Australia once again provided more than its fair share of podium placegetters in the $100,000 Rev3 Quassy half iron distance triathlon.
Overall winner Joe Gambles once again showed why he is one of the best over the half distance. He reveled in the tough conditions that face athletes at Quassy. A hilly and hot course meant that this was going to be a race that favoured the grittiest of athletes.
In the end Gamble 1:13:51 run was the fastest of the day and was the icing on the cake after he layed the ground work during the race to set himself up for the win. Gambles managed to hold off training partner, fellow Wattie Ink team mate and last year’s Quassy and overall Rev3 champion Richie Cunningham. Cunningham, also from Australia, has been posting some of the fastest half iron distance times this year with a win and a total of four podiums so far this season.
Gambles said on twitter after the race “I can’t believe I just won Rev3-Quassy! I have never pushed so hard in a race! Congrats to my good friend & training partner Richie Cunningham.”
What made the results even more satisfying was that Cunningham and Gambles held off Kiwi Bevan Docherty and Christian Kemp for the two top spots. Kemp is in the middle of a big block of training as he puts the final touches on his Ironman Frankfurt campaign.
In the women’s race Annabel Luxford led the race until a short way in to the run when Heather Jackson and Heather Wurtle passed her with Wurtle going on to take out the race ahead of Jackson. Jackson has been running incredibly fast this year and is in some great form with wins at Oceanside 70.3 and Escape from Alcatraz already this year.
Another great Australian, Mirinda Carfrae added to the results on the day with a 5th overall in the women’s race. That brings the Australian count to five out of the top ten.
Rev3 Quassy website for full details and results
|53||Gambles, Joe||Pro Male||3:57:23|
|1||Cunningham, Richie||Pro Male||3:58:15|
|49||Docherty, Bevan||Pro Male||3:58:36|
|50||Kemp, Christian||Pro Male||4:00:42|
|13||Collington, Kevin||Pro Male||4:00:58|
|145||Wurtele, Heather||Pro Female||4:22:19|
|118||Jackson, Heather||Pro Female||4:23:23|
|142||Luxford, Annabel||Pro Female||4:26:38|
|112||Kessler, Meredith||Pro Female||4:28:36|
|110||Carfrae, Mirinda||Pro Female||4:32:22|
Luke Bell and Tim Van Berkel go head to head again
Two of the biggest names in IRONMAN racing, aussies Luke Bell and Tim van Berkel are returning to IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast to headline the pro field and test themselves on the tough 2016 World Championships course.
The veteran Bell is set to re-invigorate his racing season that stalled with an uncharacteristic and almost unbelievable DNF at IRONMAN Cairns, while Van Berkel is using the Sunshine Coast race as a tune up for his assault on the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona.
Bell’s IRONMAN Cairns was one of the shortest on record, when he was pulled out of the water by the rubber ducky (IRB) no more than fifty metres off shore.
“The main challenge of the first half of the year was supposed to be IRONMAN Cairns but unfortunately when the gun went off and I dived in the water, I dived onto the feet of a couple of guys in front of me and cracked a rib within the first few strokes. So that ended that goal. It was a very quick trip.”
“That is the nature of IRONMAN, you spend a lot of time and effort hoping everything is going to be good on one day. It is either good or it is not, but that is the way it is and we are all used to it. You just put it behind you and move on. I rested up fully for about three weeks and did what I could that was pain bearable, but it took me 4-5 weeks all up to recover.”
Back in peak fitness Bell is keen to leave Melbourne and head north to the warmth the Sunshine Coast and show everyone that at 38, he is still a force in the world of IRONMAN 70.3.
“It has been a couple of years since I have actually raced on the Sunshine Coast so I am happy to hear that they are using the 2016 World Championship course. A challenging bike course is always better than an out and back on a freeway. It keeps it honest and makes sure that someone who is good over all three disciplines wins the race.”
“The Sunshine Coast is one of those places that everyone in Australia likes to race. Whether it is the 70.3, or Mooloolaba. Over the years coming up through the juniors and all the age groupers racing Moooloolaba and the ITU events, it is a place that everyone is very familiar with. You look forward to getting up there hanging out on the beach and spending a few days in an enjoyable family oriented location.”
“Sunshine Coast 70.3 is great preparation for the guys heading over to Kona because it is about four weeks out and you also have the young guys trying to make their mark on the 70.3 world coming up through. It is a great opportunity for them and it gets everyone in the one spot at the one time and we try and belt the hell out of each other,” he said.
One of those athletes looking for a last minute tune up for the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona is Tim Van Berkel who has done IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast twice with mixed results.
“I DNF’d the first time but the second time I won in 2015, so I have good memories there and I am looking forward to having another crack at it.”
“The bike is changed from the year I won it but the swim and the run are the same. It is awesome that they are keeping the World Championship course from last year because it has a harder ride that goes out into the hinterland. Being a smaller guy and it being pretty hilly I think it will suit me. When the bike is hard, packs split up a bit and it takes the sting out of some of the faster runner’s legs. I think the new bike course is the way to go.”
“Everything is about Kona for me I am hoping to get back in the top ten like I did in 2014 and that is the big goal. The last two years I have been really disappointed with my results there and I want a top ten and I am putting all my eggs into that basket.”
“IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast is five weeks out from Hawaii and it is my last solid hit out. It is perfect for me because all I have to do is jump in the car and head three hours north and I am there.”
“I love racing up that way and I am expecting a very strong field to turn up. It is a triathlon Mecca up there in Mooloolaba and Maroochydore with the ITU and the 70.3 racing and the 70.3 Worlds last year. I love racing in Australia and I like to come home in good form so I am really looking forward to it,” he said.
Community-inspired “Small Batch” Collection launches with Cola Me-Happy Energy Gel
Last fall, GU Energy Labs turned to its community of athletes to nominate and vote for the next great Energy Gel flavor. After the votes were tallied, GU’s innovation team hit the kitchen to bring the voter’s choice flavor to fruition. The company announced the launch of “Cola Me-Happy” Energy Gel, the first in a series of special-made “Small Batch” flavors made at their headquarters in Berkeley, CA..
“Our community of athletes constantly inspires and challenges us to come up with new flavors, and some of their ideas can be unique,” said Magda Boulet, vice president of innovation, research and development, GU Energy Labs. “Our innovation team loves tinkering in the kitchen. We love creating flavors that will satisfy our athletes’ taste buds while training and racing. It’s the best part of our job.”
The family owned company has been manufacturing all GU Energy Gel flavors at its headquarters in Berkeley, Calif., since, 1983. GU currently has 27 vibrant flavors of Energy Gels in its line, joined by Cola Me-Happy, which is available now for a limited time. All “Small Batch” Collection flavors will be sold in 8-packs only, exclusively through www.guenergylabs.com.
Cola Me-Happy, box of 8 MSRP $12.00
Cola Me-Happy Energy Gel packs a light sweetness, and it is a refreshing and tasty take on a classic aid-station favorite. Created for daily training, the Cola Me-Happy Gel packs energy-dense calories in a portable 100-calorie packet to keep athletes light on their feet and flying past the competition.
Cola Me-Happy Energy Gel provides carbohydrates that use non-competing pathways to help maximize absorption and utilization while diminishing stomach distress. As well as providing the optimal level of sodium, the primary electrolyte lost in sweat, to ensure hydration by maintaining water balance while branched-chain amino acids reduce mental fatigue and decrease muscle damage.
Melissa Bodeau, who nominated the winning flavor, said she is extremely excited to see Cola Me-Happy be brought to life. “The packaging is absolutely perfect, and it’s so neat to have the opportunity to train with a flavor that I dreamt up,” Bodeau said.
The packaging on the Cola Me-Happy Gel was inspired by a piece of art commissioned by GU from California artist and trail runner Maggie Tides, titled “Places We Play,” which celebrates the beautiful trails, hills, roads and water in the Bay Area of Northern California.
For more information about the “Small Batch” Collection, or to purchase the new flavor, visit www.guenergy.com/small-batch. To learn how to incorporate this flavor into a nutrition plan for a race or training session, visit www.guenergy.com/nutrition-plan.
Ironman 70.3: Tim Don and Jeanni Seymour win at Ironman 70.3 Boulder
Tim Don and Jeanni Seymour both came from behind to run to victory at Ironman 70.3 Boulder last weekend. Here’s how the races played out.
The men’s swim saw Aussie Jake Montgomery chasing Matt Chrabot, with Matt Franklin following close behind. Chrabot made it out of the water in the lead, finishing in just 24:44, while Montgomery was seconds behind, making it out of the water in 24:46.
The leading pair maintained their position at the front, ahead of a solid chase pack of Tim Don, Drew Scott, Rodolphe Von Berg, Ben Hoffman, Justin Metzler and Matt Franklin.
Impressively, Montgomery and Chrabot maintained their lead as the run began. Behind them, infamously strong runner Tim Don made his way into third place.
Throughout the run though, Don was able to set the fastest time and take the lead, running to victory in 3:41:32. Matt Chrabot made it to second, while Ben Hoffman finished in third.
Alicia Kaye set the fastest swim time of 26:52, with Katy Evans finishing in 27:56, and Leanda Cave chasing hard making it out of the water just behind her in 27:58.
As the bike leg got well underway, Kaye maintained her lead, building it to a huge two minutes by the 13-mile mark. Chasing her was Leanda Cave, Jeannie Seymour, Christen Brown and Katy Evans.
After the second transition, Kaye was still in the lead but the run was where things were about to change. Jeanni Seymour was only 1:20 behind Kaye at the transition, which set her up perfectly for the rest of the run where she ran to victory, finishing in 4:07:56. Lesley Smith made it to second, while Alicia Kaye finished in third.
ITU: Gomez ends Mola’s winning streak with victory at Montreal ITU 2017
Javier Gomez Noya triumphed in Montreal in a fierce race and very windy conditions. Blummenfelt and Murray chased close behind to round out the podium.
The swim was anyone’s race, and by the start of the bike leg it was destined to be a battle between the top seven riders, including Gomez, Blummenfelt and Brownlee and more. South African Richard Murray chased hard and reached the leaders in the bike, setting himself up for the run.
“I know that about halfway through the second lap that it was possible to catch Johnny,” said Murray. “I saw the pace difference.
ITU run sets Gomez up for victory
Most exciting though was the run. As Gomez flew through the second transition, he took the lead and didn’t look back, finishing the race in 01:47:50.
“It was a really good course,” said Gomez. “A lot of spectators, and it’s always nice to see people cheering.
“A few Spaniards are on holiday here as well, supporting us. I hope they keep doing this race because it’s one of the best ones.”
Mola retains top spot on the ITU leaderboard
This victory ended fellow Spaniard Mario Mola’s impressive winning streak this year, where Mola has run to victory in four huge events.
“That’s racing,” said Mola. “Of course I wanted to keep the momentum I had, but the guys in front did well.
“I emptied the tank on the bike. I tried to start hard on the run. Halfway through the run my legs said ‘that’s enough, that’s all you have today.’ So I made it to the end with what I had left.”Mola finished in 14th place, perhaps out of steam after his win in Edmonton last week.
While Mola may maintain his first place on the leaderboard, Gomez is now in second place, so it remains to be seen who will take out the final victory after Stockholm later his month and the final in Rotterdam in September.
- Javier Gomez Noya 01:47:50
- Kristian Blummenfelt 01:48:05
- Richard Murray 01:48:42
ITU: Australian Ashleigh Gentle edges out Flora Duffy to win in Montreal
Aussie talent Ashleigh Gentle stormed to her first victory in a World Triathlon Series race in Montreal. Despite being desperately sick with the flu, Gentle powered past world champion Flora Duffy to take out the win.
Being sick didn’t stop Aussie Gentle
Ashleigh Gentle had been struggling with the flu and had decided she wouldn’t race. Just a few short hours before the event though, Gentle decided to compete in the event.
“I arrived into Montreal feeling sick and didn’t know whether I would be able to race — I only made my decision this morning, hours before the start,” Gentle said.
“I’ve got to say a huge thanks to my coach Jamie Turner who installed some things in my mind to just focus on the little things and the inspiration from Gwen (Jorgensen).”
ITU Montreal 2017
Fierce swimmer Katie Zaferes of America took the lead early and she stayed out in front until the first transition, just ahead of Carolina Routier and Emma Jeffcoat. With a very small gap of just a few seconds, Zaferes was caught quickly by a pack of 13 strong cyclists.
Powering forward at a remarkable pace, the nine lap bike leg was gruelling but thrilling with the leader changing often. The lead pack was comprised of champion Flora Duffy, Zaferes, Hewitt, Kirsten Kasper, Taylor Knibb and Joanna Brown plus a few other pro women.
Gentle powered forward in the run, making her way to the lead, creating a nine second lead ahead of Duffy, Hewitt and Kasper. From there, despite being very unwell on the day of the event, Ashleigh Gentle increased her lead steadily throughout the run to surge to victory.
After the race, Gentle said between tears: “I had so many things on my mind coming into this race… I needed to focus on the little things rather than the results, and I did. I made it. It has taken me six years to get on top of the WTS podium, six years of up and downs, a few second places… and I finally made it”.
Duffy was also “very happy for my second place”, but “really happy for Ashleigh. I knew this was gonna come at some point”.
Hewitt said: “I’ve been in this city 10 days training and I think that this has helped me a lot today. I loved the city and the course, and to be back to an Olympic distance race”.
Trizone wishes Ashleigh Gentle a huge congratulations on this win.
ITU WTS Montreal – 1.5km / 41.5km / 10km
- Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) – 01:59:04
- Flora Duffy (BER) – 01:59:27
- Andrea Hewitt (NZL) – 01:59:48
- Joanna Brown (CAN) – 02:00:23
- Kirsten Kasper (USA) – 02:00:26
- Rachel Klamer (NED) – 02:00:32
- Taylor Knibb (USA) – 02:00:51
- Yuko Takahashi (JPN) – 02:01:01
- Katie Zaferes (USA) – 02:01:14
- Charlotte McShane (AUS) 02:01:49
Super League Announces Corporate Mix and Expanding Upon Championship Format
Fifty of the world’s leading triathletes, including 25 Olympians, will compete for round two of the Super League Triathlon crown on 23rd and 24th September 2017, in Jersey, UK. They will be joined by teams of corporates, including First Names Group, Ravenscroft Group, Santander Group and UBS AG, looking to test themselves at the same event as the best triathletes in the world.
Expanding upon the Championship format, Super League Jersey will also feature a corporate triathlon event. Companies will be able to enter two Corporate or VIP teams to race in the ‘Corporate Mix’ format, on the same course as the professional athletes. The ‘Corporate Mix’ will allow companies to compete against each other, with the scores being a total of their teams’ sponsored pro athletes and their own team relays.
Super League Triathlon co-founder and Managing Director, Michael Dhulst, commented: “‘Corporate Mix’ partners will gain access to the world’s greatest triathletes, including the Brownlee brothers, and will enjoy unique corporate hospitality opportunities for their clients. Corporates will be able to race in their own teams with two of the world’s best triathletes, with corporate branding on the front of the race uniforms.”
Andy Ruddy, Financial Director at global trust and corporate services provider First Names Group, said: “It is fantastic that the world’s best triathletes are coming to Jersey to compete in an event of this calibre. First Names Group are thrilled to partner with the highest profile event the Island has ever hosted and look forward to giving some of our ‘First Names’ the opportunity to compete in the Super League ‘Corporate Mix’ Cup which will be an incredible experience for all involved.”
Corporate Super League Triathlon partners will have promotional signage throughout the course, making the ‘Corporate Mix’ a prime opportunity to reward employees, excite partners and attract new business opportunities. Spectator travel packages will also soon be announced via Super League Jersey’s travel partner, Nirvana Europe.
Michael added: “Super League is the first entertainment focused sports property in triathlon, reinventing the sport to do exactly that and using best practices from other sport entertainment entities to achieve that goal. This will change triathlon and give it a much wider audience base and provide a platform for athletes to develop themselves as names in sport!”
Two-time Ironman world champion and Super League Triathlon co-founder Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack, said: “Super League Hamilton Island changed triathlon forever. The made-for-television racing is exciting, action packed and full of entertainment. It set the stage for the forthcoming season, which comprises four events, all to be held in iconic destinations around the world between September and April.”
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