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  • Natalie Signed up for the Sprint Triathlon on May 11. First one ever.
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  • October 18

  • KAR The GFT Tribe Hi E-Dad and Taz!!! Hey Dad, how was the B2B?... I follow GFT on twitter, it's really looking like no wetsuits this year, water temp is over 80 degrees... I already have 2014 in the back of my mind. Missed the last three years due to a bad cold race week, plantar fasciitis, and just plain lack of motivation. I concentrated on smaller local races this year. I'm entered in the Florida Challenge next March, so I'll hold off on a GFT decision til after then. But I'm really hungry for one last shot at it... Good luck to all GFT participants tomorrow, make it memorable!!! Anyone know if St. Pete Mad Dogs are still there?
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    • EnduradadRace was great. VERY cold though, I hate cold. race start was 38 and as soon as sun set went back down fast.
      trying to plan what to do next year?
      If up to me GFT, but family wants to go some where new.

      please someone give an update on race for this year.
      10:54 AM October 28
  • SVS OK, as a past/present "TRIBE" member, I wish everyone a very safe event!! I'll be sitting by the roadside, as you cycle by, applauding your efforts. If you think it's me, just yell out "TAZ"!! No prizes, but it will keep you on your toes. HINT... What color is a pumpkin? ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH? MORE STONES!! The "TRIBE" battle cries! TAZ
    about 10 months ago
  • October 17

  • Enduradad Slowesttwitch Sorry I didn't see your question earlier. Try compression sleeves. They are a little expensive, but work well. I thought they were a gimmick, but hospitals use them. I wear them at night when I suffer from leg cramps. Look silly, but work well. I have not noticed if they help while racing?
    about 10 months ago
  • October 16

  • Enduradad Good luck to all doing GFT this year! I hope that some of you write a report. I'll be back again next year. Enduradad
    about 10 months ago
    • EnduradadThe count down clock seems to be running out of numbers. Must be almost race day.
      8:42 AM October 17
  • October 02

  • Slowesttwitch Open Triathlon Discussion anybody heard any info on the new recovery suit that is been launched by corerecoverysuit.com hamstrings are still really sore and looking for a recovery
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Mark Allen's The Art Of Competition Book Available in August
7/22/2014 2:37:58 PM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

Mark-Allen-Art-of-Competition-Book-CoverMark Allen, six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion, coach, award-winning author, and motivational speaker, announces the release date of the long-anticipated book he Art of Competition. Currently available for pre-order at art-of-competition.com, the book will ship August 19th.

The Art Of Competition features ninety of Mark Allen's most thought-provoking and significant quotes, borne of his own spiritual and competitive journey, paired with symbolic and stunning two-page images from nature.

It was only when Mark Allen recast his journey from competition into art that he captured the elusive Ironman World Championship victory that led to a total of six successive wins. The chapters within The Art of Competition represent key themes that are vital to this process of turning competition into art - themes such as Change, Fear, and Being Stuck.

The Art of Competition is when a physical, visceral experience--filled with sweat and pain, with extreme control and pure gut-wrenching strength--transforms into a flow of movement, where you stop thinking about victory or failure and just become a vehicle for a truly great performance. This is when competition is transformed into art.

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The quotes in The Art of Competition came to Mark while on retreat in Japan with his spiritual teacher Brant Secunda, nearly ten years after retiring from competition and Ironman racing. The words to explain the mindset he had found had eluded him to this point, then in the span of two days he had penned the quotes that encapsulated the mindset of a champion - thoughts that formed the backbone of The Art of Competition. Each quote is meant to release personal perfection in the moments that count most. The evocative photos are of scenes far more enduring or lasting than our individual successes.

In addition to The Art of Competition, 600 autographed Limited Edition copies will be issued featuring a bonus section of 24 expanded quotes with examples of how they can be applied.

Jim Collins, author of bestsellers Built to Last, Good to Great, and How the Mighty Fall, wrote in his forward, "That is the artistic gift, the ability to see or perhaps sense something others cannot quite put their finger on and use art to express it, and that is what Mark has done here. He has captured the inner terrain of the true competitor through photos and quotes, unlike anything I have seen before."

This book is for anyone in business, sports, or life, who seeks to change a challenge into art, who needs a game-changing approach to a different outcome.

The Art Of Competition was enthusiastically funded through a Kickstarter campaign and is available for pre-order now at art-of-competition.com.
 
 
About Mark Allen
Mark Allen is a six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion. He was named "The World's Fittest Man" by Outside magazine, voted "The Greatest Endurance Athlete of All Time" by ESPN, and selected as "The Greatest Male Triathlete Of All Time" by Triathlete magazine. He is a motivational speaker, coach, and award-winning author. Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You, co-authored with Brant Secunda, received the prestigious Nautilus Book Award in the category of Health, Healing and Energetic Medicine in 2010. For more information on Mark Allen, visit art-of-competition.com, fitsoul-fitbody.com, markallenspeaking.com, the Mark Allen Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter at @MarkAllenGrip.

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fortyninegroup, LLC specializes in strategic business development, sponsorship and social and traditional media marketing for clients in endurance sports. fortyninegroup's portfolio of clients includes event, athlete, equipment, accessory, multisport coaching, media and registration companies.
 

Brach & Carfrae Win 30th Anniversary Challenge Roth
7/20/2014 10:36:56 PM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

challengeroth-brach-14.jpgGermany's Timo Bracht stormed home to take an historic victory at the 30th Anniversary race of the DATEV Challenge Roth on Sunday. Australia's Mirinda Carfrae ran herself in the history books posting the second fastest ever run split (2:53:27) to claim a 'rookie' Roth win.

The win delighted the record crowd gathered in Roth, Germany cheering Bracht to a home victory when the father of two crossed the finish line in 7hrs 56min.

The 39-year-old is a veteran and produced a controlled and patient performance to over come Nils Frommhold at the 31km mark of the run, after Frommhold led the race for most of the day just falling short of a dream win.

For Bracht it was an emotional and satisfying win to finally stand on top of the podium after finishing second in 2012 and third last year.

"I dreamed ten years to win this race, the whole day has been very emotional the crowd were amazing when I felt down they brought me back," said Bracht.

"It was a fantastic day you need that day to win big races and today I brought it all to the race course," he said.

"But dreaming along doesn't work and the will to go was the key to success today," said Bracht.

Frommhold was first to exit the 3.8km swim from Pete Jacobs (Aust), defending champion Dirk Bockel (LUX), Eneko Llanos (ESP), and Bracht in the top ten. The surprise was pre race favourite Luke McKenzie exiting 3mins behind the leaders.

It wasn't the best of days for McKenzie losing his nutrition on the bike but like the champion he is battled on to eventually finish 11th.

Onto the bike it was a group of 11 that formed at the front of the field and they settled in to a steady pace.

There were a number of lead changes in the early stages Andreas Niedrig took a turn at the front along with Jacobs for a short spell. For Jacobs it was not his finest day in Roth as he struggled in the final stages of the bike and battled on to finish.

As they approached the 130km mark it was Frommhold who opened up a lead of over a minute to the chasers and eventually had a gap of 2min 40sec at the changeover from Markus Fachbach, Bracht, Bockel and Llanos. Frommhold's bike split (4:15:16) was the eight fastest on record.

As they hit the final 42.2km run leg Frommhold's lead was out to 4min 33sec but the experienced pair of Bracht and Bockel set about taking back time.

Behind was a real battle for third; Bockel was holding on but Australia's Joe Gambles was making a real charge. Bockel couldn't hold the pace as the heat was taking its toll on the field.

At the half-marathon mark the gap between Frommhold and Bracht remained at over 3mins but the experience of Bracht showed, his patience and ability to stick to his plan paid off as he finally took the lead at the 31km mark and never looked back, eventually winning his first DATEV Challenge Roth in a time of 7:56:01.

Frommhold was thrilled with his second place and Llanos won the battle for the final podium spot.

"On the bike I wanted to show them what I got. And it went even better than planed," said Frommhold. "I've given it my all, but in the end it wasn't enough. I'll definitely be back, because this was an incredible event," said Frommhold.

2014 Challenge Roth Results:
Roth, Germany - July 20, 2014

Pro Men Results Time
Place
Pro Women Results Time
Timo Bracht (GER) 07:56:00
1
Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 08:38:53
Nils Frommhold (GER) 08:00:39
2
Rachel Joyce (GBR) 08:42:25
Eneko Llanos (ESP) 08:09:29
3
Caroline Steffen (SUI) 08:48:42
Joe Gambles (AUS) 08:10:10
4
Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 08:59:36
James Cunnama (RSA) 08:11:44
5
Julie Gajer (GER) 09:00:50

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Australia's Mirinda Carfrae ran herself into the history books here in Roth to claim victory on debut.

The Kona world champion showed she is a class act, again producing her trademark run leg reeling in all in front and storming to a 'rookie' Challenge Roth win.

In claiming the inaugural title she also posted the fourth fastest ever time (8.38.53) to beat the UK's Rachel Joyce and Caroline Steffen (SUI).

"I'm speechless, you guys are such a great crowd. Thanks to all the people who come out to show their support," said Carfrae.

"I've heard so much about the race hard not to get wound up in the emotion, the last 1km the crowds were amazing and felt myself getting emotional. I felt like I was going to cry," said Carfrae.

Carfrae was 3mins down after the swim as the defending Champion Steffen led them out followed by Michelle Vesterby (DEN), Julia Gajer (GER), Rachel Joyce (GBR) and Rebekah Keat (AUS).

In the early stages the women were splintered as Steffen poured on the pace and cleared out with Beranek following closely. Joyce and Vesterby trailed by 4mins with Gajer a further minute behind.

Trailing after the swim Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) worked hard to put herself in contention and at the 120km mark had moved into fourth place, Carfrae was now five minutes behind the leaders while Vesterby and Gajer couldn't maintain the pace and slipped out of the lead group.

Joyce decided she didn't want to hang around and had put over a minute into the chasers by the 150km point. Steffen was still in second and van Vlerken holding down third but over 5mins behind. Riesler was still in contention and Carfrae now 6mins 46sec in arrears.

At the final changeover and with the first three women on course Joyce led by 4mins 32secs to Steffen with van Vlerken a further minute behind. Carfrae meant business and immediately started reducing the gap.

As the pace and heat took it's toll on Steffen, Carfrae ran herself into third ahead of van Vlerken and had her sights set on Steffen.

Eventually she overtook the 'Swiss Miss' and had just one to catch. It came at the 28km mark when Carfrae finally passed Joyce and continued to extend her lead as she eventually crossed the line with another lightening fast run split to win on debut.

"I really enjoy racing Rinnie and Caroline but you know you are going to have to dig really deep on those days," said Joyce.

"I'd like to come back and win it again," she said.

At the end of the day over 5,500 people from 62 countries had swum, cycled and run their way to the finish line to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of what is the world's greatest triathlon spectacle.

Challenge Family CEO Felix Walchshöfer was one of those who took part in the race day festivities by participating in honor of his father began the race 30 years ago. He completed the race in a time of 14:04:12.

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83-year old Sister Madonna Buder was also one of the athletes participating in the 30th Challenge Roth race. If she finished (which is still un-confirmed) she would be the oldest long-distance triathlete - a case for the Guinness Book of World Records!

Source: Challenge Family
Photo Credits: Alex Grimm

Middaugh, Widney Win XTERRA Mountain Champs
7/20/2014 9:07:14 PM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

Josiah Middaugh, of Eagle-Vail, Colorado and Chantell Widney, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, captured the 2014 XTERRA Mountain Championship at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, CO today.

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It's the third time in four years Middaugh has won the race, while it's the first major XTERRA victory for Widney.

Middaugh was more than a minute behind the leaders out of the one-mile swim in Nottingham Lake but quickly biked his way to the front of the pack. He posted the fastest bike and run times of the day and won going away in 2:07:22, more than five minutes ahead of runner-up Ben Hoffman from Boulder.

"It was a special day for me, everything kind of clicked," said Middaugh. "You'd think that would happen more often on my home course but I've had a lot of dismal races here so it was good to put it all together and have one of those days where everything felt really good. It's a really hard course but I was happy to suffer through it."

His bike split, 1:09:32, was almost three minutes faster than the next best of Ryan Petry, and his run was 30-seconds better than the lightning quick 18-year-old Mauricio Mendez. Making that all the more impressive, Middaugh suffered three broken ribs in a bike crash just three weeks ago.

Yet, as Middaugh explains, "It's a brutal course. It's really hard, even for people that live at altitude."

"The course is tough, and I'm happy with a podium position, it's better than my last two 3rd places here," said Hoffman. "Josiah took it to us today, he was untouchable. I gave everything I had and was still five minutes down."

Hoffman was riding with Ryan Petry, a rookie pro that has had great XTERRA races as an amateur in the past, but nothing like what he did today by coming off the bike in second just ahead of Hoffman.

"I've been doing a lot of mountain bike races and that helps a ton," said Petry, a 23-year-old who just graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in marketing and moved to Boulder. "Climbing is kind of my specialty on the mountain bike. I love this. I sold my tri bike a couple months ago and think XTERRA is the way to go. I've convinced so many people to try it, and it's cool to be doing fairly well. I'm having a lot of fun with friends, this summer has been awesome."

Petry was sixth out of the water but caught the lead pack of Branden Rakita, Hoffman, and Mauricio Mendez by mile three. It was there that Hoffman and Petry put a gap into the rest of the field while Middaugh pulled away.

Mendez, the 18-year-old phenom out of Mexico City, was every bit as impressive as Petry today and caught him (and Rakita) on the run to finish third behind Middaugh and Hoffman. It's the reigning amateur XTERRA World Champs second third-place finish of his rookie season.

2014 XTERRA Mountain Championship Results:
Avon, Colorado - July 19, 2014

Pro Men Results Time
Place
Pro Women Results Time
Josiah Middaugh 2:07:22
1
Chantell Widney 2:30:12
Ben Hoffman 2:12:29
2
Emma Garrard 2:31:09
Mauricio Mendez 2:13:21
3
Danelle Kabush 2:32:15
Ryan Petry 2:14:22
4
Shonny Vanlandingham 2:34:18
Alex Modestou 2:15:16
5
Jaime Brede 2:35:18
Ryan Ignatz 2:16:00
6
Suzie Snyder 2:36:31
Chris Ganter 2:17:01
7
Sara Schuler 2:37:27
Branden Rakita 2:18:13
8
Rebecca Dussault 2:37:49
Brad Zoller 2:20:54
9
Kelley Cullen 2:38:11
Cody Waite 2:21:16
10
Heidi Rentz 2:38:20


Complete Results
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xterra-WidneyThe first time Chantell Widney rode a mountain bike was two years ago at the XTERRA Canada Championship in Canmore. The ITU road standout finished fourth that day on a really tough course in the Canadian Rockies behind XTERRA greats Melanie McQuaid, Danelle Kabush, and Renata Bucher. The experience ignited a fire within to chase the "fun" of the sport.

"I didn't want to chase Olympic points anymore and wanted to do something fun where the bike means something, and mountain biking was on the bucket list so it made sense," said Widney.

Widney had experienced success on the road, having won the ITU Continental Cup event in Monroe, Wash., on June 25, 2011, but had not reached the top step at an XTERRA championship race until today.

"Winning races doesn't come very often so this is awesome. I really wanted to win a race this year," said Widney.

It wasn't easy. Emma Garrard, the pre-race favorite having posted the best results of anyone in the field this year, was with Widney the whole way and even took the lead at one point during the bike.

"It was close between Chantell and I until the run," said Garrard. "I was catching her gradually on the bike climb, and passed her on the first downhill but she re-took the lead. Then I caught up again only to crash on Corkscrew (near the end of the bike). Still, was able to get back on her wheel and went neck-and-neck into transition."

It was awesome racing, not just between Garrard and Widney, but really a handful of women. Danelle Kabush, the 2012 Mountain Champ who finished third, actually posted the fastest bike split but look how close those bike times were: Kabush, 1:22:17; Jaime Brede, 1:22:54, Shonny Vanlandingham, 1:23:01, Widney, 1:23:11, Garrard, 1:23:13, and Maia Ignatz, 1:23:17.

"You can get more out of yourself when it's that close," said Widney. "It's easier to push yourself harder when you know somebody is chasing you down. I was running scared the whole time. I was sprinting the downhills, I just didn't want to lose this."

Garrard had great perspective after her fourth straight runner-up finish this season, saying "Even though I didn't win today I had never been in first during a big race and I was today so that felt good. It's the closest I've ever been to winning a race, and I could pretty much see first the whole way so that's encouraging. I hoped I would have had more on the run but I didn't. I was hurting on the first climb, and hope I'd make it up on the downhill but she was better than me on the descent. Still, I'm way ahead of where I was last year at this time and that's a good feeling."

The defending and four-time Beaver Creek Mtn Champ Shonny Vanlandingham finished strong in fourth while Jaime Brede had an amazing day to finish fifth overall.

Source: XTERRA
Photo credits: XTERRA

 
 
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Challenge Family Announces New Challenge Heilbronn Triathlon
7/17/2014 4:53:05 PM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

challenge-heilbrownnChallenge Family's newest half distance race is set in the very heart of Heilbronn, Germany and is perfectly staged to play the role of the 'Road to Roth' in 2015.

Sparkasse Challenge Heilbronn powered by Audi has become the 31st member of the Challenge Family, taking place a month before the legendary DATEV Challenge Roth. Every third weekend in June the starting pistol will be fired in the heart of Heilbronn for the Challenge Half in Germany providing perfect preparation for Roth.

Challenge Heilbronn started life five years ago as the City Triathlon Heilbronn a highlight in national and international triathlon race calendars since the very first year and enjoys outstanding reputation among European triathletes. Zibi Szlufcik, Challenge Family CEO said, "The triathlon family is enriched by the addition of Challenge Heilbronn which is both excellently and passionately organised."

"Our trademark and recipe for success is our location in the very heart of the city," said Christoph Troßbach of Challenge Heilbronn. The entire competition area is held within 400 metres in the heart of the city - hotels, registration, press conference, pasta party, swim course, T1 and T2, sections of the run course and of course the iconic finish line in the market square.

The swim in the "Neckar-Arena" is followed by the challenging bike ride through the beautiful vineyard scenery in Zabergäu. Passing alongside at romantic vineyards, the 90 km course is on excellent paved, fully secured by hundreds of volunteers. Back in the heart of the City is the run course travels through the city centre before a spectacular finish in the Marketplatz stadium in front of the historic town hall and thousands of spectators.

The event will also feature and Olympic Distance race (1.5km swim / 47km bike / 10km run) as well as a Sprint Distance triathlon (500me swim / 23km bike / 5km run).

For further information and registrations information visit www.challenge-heilbronn.de.
 
 
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2014 Jiayuguan ITU Triathlon World Cup Preview
12:00:00 AM ITU News
China’s emergence as a host country of top flight triathlon events continues with the 2014 JiayuGuan ITU World Cup Triathlon this weekend, the first time the venue has hosted an ITU World Cup race after previously hosting a Continental Cup event. The race is the fifth ITU World Cup on the 2014 calendar and the second in China after Chengdu in May. And like Chengdu no stone is left unturned by local organizers in the hosting of athletes, officials and the running of a successful event. Conditions are forecast to be hot and dry with temperatures in the early 30’s and humidity low in the dry desert air. Water temperatures will not be quite so warm though, with the man-made lake at the event venue fed by the Talai River, with waters originating in the high mountains not far from the city. Elite Men Preview Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) carries top seeing into this event and on arrival has expressed confidence in his form as he builds towards Edmonton.  The likeable American has not had a great season with DNF’s in Auckland and Yokohama and a disappointing 40th in Chicago. But a 5th place finish in Chengdu is more a guideline of his abilities in the heat and if on form, he will be tough to beat here. Also contending for a third career ITU World Cup Podium is Igor Polyanskiy (RUS), the former medal winner at the 2013 ITU U23 World Championships has endured a largely wretched season, failing to finish in three of his four ITU World Series events but showed signs of improvement with a top 10 in Holten earlier in July. Joe Maloy (USA) by contrast has been a model of consistency this year, top 30 in all of his events including World Tri Series starts in Auckland, Yokohama and Chicago. Sergio Sarmiento (MEX) is a proven top ten World Cup racer and must be respected, so too Jesse Featonby (AUS) who has won his last two Asian Cup races and Yuichi Hosoda (JPN) who is looking for a breakthrough performance at this level. Elite Women Preview Yuka Sato (JPN) was the first winner of the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 but has just the two World Cup podiums since that time. This is her opportunity for a first win at this level and you know Sato will be at home in the heat on Saturday. Lisa Perterer (AUT) has enjoyed a handful of World Cup podiums and was 4th in Chengdu in May but her breakthrough performance was a 9th place finish in Chicago last month so she looks well placed to contend in Jiayuguan. Others to watch include Mateja Simic (SLO), Maria...
2016 ITU Sprint Age Group World Championships to become draft legal
12:00:00 AM ITU News
In a recent memo to its National Federations, ITU announced that the 2016 ITU Age Group Sprint World Championships will move from a draft-illegal to draft-legal event. With the change, the draft-legal championship race will follow draft-legal rules. The technical committee, however, will continue to review the rules for age group races throughout the implementation process. While ITU is open to any improvements in the competition formats, there is currently no further discussion on making any changes for Olympic or longer distance age group events. While an adjustment for many athletes, ITU feels this change is more inclusive globally, as age group athletes now have the opportunity to choose to compete in either draft-legal or non-draft legal races at the ITU World Championships. With the opportunity to compete in both styles, it no longer neglects those National Federations who do regularly organize draft legal age group events.
Preview: Commonwealth men’s race
12:00:00 AM ITU News
Men’s triathlon will take over Strathclyde park on Thursday with some serious talent in tow for the Commonwealth Games. Set over a 1.5km swim, hilly 40km bike and a 10km run, only the toughest of triathletes will feature in Glasgow. Here’s who you should keep an eye on this week. The Brownlee factor The Brownlee brothers will suit up for England as the heavy favourites in the men’s race. Despite a slow start to the ITU World Triathlon Series, the Olympic medallist siblings, who will represent Team England, sweated out a solid block of training in the early summer months. The work paid off, as older brother Alistair Brownlee scorched through the World Triathlon Hamburg sprint distance course just two weeks ago for gold. He’s never competed in the Commonwealth Games and has openly stated this will be the pinnacle of his season, making him the one to beat. Younger brother Jonathan Brownlee got off to a good start in the season with a pair of silver medals in ITU’s largest race series, but by midseason he had faltered slightly, missing the podium for the first time in four years. He, too, was back to his medal winning ways two weeks ago, having crossed the finish line in third. Not only have they garnered more success than anyone on the start list, the tough and hilly course is well suited to the lads, who will no doubt run out of the swim in top positions before hammering hard on the bike and blasting away on the run. A new man in town Of the men on the start list, only Richard Murray (RSA) has beaten the Brownlees this year. Murray has steadily improved his ranking in men’s triathlon, but rarely comes out of the swim in solid position meaning he is sometimes forced to burn up his legs on the bike trying to close the gap. However, if he’s off his wheels and onto feet anywhere near the leaders, count the South African in, as he’s one of the fastest runners out there. Role play Tom Davison (NZL) is one to watch on the bike. He may not be on the podium at the end of the race, but he will certainly factor in who is. A talented swimmer and the fastest man on two wheels, Davison serves as a domestique for the New Zealand team. However, with Davison at the helm of the bike packs, his position has an added benefit for athletes like Murray who get pulled back up to the leaders. If his role amongst the Kiwis works, look for Ryan Sissons (NZL) to sizzle. Not so wild cards The men’s field is laden with talent, especially amongst the Australian team....
Preview: Commonwealth women’s race
12:00:00 AM ITU News
In its third appearance on the Commonwealth Games programme, the women’s event promises to present some of the best racing of the season with an impressive start list. As the very first medal event of the Games, check out who we think could feature on the podium. Excellent England Jodie Stimpson will be the woman to stop on Thursday. The English lass enjoyed a breakout season last year, in which she won her first World Triathlon Series race and finished second overall in the rankings. This year, she blasted out of the blocks right where she left off with a pair of early wins. Currently ranked third in the women’s World Triathlon Series, few of the women on the start list can put together a triathlon like Stimpson can right now. Add on that she has teammates Lucy Hall to help her out on the swim and bike, as well as Vicky Holland pushing the pace and England will be one tough team to take down. Cycle till you drop… ‘em The women’s field is full of swift cyclists, which should make for an interesting race across one seriously testing bike course. Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) and Emma Moffatt (AUS) have proved race after race this year that they are dangerous on two wheels. Sweetland scored silver at the World Triathlon Hamburg just two weeks ago when she flew out of her saddle and carried the momentum through the run to the finish line. While Moffatt failed to finish in Hamburg, her race record speaks for itself. Repeat offender Andrea Hewitt (NZL) is the only woman to line up at Loch Lake as a previous Commonwealth Games medallist. The Kiwi has been a consistent force in women’s triathlon for a number of years now and looked to be back on top of her game two weeks ago in Germany when she ran herself into fourth place. Hewitt can truly do it all from the swim to riding hard to bringing it home, so keep an eye on this veteran come Thursday.  Down to the last sprint The women will not want to leave the gold medal down to the last five kilometres with the likes of Emma Jackson (AUS) on the start list. With two top three finishes in sprint distance events this year, the Aussie has powered her way onto the podium with back end run speed. While she hasn’t had the same good fortune over twice the distance, we aren’t counting her out this week. The course Swim (1.5km) - The swim will take place in the Strathclyde Loch on a course consisting of two laps of 750m. The athletes will swim anticlockwise around a rectangular-shaped, marked course. Bike...
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