After an impressive swim by Jodie Swallow, once on dry land, the leading pack engulfed the British athlete and the bike race began. The pack was thick with nine women vying to get ahead at the start of the bike leg, and quickly, pre-race favourite Daniela Ryf made moves to head towards the front of the pack.
Anja Beranek was looking strong and maintained an impressive chase of Ryf with the two creating their own solid lead ahead of Vesterby, Swallow, Kessler, Kaye and Luxford.
During the gruelling climb to Hawi, the two leaders maintained their impressive breakneck speed and it threatened to get the better of some of the pros. Camilla Pederson was overheard saying “my body feels dead.” With Aussie Mirinda Carfrae a huge nine minutes behind Ryf, it was all but settled she wouldn’t be a top finisher. Mary Beth Ellis was leading another group 3 minutes behind the leaders, all eager to shorten the distance between them. Natascha Badmann, five time Kona world champion, was all smiles in the bike leg and crowd loved her as she surged by behind the leading packs in her red bull helmet.
The weather was a balmy 28 degrees C and soaked in 65% humidity, but it seemed Daniela Ryf didn’t feel the heat. Her lead out of T2 was huge, with 8:03 over Beranek, and 14:02 over Heather Jackson. At the 99.5 mile mark, Ryf had truly surged away, and was a huge five minutes ahead of Anja Beranek. Crowd favourite Rinny was 18:50 behind Ryf after sinking back into the pack.
By the time Ryf reached the transition, she was light years ahead of Beranek, a start contrast to the close 1st and 2nd positions of the men’s race.
Felicity Sheedy-Ryan Wins Duathlon Gold at ITU World Championships in Penticton
Western Australian Felicity Sheedy-Ryan has won Australia’s first gold medal of the ITU Multi-Sport World Championships in Penticton, Canada today after a brave and at times scary solo effort on the bike sealed her second Duathlon world crown.
The “never-say-die” 32-year-old rode the tough, hilly, technical 40km bike leg, featuring tricky, sharp corners by herself after surging out of transition following the opening lakeside 10km run.
And despite a limited preparation she managed to hang on over the final five kilometre run to steal the victory from Spain’s National Champion Margarita Garica-Canellas with two-time and defending champion Emma Pallant from Great Britain taking the bronze.
It was another stellar day for the girl from WA who won her first world crown in 2012 in Nancy in France.
“This is awesome to win my second world championship race. Coming into this that was obviously a goal of mine and I knew there were some strong girls out there today,” said Sheedy-Ryan, the Aussie girl known as “Flick” in the triathlon world.
“One world title is very special but to win a second one I’m really stoked with it.”
But world titles are never handed to you on a platter and there were times in the lead up to the race when she thought it may not happen.
“I’ve had a funny lead up to Penticton. I actually rolled my ankle a couple of weeks ago so I didn’t get to do the work I needed to do on the run; I was actually feeling myself out a little but in the early stages of the first run,” said Sheedy-Ryan.
“But after I went out over the course yesterday I saw how hard it (the bike course) was and I thought that would help and play to my strengths a little bit.
“I wasn’t relaxed until the last couple of hundred metres, I know anything can happen in these races.
“My goal was to stick with the girls and stay in touch (on the run) …and it was a pretty solid pace for the first 10km but then bit by bit it whistled down to just the three of us, including Emma Pallant who pushed pretty hard up the front and I just wanted to hang on.
“I knew the course would be really hard on the bike and it would be a long day and I wanted to wait it out until the end.
“I got out of transition first on the run and got a gap straight away on the bike. Hills are my bread and butter and I waited for the girls to catch up but when I still had the gap and I was feeling comfortable I said, ‘stuff it I’ll give it a crack and see what happens.’
“It was a bit scary to ride solo for 40km. That was a pretty big gamble and not something I’m used to.
“But I knew the course would be really hard and after my ankle mishap I didn’t really know where I was at with my running so I thought if I could get a gap in the bike it would be in my best interests and I was lucky it played out that way today.
“On the last lap of the run I was starting to feel it but with a course like that nobody can really hide and I just told myself everyone else is going to be hurting on the run so just keep pushing and give it a shot.”
In the end, it was Sheedy-Ryan who notched a comfortable win in 2 hours 03 minutes 57 seconds from Garcia-Canellas (2:05.14) with Pallant (2:06.2) taking the bronze.
Felicity Sheedy-Ryan and Benoit Nicolas win Duathlon World Championship Titles in Penticton
Kicking off the week-long event of Multisport racing, the 2017 Penticton ITU Duathlon World Championships crowned the first set of world titles as Australia’s Felicity Sheedy-Ryan and France’s Benoit Nicolas claimed victory. While Sheedy-Ryan collected the women’s title and Nicolas seized the title for the men, the wins from both elites brought them back to the top of the Duathlon World Champ podium as Sheedy-Ryan earned the title in 2012 and Nicolas in 2014.
Joining Sheedy-Ryan on the women’s podium was Spaniard Margarita Garcia Carcia Cañellas who earned the silver and Emma Pallant (GBR) who claimed bronze. While on the men’s side, following behind Nicolas was Emilio Martin (ESP) who took second and Mark Buckingham of Great Britain who finished the podium off in third.
A small women’s field lined up to race the Duathlon course first, alongside the U23 field. Starting out with a 10 kilometre run, the leaders of the pack quickly revealed themselves as a small cluster of four women forged. Pallant, the reigning duathlon world champion from 2016 was among the leaders along with Sheedy-Ryan, Sandrina Illes (SUI) and Sara Dossena (ITA).
However, upon entering the first transition, Illes was dropped and the threesome headed out to tackle the 40.5 kilometre bike course as a trio.
Once onto her wheels, Sheedy-Ryan lost no time and quickly broke away from the field and decided to continue as a solo rider. With such a steep hill mixed into the bike laps, she increased her marginal gap one by one.
The chase then saw a change of lineup. Dossena pulled out of the race due to mechanical issues, which left Pallant, who was joined again by Spaniard Garcia.
Once Sheedy-Ryan entered the second transition to start out on the remaining 5 kilometre run leg, her gold was completely untouchable. Her built up lead stuck through to the end and she drove home to claim the win. The Duathlon World Title then tallied a gold for the second time, as she also earned the honour for the first time in 2012.
Sheedy-Ryan said of her victory, “Yeah it feels awesome. I mean obviously coming into this race, that was a goal of mine and I knew there were some strong girls out there today, but when I went over the course yesterday I saw how hard it was and I thought it would probably help and work to my strengths a little bit. I wasn’t relaxed until the last couple hundred metres, because anything can happen but I am absolutely happy to take home a second title.”
It was Garcia who came in to the finish line to take the silver, followed by Pallant who finished off the podium with third.
|Results: Elite Women|
|2.||Margarita Garcia Cañellas||ESP||02:05:14|
|LAP.||Paula Maciel Ovalle Rodriguez||MEX||LAP|
The men’s field saw a return of past duathlon champions, making the field tough before the race even started.
The first 10 kilometre did not manage to string out the men as much as expected. A group of about 18 men only dwindled down to about 13 after the first two laps. While Great Britain’s Mark Buckingham attempted to breakaway on lap three along with young compatriot Richard Allen, they were unsuccessful and caught upon entering T2.
Trying to use the large hill to his advantage, Buckingham one again went for the breakaway. The first half of the bike, Buckingham saw his energy fade after he put himself up for a solo bike ride. Upon the latter part of the course, a chase group of ten men including Benoit, Martin, Adrien Brifford (SUI), Jan Petralia (BEL), Stefan Daniel (CAN) and Allen had closed the gap.
Although Petralia took a turn out in front in an attempt breakaway, he too was caught and put back into the mix.
It wasn’t until the bell lap that the breakaway that would change the field of play was put into effect. Martin and Benoit rode off as a leading duo and entered that way in transition.
However, it was in the second transition where both Martin and Benoit where given 15-second penalties for not racking their bikes correctly, which meant both would have to find the time to stop their momentum in only a two-lap five kilometre run.
Nicolas proved to have the stronger legs of the day as he earned the early lead. While he chose to take his time penalty during the second lap, he had created enough of a lead that it didn’t matter. He then was free to enter the finish chute and seize the finisher’s tape. His victory would be a second World honour for the Frenchman, as he also was named Duathlon World Champion in 2014.
He said emotionally of his win, “In France, duathlon is a good sport, so I think when I am back in France it will be fantastic!”
Taking the silver was Martin, who also served his penalty on the second lap, but he too had enough of a lead of the bronze that he could collect second place with ease. Third place then went to Buckingham, who finished off the podium, tallying another bronze for the Brit as he also earned third at the Duathlon World Championship in 2015.
|Results: Elite Men|
|4.||Yohan Le Berre||FRA||01:55:33|
|9.||Javier Martin Morales||ESP||01:56:47|
The women’s U23 podium saw a podium made of the only three women who finished the race as three women were given a DNF. France’s Lucie Picard earned the gold, while silver went to Georgina Schwiening (GBR) and bronze to Sayu Arizono of Japan.
In the men’s race a strong group of men fought even among the elites. Great Britain’s Richard Allen walked away with the win, while silver went to Javier Martin Morales (ESP) and bronze to Adrien Brifford (SUI).
Great Britain’s Cameron Richardson claimed the Junior Duathlon Men’s World Title, while finishing his podium was Jorge Andre Cabrera Silva (MEX) with the silver and Thomas Cremers (NED) with the bronze.
The women’s junior podium then was Delia Sclabas (SUI), who earned the Junior World Title for the second year in a row. Silver went to Desirae Ridenour (CAN) and bronze was earned by Itzel Arroyo Aquino (MEX).
British Triathlon Has Appointed Andy Salmon As CEO
Andy Salmon has been announced as the new Chief Executive of British Triathlon, to take the sport forward to Tokyo 2020 and beyond.
Salmon will take strategic lead of the National Governing Body in mid-November and will guide the sport through the Olympic and Paralympic cycle. His role will also embrace executive responsibility for Triathlon England and fulfilment of its objectives of building participation, supporting and increasing membership.
The former Welsh Schools Golfer will bring with him a wealth of leadership experience, having held the position of Deputy CEO and Development Director of Scottish Golf for 9 years prior to leaving the organisation in late 2016. Salmon is currently interim CEO of Scottish Snowsport and Chairman of Triathlon Scotland. Having been involved with a number of sports, Salmon’s broad perspective of the challenges and opportunities facing the sector will be invaluable to British Triathlon
Commenting on his recent appointment, Salmon said: “I am hugely excited to be joining the team at British Triathlon and Triathlon England. There is so much to be positive about in triathlon and I look forward to building on the tremendous progress made by Jack Buckner and the team as we strive to deliver the 2024 vision.”
Ian Howard, President of British Triathlon, said: “We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Andy Salmon as the new Chief Executive of British Triathlon. We are confident he will drive the organisation towards continued success over the coming years.
“There is so much to be positive about in triathlon and I look forward to building on the tremendous progress made by Jack Buckner and the team.”
“We thank Jack for his contribution to British Triathlon over the past three years, and wish him well in his new role as Chief Executive of British Swimming”.
Current British Triathlon Chief Executive, Jack Buckner said: “Over the past three years, I have witnessed many great successes within triathlon. Grassroots participation figures have increased enormously and we achieved 7 medals during Rio 2016, including the first ever paratriathlon gold.”
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Andy in his current role at Triathlon Scotland and believe he will continue to build on our success at every level of the sport.”
Ironman Announces First Full Distance Event in Estonia
Ironman today announced the addition of the Ironman Tallinn triathlon. The inaugural race will take place on 4th August 2018.
The new race will take place in Estonia’s capital of Tallinn, located at the Baltic sea. Considered one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval cities of Europe, Tallinn is home to 445,000 people and has gained a reputation as Europe’s “Silicon Valley”.
“With its long and colorful history, Tallinn and its people are looking forward to applauding the triathletes’ commitment to Ironman. I believe that the Ironman Tallinn triathlon in our beautiful and modern city will be a very positive experience for everybody,” said Mihhail Kõlvart, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn.
Tallinn will become only the second capital in Europe to host an Ironman event, sharing this distinction with Denmark’s KMD Ironman Copenhagen. The race will be the second Ironman event in Estonia after SIS Ironman 70.3 Otepää.
“Triathlon has seen fantastic growth in Northern and Eastern Europe over the last few years. We are excited to build on the success of SIS Ironman 70.3 Otepää and celebrate Estonia’s 100th birthday with a new race in our capital – a city that has traditionally been a connecting point for travelers,” said Ain-Alar Juhanson, race director for Ironman in Estonia.
“We are thrilled to present our first Ironman event in Northeastern Europe,” said Hans Peter Zurbruegg, Managing Director for Ironman Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Ain-Alar and his experienced team have created a remarkable Ironman 70.3 event in Otepää and we are very much looking forward to our premiere event in Tallinn.”
The race will begin with a single-loop 3,8 km (2.4-mile) swim in the Baltic Sea near the Seaplane Harbour museum. Athletes will then continue on a two-loop 180,2 km (112-mile) bike course which leads along the coastline and nearby villages. The final 42,2-km (26.2-mile) four-loop run will take participants through the historical city center of Tallinn, an UNESCO world heritage site, and finish on Freedom Square.
Ironman Tallinn will offer 40 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 Ironman World Championship being held in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.
General registration for Ironman Tallinn will open at 4 p.m. CET on Monday, August 28, 2017 at www.Ironman.com/tallinn. Athlete inquiries may be directed to [email protected]
Review: OTTO Tuning System – App for Adjusting Your Bike Gears
Correctly indexing your gears can be a lost art for some. Enter the OTTO Tuning System. The system looks to remove the complexity by leveraging an innovative combination of tool and app combo to remove the thinking and give you a bike shop like tune up in minutes. But is it worth the investment? Let’s find out.
Nothing annoys a rider more than a mysterious tick on your bike. With your mind-set on smashing out a muffin and a coffee in an hour, not having your carbon baby performing 100% is frankly too much to handle for you and your riding buddies.
Incorrectly indexed gears often are the cause of this and without resolution can quickly escalate from annoying to dangerous. The chain can slip under load, surprise you by changing gears randomly and ultimately make you feel like you have a gremlin in control of your Shimano Di2.
Tuning up the drive chain comes down to playing with the limit screws on the rear mechanics, nowadays understanding how to do this has become a bit of a lost art, often requiring you to splash out cash at your local bike shop to make even the slightest of re adjustments.
How does it work?
The OTTO tuning system works by tracking elements on a plastic gauge via your iPhone application. On opening the App it kicks off with a small 5 minute tutorial about how to use the tool, simple enough and easy to understand. You have 2 basic options;
- Free: which allows you to check your indexing
- Subscription: will provide advice on how to tune your gears. It’s important to note that to date it doesn’t support Android, which is quite frustrating, requiring me to borrow my mechanics iPhone just to complete the review. Does sound like a little oxymoron doesn’t it?
Subscription service 1-day: $1.99 / 90-day: $11.99 / 1-year: $26.99.
Once you have decided on your options the App asks you to put the tool on the derailleur pulley and align the targets on the gauge to the App. A procedure which reminded me about Luke turning on his targeting computer during his death star run except, this time, it hit the target.
After artificially tinkering with the limit screws prior to see how it would work, it picked up to the millimetre where the derailleur was miss aligned. Bravo!
The paywall service then kicks in, so if you have subscribed it gives you actual advice on how to adjust the barrel adjuster and limit screws, cable tension with complete videos, tutorials and the ability to recheck multiple times to get the adjustment right.
Teach a man to fish….
This surmises my biggest gripe with the product whilst reviewing the OTTO tuning system. I couldn’t help but wonder if my time was better spent actually learning how to adjust my gears rather than looking at video instructions on how to use the tool and App.
There’s several videos online that can take you through it and I’m sure if you buy your mechanic a coffee they will be glad to take you through it. I can certainly see a place for the OTTO tuning system to check my indexing while learning how to adjust the gears. But for me to pay a subscription service for an App to tell me what to do? I just couldn’t see the value.
Get thee to a spanner jockey
$50 dollars for the OTTO Tuning System is a relatively modest entry point, ($77 with the subscription service), compared to say 4 services a year your way ahead. However, behind every good rider is a good spanner jockey. Bike mechanics are the unsung heros of the Tour, Kona and Roth, and you need to be best buddies with yours.
Tuning up your bike is more than just adjusting the rear mech, it’s that relationship with your bike, your riding style and common mistakes (sorry for the cross-chaining Jimmy!) and your history that brings the art to the science. So whilst you may save a bit of coin on the mech adjustment, overall I think your life of a cyclist is better off in the hands of a knowledgeable mechanic.
Functional, but time may be better spent learning how to tune your gears.
Ironman 70.3 World Championship Pro Start List for Chattanooga Announced
Triathlon’s top talent will come together in Chattanooga, Tennessee for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship taking place on September 9 and 10. Boasting one of the most competitive professional fields in the sport, the event will make history in the Southeastern U.S. this September with the women’s field racing on Saturday and the men’s field racing on Sunday.
“The professional field set to compete is unquestionably one of the deepest in recent history,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for Ironman. “Chattanooga will no doubt be an excellent host to the best talent from around the world as they converge on the Scenic City next month. We are all extremely excited to debut this new two-day format allowing for both women and men to have their day of competition and celebration.”
Returning to the lineup to defend her title will be 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Holly Lawrence (GBR). With victories already this year at the Ironman 70.3 North American Pro Championship, St. George, Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa, and Subaru Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, Lawrence’s flawless season has proven that she will yet again be tough competition in an impressive professional field.
The 2014 and 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and defending Ironman World Champion, Daniela Ryf (CHE) will be looking to add a third Ironman 70.3 World Championship title in four years. Also vying for the title will be 2011 and 2013 Ironman 70.3 World Championship winner and last year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship runner-up Melissa Hauschildt (AUS). Ryf and Hauschildt both have an opportunity to become the first triathletes to win three Ironman 70.3 World Championship titles and will push the pace for the rest of the field.
Challenging these world champions is a group of talented women looking to break through, led by likes of Jeanni Seymour, Laura Philipp and Heather Wurtele, who has been on the podium at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship the past three years.
Below is the pro women’s start list for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship:
|1||Lawrence||Holly||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|4||Seymour||Jeanni||ZAF (South Africa)|
|8||Pallant||Emma||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|12||Smith||Lesley||USA (United States of America)|
|14||Chura||Haley||USA (United States of America)|
|15||Kaye||Alicia||USA (United States of America)|
|16||Watkinson||Amelia||NZL (New Zealand)|
|17||Spieldenner||Jennifer||USA (United States of America)|
|18||Brandon||Lauren||USA (United States of America)|
|22||Seymour||Natalie||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|24||Morrison||Kimberley||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|32||Wassner||Laurel||USA (United States of America)|
|33||Brennan Morrey||Ruth||USA (United States of America)|
|34||True||Sarah||USA (United States of America)|
|35||Linnell||Allison||USA (United States of America)|
|36||Hector||Alice||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|38||Jackson||Heather||USA (United States of America)|
|43||Pomeroy||Robin||USA (United States of America)|
|44||Roberts||Lisa||USA (United States of America)|
|45||Palacio Balena||Romina||ARG (Argentina)|
|47||Joyce||Rachel||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|53||Cravo De Azevedo||Luiza||BRA (Brazil)|
|55||Wendorff||Amanda||USA (United States of America)|
|57||Drewett||Hannah||GBR (United Kingdom)|
On the men’s side, an equally determined group will seek to win this year’s title with 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Tim Reed (AUS) returning to defend his title. Sebastian Kienle (DEU), who was the 2012 and 2013 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and 2014 Ironman World Champion, will be looking to become the first man to win three Ironman 70.3 World Championship titles. This year’s world championship also sees the return of 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and 2015 Ironman 70.3 runner up, Javier Gomez to the start line after an accident in 2016 sidelined his goals of an Olympic medal in Rio. With a victory in his only Ironman 70.3 event this year plus a win and top placings on the WTS circuit, he will bring some top-end speed to the field. Unfortunately, a nagging hip injury and season ending surgery has put the much anticipated debut of two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee on hold for this year.
Below is the pro men’s start list for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship:
|4||Don||Tim||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|9||Mendez Cruz||Mauricio||MEX (Mexico)|
|10||Von Berg||Rodolphe||USA (United States of America)|
|17||Collington||Kevin||USA (United States of America)|
|18||Hanson||Matt||USA (United States of America)|
|21||Tutukin||Ivan||RUS (Russian Federation)|
|23||O’Donnell||Tim||USA (United States of America)|
|24||De Elias||Mario||ARG (Argentina)|
|26||Thomas||Jesse||USA (United States of America)|
|27||Quinchara Forero||Carlos Javier||COL (Colombia)|
|34||Chrabot||Matt||USA (United States of America)|
|35||Van de Wyngard||Felipe||CHL (Chile)|
|37||Cunnama||James||ZAF (South Africa)|
|41||Wiltshire||Harry||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|42||Scott||Drew||USA (United States of America)|
|43||Kalashnikov||Ivan||RUS (Russian Federation)|
|44||Leiferman||Chris||USA (United States of America)|
|46||Jolicoeur Desroches||Antoine||CAN (Canada)|
|47||Kanute||Ben||USA (United States of America)|
|49||Cartmell||Fraser||GBR (United Kingdom)|
|51||Carrillo Avila||Alan||MEX (Mexico)|
|54||Otstot||Adam||USA (United States of America)|
|55||Crawford||Guy||NZL (New Zealand)|
The 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon will offer a $250,000 total professional prize purse which will be distributed to male and female first through tenth place finishers.
In addition to the competitive professional field, approximately 4,500 registered age-group athletes representing more than 90 countries, territories and regions from around the world are expected to compete at this year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship.
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