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Preview: 2011 Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie

There are a lot of big names lining up for this weekend’s race with the men’s race particularily hard to pick. McKenzie, Bell, Berkel, Reed and Ambrose to name a few. In the women’s race is is hard to go past Carrie Lester if she is in good form then Sam Warriner, Jo Lawn, Lisa Marangon with Nicole Ward close behind. Belinda Granger has withdrawn from the race because of illness.

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There are a lot of big names lining up for this weekend’s pro race with the men’s race particularly hard to pick. In the women’s race is is hard to go past Carrie Lester if she is in good form followed by Sam Warriner then Jo Lawn and Lisa Marangon with Nicole Ward not far behind. Belinda Granger has withdrawn from the race because of illness. Anyone who follows Belinda on facebook and Twitter will be well aware of this. It almost sounded like man flu though!

Belinda thinks this race will be a dual between Warriner and Lawn. “I think it will be between Jo Lawn who won the race here earlier in the year or Sam Warriner (they both raced Kona so will depend if they have fully recovered). Carrie Lester and Lisa Marangon are also racing so will a good women’s race”.

Jo Lawn says she is very relaxed going in to the race this weekend. “I loved the race and Port Macquarie in May. Winning helped but I definitely wanted to come back again.” After winning the Tauranga hlf in January Jo won the Port 70.3 in May and then went on to win a week later in Busselton. Lawn also won the Korea 70.3 in July but the seven time Ironman New Zealand winner did not have the best race in Hawaii last month after grabbing the final slot to get a start at the Ironman World Champs.

Warriner is only the third triathlete in history to win an ITU world cup series and an Ironman after she won IMNZ earlier this year in her first attempt. In July Sam was 5th at the Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman finishing only 6 minutes behind winner Caroline Steffen. After a big 2010 Carrie Lester has been off the radar in 2011. Lester won her debut Ironman in Port Macquarie in 2010, she also won Yeppoon half Ironman and Huskisson long course. This year Lester was 3rd at Challenge Cairns and will be a tough competitor if she is on form.

Lisa Marangon finished second behind Kiwi Michelle Bremer at Forster three weeks ago in the inaugral Ulitmate Triathlon (2km/120km/20km) after being stung by a bee towards the end of the bike and struggling to work out what to do due to her allergy to bees. She pulled herself together and ran hard for a solid 2nd. If Lisa’s form is right for this race she could upset the field. Lisa picks up her new Trek Speed Concept today (Friday) so she is looking forward to putting in a really strong bike leg on the 2012 bike.

Nicole Ward also had a hit out at Forster and the bike was the main difference for her. Other women such as Jacinta Worland and Kiwi Elaine Brent shouldn’t be too far off the pace although Brent did struggle with the distances in the Ultimate Triathlon in Forster with her run being a bit off the pace. Brent has only recently stepped up to long course and made the move to pro. Her run is usually her strength so we look forward to seeing what she can do this weekend.

The men’s race is a real unknown. Matty White announced his withdrawal today after tearing his calf while having a final hit out before heading off to Port. Luke McKenzie and Luke Bell will be tough to beat with McKenzie’s recovery from his 9th place at Kona last month being key to his performance. McKenzie is fast over the 70.3 distance.. Last year he won Busselton 70.3 edging out Tim Reed and Tim Berkel in 3:47. This year Berkel won Busso in 3:51. McKenzie’s pace could get him over the line.

In May this year Berkel was second at the Port 70.3 behind one of the fastest over this distance, Joe Gambles. In front of his home crowd he will want to go one better. He backed up from this second place to win Busselton 70.3 a week later. Berkel also won Challenge Copenhagen this year, was 3rd at Challenge Cairns, 2nd at Racine 70.3, 8th at the 70.3 world champs in Las Vegas, 3rd at Augusta 70.3 and 4th at Rev3 South Carolina. He will be tough to beat.

Other Port Macquarie locals racing are the 2010 SiS Port half winner Mitch Robins and Adam Holborow. Holborow raced in Forster three weeks ago but had to pull out on the run. He put in a very fast 120kms on the bike. Holborow is looking to step up this season after being self coached up until now. Robins had a great ITU season with a win in Holten, a win at Mooloolaba and 5th at Geneva and Weihai. He is busting to get out in front of his home crowd again.

Tim Reed has put the finishing touches on his preparation after having a really good recent two weeks of training and is feeling very good about his chances. Reed’s bike/run is good and with the run speed he will have built this year over in the USA on the 5150 circuit he could be dangerous. Tim was 5th here at Port in May, backed up a week later for 3rd in Busselton, 2nd at Washington, 3rd at Cancun 70.3 and recently won the Maitland triathlon. Reed has some unfinished business after becoming very ill in the week before Hy-Vee and missing out on a potentially large payday. In the race at Hy-Vee Greg Bennett won and pocketed $151,000 USD. Tim struggled with getting his asthma under control during the swim earlier this year but has that sorted now.

Speaking of Hy-Vee Joshua Amberger will be out in front from the start this weekend with maybe the exception of Clayton Fettell. Amberger walked away with $20,000 after taking out the swim leg at Hy-Vee and almost got the first bike preme. 2010 Yeppoon winner Pete Schokman is back racing after some time off. Schokman’s plan is to go hard in the swim and then have a good hit out in the run. His 1:11 for the half marathon in Yeppoon last year shows that he can mix it with the top guys. Schokman has spent the last year racing ITU Conti and Asian cup races but has made the decision to focus on non-drafting now.

Luke Bell has been in top form this year taking out the Lake Stevens 70.3 in August, 3rd at Kansas 70.3, 3rd at Ironman Texas and many other top results. Looking through all of this above maybe Bell is the man to take this race. But there is one more person that may get in his way. Paul Ambrose. Ambrose is one of the top 70.3 pro triathletes. This year he has not had as many podiums and wins as 2010. Ambrose is one of the hardest working guys around and with training partners like Macca he has to be getting better and better. He won Racine 70.3, was 2nd at Rhode Island 70.3, 4th at Boise 70.3 and was 2nd at Syracuse 70.3.

You can’t say everyone in the field is a potential winner but there are a few other guys racing that can push the field. Joey Lampe will be up there out of the water and will be solid on the bike. The big young guy will be slightly off the pace on the run but not for long. He is gaining experience and speed very quickly. Chris Kemp is possibly the fastest runner in the field and was third here at Port in May in the 70.3. Kemp had a mixed USA season but did post one of the 21.1km runs of the year with a 1:12 at Vineman outrunning some of the classiest 70.3 pros around in the process.

Kiwi James Bowstead was supposed to race but is looking a long shot. “I have been diagnosed as having ITB friction syndrome. I will hit it with everything I can this week, icing, massage, roller, stretching etc & hope come this weekend I can race the Port Mac half ironman in Australia”. (Friday Nov 4 – James has let us know he will be racing but hasn’t tested his ITB. Sunday will be his first run)

Chris Dmitrieff had a solid second behin Nathan ‘Struggla’ Stewart at Forster three weeks ago. Chris can run and has been training well and uninjured this year.

Stephen Hackett had a progressively good season in the USA. He raced a few 5150s and a 4th at Syracuse 70.3.

Of course this weekend is not all about the pro’s with many of Australia’s best age groupers descending on Port Macquarie to try and grab an Australian 70.3 title.

Further details at the official Port Macquarie 70.3 website

Start List

No. Name Category Age Gender
1 Luke MCKENZIE Male Open 30 Male
2 Luke BELL Male Open 32 Male
3 Tim BERKEL Male Open 27 Male
4 Paul AMBROSE Male Open 27 Male
6 James BOWSTEAD Male Open 24 Male
7 Tim REED Male Open 26 Male
8 Adam HOLBOROW Male Open 24 Male
9 Jemani FRANCIS Male Open 27 Male
10 Chris DMITRIEFF Male Open 33 Male
11 Stephen HACKETT Male Open 29 Male
12 Chris KEMP Male Open 31 Male
13 Joseph LAMPE Male Open 22 Male
14 Peter SCHOKMAN Male Open 30 Male
15 Joshua AMBERGER Male Open 21 Male
21 Joanna LAWN Female Open 37 Female
23 Nicole WARD Female Open 35 Female
24 Carrie LESTER Female Open 30 Female
25 Lisa MARANGON Female Open 30 Female
26 Jodie SCOTT Female Open 33 Female
27 Jacinta WORLAND Female Open 38 Female
28 Sarah CROWLEY Female Open 28 Female
29 Elaine BRENT Female Open 26 Female

 

 

Men’s results from May 2011 Port 70.3

POS ATHLETE AGE/DIV SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL
1 GAMBLES, Joe 29/Pro 0:24:32 2:14:11 1:17:31 3:58:15
2 BERKEL, Tim 27/Pro 0:24:35 2:19:49 1:15:22 4:01:40
3 BROWN, Cameron 39/Pro 0:24:36 2:19:55 1:16:53 4:03:22
4 KEMP, Christian 31/Pro 0:23:10 2:16:42 1:22:35 4:04:11
5 REED, Tim 26/Pro 0:24:39 0:00:00 1:18:31 4:04:54
6 LAMPE, Joseph 22/Pro 0:23:10 2:19:07 1:24:57 4:08:59
7 RHODES, Bryan 38/Pro 0:23:09 2:21:24 1:27:24 4:13:41
8 GRIFFIN, Leon 31/Pro 0:24:37 2:15:13 1:34:25 4:16:01
9 WHITE, Matthew 34/Pro 0:24:33 2:19:51 1:29:44 4:16:01
10 RIX, Josh 33/Pro 0:24:38 2:20:04 1:29:53 4:16:24
11 FRANCIS, Jemani 27/Pro 0:23:13 2:23:32 1:30:30 4:19:02
12 PALMER, Matt 33/30-34 0:25:45 2:29:07 1:27:46 4:25:13
13 GORDON, Adam 29/25-29 0:29:32 2:25:56 1:27:49 4:25:28
14 GALARRAGA, Armando 38/35-39 0:26:24 2:28:21 1:30:04 4:27:14
15 O’DOHERTY, Paul 36/35-39 0:26:32 2:28:35 1:30:37 4:28:09
16 GILLMER, Luke 29/Pro 0:26:50 2:29:35 1:30:33 4:29:18
17 VIDLER, Shaun 18/18-24 0:25:25 2:27:08 1:35:10 4:30:04
18 GRANGER, Justin 40/Pro 0:26:18 2:32:00 1:31:51 4:32:08
19 SIEDE, John 38/35-39 0:30:40 2:32:03 1:29:12 4:35:03
20 MUNRO, Richard 32/Pro 0:25:03 2:32:50 1:34:53 4:35:11

 

Women’s results from May 2011 Port 70.3

POS ATHLETE AGE/DIV SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL
1 LAWN, Joanna 38/Pro 0:26:00 2:32:28 1:28:39 4:29:36
2 OLDFIELD, Madeleine 24/Pro 0:26:48 2:38:22 1:30:01 4:37:24
3 WU, Michelle 28/Pro 0:26:46 2:36:46 1:35:09 4:41:10
4 GRANGER, Belinda 41/Pro 0:26:49 2:32:00 1:42:24 4:43:53
5 COCKSHUTT, Melinda 37/35-39 0:28:32 2:40:27 1:37:40 4:50:38
6 FRANKS, Elly 29/Pro 0:26:52 2:39:28 1:51:57 5:00:31
7 CULLEN, Nancy 54/50-54 0:31:42 2:52:50 1:43:15 5:10:59
8 JANSSEN, Xanne 25/25-29 0:31:34 2:50:44 1:48:05 5:14:14
9 HARRIS, Laura 22/18-24 0:33:39 2:49:50 1:51:16 5:17:08
10 MITCHELL, Mary 52/50-54 0:32:51 2:50:20 1:52:25 5:19:04
11 HARDING, Elizabeth 45/45-49 0:33:33 2:44:51 1:56:16 5:19:05
12 MCLAREN, Therese 29/25-29 0:34:31 2:51:28 1:50:59 5:19:59
13 WEBSTER, Julie 36/35-39 0:34:26 2:52:58 1:49:42 5:20:19
14 HEENEY, Jodi 39/35-39 0:36:55 2:56:21 1:45:58 5:21:55
15 MERTENS, Ann 25/25-29 0:32:46 2:45:56 2:00:16 5:22:04
16 GRIGALIUNAS, Yasmin 35/35-39 0:31:46 2:54:17 1:56:02 5:25:24
17 CULLEN, Jolene 29/25-29 0:32:06 2:50:27 1:59:49 5:25:43
18 BRACE, Kristen 35/35-39 0:38:37 2:56:12 1:48:04 5:26:07
19 GREEN, Sarah 47/45-49 0:40:26 2:57:21 1:45:18 5:26:59
20 GRAVES, Stephanie 28/25-29 0:32:03 3:01:55 1:50:58 5:27:06

 

 

 

 

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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Super League: Katie Zaferes crowned First Female Champion in Jersey

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Super League Triathlon crowned its first queen with Katie Zaferes taking out today’s Eliminator race and the overall win at Super League Jersey. The Eliminator podium also mirrored the final overall podium, with Summer Cook besting Nicola Spirig to the runner-up spot both in the race itself as well as in total points earned. The Eliminator format involved three stages of swim-bike-run, with the field progressively growing smaller. Only the top 15 finishers of Stage 1 would go on to Stage 2, and only the ten fastest finishers of Stage 3 could compete for the Eliminator win.

Wet conditions today stood in stark contrast to yesterday’s sunshine. As the technical bike course shimmered with leftovers puddles from a midday storm, athletes needed to play a tactical game to ensure they stayed rubber-side up.

Stage 1

Great Britain’s Sophie Coldwell led through the 300-meter swim with Kirsten Kasper of the USA and Carolina Routier from Spain in second and third, but a logjam at the bike mount allowed Coldwell to break clear. Compatriot Jodie Stimpson found her way up onto Coldwell’s wheel, with the two athletes working together to control their race over the five-kilometer bike course where slick cobblestones and tight corners posed many dangers to success.

A wise decision it seemed, for further back in the pack small mistakes on slick patches of road cost athletes some skin and more as they crashed into each other. Two pairs of athletes crashed in the same location one lap apart, taking them out of contention for Stage 2. Desirae Ridenour of Canada and Emma Pallant of Great Britain, and Barbara Riveros of Chile and Emma Jeffcoat of Australia.

Sophie Coldwell and Jodie Stimpson working together on the bike leg. Photo: Googsi Creative / The Studio M

Meanwhile, the leading Brits proved well capable of handling the wet, riding into transition with a clear lead for the run. Yesterday’s leading athletes Zaferes and Spirig seemed content to let Coldwell and Stimpson surge ahead; after all, one only needed to rank 15th and higher to move on to the next round.

Coldwell and Stimpson high-fived each other and crossed the finish line together after the two-kilometer run, while Spirig was unable to resist her competitive nature and surged to third place.

A race-within-a-race unfolded for 15th place, with Claire Michel of Belgium clinching the final spot into Stage 2 ahead of Russia’s Anastasia Abrosimova.

Stage 2

The big names were still among the 15 to toe the Stage 2 start line. Coldwell and Stimpson emerged from the water in front, with a few athletes in the back caught in some accidental fisticuffs on the swim.

Zaferes, Spirig, and Kasper stuck close to the two Brits to hit the run in the lead group. Coldwell faded, allowing Spirig, Zaferes, and Kasper to finish second, third, and fourth to Stimpson.

It became a heated race for the last five spots on the Stage 3 pontoon. After a while on her own, Cook finally bridged up to the leaders. Rachel Klamer, Charlotte McShane, Emmie Charayron, and Melanie Santos beat Non Stanford for the chance to race once more.

Stage 3

While the athletes had been largely tactical through the first two stages keeping their chips close, Stage 3 of the Eliminator was where they would spend them. It was time to see who could go fastest over the now-familiar course.

The pace was up as athletes stretched out single-file over the swim. Coldwell once again was first out of the water, followed by two Americans Kasper and Cook. The three pushed to make a break on the bike, but a hard-charging Spirig pulled Stimpson and Zaferes right back up onto them.

The run determined who would be eliminated in each stage. Photo: Googsi Creative / The Studio M

It seemed a battle between Spirig of Switzerland and Zaferes of the USA as they got onto the run, but it was here where the American’s fleet feet took her to the front, never to look back.

Meanwhile, Cook’s track-and-field background came good as she put on a surge of her own to pip Spirig for second. While Kasper attempted to make it an all-American podium sweep, Spirig held strong to clinch third.

“On the run, I knew when I made the pass I had to gap them or else it was game over. So I really just went for it and I tried not to look back. I was running pretty scared at the end but it worked out,” said Cook post-race. “I was really nervous yesterday morning and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was a little bit scared but I ended up thinking last night that yesterday’s format was one of the most fun races I’ve ever done. Today was pretty fun too but I’m still in a little bit too much pain to appreciate it yet.”

While Spirig slipped to third overall after coming in second yesterday, finishing at the pointy end in a top-caliber field was a testament to her strength and quality as an athlete. She said, “It’s good fun, I think it was tough for everyone today with the weather and with the format but well done to the girls and I think I did my best. I’m very happy.”

Zaferes takes home the top prize of $18,000 and the first women’s trophy for Super League Triathlon after a consistent season on the world triathlon circuit. “It’s just so cool, it’s a different style of racing. It’s a fun style but it is so painful and you cannot hide anywhere,” she said. “I would love to do more of these.”

Cook, Zaferes, and Spirig holding their prize checks at the awarding. Photo: Googsi Creative / The Studio M

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Super League: Corporate Mix Teams Hungry for the Lead

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The run course along the Elizabeth Marina board walk. Photo: Googsi Creative / The Studio M

In the second day of Super League Jersey Corporate Mix racing, Team Comprop is once again leading the rankings, its members coming out firing on all cylinders to win the team relay race against 16 other teams from nine corporate entities. First Names Group Team 2 and the Ravenscroft Titans followed across the finish line, maintaining the top three overall. Like in Day 1, the competition was held over the Sprint Pursuit format, which involves racing over a 300-meter swim around the Elizabeth Marina, a 5-kilometer cycle leg on a cobblestoned and technical course and a 2-kilometer run done over two stages with a pursuit-style start in Stage 2.

Team Comprop is still in the lead after two days of racing. Photo: Googsi Creative / The Studio M

Team Comprop and First Names Group Team 2 took first and second respectively in both Sprint Pursuit stages, but the Jersey Triathlon Club Junior Team 1 put up a brave fight to take third in Stage 1. The Ravenscroft Titans had a slow start off the blocks and crossed the Stage 1 line in ninth place, but made up for their deficit and recovered third place in Stage 2.

The Corporate Mix overall win relies on the total of a team’s points garnered from their relay finish position and the points from their pro male and female athletes’ finish positions. Team Comprop has pro men’s leader Kristian Blummenfelt on its roster while First Names Group Team 2 has women’s leader Katie Zaferes, and if both athletes hold their form, they will deliver the top two spots in the Corporate Mix to their teams.

Both teams from Santander International may have a chance to rise higher in the overall rankings with better finishes today than yesterday. Their pro athletes Fernando Alarza and Carolina Routier will certainly do their best to better yesterday’s results in their Eliminator races later today. The Eliminator will put them through three stages of swim-bike-run, with only the fastest 15 and then the fastest 10 getting through to the next stages. It will remain to be seen whether they can get to finish and earn those all-important series points.

Corporate Mix swimmers line up for their pontoon start. Photo: Googsi Creative / The Studio M

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Recovery Smoothie – Supercharged Green and Berry Smoothie

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After a long hard workout I like to get fueled right away. I find it easiest for me to get down a smoothie rather than solid food. By making a smoothie I am able to pack it full of nutrient dense foods. Below is my “go to” –

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Green & Berry Super Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Coconut water
  • 8 oz Hemp milk
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 6 leaves Tuscan Kale
  • ½ Gold beet large
  • ½ nugget of fresh turmeric root
  • 1 serving Favorite plant based protein powder I use Vega Performance protein berry flavor for this
  • 2 tbsp Chia seed
  • 1 tbsp Acai powder
  • 1 tbsp Maca powder
  • 1 tbsp Spirulina
  • 4 large ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a high power blender such as Vita mix. Process until smooth. Consistency can be adjusted with cold water as you are processing.

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Super League: Katie Zaferes stuns in Triple Mix on Day 1

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Katie Zaferes of the USA stunned dual Olympic medalist Nicola Spirig at the inaugural Super League Triathlon women’s race in Jersey, Channel Islands. The ascendant American was never too far off the front throughout, and took the overall win with a 19-second lead over the speedy Swiss. Compatriot Summer Cook rounded out the first women’s podium for the revolutionary race series. Triple Mix is a three-stage race with a 10-minute break between stages and a pursuit-style start in Stages 2 and 3.

Stage 1: Swim-Bike-Run

Carolina Routier, Sophie Coldwell, and Emma Jeffcoat found clear water off the pontoon start and came out of the 300-meter swim together, but most of the athletes emerged together to form a huge chase pack which swallowed the lead swimmers once on the bike leg.

Coldwell and British compatriot Jodie Stimpson worked to put pressure through the first few laps of the five-kilometer bike ride. With the field splintering between a large front group and solo athletes trying to bridge the gap, those off the back fell victim to the 90-second elimination rule. Sameera Al Bitar found herself more than 90 seconds behind the lead athlete and was forced to retire partway through the bike.

Pontoon start for the Women’s Triple Mix Stage 1 of Super League in Jersey. Photo: Googsi Creative / The Studio M

Stimpson, Coldwell, and Claire Michel of Belgium came off the bike together, but with the athletes so close together, Spirig emerged out front with Zaferes right on her shoulders. Summer Cook managed to stay in contention despite struggling with the technical bike course, while Lucy Hall and Mariya Shorets were eliminated after the bike leg.

During the two-kilometer run, Michel, Spirig, and Zaferes took turns out front, but it was Michel who took the tape ahead of Spirig and Zaferes. Cook ran herself into fourth.

Stage 2: Run-Bike-Swim

With only 10 minutes to recover before starting another two-kilometer run and only seconds separating the lead three women, it didn’t take long for Zaferes to move up front. However, Spirig, Cook, and Michel came with her surge to create a 20-second gap to chasers Stimpson, Coldwell, and Rachel Klamer.

Jodie Stimpson, Sophie Coldwell, and Rachel Klamer run as a chase group. Photo: Googsi Creative / The Studio M

Spirig put pressure on and gapped the leaders with her trademark bike power and great handling, but after a while Zaferes answered the surge. Apparently, Zaferes had thought one of her tires had gone flat, but once confirmed that was not the case, she confidently rode back onto Spirig’s back wheel before taking the front into transition.

Zaferes made sure to hit the water ahead of Spirig, and her stellar technique ensured she crossed the Stage 2 finish line first.

Thanks to the gap the two had created to the rest of the field, an additional seven women were eliminated, while Laura Lindemann took a nasty bike spill but was able to continue.

Stage 3: Bike-Swim-Run

The Swiss-American tandem played tag team throughout the opening bike leg, maintaining their lead while a race for third happened behind them. Coldwell teamed up with Kirsten Kasper to leave the rest of the field, but once the race entered the water the athletes bunched up again while Zaferes and Spirig stayed clear.

Out onto the run, Zaferes began stretching her legs and her lead to Spirig, who was never able to reclaim the front. The former collegiate track star made the final few hundred meters of the run look easy, celebrating into the finish chute.

Katie Zaferes and Nicola Spirig riding hard. Photo: Googsi Creative / The Studio M

“When I first got on the bike I was a little off technically with the corners, but I got more comfortable and moved up and was happy with how the race progressed as it got on,” Zaferes said. “The swim feels as horrible as all the boys told us it did, so at least I was prepared for that and didn’t panic. I felt nervous especially after having raced last weekend, but I felt good. I really hope to approach tomorrow just like I did today and hope the same result comes away from it, but Day 2 gets significantly harder. I’ll go for it for sure though.”

It has been only a few months since Spirig gave birth to her second child, but today’s race showed she is still one of the most fearsome athletes to contend with on any starting line. She said, “Thank you very much for all the support from all of you. It has been great being here. I was just, it was amazing, I had good fun and I hope I’m a bit of an inspiration for all moms.”

Meanwhile, Cook used her stellar run to take herself into third place overall, the youngest on the Triple Mix podium. She said, “I’m feeling really good about today, I wasn’t sure about what to expect coming in; I felt like it could go either way. I was really proud of myself to just go out there and compete, not be afraid to put myself close to the front and just race my hardest. I haven’t really thought about tactics going into tomorrow yet. I’m kind of just trying to stay in the moment today and focus on what I needed to do. I guess I’ll have some thinking about a strategy to do tonight.”

There is one more day of racing to go to claim the first Super League Triathlon women’s trophy. These athletes will have to give it their all to stay on top. The Eliminator awaits, and only the fastest will survive.

Jodie Stimpson, Sophie Coldwell, and Rachel Klamer run as a chase group. Photo: Googsi Creative / The Studio M

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Super League: Kristian Blummenfelt takes out the Triple Mix on Day 1

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Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway blasted away in the final half-kilometer to finish the overall winner for today’s Triple Mix at Super League Jersey after staying out in front all day with South Africa’s Richard Murray and British crowd favorite and dual Olympic medalist Jonathan Brownlee.

Triple Mix is a three-stage race with a 10-minute break between stages and a pursuit-style start in Stages 2 and 3.

Stage 1: Swim-Bike-Run

While Jake Birtwhistle received pole position on the pontoon at yesterday’s slot draw and led out of the 300-meter swim that kicked off Stage 1, Brownlee was right on his shoulder and got the jump out of transition onto the 5-kilometer bike leg. After five laps over the flat yet technical YESSS Power bike course going over cobblestones and through tight dead turns, the Australian contingent of Birtwhistle, Matt Hauser, and Aaron Royle took the lead. It was on the run where Brownlee, Blummenfelt, and Murray asserted the dominance that would mark the rest of the race regardless of what order swimming, biking, and running would take.

Pontoon start of Triple Mix Stage 1 of the Super League triathlon in Jersey. Photo: Googsi Creative / The Studio M

Blummenfelt finished the two-kilometer run in first, with Murray and Brownlee in close pursuit. Olympic Bronze medalist Henri Schoeman came in a distant fourth as the rest of the field splintered into smaller chase groups.

Stage 2: Run-Bike-Swim

After a 10-minute break, the pursuit-based start for Stage 2 sent the top three off on the run with an 11-second lead. In the hands of these fleet-footed athletes those 10 seconds quickly ballooned to call into play the 90-second elimination rule. With a time gap of greater than 90 seconds to the leader, Ben Shaw was eliminated unceremoniously, as were Dan Halksworth, Crisanto Grajales Valencia, and Joao Pereira.

After a 10-minute break, the pursuit-based start for Stage 2 sent the top three off on the run with an 11-second lead. In the hands of these fleet-footed athletes those 10 seconds quickly ballooned to call into play the 90-second elimination rule. With a time gap of greater than 90 seconds to the leader, Ben Shaw was eliminated unceremoniously, as were Dan Halksworth, Crisanto Grajales Valencia, and Joao Pereira.

Jonathan Brownlee on the run. Photo: Googsi Creative / The Studio M

Once on their bikes, Blummenfelt, Murray, and Brownlee worked together to grow a monstrous lead with clear road behind them. Still joined at the hip by the time they jumped back into the water, Brownlee surged ahead by a few strokes leaving Murray to chase him through the finish chute. Schoeman kept fourth place with a great swim after slipping backwards in the bike pack, while reigning world champion Mario Mola crept up into sixth.

Stage 3: Bike-Swim-Run

The final stage of Triple Mix started with the bike leg. With the big three once again out in front, the stage saw a few more eliminated by the 90-second rule including pre-race swim favorite Richard Varga and world number five Fernando Alarza. Ben Dijkstra crashed out on the bike leg, leaving British hopes entirely in the capable hands of Brownlee.

Once into the swim, the three men played tactical, holding positions with Brownlee out in front, Murray sitting on his feet, and Blummenfelt just a little further back. The race would be decided on the run.

It was Blummenfelt who had a bit more gas in the tank as he and Murray dueled through the run leg; ultimately, the Norwegian sprinted ahead for the day’s win. Their race-within-a-race relegated Brownlee to third place, while Schoeman held strong in fourth.

The peloton rides past during the bike leg of the Triple Mix on Day 1 of Super League in Jersey. Photo: Googsi Creative / The Studio M

“It feels so good. Especially Murray he’s really strong on the run so I wasn’t really sure of a way to get him but super pleased. I think the fact that we started the next stage with a gap played a huge role. We went hard in the beginning and kept going and worked well together,” said Blummenfelt, who is third in the year-end world rankings. “My plan was actually to stay a little bit more calm in the first stage but it’s too hard with this many people around cheering you on. I didn’t plan to go that hard in the beginning but seems the day played out well.”

Brownlee, a first-time racer in the Super League Triathlon formats, had a bit of adjusting to do. He said, “I took out the start in the first swim and it was full on and we had to keep going. And then I made a mistake there towards the end and it cost me the race… I’m really tired but I’ve got to do it all again tomorrow. I had the advantage of a home crowd, and it’s great to see lots of Jersey people around supporting me, so thank you.”

Defending champion Murray did not lack in taking his chances on the day. “I realized it was a four-kilometer run on the trot and I decided that was the moment to try and go for it today. Luckily I had these two men next to me to come with and it was definitely a really hard day. It was my first breakaway ever and the crowd was amazing and it’s very hard to be in a breakaway so kudos to the guys who do it every race,” he said. “Blummenfelt managed to get the better of me today but it was great from these two guys.”

Blummenfelt now sits atop the point standings with 25 points. Murray is four points behind at 21, while Brownlee has gained 18. This gives them plenty of wiggle room to take out the overall win tomorrow after the Eliminator, but as today’s race has showed, you need to race every stage like you want to win it.

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Wahoo Fitness Announces Partnership with Superstar Jan Frodeno

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Wahoo bolsters its elite athlete program with the addition of two-time Ironman World Champion and Olympic gold medalist Jan Frodeno

Wahoo Fitness, the leader in workout apps and connected fitness devices, has just announced an official partnership with Olympic champion and two-time Ironman World Champion Jan Frodeno. Given the unique, multi-sport training requirements of triathlon, the Wahoo product ecosystem is perfectly tailored to maximize efforts and enhance the performance of all triathletes, including those competing at the world’s most elite levels, like Frodeno.

As an official partner, Wahoo’s complete ecosystem of innovative products will be supporting Frodeno’s training efforts. This includes the dual-band TICKR X Heart Rate Monitor, the powerful and aerodynamic ELEMNT BOLT GPS cycling computer, and Wahoo’s acclaimed indoor stationary smart bike trainer; the KICKR, whose signature flywheel technology replicates the smooth feel of the road. Rounding out the Wahoo ecosystem is the groundbreaking new KICKR CLIMB, a grade simulator which enables Frodeno to replicate the resistance and grade changes found on the profiles of real-world TT courses, providing a competitive edge unmatched by any other indoor trainer.

Frodeno, like other Wahoo athletes including Tour de France-winning Team Sky, will play a key role by providing direct input into the design and development of future Wahoo products ensuring they are tailored to meet the needs of the most demanding professional athletes. This valuable insight will help ensure Wahoo products continue to remain best-in-class for triathletes with the highest performance standards.

“I’ve always considered myself a Wahooligan, as I’ve been using Wahoo products to support my training efforts for many years, but now I’m happy to say it’s official,” says Wahoo’s newest athlete Jan Frodeno. “It’s very important to me that the brand cares about delivering a seamless user experience between each of its products – and Wahoo’s full ecosystem suits my training needs perfectly, enabling me to train with greater efficiency than ever before,” continues Frodeno.

“We’re extremely proud to introduce such an incredible athlete to the ‘Wahooligan’ family,” says Chip Hawkins, Wahoo Fitness CEO. “It’s long been Wahoo’s mission to support the performance of athletes at all levels, and our product ecosystem is uniquely positioned to provide a truly comprehensive, connected training experience for discerning weekend warriors and elite triathletes like Frodeno who demand nothing but the absolute best.”

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