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|
|William Winter||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Scott Winter||Sprint Distance + Aquathon||QLD|
|Jillian Wisbey||Olympic Distance + Aquathon||ACT|
|David Witham||Olympic Distance||QLD|
|Natalie Wong||Olympic Distance||UK|
|Louise Wotton||Olympic Distance||VIC|
|Jackie Yow||Sprint Distance||ACT|
Elite Field Of Professional Triathletes Set To Compete In 2018 Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon
The pro field for the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon set to take place on Sunday, June 3. The line-up includes 2016 Rio Olympian Ben Kanute, Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker (USA), Olympian Ryan Fisher (AUS), Olympian Paula Findlay (CAN), 2018 Surf City Escape Triathlon winner Jason West and more.
The new official coach of the Escape Triathlon Series Andy Potts will also be competing. Potts represented the United States in the 2004 Olympics, is a seven-time IRONMAN champion, 28-time IRONMAN 70.3 champion, and a six-time Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon champion.
“I am super excited about my new role as the Escape Triathlon Series coach and look forward to competing this year and supporting all levels of participants as they work to accomplish their goals,” said Potts.
The pros will join 2,000 amateur triathletes for the 38th year of this annual event. Athletes have qualified to race through the newly-formed Escape Triathlon Series. 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon Champions Ben Kanute and Lauren Goss will attempt to defend their titles. The full list of professional triathletes set to compete in the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon includes:
- Kevin Collington (USA)
- Brian Duffy Jr. (USA)
- Robbie Deckard (USA)
- Cameron Dye (USA)
- Ryan Fisher (AUS)
- Ben Kanute (USA)
- Eric Lagerstrom (USA)
- Garrick Loewen (CAN)
- Andy Potts (USA)
- Jarrod Shoemaker (USA)
- Jason West (USA)
- Timothy Winslow (USA)
- Matthew Wisthoff (USA)
- Liz Baugher (USA)
- Paula Findlay (CAN)
- Lauren Goss (USA)
- Sarah Haskins (USA)
- Alicia Kaye (CAN)
- Caroline Shannon (USA)
- Erin Storie (USA)
- Lindsey Jerdonek (USA)
Top triathletes from around the world will take over the streets and waters of San Francisco for the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on a course showcasing the beauty of the city. Triathletes will hit the water at 7:30 a.m. to embark on a challenging 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shoreline of Marina Green, an 18-mile twisting bike ride through the Presidio, and an 8-mile trail run out to Baker Beach and up the infamous 400-plus step Sand Ladder. To finish the race, triathletes will follow a path back under the Golden Gate Bridge, pass Crissy Field, and finish on the grass at Marina Green. Fans can experience the excitement at Marina Green, where the swim exit, athlete transition area and finish line are easily visible.
Middaugh, Paterson win XTERRA Oak Mountain
Josiah Middaugh and Lesley Paterson captured the 13th annual XTERRA Oak Mountain off-road triathlon elite titles on a beautiful day at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama this morning.
It’s the third straight year Middaugh has won this race and his fifth win in six years on this course. For Paterson, it’s her fourth victory here since 2012, and for both, their first big XTERRA win of 2018.
In the men’s race Ian King was first man out of the water in 21:11, followed closely by Karsten Madsen, Branden Rakita, Rom Akerson, and Victor Arenas. Middaugh came of the 1.5-kilometer swim in 23:56, nearly three-minutes behind the leaders, and quickly went to work on the bike.
“I had quite a deficit out of the swim and had to remind myself to just keep pushing all the time,” said the reigning XTERRA Pan Am Tour Champ, who posted the fastest 30km bike split of the day in 1:20:56. “For me to get to the front, it’s max effort every chance I get.”
Middaugh was able to pass six of the eight guys ahead of him by the end of the bike, all but race leader Rom Akerson (pictured below) and Karsten Madsen.
“Toward the end of the bike, I was hearing I was within one-minute but I still couldn’t see anybody, and then I heard I was 35 seconds behind but still couldn’t see anybody, and then finally I saw Karsten at the very end there,” said Middaugh. “I thought Rom must have been another minute up the trail, but when I came out of the bike-to-run transition we were all in there together, 1,2, 3.”
When Middaugh speaks of Max effort, the final quarter-mile of the bike was a perfect example, as he reeled-in 10-15 seconds by hammering the final stretch.
“You have take time whenever you can,” he said. “Coming in on the road, I saw Karsten starting to take his shoes off and I thought, I’m going hard for another 10 seconds.”
At the start of the two-lap 10km trail run around Double Oak Lake it was an exciting three-man chase and then another all-out effort by Middaugh propelled him into the lead about half-mile into it.
“Right away on the run we were all pushing hard but I was able to take the lead just before the start of the single track. Karsten and I were pretty much sprinting to that spot,” he said. “I was thinking if I can get in first then I can hit all those little rollers and start working the hills and just hope to wear him down. So, it worked. I wanted to put a gap on him early because when you’re feeling good, you don’t know how long it’s going to last. You can go from feeling real good to real bad, real quick.”
Middaugh crushed the run in 39:04. The only other sub 40-minute run came from XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series leader Kieran McPherson, who had the best split of the day in 38:50 and ultimately finished 5th.
His winning time was 2:23:56, more than one-minute ahead of Madsen who finished in second for the second straight year behind Middaugh.
“That was by far the worst I’ve felt all through a race, but I persevered,” said Madsen, who won XTERRA Uruguay two weeks ago and was second to Kieran McPerson at XTERRA Brazil last week. “Three races in three weeks is just about one of the hardest things I’ve done. All this week I could barely train because my legs were so sore and tired, but this course gives me confidence and I used the ability I have in single track riding to keep in contention. I was trying to best Josiah today but he’s such a veteran racer and he found that extra gear.”
Madsen, who sits in second on the Pan Am Pro Series after six events, added that the bump-n-grind style of racing at the park today was a thrill … “That’s XTERRA,” he said. “When it’s close and competitive like that, it’s absolutely phenomenal.”
The battle for third was equally amazing. Rom Akerson, who beat Josiah and Karsten to win XTERRA Costa Rica in March, was in position to finish third but went the wrong way for a few strides just before the finish chute and ended up in a sprint finish with Brian Smith.
“Rom and I were pretty close together all the way around until we got a quarter of a mile into the single track on the second lap,” said Smith. “He went by me and I said, “Great job, go ahead,” and I thought it was all over at that point. Then we got to the dam and he stopped to get water and I was close again, but he was still 10 seconds ahead. The finish wasn’t even going to be close, but he went left and had to run back towards me to get back on course and we ended up together down the finish chute. I gave it everything I could and got it by a lean at the line.”
Akerson, who was the first man into the bike-to-run transition, felt like he let one slip away today.
“I came off the bike and into transition first and then went out on the run and Josiah and Karsten caught me and they were running hard, but nothing I can’t normally keep up with. It was a fast pace, but nothing too hard, and then a couple hundred meters before the end of the first lap I got this pain in my chest, like a cramp or something. I had to stop and sit down and put water on my head. I couldn’t even breath,” Akerson explained. “I started running again and then Brian caught me and we ran together and ultimately he beat me over the line at the end there. It was a race I should have won today. I had it in my pocket.”
McPherson, who won at XTERRA Brazil last week, finished just 21-seconds behind in fifth.
|1||Josiah Middaugh, USA||2:23:56||100|
|2||Karsten Madsen, CAN||2:25:16||90|
|3||Brian Smith, USA||2:27:25||82|
|4||Rom Akerson, CRC||2:27:26||75|
|5||Kieran McPherson, NZL||2:27:46||69|
|6||Sam Long, USA||2:30:41||63|
|7||Branden Rakita, USA||2:33:05||58|
|8||Will Kelsay, USA||2:34:36||53|
|9||Brent Mattison, USA||2:34:58||49|
|10||Will Ross, USA||2:37:44||45|
|11||Ian King, USA||2:38:35||41|
|12||Alex Roberts, NZL||2:38:49||37|
|13||Victor Arenas, COL||2:42:25||34|
|14||Humberto Rivera, USA||2:44:41||31|
|15||Ryan DeCook, USA||2:45:14||28|
In the women’s race Erin Storie, who was competing in her first-ever XTERRA, posted the fastest women’s swim of the day in 21:26, better than all but five elite men. Fabiola Corona, Jessie Koltz, and Julie Baker were next, a little over two minutes back, then Paterson in fifth.
It didn’t take long for the two-time XTERRA World Champ to get into the mix upfront.
“I got out there and felt really good and I had a lot of fight in me today,” said Paterson, who was second to Jacqui Allen at XTERRA Tahiti last week. “I caught up to Julie Baker who had the lead at the top of the climb and then we went back and forth on a bunch of the trail until we got to the road and I put in an attack down Johnson Mountain trail and kind of managed to get 30 seconds coming into transition.”
Paterson added to her lead by posting the fastest run split of the day and finished in 2:47:50, more than three minutes ahead of Baker.
“I tried to give Lesley a little race,” smiled Baker (pictured above). “We traded a bit on the bike but she was really strong, and had a super run. I just do the best I can. But ya know, it’s fun. It’s like a vacation coming here, I just felt great as soon as I got here.”
Paterson was quick to agree, adding that “It’s so beautiful, the terrain is amazing, the people are amazing. It’s just an incredible place.”
Corona, a four-time XTERRA Mexico Champ, went back-and-forth with Kara LaPoint on the run and was able to pull away to take third by about 30 seconds. She was ecstatic with the result.
“It was amazing, I love this course, the bike is awesome,” she exclaimed. “Kara passed me on the first lap of the run and I was like, OK, I’m in 4th place, but then I thought, no, all my family is here and they spent too much for the hotel and the flights for me to finish fourth. Fourth place is like a chocolate medal for me, not bronze. So, I caught a second wind and caught Kara then threw down a big sprint. For me, third place here is like first place, like gold.”
With the win Corona moves into third place in the Pan Am Pro Series behind Carito Nieva and Kelli Montgomery with six races to go.
LaPoint had a great race and gave it everything she had to finish in fourth, while Jessie Koltz finished in fifth.
|1||Lesley Paterson, GBR||2:47:50||100|
|2||Julie Baker, USA||2:51:25||90|
|3||Fabiola Corona, MEX||2:56:31||82|
|4||Kara LaPoint, USA||2:57:03||75|
|5||Jessica Koltz, USA||2:59:26||69|
|6||Katie Button, CAN||3:01:15||63|
|7||Erin Storie, USA||3:02:04||58|
|8||Anne Usher, USA||3:08:12||53|
|9||Kelli Montgomery, USA||3:10:54||49|
|10||Heather Zimchek-Dunn, USA||3:14:08||45|
|11||Rebecca Blatt, USA||3:44:25||41|
XTERRA Oak Mountain lures all-star field to Shelby County, Alabama
The XTERRA Pan America Pro Series takes shape this weekend at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama as America’s best elites host all-stars from Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, New Zealand and Scotland.
The 13th annual XTERRA Oak Mountain off-road tri is race number six of 12 in the international racing series, and the first championship event in the U.S. this season.
In the men’s chase all eyes are on reigning and two-time XTERRA Pan America Tour Champion Josiah Middaugh. The 2015 XTERRA World Champion from Colorado is in his 18th season of XTERRA racing and turns 40 this July, but is showing no signs of slowing down.
“I have a long history with Oak Mountain State Park and have experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows here,” said Middaugh, who has won four of the last five and finished in the top three nine times here in Alabama. “Since fracturing my patella in 2006 and the resulting surgery, I have made amends with the course and had a handful of good performances.”
One of those modestly-stated ‘good performances’ came last year when Middaugh came out of the water more than two minutes back of the leaders but posted the fastest bike split and then chased down Mexico’s Paco Serrano and Canadian Karsten Madsen on the run to take the win.
“I know I will need to bring my A-game to the race because there is little room for error on that course as time gaps are usually tight,” he said.
Madsen, who finished as the runner-up just 41-seconds behind Middaugh last year, is one of several men in the field looking to take down the reigning champ.
“Alabama is a very special place for me, and last year this race truly was my best performance of the season,” said Madsen, who so far this year has finished 3rd at XTERRA Costa Rica, won XTERRA Uruguay, and placed 2nd at XTERRA Brazil last weekend. “This course suits my skill set because I ride technical single track at a premier level and this course rewards that. I’m in the best shape of my life and doing things in training that are giving strong indications that some massive things will come if I stay the course. My history on this course is long, but this year will be the first time I go into the race with massive travel and races behind me. Still, I have to win on this course before I’m done with XTERRA! There will be some very tough completion, but the man to be beat is Josiah. It’s a big task.”
Just a few days ago Kieran McPherson from New Zealand, the current XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series points leader, outran Madsen to take the tape at XTERRA Brazil. It was his second win of the season following his victory at XTERRA Argentina in March.
“I was ecstatic to get my first Gold level XTERRA win and excited to come to Oak Mountain and see if I can grab another one,” said McPherson, who placed sixth last year on this course.
Another big threat for Middaugh comes from 12-year XTERRA veteran Rom Akerson, who beat him to win XTERRA Costa Rica in March.
“I’m feeling super strong and looking forward to this event,” said Akerson, who last raced here 10 years ago and finished 7th in a crowded elite field. “My goal is to do my best, but I always aim to win. I know it’s a super technical course and I’m stoked to race with these guys, especially Josiah, I look up to him a lot.”
One of the other chief competitors for Middaugh is a man he coaches, Brian Smith, who posted the fastest run split last year to finish fourth.
“Love the Oak Mountain course,” said Smith. “I love the woods and the roots, it’s not like the riding we have here in Gunnison, Colorado. It reminds me of where I grew up in upstate New York. I am hoping to nail the race like I did last year and step it up to a top three finish. Josiah is coaching me again and has me in good form.”
Another perennial top five guy and back for more is Branden Rakita.
“It’s one of my top two favorite courses on the circuit,” said Rakita, who finished runner-up in the Pan Am Pro Series last year. “Oak Mountain will be the first race where we will really learn where everyone stands. Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil have all had a good number of strong guys, but Alabama is the first race with everyone there and it will only ratchet up the race intensity that much more. You know you had a really good race if you land on the podium in this one.”
The dark horse for Saturday may be a youngster named Sam Long. He has a couple top three showings at altitude in Colorado, but this race will be a whole new experience for the 22-year-old.
“I don’t know the course at ‘Bama at all,” said Long. “I have heard it is technical and hot, and to prepare for it I am doing a training camp in Moab. I look forward to the challenge of the course and the season; but more importantly to the fun that awaits and the camaraderie with my fellow racers. I’m hoping for a big year on the XTERRA scene. I believe I am in a better place physically and mentally than I have ever been before and am curious to see how I will do. My goal for the season is to be on the top step at one of these races. I think it is feasible and will try to do it at every race, but with the level of competition I will be very happy if I can do it just once.”
ELITE MEN’S START LIST
2018 Rank/2017 Rank – Name, Nationality
1/3 – Kieran McPherson, NZL
2/14 – Karsten Madsen, CAN
4/2 – Branden Rakita, USA
6/NR – Alex Roberts, NZL
10/NR – Rom Akerson, CRC
13/1 – Josiah Middaugh, USA
20/NR – Humberto Rivera, USA
28/20 – Ian King, USA
NR/4 – Brian Smith, USA
NR/9 – Sam Long, USA
NR/NR – Jimmy Archer
NR/NR – Victor Arenas
NR/NR – Will Kelsay
NR/NR – Brent Mattison
NR/NR – Humberto Rivera, USA
NR/NR – Will Ross
In the women’s race two-time XTERRA World Champ Lesley Paterson is looking to shake-off some early season rust and show the XTERRA world what she’s capable of. The “Scottish Rocket” has won this race three times, including in 2012 when XTERRA hosted the ITU Cross Tri World Champs at Oak Mountain.
“I just love this place, and have such wonderful memories here,” said Paterson, who finished second to Jacqui Allen at XTERRA Tahiti last weekend. “It’s an amazing picturesque course, and I’ve got the best homestay ever with my buddy Don. We’ve become very close friends across the years and I use this race as an excuse to come see him. Plus, this will be my hubby’s first time here so I’m excited to show him around and sign him up for the trail run!”
Paterson placed second to Suzie Snyder last year, and Julie Baker was third. Baker is back, and with a best-in-class swim will have the chance to lead Saturday’s race from wire-to-wire.
Canada’s best hope comes from Katie Button, the 2016 XTERRA Victoria Champ.
“I always enjoy riding at Oak Mountain. It’s different than what I have at home so offers some novel challenges, like the twisty flat trails that require a lot of focus to keep your momentum going,” said Button. “As my first race of the season, I’m looking to set a benchmark for myself and hopefully keep moving forward from here for the rest of the year.”
Kara LaPoint, last year’s Pan Am Pro Series runner-up, and Kelli Montgomery, who won XTERRA Costa Rica in March, are both coming off back-to-back weekends of racing at XTERRA Uruguay and XTERRA Brazil, and are hoping the legs and lungs can handle the travel.
“I’m hoping my body comes around after a pretty rough last few days with racing sick in Brazil, and a lot of hard travel as I continue to recover from that bout of illness,” said LaPoint, who is currently 5th in the Pan Am Pro Series standings. “I’ve definitely put myself through the ringer this week, but I’ve still got some time to get totally healthy and freshen up before Saturday. This has always been one of my favorite stops on the tour. It’s fun, fast, intense, and challenging racing, and without a doubt one of the best bike courses out there. I’ll be gunning for a podium finish and hope to keep moving up in the tour standings.”
As for Montgomery, who is sitting in second place in the Pan Am standings, she doesn’t think survival will be a problem, saying “I survived XTERRA Brazil, and that was the hardest XTERRA course I’ve ever done.”
Former Olympian Fabiola Corona from Mexico, who finished as the runner-up at XTERRA Chile then won XTERRA Argentina a week later in March, said she’s ready for the challenge, “I put a big focus on the XTERRA Pan America Tour this year and am really excited to come out and race at Oak Mountain.
The dark horse for the women could be Erin Storie, who will be competing in her first-ever XTERRA race because she wanted to try a different style of racing. Plus, my husband is graduating from Army Officer school in Fort Benning, so I can see his graduation and race in the same weekend,” she added.
Storie has an impressive road triathlon racing resume that includes winning the 2013 USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championship and finishing third in the 2014 ITU Under-23 World Championships. She is also a two-time U23 national champion and two-time USA Triathlon U23 Athlete of the Year. It will certainly be interesting to see how that speed on tarmac translates to the tricky trails at Oak Mountain State Park.
ELITE WOMEN’S START LIST
2018 Rank/2017 Rank – Name, Nationality
2/22 – Kelli Montgomery, USA
4/19 – Fabiola Corona
5/2 – Kara LaPoint
12/11 – Jessica Koltz, USA
13/NR – Rebecca Blatt, USA
NR/5 – Lesley Paterson, GBR
NR/6 – Julie Baker, USA
NR/10 – Katie Button, CAN
NR/13 – Heather Zimchek-Dunn, USA
NR/18 – Anne Usher, USA
NR/NR – Erin Storie, USA
All-time XTERRA Oak Mountain Elite Champions
Year – Men’s Winner/Women’s Winner
2006 – Brent McMahan/Melanie McQuaid
2007 – Conrad Stoltz/Jamie Whitmore
2008 – Conrad Stoltz/Shonny Vanlandingham
2009 – Conrad Stoltz/Melanie McQuaid
2010 – Conrad Stoltz/Shonny Vanlandingham
2011 – Conrad Stoltz/Melanie McQuaid
2012 – Conrad Stoltz/Lesley Paterson
2013 – Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson
2014 – Josiah Middaugh/Flora Duffy
2015 – Braden Currie/Lesley Paterson
2016 – Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
2017 – Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
How to Tackle Hills on a Triathlon Bike (TT)
For many newbie triathletes, climbing can represent one of the greatest challenges when it comes to riding. Once that road in front of you starts to rise, it can be a struggle to maintain rhythm and remain comfortable. Apart from clocking up serious hours riding on mountainous roads (which of course is great for building bike strength), I’ve put together a few pointers that should make you faster and more efficient when riding up hills. When climbing, it is important to be smart about the amount of energy you expend and to choose the best position on the bike relative to your terrain.
There are three climbing positions that you can adopt on the bike. Each position comes with its own pros and cons, so it is important to understand when to adopt which position and why.
If it’s a short climb or it has a shallow incline, it’ll likely pay to stay on the aero bars for as long as possible. While racing, a general rule is that the more time you can stay in the aero position, the faster you will be over the duration of the ride.
Keeping your power output on the bike as stable as possible is usually the best way to approach the bike leg. Big spikes in power, caused when climbing or pedalling out of tight corners, is the easiest way to increase leg fatigue. When climbing during races, you should only increase your power output by at most 10 percent compared to riding on the flat. Using a power meter on your bike is by far the best way to monitor how much power you’re putting out during any stage of a race. It’ll help you keep your effort at a steady rate. Alternately, a heart rate monitor is another great tool that’ll help you keep your effort as even as possible – particularly when climbing.
As the road starts to get steeper, the aero benefits of remaining in an aero position become negligible. It’s time to sit up and put the power down. Climbing while seated should be adopted when the climb you face is such that you feel you need to break from the aero position – but not so steep that you feel you need to get out of the saddle. Staying seated while climbing will also help keep your heart rate lower than when standing. This means you’ll be using less energy.
For most triathletes, a cadence of between 80-to-95 RPM is ideal for racing. Once you hit a climb, try to keep your cadence roughly the same as you employ on the flat. Cadence is similar to power output in that you should aim to keep it as consistent as possible. If you are standing to climb and are pushing hard with a low cadence, the level of muscular fatigue will increase. Alternately, climbing while out of the saddle with a cadence of 110 RPM or more will see your heart rate skyrocket.
When I am setting up my bike for a major race, I always take a good look at the course profile a few weeks out from the event. I make sure my bike is rocking a rear cassette that I know will give me a good range of gearing options for that particular course profile. For example, if it’s a hilly course that’ll require a lot of climbing, I fit a rear cluster of 11/25 to ensure that I have the gears I need to maintain a good cadence through the climbs.
Standing – out of the saddle
When racing, it’s important to remain as aerodynamic as possible. However, on steeper climbs you will find that you are not able to generate the power needed down on the aero bars. Standing up on the pedals will give you more power as you’re using your body weight to put power into the cranks. This comes at a cost, though. Standing while you pedal will lead to increased heart rate as you’re employing more of your upper body to generate power. Climbing out of the saddle should be saved for mountain goat terrain.
Dylan Mcneice And Yvonne Van Vlerken Take The Lead In Challenge Family World Bonus
After the first five of our CHALLENGEFAMILY World Bonus races, Dylan McNeice from New Zealand has taken the lead with 500 points after his strong win at CHALLENGETAIWAN. The female standings are currently dominated by the Dutch Yvonne van Vlerken. She not only took the victory at CHALLENGEGRANCANARIA and CHALLENGERICCIONE but also earned an additional 75 points at CHALLENGEROMA. Yvonne is currently leading the table with a total 575 points!
As you are probably already aware, the CHALLENGEFAMILY World Bonus is the pro athlete bonus scheme we use for our races worldwide. The initiative provides professional athletes with the opportunity to race for a share of the $165k end-of-season bonus in addition to the prize purses of the individual races. Athletes are only able to count their best six CHALLENGEFAMILYraces during the season, of which no more than two can be full distance races.
McNeice is currently leading the male standings but Pablo Gonzales from Spain is close behind in second place. Right now, and thanks to his amazing results in CHALLENGEGRANCANARIA and CHALLENGEROMA, he has a total of 475 points. Fredrik Croneborg from Sweden came second at CHALLENGETAIWAN, which earned him 400 points and a swift move to third place in the male ranking.
The female Dutch athlete and current leader of the CHALLENGEFAMILY World Bonus, Yvonne van Vlerken, is being chased by Julia Grant from New Zealand. Julia won CHALLENGETAIWAN and promptly earned 500 points for her victory. She’s now 75 points behind Van Vlerken. Alyssa Godesky from the USA earned an instant 400 points after her second place at CHALLENGETAIWAN and is currently holding third position in the CHALLENGEFAMILY World Bonus.
The next opportunity to earn points is CHALLENGELISBOA. This race takes place in Portugal on the 19th May 2018. The $165k end-of-season bonus will pay five deep across both male and female with the top-ranked Pro taking home $30k. Second place will carry a bonus of $20k, third, fourth and fifth positions will pay $15k, $12k and $5k accordingly. Ranking will be decided through a fair points system based on placings earned. This system is explained fully here:
Jake Birtwhistle finds the tiger in his tank for stunning WTS Yokohama silver
Tasmania’s Commonwealth Games hero Jake Birtwhistle has continued his outstanding form to charge home for a stirring silver medal in today’s World Triathlon Series race in Yokohama.
The 24-year-old who won Australia’s first medal of the Games – silver in a frantic finish on day one on the Gold Coast before spearheading the Mixed Relay to gold – again dug deep to run from third to second inside the last kilometre.
But not even Birtwhistle could catch today’s winner, two-time ITU world champion, Spain’s Mario Mola who stole the race from the outset of the run.
Mola was never headed in one of the most impressive 10km run legs of recent times, to sprint away with the gold, well ahead of the fast finishing Birtwhistle, who had claimed another Spaniard in Fernando Alarza in a dramatic fight for silver.
Birtwhistle came out of the pack four kilometres into the run and looked comfortable enough running on Alarza’s shoulder.
In the warm afternoon sun, the durable Spaniard found his second wind and opened up what looked like a commanding lead and with Mola well ahead – a Spanish 1-2 finish beckoned.
But Birtwhistle wasn’t going away and had other ideas, producing the kind of tactic he has often used in his spectacular climb up the ITU rankings, pouncing like his “Tassie Tiger” nickname suggests racing away for a remarkable silver medal.
It was Birtwhistle who ran his way into the hearts of Aussie sports fans on the Gold Coast last month with his satisfying silver behind South African Henri Schoeman, who failed to finish today’s race, before anchoring Australia to a spectacular gold medal in the Mixed Relay with Ashleigh Gentle, Gillian Backhouse and Matthew Hauser.
After today’s race Birtwhistle claimed he was “probably credentialed to talk about sprint finishes” which were quickly becoming his specialty – and a handy one at that.
“I’m becoming a bit of a sprint specialist now I guess,” said Birtwhistle, who revealed he had been “training solo” in Launceston since the Games.
“I thought I was spent in what was my first Olympic Distance race since last November.
“But I just dig deep and found something over those closing stages and I’m very happy to come away with the silver.
“With such a big group on the bike and the weather so warm it was pretty sketchy at times – and the most important thing was to stay safe and stay hydrated.”
Birtwhistle says his major goal for the season was the Commonwealth Games and with that box ticked it was now time to continue with a successful WTS season which will culminate in the Grand Final on the Gold Coast in September.
Birtwhistle is now sitting second in the WTS pointscore behind Mola with Alarza third.
In a great day for the Australians in the opening race of Olympic qualification period, Rio top 10 finisher Ryan Bailie was seventh and young gun Luke Willian – who like Birtwhistle made his Games debut last month, finished ninth, with another Rio Olympian Aaron Royle 19th and another youngster in Hauser (fourth on the Gold Coast) 22nd after coming out of the swim up front.
Earlier in the day Commonwealth Games Relay gold medallist Gentle produced a sizzling run to just miss the podium, finishing fourth, with Games team mates Charlotte McShane and fellow Mixed Relay golden girl Backhouse ninth and 11th respectively; Natalie Van Coevorden 14th and Emma Jeffcoat 17th.
The race saw defending WTS and Commonwealth Champion Flora Duffy (Bermuda) dominate the run to continue her incredible season ahead of Katie Zaferes (USA) with former World Champion Non Stanford (Great Britain) holding onto third ahead of Gentle.
The never-say-die Australian powered home on the run after she came out of the water in 34th position – leaving her well off the leaders and in a chase pack left to do a power of work and 1:15 behind the leading group of nine.
Undeterred, last year’s WTS silver medallist, got the bit between her teeth and ran past six runners – including three fellow Australians – Backhouse, Abu Dhabi WTS bronze medallist and training partner Van Coevorden and last week’s Chengdu World Cup winner Jeffcoat.
The third member of Australia’s Games team, McShane also produced a stirring 10km run to also come from the chase pack to finish 9th.
Gentle clocked the second fastest 10km split of the day with her 33.54 to finish 1.37 behind winner Flora Duffy (33.26) and got to within 21sec of bronze medallist Non Stanford (GBR) in third.
Meanwhile Albury’s Justin Godfrey continued his PTS3 category dominance with a season opening victory in the first round of the World Paratriathlon Series.
It was Godfrey’s 11th major international career victory and a 15th podium finish – his third win of 2018.
The 34-year-old triple world champion led the Australian contingent to a three medal haul in perfect conditions.
Other medals went to:
Newcastle’s Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Lauren Parker who finished with a hard fought silver – after leading for the first 3.5km of the 5km run leg and despite missing the finish shoot and having to push an extra 500 metres – which made no difference to the places.
And WA’s two-time ITU world champion Sally Pilbeam who was third in the PTS4 category.
In other results were: Nic Beveridge (6th PTWC); Sara Tait (6th PTWC); Brant Garvey (6th PTS2);Josh Kasulke (7th PTS5) and Jonathan Goerlach (7th PTVI).
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