Bahrain Endurance Team targets ITU Long Course World Championship and Ironman Austria

25 JUNE 2015 – With the ITU Long Course World Championship to be contested this weekend in Motala, Sweden, the Bahrain Endurance Team is well-represented by the veteran Joe Gambles of the Bahrain Endurance 13 and rookie Josh Amberger of the Bahrain Endurance Racing Team.

Gambles is no stranger to the 4-kilometer swim, 120-kilometer cycle, and 30-kilometer run format, having taken the silver medal at the championship in 2011. A long-course specialist, the two-time Ironman champion is also a course record holder for 10 different half-iron distance courses and most recently won the inaugural Challenge Salou last month.

Joe Gambles Bahrain Endurance 13

Amberger has found success in the half-ironman distance in the few years since his transition from ITU to non-drafting races, with four titles already to his name. With plans to transition into Ironman racing in the future, he says the ITU Long Course World Championship is a perfect distance between the half-distance and Ironman. “I hope to get some sort of indication how I will perform over longer races from this event,” he says. “With a world title attached to the distance, I’m looking forward to putting everything on the line to break the tape, but I’m also looking to have fun with it and enjoy the no-pressure scenario I feel I have as a long-course rookie.”

Meanwhile, David Plese seeks to improve on last year’s third-place finish at Ironman Austria. With podiums from Ironman Switzerland and Ironman Sweden, the Bahrain Endurance Racing Team member is hungry for his first Ironman title after finishing ninth in Ironman Texas last month.

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About Bahrain Endurance Team

The Bahrain Endurance Team is an innovative concept unparalleled in endurance racing and is the vision of His Highness Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and president of the Bahrain Olympic committee. With an all-star stable of athletes including Olympic medalists, world champions, and future stars, the Bahrain Endurance Team will race for key long-distance triathlon titles and promote a culture of health and wellness and endurance sporting excellence across the Gulf region and beyond.


Karl Hayes

Head of Rest and Recovery

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.