Need some science behind your sweat, or a dose of inspiration from a triathlon legend? Want to spend two days picking Crowie’s brain and getting to know him personally?
There are a few spots remaining for Craig Alexander’s triathlon training camp, to be held in Wollongong, just an hour from Sydney airport, from February 8 to 10. This will be a fun two days and an amazing learning experience.
The camp features professional testing from the University of Wollongong’s biomedical science team, including a sub-maximal bike test and run gait analysis. They’ve secured external experts in nutrition and exercise physiology . . . and a surprise appearance from an Olympian is on the cards! National high performance coaching staff member Jamie Turner and NSWIS/ITU physiotherapist and bike fitter Alex Price are also on board.
Added to this will be plenty of access to Alexander, the three time Hawaii Ironman champion, via a formal Q&A session, hands-on involvement in training sessions and informal chats around the camp.
The three-day camp will be based at the University of Wollongong, an hour south of Sydney Airport, from February 8 to 10, 2013. The camp is open to all ages and ability, with tutorial groups graded according to experience and skill levels. Members of Triathlon Australia are being offered a substantial discount.
â€œAs a full time professional athlete for over a decade I’ve been fortunate enough to train with, be trained by, and compete against some of the greats of our sport,â€ Alexander said. â€œIÂ would like to be able to share what I know to help athletes at any levelÂ and pass on some of the things I’ve learnedÂ throughout my career . . . hopefully that can help people avoid some tough lessons. I genuinely love the sport â€“ and the way in which it attracts people from all walks of life â€“ so guiding and, hopefully, inspiring, a small and committed group seems like a natural progression for me.
â€œThis camp will be a unique and personalised experience, exposing athletes to a scientific component not commonly available by way of sub-maximal bike testing, utilising the first-class facilities of the university. It will be an action-packed and fun couple of days and the aim is to walk away with some knowledge and practical tools, so that you can continue to improve and enjoy the triathlon lifestyle. I’m looking forward to being heavily involved and being part of the journey for those wanting to get the most out of themselves.â€
The camp, with numbers to be strictly limited numbers, includes:
- All meals, including dinner at award-winning Lagoon Seafood Restaurant
- 2 nights twin share accommodation at Marketview Hotel (single rooms for an additional $70) Lectures by a nutritionist, exercise physiologist and bike fitting expert
- Sub-maximal bike testingand gait analysis by the University’s Biomedical Science team
- Graded tutorial training groups of eight people each to ensure skill-appropriate sessions
- Access to state-of-the-art facilities at the University of Wollongong
- Q & A session, training tips and andÂ “war stories”Â by Crowie
This would make the perfect Christmas present orÂ literally get you off to a flying start in 2013.Â All-inclusive cost of $803 for Triathlon Australia members (or $895 for non-TA members)
To register, email your name and contact details to [email protected] Â Booking priority will be according to order of reply, so register now to ensure you don’t miss out. Visit www.craigalexander.net for further details as the camp is finalised.Â
Bill Chaffey Throws Caution to the Wind in Commonwealth Games Countdown
Five-time World Champion Bill Chaffey will go into April’s Commonwealth Games in the best shape of his life after using all his experience to master today’s windswept conditions in the inaugural ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in Devonport.
The 42-year-old Gold Coaster made a spectacular return to elite racing for the first time since last May to defeat fellow Rio Paralympian Nic Beveridge (QLD), Germany’s Benjamin Lenatz, and Australian pair, former wheelchair basketballer Scott Crowley (SA) and Australian para cycling star Alex Welsh (Victoria).
And it came on a day which also saw reigning 26-year-old PTWC world champion Emily Tapp (QLD) dig deeper than she has ever done before, both mentally as well as physically to take out the women’s ITU World Cup title ahead of 29-year-old former Ironman triathlete Lauren Parker (NSW) in only her second major event, Japanese legend Wakato Tsuchida and the gritty Gold Coaster Sara Tait (QLD).
All competitors in the various paratriathlon categories, featuring the cream of Australia’s best and top flight internationals from Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada and Germany showed amazing skill sets to handle the at times brutal head winds that circled through the Mersey Bluff in and around the Devonport Surf Club precinct.
For the wheelchair athletes, today’s results come in the countdown to the official announcement next Sunday of the Australian paratriathlete team for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and for Chaffey and Tapp it has been a long time coming following their automatic nominations last April.
Chaffey has been the poster boy for Australia’s glowing Paralympic program which has seen him lead the team onto the world stage as one of the stand-out nations in world triathlon.
“I’m absolutely over the moon with that performance – to come back to Devonport and chalk up a win in probably some of the toughest conditions I’ve raced in is really pleasing,” said Chaffey.
“That wind was hard to handle even though we are close to the ground on our cycles – it’s still tough going.
“But I couldn’t be happier with my fitness – I’m in the best shape of my life and really looking forward to the Games in April.”
Tapp came into today’s race feeling a little under the weather and said her support team really played a major hand in getting her through.
“It hasn’t been the best of week’s health wise but it doesn’t matter come race day, it’s race day, “said Tapp, who qualified for the 2016 Paralympic team athletics team but was forced to withdraw when she accidentally burnt herself.
“Today was a big mental feat, when your body just isn’t there and able to give like it normally (does). We had smooth transitions and we executed our race plans so we’re happy.”
Parker, who was an outstanding open water swimmer and Ironman triathlete before an horrific training accident last April in Newcastle left her a paraplegic, and today was another major step in a road she never thought she would have to tread.
“Today didn’t go according to plan when I lost the band I put around my legs in the swim so it felt like I was swimming with a 10km weight on the end of my legs but we got through it and I know I have to work on my transitions but that will come,” said Parker, who will join the paratriathlete group on the Gold Coast next weekend for the Luke Harrop Memorial Race.
It was a successful return to top class racing for Paralympic gold medallist from Rio, Katie Kelly and new domestic guide Briarna Silk with Kelly admitting the race was “a real grind” given the windy conditions.
“But it was a great way to kick start the season that will hope fully culminate in the ITU World Championships on the Gold Coast in September and continues in Yokohama in a couple of weeks.”
Fellow two-time world champion Sally Pilbeam (WA) kept her impressive record in tact against fellow Australian world championship medallist Kerryn Harvey while Jonathan Goerlach win the Vision Impaired men’s event from fellow Australian Gerrard Gosens and Italy’s Maurizio Romeo.
Another stand out performance came from Queensland’s PTS5 athlete Josh Kassulke who was the first competitor across the line in another impressive performance he hopes will take him to the Paralympics in Tokyo in 2020 in an all Aussie podium with Dale Grat second and Tony Scoleri third.
WA’s Rio Paralympian Brant Garvey (PTS2) also turned in a brilliant showing as did Albury Wodonga’s “Mr Fearless” Justin Godfrey in the in the PTS3.
Godfrey is the reigning World Cross Tri champion for his category and is a classic example of the kind of grit determination that spurs on Australia’s band of paratriathletes.
USA Paratriathlon National Championships to Return to Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, in June
The 2018 USA Triathlon Paratriathlon National Championships will be held in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, as part of the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon for the second consecutive year, USA Triathlon announced today. The race will take place on June 24 at Prairie Springs Park and the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex.
National titles will be up for grabs in six sports classes as athletes complete a 750-meter swim in Lake Andrea, a 20-kilometre bike through Pleasant Prairie and neighbouring Kenosha, and a 5-kilometre run course finishing in the park. The Pleasant Prairie Triathlon is put on by Race Day Events, LLC, which specializes in event production and equipment rental throughout the Midwest.
“With the support of a strong local paratriathlon community, the organizers of the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon have celebrated athletes of all abilities for many years,” said Amanda Duke Boulet, Paratriathlon Program Senior Manager at USA Triathlon. “We look forward to returning to the beautiful venue of Prairie Springs Park this summer and once again enjoying the positive atmosphere that surrounds this race.”
“Race Day Events is very excited to be producing another National Championship event in Pleasant Prairie,” said Ryan Griessmeyer, President of Race Day Events and Race Director for the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon. “Pairing industry-leading event production with the Village of Pleasant Prairie’s world-class venue, participants are sure to have an unparalleled experience.”
“Pleasant Prairie is pleased to host the USA Paratriathlon National Championships for the second consecutive year as part of the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon,” said Sandy Wiedmeyer, Fitness Manager at the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex. “This is such an inspirational event to be a part of. Watching these exceptional athletes brings so much to the event and is the highlight of the weekend for many. We are grateful to be able to host such amazing talent again this year, and we look forward to making 2018 successful for all of the athletes.”
In addition to chasing national titles, athletes competing at Paratriathlon Nationals also have the opportunity to qualify for the USA Paratriathlon Development Team Program, which is designed to identify and develop athletic potential leading toward the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. More information on the USA Paratriathlon Development Team Program is available by clicking here.
The Pleasant Prairie Triathlon has included paratriathlon competition since its inception, but last year was its first time hosting the Paratriathlon National Championships. In 2017, 30 athletes competed for national titles while an additional 19 competed in the paratriathlon open division.
Athletes wishing to compete at Paratriathlon Nationals in 2018 must be officially classified in a paratriathlon sports class and must have completed a USA Triathlon or ITU Sanctioned Event that meets distance and time standards between May 1 and June 3, 2018. Athletes who are not classified or who do not meet the time standards may choose to race in the PC Open Division. A National Classification opportunity will be offered in Pleasant Prairie prior to the event. Complete details on qualification standards, as well as the link to register, are available at usatriathlon.org.
Challenge Wanaka: Javier Gomez and Annabel Luxford crowned 2018 champions
A thrilling day’s racing at Challenge Wanaka resulted in wins by Javier Gomez (ESP) and Annabel Luxford (AUS). Both had fierce battles with one of the deepest professional fields ever seen at a half distance triathlon in New Zealand and in tough conditions with four seasons in one day, from torrential rain and freezing temps to sweltering summer sun.
The men’s race may have seemed easy to call with Gomez headlining but it was anything but. The close nature of the race was evident as the men exited the swim in a tight bunch – Tony Dodds (NZL) and Dylan McNeice (NZL) first out in 23:12 with Gomez, Alexander Polizzi (AUS), Graham O’Grady (NZL) and Braden Currie all within nine seconds.
A quick transition by Currie saw him lead out on the bike but he had constant company from Gomez, McNeice and Dodds. By 45km Dodds had dropped back and the chase group of Luke McKenzie (AUS), Joe Skipper (GBR), Jesse Thomas (USA), Dougal Allan (NZL) and Luke Bell (AUS) had closed the three-minute deficit by a minute. By 70km it was getting exciting with the top eight within 22 seconds of each other. Skipper made a short dash for the front but was soon reined back in, McNeice fell off the back but caught up. Coming into transition it still seemed like it was anyone’s race.
However, it was the run where Currie and Gomez showed their metal, soon breaking away with Currie holding off Gomez until the top of the infamous Gunn Road hill at 12km where Gomez made his move. He took out the win knocking nearly 20 minutes off Braden Currie’s six-year-old course record in 3:57:27. Currie crossed the line 17 seconds later in second, taking the New Zealand National title with the USA’s Jesse Thomas running his way into third in 3:59:33.
“Braden put a lot of pressure on me and I had to run way faster than expected but I was very happy with how my fitness is,” said Gomez. “I love bike courses like this that are really up and down. We did a good job at the front but in the last 15k some of the guys caught us, which made it really tough. But luckily I managed to pace myself enough at the beginning of the run so I had some energy left for the end, which I really needed. It was a really tough day; I had to give absolutely everything to win. I really enjoyed it, it was a great course and a great day and thanks everyone for the support out there.”
It was a fast day with Tony Dodds securing a new swim record in 23:12, Dougal Allan set a new bike course record in 2:11:28 and Gomez also set the run course record of 1:12:39, a blistering pace on a course which is 80% off road.
In the women’s race, Luxford led out of the water and soon put in a solid lead over the rest of her opponents as she headed out on Glendhu Bay leg of the bike. The only woman to challenge her was Laura Siddall (GBR) who consistently gained time on her from four-minutes back. Siddall caught Luxford at the 70km mark and took the lead.
A quick transition put Luxford back ahead, which is where she stayed for the remainder of the race with a lead that fluctuated between 10 and 45 seconds. She won by the narrowest of margins – 11 seconds after 113km of racing putting Siddall in second in 4:27:13 for the fourth consecutive year. Amelia Watkinson (NZL) rounded out the podium in third in 4:38:11 and took the title of New Zealand Middle Distance Triathlon Champion.
“I was lucky to have a good swim and felt great on the first half of the bike but was losing quite a bit of time to Laura,” said Luxford. “When she caught me I knew I had to race tactically. She’s an old hand at this course and I certainly wasn’t going to give her anything. On the run when she started closing on me at the end, I saw her full distance strength coming through but managed to hold her off.”
It was also a fast race in the women’s with Luxford setting the course record in 4:27:02 as well as the swim course record in 25:49 and the run record in 1:24:00. Siddall set the bike course record in 2:27:26.
Copeland overcomes Devonport curse as Jeffcoat defends her crown
Kingscliff young gun Brandon Copeland has broken his Devonport curse, producing a winning kick to take out today’s OTU Oceania Sprint Triathlon Championship.
The 21-year-old has overcome a flat tyre and illness in his previous starts to continue what has been a flying start to the season.
Copeland, who spent part of his pre-season in the AIS “altitude house” under coach Dan Atkins, spent much of the race alongside Victoria’s defending champion Marcel Walkington until the final 400 metres.
“I didn’t have the best of swims but managed to get on to the lead group on the bike and stayed there and made sure I covered any attacks,” said Copeland.
“And on the run, it was just Marcel and myself until just before the final turn where I put in a massive surge and was lucky enough to get him in the end.
“It is nice to finally come to Devonport and have a good race – I have had some bad luck in the past with a flat type and illness last year – good to finally overcome the curse.”
Germany’s Maximillian Schwetz won a sprint finish from Australian Olympian Ryan Bailie, who was in the mix until the final 2.5km of the run, in his first individual race of the season.
In the women’s race, Sydney’s former champion surf lifesaver Emma Jeffcoat produced an outstanding performance to successfully defend her Devonport title in his first year in the Elite division, defeating experienced pair and Wollongong training partners Natalie Van Coevorden and Commonwealth Games representative Charlotte McShane.
“I’m so happy to repeat what I did last year down here in Devonport which is one of my favourite races,” Jeffcoat said.
“It has always treated me so well . . . it’s the kind of course that plays to my strengths and why wouldn’t I take advantage of that, I came from a surf lifesaving background.”
Exiting the swim within range of each other Jeffcoat made the early call to Van Coevorden to ‘go’.
“I knew Nat would probably be up there in the swim with me so as soon as we came out of the water I said to her “let’s go, we’re not waiting around” and it worked well for both of us,” said Jeffcoat.
The win was a confidence boost that her swim and bike are still strong while the focus has been improving her run and the results today proof that the work with coach Mick Delmotte is coming along nicely.
Jeffcoat’s next assignment will be the Australian Sprint Championships at Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial next weekend followed by the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup (10 March), Mixed Triathlon Relay Invitation (17 March) and New Plymouth World Cup. She will then get a block of training in before going over to Europe on the WTS circuit.
1. Emma Jeffcoat (AUS) 1:01:58
2. Natalie Van Coevorden (AUS) 1:02:20
3. Charlotte McShane (AUS) 1:03:54
1. Brandon Copeland (AUS) 56:52
2. Marcel Walkington (AUS) 57:13
3. Maximilian Schwetz (GER) 57:21
1. Annabel White (AUS) 1:05:11
2. Zoe Leahy (AUS) 1:06:05
3. Amber Pate (AUS) 1:08:10
1. Brandon Copeland (AUS) 56:52
2. Hayden Wilde (NZ) 57:23
3. Trent Dodds (NZ) 57:33
The Road to Super League Triathlon Championship Series 2018/19 Begins Now
The road to the Super League Triathlon (SLT) Championship Series 2018/19 kicks off this June with a series of qualifier races in Poznan, Poland, and Penticton, Canada. Pro triathletes have the chance to fight for a spot in the global Championship Series, where the top 50 male and female triathletes will race, and all will find out who is the most dynamic and versatile triathlete of all.
There will be a total of three (3) qualifier events. A total of six (6) ‘Golden Tickets’ granting direct access into the League’s Championship Series is set to be awarded in the City of Poznan, Poland, during an action-filled weekend of racing between 29 June and 1 July 2018. Another four (4) male and four (4) female triathletes will gain entry into the Championship Series through Penticton, Canada from 17-19 August 2018. Registration for entry into these qualifier events are now open. The third destination will be announced in the coming months.
The road to the SLT Championship Series offers a total of 20 Golden Tickets that are up for grabs. Each Golden Ticket will grant one triathlete entry into the Championship Series, and will be clinched by the overall top-ranking performers in the qualifier events. Pros from all over the world will compete in the qualifier races with clear access and an equal chance to be crowned the next SLT Champion.
Said Chris McCormack, Executive Director and co-founder,
“Part of SLT’s DNA is giving every athlete a clear shot at the league, and providing a direct path to becoming the next SLT Champion. As the sport’s leading professional closed league, all our athletes have the opportunity to gain entry into the world’s richest, most televised triathlon series. I will be in Poznan and Penticton and look forward to welcoming the next generation of sport stars to SLT.”
In addition, mass participation races are available for registration in both cities, with a range of age-group categories to choose from, and perfect for any aspiring athlete.
Said co-founder of Super League Triathlon Leonid Boguslavsky, “As an entrepreneur and passionate triathlete, my vision is to invest in innovation and the young talents of the future – giving them the best platform to grow and excel. ‘The Road to Super League Triathlon’ aligns with my beliefs and it will provide opportunities for aspiring triathletes to pursue their dreams.”
Super League Triathlon is a spectator-friendly race series which gives triathlon fans an action-packed and up-close experience. Fans can follow the best triathletes in the world from start to finish, as the series travels to some of the world’s most spectacular racing destinations throughout the eight-month race season. SLT races are focused on attracting a new generation of audiences with the aim of fostering and inspiring future champions and promoting a healthy lifestyle for the wider community.
“SLT is here to engage and inspire a wider audience to be a part of this fantastic sport. With ‘The Road to Super League Triathlon’ we tell the stories of emerging champions leveraging our unprecedented commitment to entertainment and innovation, bringing commercial and global relevance to the next generation of sport stars and paving the way for future heroes,” says SLT’s CEO and co-founder, Michael D’hulst.
Ryan Bailie and Charlotte McShane ready for hill of a climb in Devonport
Saturday’s 2018 Oceania Sprint Triathlon Championships in Devonport will feature an Olympian keen to get back on his bike, the hill-climbing Commonwealth Games debutant and a host of youngsters determined to keep the stars honest over the telling, wind-swept sprint course.
In what will be a huge day’s racing with the cream of Australia’s paratriathlon squad will also line up in Australia’s first ever Paratriathlon World Cup – featuring four Rio Paralympians and Commonwealth Games nominees.
The Olympian, Ryan Bailie, 10th in Rio in 2016, will be looking to get back into the racing groove after the disappointment of missing a place on the hotly contested Australian team for this year’s Commonwealth Games – following a disrupted 2017.
The 27-year-old, who had issues with his calves over the past 12 months has been managing his workload through the carefully monitored training cycles to ensure he gives himself every chance to get back to his best form in this year’s World Triathlon Series.
Bailie, under the watchful eye of Triathlon Australia coach Jamie Turner, will race Devonport before the Mooloolaba World Cup (March 10), the Mixed Teams Relay Championships at Runaway Bay (March 16, 17), the New Plymouth World Cup (March 25) and the WTS in Bermuda (April 28).
“It is great to get to race in Devonport again – it’s been a few years but I’m keen to give it a red hot go,” said Bailie.
“I finished second to Pete Kerr back in 2013 but one thing I really enjoy is supporting the local Australian races as we start our international preparation.
“There will be several younger guys lining up including one of my training partners in Callum McClusky.
“I have really enjoyed working with Callum and Declan Wilson, who has also joined our Wollongong Wizards group under Jamie Turner.”
A group of youngsters including in-form Queenslanders Brandon Copeland, Dan Coleman and Kye Wylde will be joined by WA’s Liam McCoach, Victorian Jack Van Stekelenburg and rising NSW junior Lorcan Redmond from Newcastle.
Commonwealth Games bound Charlotte McShane, 27, started her 2018 campaign when she finished second to prolific Kiwi Olympian Andrea Hewitt in Glenelg a fortnight ago and she will face a host of familiar faces with Tamsyn Moana-Veale, Natalie Van Coevorden, Grace Musgrove and Emma Jeffcoat certain to throw out their challenges.
“I actually surprised myself in Glenelg, I was fitter than I thought and I’ll continue to work on some specific race things again in Devonport and hopefully improve and go a little bit better,” said McShane.
“It was a shock to the system that’s for sure but it’s all part of the plan to arrive onto the Gold Coast in the first week of April in the best shape of my life.
“I’ve raced Devonport three times before, the last time in 2014 – and it is definitely a course I enjoy with the hill climb is definitely my favourite part of it.”
Jeffcoat tasted success in Devonport last year, dominating every facet of the race, from her favourite surf race opening leg to the tough hill climb and the final run leg – leading from the outset in a brilliant solo performance.
Devonport will also host the first of seven Paratriathlon World Cups in another major coup for Triathlon Australia and the Devonport Triathlon.
It will feature Rio Paralympic golden girl Katie Kelly (with guide Briarna Silk) and 2016 teammates Bill Chaffey, Nic Beveridge and Brant Garvey as well as two-time ITU World Champion Sally Pilbeam and 2017 ITU World Champion Emily Tapp.
PT Wheelchair pair, five-time ITU world champion Chaffey and Tapp have already earned early nominations for the Commonwealth Games with the full team to be announced for the sport’s Games debut on the Gold Coast on February 25.
Chaffey will be joined in what will be an all-star field by Beveridge (Queensland), fourth in last year’s World Championships as well as SA’s consistent performer Scott Crowley and Victoria’s paratriathlon’s relative new comer Alex Welsh and inform German international Benjamin Lenatz.
WA’s Pilbeam, silver medallist in last year’s World Championships in Rotterdam is the current world number one in the TPS4 and is again preparing for another head-to-head battle with SA’s Kerryn Harvey.
Albury’s World Cross Tri champion, Justin Godfrey, one of para-sports most versatile champions, will line up in the PTS3 for leg amputees.
Godfrey remains one of Australia’s most consistent paratriathletes after his silver medal in the ITU World Championships in Rotterdam.
The international stars will also include Japan’s PTWC’s Wakako Tsuchida a Summer and Winter Paralympian, multi Paralympics gold medallist and 5x winner of the Boston Marathon who will provide strong opposition to the Australians Emily Tapp, Sara Tait and Lauren Parker.
Australia’s World Championships PT Vision Impaired representatives, Jonathan Goerlach and Gerrard Gosens will benefit from the challenge of racing Italian champion Maurizio Romeo and the other internationals Ryu Nakazawa (JAP) and Kin Wa Chu (Hong Kong).
TIMETABLE – Saturday February 17, 2018
7.30am: Race start – Elite Women
9am: Race start – Elite Men
1pm: Race start Paratriathlon World Cup
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