is an open category. And after your ‘Sorry I am a superior athlete’ comment to your wonderfully talented charge I think you should race open.

There were two disqualifications in the race. Both were fast athletes. I know one of them who has been around for a while will have been not very happy. TriNSW’s Stephen Tudjman had to talk to us after the race about the no passing zone. Whilst it is a huge pain to pull up behind a slow cyclist and not be able to pass for 100m or so the rules were clear. I would be surprised if a car passed a cyclist in that area and there is definitely enough space to pass another cyclist safely. But rules are rules and we knew them before the race started. It is easy to forget though.

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Top 10 Swim Times
Michael FOX 0:10:18
Sam DOUGLAS 0:10:27
Matt BRADY 0:10:33
Robert HURLEY 0:10:34
Rob SKILLMAN 0:10:38
Ben HAMMOND 0:11:03
Matthew HOOD 0:11:10
Mick MARONEY 0:11:10
Samuel DALLY 0:11:13
Liam RAPLEY 0:11:23
Top 10 Bike Times
Michael FOX 0:28:37
Matt BRADY 0:28:40
Sam DOUGLAS 0:28:41
Robert HURLEY 0:28:42
Mick MARONEY 0:28:48
Travis SHIELDS 0:28:59
Chris DMITRIEFF 0:29:04
Ben HAMMOND 0:29:11
Andrew MCFARLANE 0:29:18
Scott MILSON 0:29:28
Top 10 Run Times
Andrew MCFARLANE 0:16:40
Michael FOX 0:16:45
Chris DMITRIEFF 0:16:55
Andrew CROSS 0:17:10
Ben HAMMOND 0:17:14
Robert HURLEY 0:17:22
Jarrad ADAMS 0:17:25
Sam DOUGLAS 0:17:30
Liam RAPLEY 0:17:36
Natalie VAN COEVORDEN 0:17:36


Pos Name Finish time Cat Cat Pos Swim Cycle Run
106 Emma DAVIDSON 1:09:52 F 14-17 1 0:12:08 0:35:01 0:22:44
162 Isabella KHOUDAIR 1:13:20 F 14-17 2 0:12:18 0:37:25 0:23:38
345 Brianna POLSON 1:24:44 F 14-17 3 0:14:12 0:45:13 0:25:19
21 Natalie VAN COEVORDEN 1:02:05 F 18-24 1 0:11:34 0:32:55 0:17:36
38 Siobhan MCCARTHY 1:04:59 F 18-24 2 0:11:59 0:33:22 0:19:38
235 Rebecca CAMPBELL 1:17:06 F 18-24 3 0:15:55 0:36:04 0:25:07
366 Cushla MCFADDEN 1:27:22 F 18-24 4 0:16:22 0:44:59 0:26:02
391 Jenn PEKAR 1:29:57 F 18-24 5 0:16:16 0:43:29 0:30:12
399 Vikki LOVERIDGE 1:32:08 F 18-24 6 0:14:39 0:46:41 0:30:49
76 Kimberley RUSSELL 1:08:15 F 25-29 1 0:12:06 0:33:31 0:22:38
85 Clara BROWN 1:08:52 F 25-29 2 0:13:58 0:34:52 0:20:03
97 Kate GALLOP 1:09:32 F 25-29 3 0:12:12 0:34:51 0:22:30
101 Sian ELLISON 1:09:47 F 25-29 4 0:14:51 0:34:30 0:20:26
127 Natalie SILVESTRO 1:11:11 F 25-29 5 0:14:08 0:37:07 0:19:57
147 Sara WOODS 1:12:24 F 25-29 6 0:14:35 0:35:55 0:21:54
153 Lauren ATLEE 1:13:00 F 25-29 7 0:14:20 0:35:58 0:22:43
190 Gemma HOUGHTON 1:14:41 F 25-29 8 0:14:23 0:35:01 0:25:17
230 Anne GUETHOFF 1:16:54 F 25-29 9 0:16:26 0:36:36 0:23:52
254 Nadja KUNDRUS-LITTLE 1:18:34 F 25-29 10 0:16:18 0:37:41 0:24:35
261 Jill BOYLE 1:19:17 F 25-29 11 0:15:13 0:38:49 0:25:16
282 Sam PLAYFAIR 1:20:15 F 25-29 12 0:18:17 0:37:56 0:24:03
295 Bree CORBETT 1:21:13 F 25-29 13 0:14:30 0:41:56 0:24:47
297 Kate CONNOR 1:21:21 F 25-29 14 0:16:27 0:41:03 0:23:52
327 Amy BENNETT 1:23:30 F 25-29 15 0:14:15 0:45:54 0:23:21
335 Pavla VYSTRCILOVA 1:23:58 F 25-29 16 0:14:43 0:41:46 0:27:30
372 Michelle CASSIDY 1:27:45 F 25-29 17 0:16:25 0:41:31 0:29:50
386 Naomi MCFADDEN 1:29:14 F 25-29 18 0:14:52 0:46:29 0:27:53
403 Karen JEFFERY 1:32:52 F 25-29 19 0:18:14 0:43:06 0:31:34
410 Louise WILLDRIDGE 1:34:02 F 25-29 20 0:13:56 0:50:35 0:29:31
418 Kirstie BERTRAM 1:35:52 F 25-29 21 0:16:05 0:45:12 0:34:36
445 Angela DOBBIN 1:57:46 F 25-29 22 0:15:54 1:12:36 0:29:16
16 Lisa MARANGON 1:01:31 F 30-34 1 0:11:32 0:31:03 0:18:57
31 Laura SIDDALL 1:03:49 F 30-34 2 0:12:33 0:31:19 0:19:58
42 Monica DALIDOWICZ 1:05:17 F 30-34 3 0:12:31 0:33:06 0:19:39
57 Jenelle WEBSTER 1:06:33 F 30-34 4 0:12:31 0:32:49 0:21:14
66 Monica JUHART 1:07:08 F 30-34 5 0:12:38 0:34:04 0:20:27
79 Sarah DICK 1:08:20 F 30-34 6 0:12:10 0:33:20 0:22:51
112 Nicola HARRISON 1:10:14 F 30-34 7 0:15:03 0:34:01 0:21:10
113 Anna WOODROW 1:10:21 F 30-34 8 0:13:02 0:35:23 0:21:57
117 Penelope SINTON 1:10:40 F 30-34 9 0:13:48 0:35:21 0:21:32
164 Jane SHIELDS 1:13:23 F 30-34 10 0:16:02 0:35:10 0:22:11
165 Penny CSESZKO 1:13:25 F 30-34 11 0:14:33 0:34:38 0:24:15
212 Karen KNITTL 1:15:56 F 30-34 12 0:12:51 0:37:18 0:25:47
220 Rachael ARNOLD 1:16:15 F 30-34 13 0:14:26 0:37:14 0:24:36
227 Katharine CARTY 1:16:44 F 30-34 14 0:15:59 0:40:29 0:20:16
259 Immie MILLER 1:19:04 F 30-34 15 0:13:24 0:39:20 0:26:21
270 Kim MAURER 1:19:40 F 30-34 16 0:14:15 0:37:33 0:27:53
301 Amanda HIPWOOD 1:21:35 F 30-34 17 0:20:10 0:38:08 0:23:17
305 Amanda REED 1:21:49 F 30-34 18 0:16:04 0:41:53 0:23:52
330 Liza WILSON 1:23:37 F 30-34 19 0:17:59 0:41:16 0:24:23
355 Leigh O’NEILL 1:25:49 F 30-34 20 0:16:33 0:45:06 0:24:10
374 Catherine BAILEY 1:27:49 F 30-34 21 0:18:10 0:42:05

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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Ironman Announces First Full Distance Event in Estonia



Ironman today announced the addition of the Ironman Tallinn triathlon. The inaugural race will take place on 4th August 2018.

The new race will take place in Estonia’s capital of Tallinn, located at the Baltic sea. Considered one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval cities of Europe, Tallinn is home to 445,000 people and has gained a reputation as Europe’s “Silicon Valley”.

“With its long and colorful history, Tallinn and its people are looking forward to applauding the triathletes’ commitment to Ironman. I believe that the Ironman Tallinn triathlon in our beautiful and modern city will be a very positive experience for everybody,” said Mihhail Kõlvart, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn.

Tallinn will become only the second capital in Europe to host an Ironman event, sharing this distinction with Denmark’s KMD Ironman Copenhagen. The race will be the second Ironman event in Estonia after SIS Ironman 70.3 Otepää.

“Triathlon has seen fantastic growth in Northern and Eastern Europe over the last few years. We are excited to build on the success of SIS Ironman 70.3 Otepää and celebrate Estonia’s 100th birthday with a new race in our capital – a city that has traditionally been a connecting point for travelers,” said Ain-Alar Juhanson, race director for Ironman in Estonia.

“We are thrilled to present our first Ironman event in Northeastern Europe,” said Hans Peter Zurbruegg, Managing Director for Ironman Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Ain-Alar and his experienced team have created a remarkable Ironman 70.3 event in Otepää and we are very much looking forward to our premiere event in Tallinn.”

The race will begin with a single-loop 3,8 km (2.4-mile) swim in the Baltic Sea near the Seaplane Harbour museum. Athletes will then continue on a two-loop 180,2 km (112-mile) bike course which leads along the coastline and nearby villages. The final 42,2-km (26.2-mile) four-loop run will take participants through the historical city center of Tallinn, an UNESCO world heritage site, and finish on Freedom Square.

Ironman Tallinn will offer 40 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 Ironman World Championship being held in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.

General registration for Ironman Tallinn will open at 4 p.m. CET on Monday, August 28, 2017 at Athlete inquiries may be directed to [email protected]

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Ironman 70.3 World Championship Pro Start List for Chattanooga Announced



Triathlon’s top talent will come together in Chattanooga, Tennessee for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship taking place on September 9 and 10. Boasting one of the most competitive professional fields in the sport, the event will make history in the Southeastern U.S. this September with the women’s field racing on Saturday and the men’s field racing on Sunday.

“The professional field set to compete is unquestionably one of the deepest in recent history,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for Ironman. “Chattanooga will no doubt be an excellent host to the best talent from around the world as they converge on the Scenic City next month. We are all extremely excited to debut this new two-day format allowing for both women and men to have their day of competition and celebration.”

Returning to the lineup to defend her title will be 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Holly Lawrence (GBR). With victories already this year at the Ironman 70.3 North American Pro Championship, St. George, Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa, and Subaru Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, Lawrence’s flawless season has proven that she will yet again be tough competition in an impressive professional field.

The 2014 and 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and defending Ironman World Champion, Daniela Ryf (CHE) will be looking to add a third Ironman 70.3 World Championship title in four years. Also vying for the title will be 2011 and 2013 Ironman 70.3 World Championship winner and last year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship runner-up Melissa Hauschildt (AUS). Ryf and Hauschildt both have an opportunity to become the first triathletes to win three Ironman 70.3 World Championship titles and will push the pace for the rest of the field.

Challenging these world champions is a group of talented women looking to break through, led by likes of Jeanni Seymour, Laura Philipp and Heather Wurtele, who has been on the podium at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship the past three years.

Below is the pro women’s start list for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship:

1 Lawrence Holly GBR (United Kingdom)
2 Luxford Annabel AUS (Australia)
3 Philipp Laura DEU (Germany)
4 Seymour Jeanni ZAF (South Africa)
5 Crowley Sarah AUS (Australia)
6 Hauschildt Melissa AUS (Australia)
7 Salthouse Ellie AUS (Australia)
8 Pallant Emma GBR (United Kingdom)
9 Wurtele Heather CAN (Canada)
10 Ryf Daniela CHE (Switzerland)
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)
19 Frederiksen Helle DNK (Denmark)
20 Tisseyre Magali CAN (Canada)
21 Huetthaler Lisa AUT (Austria)
22 Seymour Natalie GBR (United Kingdom)
23 Huse Sue CAN (Canada)
24 Morrison Kimberley GBR (United Kingdom)
25 Riveros Barbara CHL (Chile)
26 Roy Stephanie CAN (Canada)
27 Vaquera Judith ESP (Spain)
28 Eberhardt Anna HUN (Hungary)
29 Jerzyk Agnieszka POL (Poland)
30 Riesler Diana DEU (Germany)
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)
37 Tastets Pamela CHL (Chile)
38 Jackson Heather USA (United States of America)
39 Schulz Jenny DEU (Germany)
41 Czesnik Maria POL (Poland)
42 Juhart Monica AUS (Australia)
43 Pomeroy Robin USA (United States of America)
44 Roberts Lisa USA (United States of America)
45 Palacio Balena Romina ARG (Argentina)
46 Lester Sarah AUS (Australia)
47 Joyce Rachel GBR (United Kingdom)
48 Jahn Kirsty CAN (Canada)
49 Furriela Carolina BRA (Brazil)
50 Annett Jen CAN (Canada)
51 Stienen Astrid DEU (Germany)
52 Jalowi Annett DEU (Germany)
53 Cravo De Azevedo Luiza BRA (Brazil)
54 Belanger Valerie CAN (Canada)
55 Wendorff Amanda USA (United States of America)
56 Komander Ewa POL (Poland)
57 Drewett Hannah GBR (United Kingdom)
58 Naeth Angela CAN (Canada)

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:

1 Reed Tim AUS (Australia)
2 Appleton Sam AUS (Australia)
4 Don Tim GBR (United Kingdom)
5 Kienle Sebastian DEU (Germany)
7 Dreitz Andreas DEU (Germany)
8 Butterfield Tyler BMU (Bermuda)
9 Mendez Cruz Mauricio MEX (Mexico)
10 Von Berg Rodolphe USA (United States of America)
11 Raelert Michael DEU (Germany)
12 Gomez Javier ESP (Spain)
14 Clavel Maurice DEU (Germany)
15 Reid Taylor CAN (Canada)
16 Costes Antony FRA (France)
17 Collington Kevin USA (United States of America)
18 Hanson Matt USA (United States of America)
20 Gambles Joe AUS (Australia)
21 Tutukin Ivan RUS (Russian Federation)
23 O’Donnell Tim USA (United States of America)
24 De Elias Mario ARG (Argentina)
25 Chevrot Denis FRA (France)
26 Thomas Jesse USA (United States of America)
27 Quinchara Forero Carlos Javier COL (Colombia)
29 Heemeryck Pieter BEL (Belgium)
30 McMahon Brent CAN (Canada)
32 Laundry Jackson CAN (Canada)
33 Jarrige Yvan FRA (France)
34 Chrabot Matt USA (United States of America)
35 Van de Wyngard Felipe CHL (Chile)
36 Weiss Michael AUT (Austria)
37 Cunnama James ZAF (South Africa)
38 Dirksmeier Patrick DEU (Germany)
39 Colucci Reinaldo BRA (Brazil)
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)
45 Plese David SVN (Slovenia)
46 Jolicoeur Desroches Antoine CAN (Canada)
47 Kanute Ben USA (United States of America)
48 Amorelli Igor BRA (Brazil)
49 Cartmell Fraser GBR (United Kingdom)
50 Wurtele Trevor CAN (Canada)
51 Carrillo Avila Alan MEX (Mexico)
52 Watson Eric BHR (Bahrain)
53 Polizzi Alexander AUS (Australia)
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.

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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.

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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

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 To learn how to incorporate this flavor into a nutrition plan for a race or training session, visit

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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.

Men’s Race

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.

Women’s race

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.

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ITU: Gomez ends Mola’s winning streak with victory at Montreal ITU 2017



International Triathlon Union / Wagner Araujo

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.

  1. Javier Gomez Noya 01:47:50
  2. Kristian Blummenfelt 01:48:05
  3. Richard Murray 01:48:42
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