A total of 460 of Australia’s fittest athletes will stampede through the streets of London this week when the 2012 Olympic city plays host to this year’s ITU World Triathlon Championships.
Just over 12 months after Erin Densham produced her awe-inspiring Olympic bronze medal in and around the royal triathlon course of Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park the famous pavements will again grace the world’s finest athletes.
It will be a week long celebration of Multi-Sport that will see world champions crowned in a myriad of age groups and events and for the Elites after a rigorous eight-stop ITU World Championship Series that began in Auckland in April.
It will culminate in the two Elite finals – the Women on Saturday and the Men’s race on Sunday and for the seven Australian Elites – three women Emma Moffatt, Emma Jackson and Ashleigh Gentle and four men – Aaron Royle, Ryan Bailie, Cameron Good and Dan Wilson there is added incentive.
An automatic place on the 2014 Australian Commonwealth Games Team for Glasgow is the carrot dangled by the Triathlon Australia selectors for the first Australian in the Top Eight in the Men’s and Women’s Elite Races.
“They are up for it, that’s for sure, it is going to produce some great racing,” says Triathlon Australia’s Performance Director Bernard Savage.“From what I have seen of these guys in their training camps in Spain and in France and during the ITU World Series there is no reason why we can’t have one automatic qualifier in each race. “It is certainly going to add that little bit of extra spice for both races.”
The Australian Elite women’s team has lost Densham and ten-year team veteran Felicity Abram in the lead up to London but will still be well represented by “two Olympic Emmas” – Moffatt and Jackson who will carry the Emma tradition into these world championships.
Of the 24 ITU World Championships contested in the Elite women’s category – 13 have been won by Australians – and seven of those to three Emmas – Emma Carney in 1994 and 1997; Emma Snowsill in 2003, 2005 and 2006 and Emma Moffatt in 2009 and 2011.
And the most celebrated of all the Emmas – 2008 Olympic champion Snowsill, will again be centre stage when she comes into the Australian camp in Kensington tomorrow (Wednesday, London time) to present the race uniforms to the 2013 Australian team.
But the tradition of these world championships has probably been best summed up by the only non-Emma in the Australian Elite women’s team – Gold Coaster Ashleigh Gentle, who says it is a privilege to be selected to represent Australia at an Elite World Championships.
“It is something which I am very proud and honoured to do. We have a rich history and I want to be a part of the new generation to continue the legacy which has been set before us,” said Gentle.
The former ITU World Junior champion has emerged as an athlete most likely to challenge the Rankings leaders after a consistent season sees her in seventh place, just ahead of the in-form Moffatt with Jackson, after a slow start, hitting her straps to be sitting in 19th.
Competition gets under way tomorrow (Wednesday, London time) with the Aquathlon events from Elite to Age Groupers and Paratriathletes with competitors to cover a one kilometre swim and a five kilometre run in and around The Serpentine Lake.
Thursday will see the Under 23s and Juniors hit the beat with Queenslander Ryan Fisher determined to repeat the 2012 Under 23 World Championship victory of team mate and Elite team member for 2013, Aaron Royle.
“My expectation is pretty simple, I want to win,” said Fisher. “Last year I was close but so far at the same time.
“Finishing 5th (to Aaron) in the World Championships has given me the confidence and belief that with another year of preparation I could come back and win the race.
“Racing on the Olympic course will be a real privilege and I’m excited.”
Brisbane’s outstanding prospect, Sophie Malowiecki at 16 is the baby of the Australian team, receiving a last minute call up into the ITU Junior field giving Australia a team of four girls, while talented Tasmanian Jacob Birtwhistle will add another Australian tracksuit to his growing collection after representing Athletics Australia in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships earlier in the year in Poland.
Friday will see the 13-strong Australian Paratriathletes in action, with Australia’s three-time ITU World Champion Bill Chaffey on show as he chases world crown number four as well as the Age Group Sprint Triathlon events.
The Age Group Olympic Distance competitors will share the weekend with their Elite brothers and sisters.
And while in the Elite men all eyes will be on the likes of our highest ranked male Aaron Royle, as he lines up against hometown heroes – the brothers Brownlee – Olympic champion Alistair and defending ITU World Champion Jonathan – the closest you can get to triathlon royalty – spare a thought for Australia’s oldest Age group competitor.
It is 78-year-old Gold Coaster Jolyon Ward – who at last count will be racing in his 26th Olympic distance triathlon – let along all the other marathons and endurance events he has conquered.
When trying to contact “Jo” last week, the ex-Brit’s “secretary” said he would call back “when he gets home from work.”
Jo was on site in the family Signage business – working in between training sessions and visits to the phsyio to tend to his torn shoulder muscles.
But it won’t keep him out of his second World Championship – his first being 2009 on the Gold Coast.
“I just love challenges,” said Jo, who will be returning to “The Old Dart” after leaving his beloved Somerset to live down under…. “I guess I’m the oldest competitor at 78 am I?”
Jo you guessed right….and you can rest assured he won’t be taking a backwards step when he rubs shoulders with triathlon royalty.
It will be a week to remember for the 460 Australians who will proudly wear their green and gold Scody race suits in a stampede to remember.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
The Australian Elite team of 23 athletes in the Elite, Under 23s, juniors and Paratriathlon, will showcase these Championships alongside a brimming Age Group Team of 437.
The break down of numbers in the 2013 Australian Triathlon contingent to London is impressive:
- 22 Elite, Under 23 and Juniors
- 13 Paratriathletes
- 22 athletes are competing in the Age Group Sprint and Age Group Olympic Distance
- 14 who will tackle Age Group Sprint, Olympic Distance and Aquathlon Events
- 237 athletes competing in the Olympic Distance Age Group
- 200 athletes competing in the Sprint Distance Age Group
- 142 competing in Aquathlon Age events including one paratriathlete, for a;
- Grand total number of 460 Elite and Age Group athletes
Australian Elite Triathlon Team 2013 ITU London World Triathlon Championships, London, September 11-15
Ashleigh Gentle (QLD)
Emma Moffatt (QLD)
Emma Jackson (QLD)
Aaron Royle (NSW)
Ryan Bailie (NSW)
Cameron Good (NSW)
Dan Wilson (QLD)
Australian Under 23 Triathlon Team – 2013 ITU London World Triathlon Championships
Under 23 Women:
Natalie van Coevorden (NSW)
Charlotte McShane (NSW)
Tamsyn Moana-Veale (NSW)
Grace Musgrove (National Talent Academy, NSW)
Under 23 Men:
Declan Wilson (National Talent Academy, ACT)
Ryan Fisher (QAS, QLD)
Matt Brown (QAS, QLD)
Australian Junior Triathlon Team – 2013 ITU London World Triathlon Championships
Jodie Duff (National Talent Academy, QLD)
Holly Grice (QLD)
Jaz Hedgeland (National Talent Academy, WA)
Sophie Malowiecki (National Talent Academy QLD)
Jacob Birtwhistle (National Talent Academy, TAS)
Joel Tobin-White (VIS, VIC)
Luke Willian (QAS, QLD)
Matt Baker (National Talent Academy, NSW)
Full team list
|Louisa Abram||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Justin Adams||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Iain Addinell||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||ACT|
|Gillian Akers||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Jeff Aldenhoven||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Brian Alderman||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Anne Alford||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Tyler Allan||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Ken Ardern||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Neil Armstrong||Olympic Distance||WA|
|Aaron Ashdown||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Bonnie Atherton||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|John Axsentieff||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Wayne Baatjes||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Christel Baker||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Ross Bambery||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Nathan Bankovic||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Stella Barber||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Dani Barclay||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Jose Barea||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Marina Bate||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Daryl Bates||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|David Baussmann||Olympic and Sprint Distance + Aquathon||ACT|
|Barb Beard||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Jeff Beavis||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Natasha Beavis||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Penny Becker||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||ACT|
|Robbie Begg||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Peter Bennett||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|John Bennetts||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|David Bentley||Olympic Distance + Aquathon|
|Angela Besnard||Olympic and Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Geoff Besnard||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Charles Biddle||Sprint Distance||WA|
|Jack Bigmore||Olympic Distance||ACT|
|James Billing||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Susan Bishop||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Julia Ann Blatchford||Sprint Distance||WA|
|Damon Boag||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|David Bojczenko||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Stacey Bolton||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Maureen Boswell||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Kate Bramley||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||VIC|
|Martin Brigden||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Carra Briggs||Sprint Distance|
|James Brodie||Olympic Distance||WA|
|Liam Bromilow||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Neil Brooks||Sprint Distance||WA|
|Emma Brown||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Lachlan Brown||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Laura Brown||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Sheridan Brown||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Noella Buchanan||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||TAS|
|Robert Buckley||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||SA|
|Ivan Burchett||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Richard Burnell||Olympic and Sprint Distance + Aquathon||WA|
|Hugh Burrill||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Rohan Byles||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Jason Carkazis||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Jamie Cartwright||Olympic Distance||WA|
|Derrin Cason||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Adam Chadburn||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Luke Chalker||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Ian Chandler||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Matt Charlton||Olympic Distance||UK|
|Catherine Chatterton||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Michelle Chen||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Charlton Clark||Sprint Distance||TAS|
|Peter Clark||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Nerida Clarke||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||ACT|
|Peter Clarke||Olympic and Sprint Distance + Aquathon||ACT|
|Cynthia Cliff||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Jo Cochrane||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Robin Collins||Olympic Distance||ACT|
|Andrew Colman||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Emma Coman-Jeffries||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Tyrone Compton||Olympic Distance||ACT|
|Naomi Cook||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Kate Cora||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Ric Coyle||Olympic Distance||TAS|
|Guy Creber||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Terry Crick||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Rosanna Crisp||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Phillip Crombie||Olympic Distance||TAS|
|Terry Crowe||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||VIC|
|Neil Cullen||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Ian Currie||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||SA|
|Therese Daamen||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Pat Dall||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Samuel Dally||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Angela Davie||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Nicki Davies||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Alan Davies||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Lynn Davies||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Tegan Davies||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Jane Davis||Sprint Distance||WA|
|Craig Davis||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Andrew Davis||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Trent Dawson||Sprint Distance + Aquathon|
|Fiona Day||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Robert Day||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Anthony De Domenico||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Krista Demiris||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Philip Deverson||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Noel Devine||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|James Dimsey||Olympic Distance|
|Alex Diorietes||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Lisa Dominguez||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Darren Donaldson||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Merredith Douglas||Olympic Distance||WA|
|Josephine Dow||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||TAS|
|Frazer Dowling||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Alan Draper||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Tony Duffy||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Stuart Durham||Olympic Distance||WA|
|Martin Durkin||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Samantha Dwyer||Olympic and Sprint Distance + Aquathon||VIC|
|Peter Dwyer||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||VIC|
|Stephen Eastwood||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||TAS|
|Annette Eastwood||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||SA|
|Natalie Edwards||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Reece Edwards||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Mark (Emo) Emerton||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Ken Enright||Olympic Distance|
|Jocie Evison||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Anthony Faahan-Smith||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Ian Fabian||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Carl Fannon||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||VIC|
|Alise Farrelly (Selsmark)||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||WA|
|Phoebe Fear||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Paul Felgate||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Kathleen Felgate||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|David Ferrier||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Mark Fisher||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Andrew Fisher||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Patrick Fitzgerald||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Stephen Flick||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Anthony Flick||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||UK|
|Glenys Foley||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|James Foote||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Camilla Forss||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Elyse Foster||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Rebecca Frankel||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Kiah Frankel||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Bill Frazer||Sprint Distance|
|Kenneth George||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Angus Gibson||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Jenny Gilbert||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Sally Gilbert||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Ian Gilmour||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Nick Glozier||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Alex Gohari||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Des Gooda||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Cameron Goodison||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Elizabeth Gosper||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||VIC|
|Anthony Goss||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Sue Gould||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Tania Gover||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Marion Gowing||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Ian Graham||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Micheal Gray||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Matthew Green||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Jim Griggs||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Anne Gripper||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Jennifer Gunn||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Bill Gunn||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Alexander Ha||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Catharina Hamilton||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Curtis Hancock||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Katherine Hancock||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||WA|
|Julian Hanson||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Matthew Hardy||Sprint Distance||ACT|
|Kristy Harnett||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||UK|
|Nicholas Harrington||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Stuart Harris||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Stephanie Harrison||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Tristan Harrison||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Annabelle Hartigan||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Felicity Hartnell||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|John Hawkins||Olympic Distance||WA|
|Claire Hawkins||Sprint Distance||WA|
|Peter Hedge||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Leonie Hegyi||Sprint Distance||TAS|
|Lorna Hepburn||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Phillip Hermitage||Olympic and Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Marion Hermitage||Olympic and Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Louise Heywood||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Carmel Hickey||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Donna Hickey||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Barbara Hill||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Andrew Hill||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Joshua Hilliard||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Carl Hoddy||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||TAS|
|Peter Holgate||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|William Hoogenboom||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Michael Hooper||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Nik Howe||Sprint Distance|
|Zoe Hubball||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||SA|
|Ray Hunt||Olympic and Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Michelle Hynd||Olympic Distance||ACT|
|Kristyn Ibrihim||Olympic Distance + Aquathon|
|Janice Iredale||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Alexander Jackson||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Emma Jeffcoat||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Philip Jefferies||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Campbell Jefferys||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||GER|
|Haydn Jervis||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Andrew Johns||Olympic Distance + Aquathon|
|Matthew Johns||Sprint Distance|
|Stephanie Johnston||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Matt Johnstone||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Steven Johnstone||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Brad Jones||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Harry Jones||Olympic Distance||ACT|
|Oliver Jones||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Braedon Jones||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Lachlan Joyce||Olympic Distance|
|Trevor Kemper||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Roy Kisbee||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Bethan Knapp||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Sarah Koen||Declining position in team||NSW|
|Thomas Kotzur||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Amanda Kyneur||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Christina Ladyman||Sprint Distance||WA|
|Suzzanne Laidlaw||Olympic Distance||WA|
|Trent Larcombe||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Matthew Larkin||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Nicola Leavold||Sprint Distance||SA|
|Gregory Lebeter||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Rebecca Lewis||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||WA|
|Karen Lewis||Sprint Distance||NT|
|LACHLAN LEWIS||Olympic and Sprint Distance + Aquathon||ACT|
|Yaeli Liebowitz||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||ACT|
|Joanna Lilley||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Stephen Lindores||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Janette Lindores||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Tracey Linguey||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||VIC|
|Fiona Longden||Olympic Distance||WA|
|Rosemary Longstaff||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|David Lovell||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Robyn Low-Hart||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Carl Luitingh||Sprint Distance||UAE|
|Jason Luke||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Donna MacCalum||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Lisa MacFarlane||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|James Mackay||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Dave MacKay||Sprint Distance + Aquathon|
|Steve Mackintosh||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Glen Mahoney||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Francis Mahony||Olympic and Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Paul Marchant||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Emma Mares||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|David Martin||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Jae Martin||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Brad Mathers||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Shelley Maxwell-SMith||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Clare McCann||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Pauline McCann||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Robyn McClelland||Olympic Distance||ACT|
|Michael McCormick||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||WA|
|Matt McCosker||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Matt McCrohon||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Gavin Mcculloch||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Jorge Mcculloch||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Scott McDonald||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Rosie McGeoch||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Connor McKay||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Rob McNamara||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Elaine McNamara||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Kyle Mellon||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Christopher Mennie||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Vivian Mepstead||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Ron Meteyard||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Steve Moore||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Rebecca Moroney||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Jodie Morris||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Rod Morrison||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Cameron Morrissey||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Mike Mortlock||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Maddie Morton||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Johan Moylan||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Jayne Moyle||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Robbie Mullins||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Ken Murley||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Daniel Murphy||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Stephen Murphy||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||VIC|
|Philip Murrell||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||TAS|
|Peter Muscat||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|John Nelson||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Anthony Nicolaci||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Gregory Nolan||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Mark Norman||Olympic Distance|
|Tom Norris||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Edward Northam||Olympic Distance||UK|
|Rebecca Nunn||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Andrew O’Brien||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Tim Oconnell||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Craig O’Connell||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|David O’Connor||Olympic Distance||WA|
|Holly Orchard||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Lachlan O’Reilly||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Tim O’Shea||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Meegan Osti||Olympic Distance||SA|
|Peter O’Sullivan||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|John Other-Gee||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Jarrod Page||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Chris Papadakis||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Gabriel Parker||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||SA|
|Neil Parsons-Young||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Stephen Pauley||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Amy Penberthy||Olympic Distance + Aquathon|
|Sarah Perkins||Sprint Distance||SA|
|Michelle Perry||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|David Picot||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Nick Potter||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Steven Powell||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Robyn Power||Olympic and Sprint Distance + Aquathon||WA|
|Greg Pride||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Frances Quane||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Shannon Quartly||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Nick Quinn||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Brooke radford||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Karen Reimann||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Gerald Renton||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Jason Rhine||Olympic Distance||WA|
|Kane Richards||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Tamara Richardson||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Jeffrey Robbins||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Leanda Robbins||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Cameron Roberts||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Kyle Robson||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Michele Roche||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|John ROGERS||Sprint Distance||ACT|
|Elizabeth Rogers||Olympic Distance||UK|
|Kate Rowe||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Michael Ryan||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Hannah Ryan||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Katherine Ryan||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||WA|
|Greg Salter||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||WA|
|Annette Sampson||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Ben Schwarz||Sprint Distance||SA|
|Susan Scott||Olympic Distance||WA|
|Louise Shaw||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Hayley Shaw-McGuinness||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Mary Sietsma||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||ACT|
|Annie Simmons||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Jack Simpson||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Elizabeth Sinclair||Sprint Distance||WA|
|Robert Skillman||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Wayne Skillman||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Brendan Smith||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Barry Smith||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Peter Smith||Sprint Distance||SA|
|Chris Smith||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Natalea Smith||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||TAS|
|Dean Spinks||Olympic Distance||WA|
|Jodie Spottiswood||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Anthea Stacey||Olympic Distance||WA|
|Paul Stanwix||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Kate Staples||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|John Stekelenburg||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||VIC|
|Joseph Stephens||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Chris Stevens||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Monica Stewart||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NT|
|Stephanie Stokes||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Georgia Stott||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||VIC|
|Mary Street||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Jill Sultan||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Emily Swales||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Archer Talbot||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||VIC|
|Rodney Tanner||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Carrie Tansey||Sprint Distance||WA|
|Kevin Taylor||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Conor Te Kloot||Sprint Distance||NT|
|Polly Templeton||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||ACT|
|Libby Thomas||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Morgan Thomas||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Melanie Thomas||Olympic and Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NT|
|Rhys Thomas||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Chris Thompson||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||VIC|
|Christina Thorne||Sprint Distance||ACT|
|Matthew Tracey||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|M Jac Tremayne||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Adam Trottman||Sprint Distance||SA|
|Doris Trueman||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||TAS|
|Luke Tuddenham||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||VIC|
|Daniel Turner||Olympic and Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Ruth Tutton||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Mike Tyler||Olympic and Sprint Distance + Aquathon||VIC|
|Andrew Vincent||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||NSW|
|Marcus Vowels||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Bryan Wakefield||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||VIC|
|Mitchell Wales||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Robyn Walker||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Raleigh Wallace||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Cheryl Wallace||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Jolyon Ward||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Kathrin Wardlaw||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Thomas Warren||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||SA|
|Mark Watson||Sprint Distance||SA|
|Justin Webb||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Susanna Webber||Olympic Distance||WA|
|Tracy Webber||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Daniel Weeks||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Chris Weier||Sprint Distance + Aquathon|
|Rae Wells||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||ACT|
|Catherine West||Olympic Distance + Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Drew Westbrook||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Tammy White||Sprint Distance||NSW|
|Clare White||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Kylie Wildman||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Zoe Wiliams||Olympic Distance||NSW|
|Daniel Williams||Sprint Distance||QLD|
|Daniel Willis||Sprint Distance||VIC|
|Zoe Wilson||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Scott Wilson||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Robyn Winn||Sprint Distance||NSW|
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St. Anthony’s Triathlon Announced as 2018 USAT Regional Championship
USA Triathlon (USAT) has selected St. Anthony’s Triathlon as a 2018 Regional Championship Race. The 35th annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon will take place on April 29, 2018 with approximately 3,000 athlete participants competing over the race weekend.
As a USAT Regional Championship site, registered USAT athletes can qualify from the St. Anthony’s Triathlon for the 2018 Olympic-Distance National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio to be held on August 11, 2018. In order to qualify for the National Championships, competitors must finish in the top 33 percent or top five (whichever is greater) competitors per their respective age groups. In addition, this year’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon will also serve as the USAT Southeastern Regional Championship.
“We are proud to have been selected again as a USAT Regional Championship race,” said Susan Daniels, race director for St. Anthony’s Triathlon. “This event hosts some of the best athletes in the world, and we are honoured to offer triathletes the opportunity to qualify for the USAT National Championship on our St. Petersburg course.”
The St. Anthony’s Triathlon is also making some exciting changes to the event by extending the Sports and Fitness Expo from a two-day to three-day event and holding all Triathlon events in one park instead of two. The Sports and Fitness Expo will take place from April 27-29 St. Petersburg’s waterfront Vinoy Park. “Extending our sports and fitness expo gives our competitors more opportunities to check out the latest race gear and moving to one location, makes it more convenient for them,” said Daniels.
For kids and novice adults, the Meek & Mighty Triathlon occurs on April 28, and the main Triathlon, for both Olympic and Sprint distance races, runs on April 29.
Ironman 70.3 Geelong: Sam Appelton Too Strong and Nina Derron Wins in a Thriller
IRONMAN’s 40th Anniversary was celebrated in grand style and the gods were smiling with IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong replicating some of the sport’s greatest drama with a sprint, fall, stumble, lunge finish between Nina Derron (SUI) and Melbourne rookie Grace Thek. The men’s race also lived up to the excellence of the preceding decades with a stunning performance by defending champion Sam Appleton.
Spectators had been enthralled by the epic battle between Appleton, Josh Amberger, Jake Montgomery and Ryan Fisher but just when they thought they had seen a thrilling race, the guys were upstaged by the emotional and physical roller coaster that was the women’s event.
Barwon Heads local Claire Davis was the first female to reach dry land (26:07) with Kirralee Seidel, Nina Derron (SUI) and Grace Thek in touch and eager to get onto the 90km bike leg. Derron was looking to control the race and at 45km she had extended her lead to 3:30 over Davis, Thek and the charging Laura Dennis. Seidel picked up a penalty and lost touch completely, finding herself nine minutes down. At three quarter distance Dennis managed to ride herself into second place with Thek and Davis in a tight battle for third and fourth place.
With Swiss precision, Derron lead into T2 by five minutes over the chasing pair of Dennis and Thek, with the local hope a further minute down. In the second half of the 21km run things started to change radically. Derron started to feel the pinch and Thek literally found her feet and charged through the field to find herself leading her very first IRONMAN 70.3. Thek was heading for a 70.3 victory on debut and with the finish line in sight, the former US college runner started to pay the penalty for her early over-exuberance.
“I was hoping to do four-minute pace but for the first three km I found myself doing 3:30 and I really paid for it on the last lap. I was about four and a half minutes down off the bike and I didn’t know if that was achievable. When I was two minutes down with a lap to go I thought it was possible but the end was just devastating. When I passed Nina I just wanted enough room so that it didn’t come down to a sprint finish. I was really suffering with my legs over the last 6km and I was just trying to get forward momentum. I was getting all sorts of splits from people on the course, so I really didn’t know.”
“When I came into the finish chute I was thinking I am almost there, just stay in the game but I started sprinting which was a big mistake on my part because I knew that my legs were already suffering pretty badly. Then I fell the first time when my quads locked up. When I fell to the ground I saw Nina and she wasn’t as close as everyone had made out. So I quickly got up and started running and two metres before the line I fell over again. I was all over the place and got a bit of a nudge which didn’t help.”
“In hindsight, the sprint was not a good idea. It is a lesson learned, don’t listen to anyone except for my coach and people I trust. I don’t condone looking back in a race but looking for myself might have been a good move here. These are the things I can take into the next race. It is disappointing to be that close and not come away with the win but coming in, I had no expectations. It is my first 70.3 and has been a positive day, so I am eager for more now,” Grace said.
Derron’s win was her first over the IRONMAN 70.3 distance and while ecstatic with the result, she had great sympathy for Thek.
“I really struggled on the second lap of the run. I just had to stay focused because I knew that Grace was flying and I just tried to hold on to the lead for as long as possible. There were huge mind games going on in my head and people were telling me to go get her. She was 50m in front with only a 100m to go but I knew I couldn’t out sprint her. I saw her starting to stumble and then she fell and all I saw was the finish line and I accelerated and came past her.”
“It was a really strange finish to a really crazy day. I am happy for my win but I am also sad for Grace that it happened. It was her first 70.3 race so she did a really good job. It was another lesson I learned, that it is not over until it is over. Never give up, it is really true,” Nina declared.
In the men’s race, it was Aussie Olympian Ryan Fisher who took the swim honours (22:34), narrowly nudging out Josh Amberger over the glassy 1.9km course. As the pair headed to T1, they were hotly pursued by a bunch of three, defending champion Sam Appleton, Jack Tierney and Matt Franklin with the second chase pack that included Jake Montgomery almost a minute off the pace.
Appleton was keen to make up the swim deficit and in no time at all the lead duo became a trio, with the defending champion in touch and pushing the early pace. Only seconds separated the leaders at half distance with Jake Montgomery 20s further behind and riding himself into contention. The final kilometres of the ride saw some big moves from Lachlan Kerin, Montgomery and Jack Tierney. Off the bike, it was a bunch of six who entered T2 ready to celebrate the IRONMAN Anniversary by flogging each other senselessly over the super quick 21km coastal course.
Slick transitions had Appleton, Amberger and Fisher on the road first with Tierney, Montgomery and Kieran hoping to match pace over the opening kilometres. It was Appleton who was intent on inflicting some hurt and tearing up the tarmac and while the first small gaps started to appear it was only early days. At 10km Appleton looking strong and a minute to Fisher, with Amberger and Montgomery running shoulder to shoulder, with Tierney and Kieran in their own battle for fifth and sixth.
The defending champ knew what he had to do and despite suffering over the second half of the run he was able to pull it all together.
“It is the first race of the year and you don’t really know what to expect. I knew if I was fit, I just didn’t know if I was race fit. I gave it my best shot and fortunately, I was able to come away with the win. The guys kept me honest all day and it was really tough. There were six of us going into transition and that second pack rode really well. We rode really firm on the first lap and I didn’t expect to hit the U-turn and see them right there. You never want to go into the run with six guys, I would prefer there were less but I just had to back myself. I laid it out in the beginning and got a gap and then it was about holding on from there.”
“It is crazy that this sport only started 40 years and look at the evolution. Every year it changes and is getting faster and harder. I am proud to be part of the generation that is helping that evolution. I am honoured to be here in Geelong and be able to back up and defend my title. It is a great course here in Geelong, I love it. It is beautiful and one of my favourite races. It is really challenging on the run. The course profile doesn’t show it but it is really hard run. It has a bit of everything. I can’t wait to come back, I love opening up the season here,” he said.
1 Nina DERRON (#26) 04:26:11
2 Grace THEK (#31) 04:26:18
3 Laura DENNIS (#25) 04:29:38
4 Kirralee SEIDEL (#22) 04:33:36
5 Melanie BURKE (#23) 04:34:46
1 Sam APPLETON (#1) 03:45:52
2 Josh AMBERGER (#2) 03:47:21
3 Ryan FISHER (#5) 03:49:09
4 Jake MONTGOMERY (#3) 03:49:57
5 Jack TIERNEY (#16) 03:52:18
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.
Zwift Set to Revolutionise Indoor Running
Zwift, the fitness platform born from gaming, has expanded its product offering to the running community with the launch of Zwift Run Free Access. Until this week Zwift Run was an Alpha product, available only to paying members of its indoor cycling service. Zwift Run will be now offered free of charge to everyone, in the run-up to a subscription service rollout, scheduled for late 2018.
Since launch in 2014, Zwift has revolutionized the indoor cycling market. The community-driven fitness platform has connected half a million cyclists worldwide to socialize, train and race in its rich virtual 3D environments. This January the Zwift community logged an average of 1 million miles (1.61 million km) per day, with major events attracting up to 3,500 participants. Zwift is now set to shake up the indoor run market in the same way by providing the most complete training solution for runners around the globe.
“Zwift Run is fantastic news for the fitness industry. In three years we’ve transformed the indoor cycling space by making the home ‘turbo trainer’ a super desirable product to own and an essential part of a cyclists training regimen. We’re going to give the same make-over to the treadmill.” commented Eric Min, Zwift CEO and Co-Founder. “Whether at home or in the gym, Zwift Run will make your indoor run workout experience more social, more motivating, more structured and more measurable.”
Zwift’s success in cycling originates from the massive multiplayer technology of the gaming industry and a track record of building huge online training communities. To date, Zwift has given birth to over 150 Facebook community groups with the largest making up 45,000 members, spanning pro athletes in search of the very best training experience, to everyday consumers looking for greater motivation to get fitter, stronger and faster.
Research points toward Zwift being able to boost participation in the fitness industry. To date, members of Strava, the social network for athletes, signing up to Zwift, on average, cycle 10% more per annum.
“We know many of our athletes are working out indoors as well outdoors, and Zwift has helped make indoor workouts more fun and motivating for many of our members,” notes David Lorsch, Strava’s VP of Strategy and Business Development. “Many of our new members are runners and we’re excited that runners on Zwift can now share their runs with their friends on Strava.”
Zwift also plans to bring its transformative effect to the hardware industry. “Hardware sales and innovation levels in cycling are rocketing because of Zwift. Manufacturers understand that closed connectivity is a thing of the past if they are to stay relevant. It’s well known in the cycling industry that sales of indoor training hardware are experiencing 100%+ YoY growth; in the most part due to Zwift’s trade marketing effect on indoor cycling. It’s our ambition to deliver this kind of value to treadmill manufacturers.”
Zwift Run will feature a library of training plans tailored to runners of all abilities. Zwift’s ‘Workout Mode’ is visually motivating, making nailing those intervals even more rewarding. Group Runs are broken down by pace, so Zwifters can find a run that best suits their needs. Zwift’s ‘gamified’ experience also challenges members to earn experience points and move up levels to unlock virtual goods. Zwift is collaborating with a number of running industry brands like New Balance, Hoka and Under Armour to bring in-real-life footwear and apparel to its virtual world.
Integration with Strava allows Zwifters to share runs with their community of friends, recording virtual miles and keep record of best times across Strava segments. As of February, virtual miles recorded in Zwift can also count towards Strava challenges.
Zwift Run is compatible with all treadmills by using Bluetooth or ANT+ footpods. Footpods are connected to iOS devices, Apple TV, or laptop/desktop computers and calibrated to the treadmill speed in the Zwift App. A rising number of Bluetooth ready treadmills can also connect directly to Zwift, without the requirements of footpod. Digital connected footwear is also part of the picture with Zwift collaborating with Under Armour on its smart shoe range.
“Technogym believes in connected wellness. Our offer, centred on the MyWellness open cloud platform, is a complete ecosystem of smart connected equipment surrounded by content and services to provide unique and engaging training experiences” said Nicola de Cesare, Digital Division Director for TechnoGym. “Now, Technogym’s MyRun and MyCycling compatibility with Zwift allows both runners and cyclists to enjoy the very dynamic, engaging and interactive environment of the Zwift platform with a consistent training experience across the two products”
Essentially a Beta product, Zwift and the user community will further refine the run app in 2018, adding new product components and expanding the current schedule of events, races, and group workouts.
Zwift Run Free Access can be downloaded from www.zwift.com or via the App Store.
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