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  • 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
    about 5 years ago
  • Slowesttwitch has joined Open Triathlon Discussion
    about 5 years ago
  • September 06

  • loteksw The GFT Tribe Geez, you go away for 6 or 7 yrs and you gotta join all over again. So tell me, how is the GFT doing these days. For the last few yrs I was there they seemed to be getting lower ald lower bugets. Not like the first time I went when It was a big production.
    about 5 years ago
    • KARHey Lotek, yes GFT numbers are down, but I believe that's due to Ironman Florida, and the flood of other M-dot's now available. I'll never understand the fascination with the M-dot logo, but who am I to tell someone how to spend their money. That's a whole 'nother subject. As for me, I'll continue to support the independents, and Sommer Sports, especially for all they have done for the sport...I've just signed up for the Florida Challenge next March. I haven't yet committed to the Great Clermont Tri the following day, so that will have to be a "game day" decision. Really looking forward to returning to Waterfront Park to race, and can't wait to ride Buckhill and Sugarloaf on the same day(sarc). There's still that Coral Springs half marathon the following week, then tri season kicks off for SoFla. Take care everybody, and train hard!
      7:05 PM September 22
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    about 5 years ago
  • August 18

  • KAR The GFT Tribe Geez, I don't post for 8 months, and neither has anyone else! Well, almost. Welcome sonarman. Let's see...hmm...Navy? ...Hello, TAZ! Now there's a name from the past. I guess everyone is now using the other social media forms, like Facebook and Twitter. I had an Fb account a long time go, after a few weeks about 300 people I never heard of were asking to be my friend. What's up with that? So I deleted the account. But I do follow the twitter feeds from Sommer Sports. That's how I heard about Fred's Assault on Sanity, a Half IM on Sat., followed by an Oly on Sunday. It's set for next March. You can do one or the other, or you can do both. Such a challenge really has me considering it, but it is going to take some real planning. Really giving it some serious thought...Not sure if I'm IM'd out, but maybe taking off a year or two from the GFT was good. I'm not satisfied that I ever gave it a good effort. I always came to the start with a "survival mode" mindset, rather than a "race mode" mindset...A couple more tri's for me, then that's it for this tri season. I'm trying to set up road races for the winter. So far, it's A1A Half Marathon in Feb. The double in Clermont really changes things. For eg.,could I be up for a half marathon in Coral Springs a week later? .. What's everybody else up to?... Black September is coming up real fast for the Great Floridian participants. That's what the Tribe members referred to it as. It's make or break month, no skipping workouts, make every stroke, spin and stride count. This is also where all of your nutrition planning comes together. Before you know it, it will be "taper time", and you'll wonder if you've done enough. So get ready for September.. " Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it."- Bill Cosby
    about 5 years ago
  • August 02

  • sonarman has joined The GFT Tribe
    about 6 years ago
  • February 11

  • SVS The GFT Tribe It looks like KAR is about the only one posting, so it is time for the rest of you to join the action!! As one of the 'original' TRIBE menbers, I stay in the backgrounds, lurking, observing, offering mundane or obvious suggestions. And over the past 20 years, FRED still offers some of the best events in the country!! The events are just not for you to attend, they are for you to get "INVOLVED" with. Volunteer when you are not participating, and bring your friends along. Don't just sit back, GET VOCAL!! That's what the "TRIBE" is all about. Ask 'Bill the Cat', if you can find him. Or 'HAMMY', 'IRONTOE', or the very obvious "TATOOED BEAUTY". OK, I shook some memories. And at the top of the list will always be "ROCK ON SUZY"!! So start asking/posting/making memories. This will be some of the most fun you will ever have. TAZ
    about 6 years ago
  • SVS has joined The GFT Tribe
    about 6 years ago
  • January 02

  • theforge The GFT Tribe I'm in. Paid up on Monday. Got two HIMs in the first quarter, so the ultra distance training will not start until after. But this offseason was minimal.
    about 6 years ago
  • January 01

  • KAR The GFT Tribe Good evening, peeps! Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!..I'm sure most of you are into strength training routines...Today was the first step to another tri season. I got up early, hit the pool for 20 minutes of laps. A couple of hours later, I rode 18.5 windy miles. After the bike ride, I stretched, changed shoes, hydrated and ran 3.5 miles, listening to Dave Matthews. The first steps for another tri season are in the logbook...I hope all of you realize your dreams this year, whether it's a Kona slot, or simply finishing your first tri... See you at the races. G 'bye.
    about 6 years ago
  • December 11

  • KAR The GFT Tribe This forum is usually slow after race season, looks like everyone has gone into hibernation. Lets see if someone is out there...Hello!!!...I had a visitor from my past pay a visit, and now I can get rid of them. That's right, plantar fasciitis. It came back sometime in mid October, so I had to stop running. I did the half IM on November. Bike went really well, just under 3 hours for 56 miles, considering it was real windy. I taped my foot real good in T2 and shuffled/stumbled/plodded/ and limped a 2:40 half marathon. I was OK with that, considering I hadn't run in a few weeks. Next up, a half marathon in Weston on Dec.9. I've done 'em before on very little training, but that was a carry-over from IM training. But I've never done one being out of shape AND injured.I had no idea of the suffering I was in for...Race morning was normal. Foot taped up rock solid, game plan was to start out slow, relax, go easy, finish, enjoy post race. At 10k, I was just under one hour. Shortly after, that's when everything came unraveled. I felt like I was going in slow motion. Every stride felt like someone was driving a nail into my right heel, and started a limp. At about mile 8, my left knee started hurting, probably from dragging my right leg. I thought about dropping out. I started shuufling, I was being passed alot, and there was nothing I could do about it. At about mile 11, both groin muscles were hurting. I was a train wreck. Just beofre the last turn before the the finish was a small group cheering on everybody. When I got to them, they looked at me in stone silence, mouth open. One of them said "you OK?" I turned the last corner and headed to the finish line, and the last thing I needed was someone taking my picture..I crossed the finish line and kept walking, got to my truck, changed clothes and drove the slow road home. I couldn't wait to get out of there...
    about 6 years ago
    • KARcontinued... I think I finished in about 2:25 or so. I listened to Norah Jones on the way home and did some serious reflecting. I want to make sure there is a silver lining to such a poor performance. I made a few vows, which I won't share here, except one and that is to say that I'll NEVER let myself get to a point so low. What was I thinking?? And just how much counseling do I need?!... I'm going to forget the next couple of races, so the next one will be in Miramar on Jan 19th. Then prep begins for the next tri season. Yahoo!!... Hope everyone is enjoying the Holidays. Happy Hanukkah! Lots of cool tri toys out, hopefully Santa remembers everybody. Have a Safe and Happy New Year.
      10:58 AM December 11
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IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Returns to the U.S. In 2017
5/26/2015 3:40:47 PM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

Chattanooga, Tennessee, Lake Placid, New York, and St. George, Utah Named as Finalists

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IRONMAN today announced that the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship triathlon will be held in the United States. Three cities, all of which currently host IRONMAN® or IRONMAN® 70.3® races, have been named as the finalists in the selection process - Chattanooga (Tennessee), Lake Placid (New York) and St. George (Utah). In addition, the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be a two-day event - with the professional women and age group women racing on one day and the professional men and age group men racing on the other.

"With the global explosion of IRONMAN 70.3 races, we expect approximately 4,500 athletes from around the world to qualify for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, which is too many for a single day of racing," said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. "We are focused on providing more opportunities for women to race with us globally and, after consulting with members of our Women For Tri Board, felt that having a separate race for female professional and age group athletes would be a strong step forward for our sport."

The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship began an annual global rotation in 2014 in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. This August, the prestigious event will be held in Europe for the first time - in Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria. The 2016 race shifts to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time - in Queensland, Australia's Sunshine Coast. Domestic and international competitors will earn the right to compete in the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship by qualifying at nearly 90 IRONMAN 70.3 events around the world beginning in July 2016.

"The rotation of the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has elevated the race and allowed athletes from all over the world to experience a World Championship event at fantastic locations," added Messick. "The finalists for the 2017 championship are all tremendous hosts to IRONMAN races and provide courses well suited for an event of this caliber. These cities also provide our athletes and their families world-class hospitality and endless scenic and entertainment options."

Finalists:

Chattanooga, Tennessee - Chattanooga, known throughout the Southeastern U.S. as the Scenic City with a vibrant downtown, lures athletes with its dramatic backdrop, idyllic weather and low-key southern charm. Host to IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events, Chattanooga provides a fast course with a swim in the Tennessee River. Four bridges cross the river over the swim and a pedestrian Riverwalk runs along the entire swim course making it ideal for spectators. Chattanooga is just 90 minutes from Atlanta and is full of attractions, eclectic dining spots and great places to stay.

Lake Placid, New York - Having hosted two Olympic Games (1932 and 1980), this charming town knows how to deliver a world-class athletic event. Lake Placid, located in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, hosts IRONMAN Lake Placid, the longest-running American event aside from the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. Lake Placid has the amenities of a large city and the convenience of a small town, offering high-end restaurants, shopping and world-class accommodations.

St. George, Utah - This striking Southwestern community currently hosts the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship. St. George offers breathtaking scenery and views of the surrounding red rock canyons. The city's walkable downtown area offers great local fare and boutique shopping. St. George is also only two hours from the nightlife of Las Vegas, with its never-ending entertainment options.

More than 200,000 athletes will participate in the global IRONMAN 70.3 Series during the 2016 season, which consists of nearly 90 events in locations such as Australia, Brazil, Malaysia and South Africa. Participants in the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will range in age from 18 to 80-plus and will represent over 60 countries. Each age-group winner at the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will automatically qualify for the 2016 championship.

For more information about the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, please visit www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/ironman-70.3/world-championship.
 
 
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Chile Will Host a Challenge Family Triathlon in Puerto Varas
5/7/2015 10:10:52 AM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

Challenge-Puerto-Varas.pngChile will host the country's first Challenge Family triathlon on February 13, 2016 with the announcement of the half distance CHALLENGE PUERTO VARAS.

Puerto Varas, one of the most beautiful regions and cities in southern Chile is also known as "La ciudad de las rosas" or "the city of roses. It was formed from the German Colonization with immigrants who settled here between 1852 and 1853 and as such has a strong German heritage integrated with its South American culture.

The CHALLENGE PUERTO VARAS course is centered around this iconic South American town and includes the beautiful landscapes of the region, highlighting the imposing Osorno Volcano and Lake Llanquihue. Puerto Varas is also known for its adventure tourism with lots of water sports, particularly kayaking and canyoning and its strong German heritage and architecture combine with the South American culture.

The 1.9km two lap swim course takes place in the calm and crystal waters of Lake Llanquihue.

The three-lap 90km bike course runs along the shores of Lake Llanquihue heading towards Ensenada, where the majesty of the Osorno Volcano is constantly with athletes, towering over the lake views.

The half marathon run course is a fast, flat three laps also along the shores of Lake Llanquihue before finishing in the heart of the city.

The CHALLENGE PUERTO VARAS prize purse will be the highest in the history of triathlon in Chile at 20,5 million pesos (€30,000).

Edmundo Foncesca, CHALLENGE PUERTO VARAS spokesperson said the event would offer Chile's growing triathlon community outstanding opportunity.

"The idea of doing a half distance in the city of Puerto Varas, aims to offer the growing community of triathletes, not only Chileans and the region but to the international community, another career option where you can test the capabilities of each athlete. In addition the event will involve the whole family in this spectacular location, as is typical of the Challenge Family series of events. Chile and the region and Puerto.Varas, deserves to have this triathlon and we look forward to see you on February 13, 2016 along with your entire family," he said.

Renowned Chilean triathlete Marcelo Galvez gave the event his full support, "Puerto Varas is an excellent choice to run a triathlon because besides being able to participate in this event, athletes can enjoy exploring the area and discovering great places: Up to Osorno volcano, visit the town of Frutillar and taste its exquisite local cuisine, shop around the city of Puerto Montt and revel in cocinerías ... personally I'm really excited to visit CHALLENGE PUERTO VARAS!"

Puerto Varas is located in the southern Chilean province of Llanquihue, in the Los Lagos Region.

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For further information and entries, please visit www.challenge-puertovaras.com.
 
 
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Pro Prize Purse Added to TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon
4/9/2015 10:36:14 AM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

Pro triathletes to compete for $25,000 prize purse offered by Philadelphia Insurance Companies

trirock-philly-logo.pngLaunched in partnership with Presenting Sponsor Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), the PHLY Cup Pro Division will return to the 2015 Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon. Held in conjunction with the Olympic distance race on Sunday, June 28, the PHLY Cup offers pro triathletes the chance to compete for a prize purse totaling $25,000.

"This exciting event draws world-class athletes and weekend warriors, helping to put a spotlight on the City of Philadelphia and raise both money and awareness for important charities," shared Philadelphia Insurance Companies President and CEO Bob O'Leary. "It's a unique event where you can find the top professionals in their sport compete on the same course as everyday athletes. TEAMPHLY loves hosting and competing each year."

The PHLY Cup prize purse of $25,000 (split evenly between the men and women top finishers), breaks down as follows:

• Winner - $6,000
• Runner-up - $3,500
• 3rd place - $1,500
• 4th place - $1,000
• 5th place - $500

"With other races cutting support for pros, we knew it was important to the industry for us to continue offering a prize purse," said Nick Lynch, TriRock Triathlon Series. "We are beyond proud of our partnership with Philadelphia Insurance Companies and look forward to a great event in June with the best in triathlon competing on one of the most challenging Olympic distance courses in the US. We'll be announcing our pro field shortly and we expect it to be as strong as ever."

The 11th annual event features three days of activities including a Multi-Sport Expo starting on Friday, June 26 and a Sprint distance race at 7:30 am on Saturday, June 27. Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia culminates with an Olympic distance event at 6:30 am on Sunday, June 28, which will welcome some of the best pro triathletes in the country.

Fairmount Park will host the scenic and challenging race and fun, family atmosphere, with a finish line concert taking place on both days of the event. The start, finish and transition areas will be located just off of Martin Luther King Drive, near the base of Black Road.

Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia will provide participants with a finisher's medal, technical t-shirt, red carpet finish, post-race breakfast and beer garden. Participants will pick up race packets at the two-day Expo held Friday and Saturday of event weekend.

For more information about the TriRock Triathlon Series or to register for Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon presented by Philadelphia Insurance Companies please visit TriRockSeries.com.
 

Chattahoochee Challenge Half Joins TOUGHMAN Series
4/6/2015 9:23:54 AM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

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We are pleased to announce the addition of the TOUGHMAN Ga, Chattahoochee Challenge to the TOUGHMAN Half Iron Series. Formerly the Chattahoochee Challenge Half, TOUGHMAN Ga, Chattahoochee Challenge will take place in Columbus on April 23, 2016. The addition of the new half iron distance triathlon to the TOUGHMAN Half Iron Series makes us the the 2nd LARGEST Half Iron Series in the US with 11 races.

The triathlon event takes place in Columbus, Georgia which is on the Georgia / Alabama border. About 110 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and 81 miles east of Montgomery, AL.

"Having Tri Columbus join our family of races is in line with our philosophy of providing a standardized, great race experience but in keeping with the local grass roots feel." says Richard A. Izzo, Owner & Founder of TOUGHMAN Half Series.

The event will start off with a 1.2 mile swim course which is down river for the first 3/4 of the swim and then back up the Chattahoochee to the swim exit. Athletes will then go out on the out and back 56 mile bike course which is a fast ride, with rolling hills through Fort Benning. The route has a total ascent of 2128.16 ft and has a maximum elevation of 509.78 ft. After the bike they will head out on to a 2-loop, 13.1 mile run that will take them through historic Columbus, with aid stations at every mile mark. The route has a total ascent of 395.78 ft. Athletes then finish smack-dab in the middle of one of the annual Music Festivals, in downtown Columbus.

This will be a qualifier for the TOUGHMAN Half Iron Series Championship in New York that will take place on September 11th 2016.
Registration for all races are open at www.TOUGHMANTri.com

About Tri Columbus
Tri Columbus GA is a premier sports firm specializing in event production, management, and corporate sports marketing development. Dedicated to the creation, development and management of participant and endurance sports including those of running, swimming, and cycling, Tri Columbus Ga produces events in the local and surrounding communities.

ABOUT the TOUGHMAN Half Iron Series
The TOUGHMAN Series is currently 11 races in the US with locations in: FL, Columbus Ga, Richmond IN, Tupper Lake NY, Sherwood WI, Ocean Shores WA, Chisago MN, Pell City AL, Provo UT and Santa Fe NM. The series Championship in Croton on Hudson New York has a closed bike course with over $30,000 worth of age group awards as well as a $4500 cash purse!
for more information www.TOUGHMANTri.com
 

Japan shows its class at the Paratriathlon Asian Championships
12:00:00 AM ITU News
Japan showed anew why it is considered Asia"s triathlon power house by winning six of the eight classes contested in Mt. Mayon ASTC Asian Paratriathlon Championships held for the first time in Legazpi City, in the Philipines. Kaji Tetsuki, a silver medalist in the World Cup race in Magog, led the Japanese charge as he took the honors of crossing the finish line first among the paratriathletes that came from eight countries, to win the Men PTS5 category in a close race with runner-up Sato Keichi just 5 seconds behind, while in third place was Korean Jong Kwan Kim who negotiated the distance in 1:16.17 in the race described as the most scenic triathlon in the country with majestic Mt. Mayon serving as backdrop. Jumpei Kimura won the Men PTWC class with an even faster time after adjustments as he crossed the finish line at the Legazpi Boulevard in 1:03.20 initiating a Japanese sweep of the category as Ryota Yoshida finished more than two minutes behind him in 1:05.41 while Seiji Tanaka was a distant third in 1:10.36. In the Men PTVI is where the Philippines fielded blind twins Joshua and Jerome Nelmida, Hong Kong’s Kim Wa Chu broke the Japanese streak as he finished in 1:05.18 for the gold, followed by Zhaladin Abduvaliev. The other winners in the paratriathlon events were Kenshiro Nakayama in the Men PTS2 category in 1:17.58 while Kenji Hashimoto was a distant second in 1:30.02 , while lone entry Wakako Tsuchida won in the Women PTWC ( wheelchair )  clocking 1:11.32. Another lone bet, Yukako Hata in the Women PTS2 with her 1:25.58 finishing time, and the pair of Maruo Atsuku and Keiko Suzuki in the Women PTVI with Atsuku finishing first in 1:20.19 while Suzuki submitted a finishing time of 1:16.17.
World champions France power to European mixed relay gold
12:00:00 AM ITU News
The French team announced days before the European Championships that their goal here in Glasgow was to add the European title to their collection for this year, and they delivered. With the current European winner, Pierre Le Corre, and bronze medallist Cassandre Beaugrand, in the team along with Leonie Periault and Dorian Coninx, the French squad cemented their options and proved that they are serious contendents for the inaugural mixed Relay at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The silver medal was for the Swiss team, led by a fantastic Nicola Spirig, while the Belgians claimed the bronze medal. Seventeen teams lined up in the pontoon at the Strathclyde Loch for the first leg of the relay, with Belgium’s Claire Michel -5th in the women’s event two days ago- taking the lead out of the swim and into the 6km of the bike course. She was quickly caught by Periault, with Anna Godoy Contreras from Spain and Melanie Santos from Portugal closely behind and they all went together for the run segment. Behind them, some of the usually strong countries like Great Britain or Switzerland struggled and were left quickly behind, opening a considerable gap. France, Belgium and Portugal went almost together in first place into the second leg, with men’s individual gold medallist Le Corre keeping the rhythm, and it what it looked like the second edition of the individual race, Spaniard Fernando Alarza flew to pass both the Frenchman and Belgium’s Jelle Geens. The three of them opened a gap that looked enough to grant them some safety for the two remaining legs, but the Swiss had a gun in their pockets. A gun named Nicola Spirig, six times European Champion, and entering the water almost one minute behind the leaders, but exiting in the top group. It was a matter then of a few kilometers until the veteran Swiss left all of them behind on the bike to then finish with a fantastic run by herself, to give the last relay to her teammate Sylvain Fridelance in the first place. Dorian Coninx caught him half way through the swim, but both of them stayed together since then and until the run segment, with Marten Van Riel hanging on in the third place, knowing that some of the men behind him -Spain, Italy, Russia and Hungary- hat to serve a time penalty for swim behaviour and they all decided to serve it in the last leg. Coninx only had to push once in the run to leave the Swiss a few meters behind, enough to grant them the European title. And to much delight of Beaugrand, it was the...
Frenchman Le Corre takes his first European Crown
12:00:00 AM ITU News
France’s Pierre Le Corre secured this afternoon at Strathclyde Park, in Glasgow, his first ever European title, with Spaniard Fernando Alarza claiming silver after an astonishing run leg and Belgium’s Marten Van Riel finishing in third place. In an afternoon with bits of sunrays and bits of rain, it was to nobody’s surprise that Slovakia’s Richard Varga finished the 1500m swim in the first place. Two laps around the Strathclyde Loch that were brutal for most of the athletes, in which only Jorgen Gundersen (NOR) and Germany’s Linus Stimmel were able to follow Varga. The reigning European sprint champion was first to mount his bike for the 40km cycle section, but he was quickly caught in transition by a group of eight more athletes, including local favourite Alistair Brownlee (GBR), Jonas Schomburg (GER), Pierre Le Corre and Marten Van Riel, among others. The nine-man group tried to work together and halfway through the bike they had a lead of over one minute, with the big chase group, led by Spaniard Alarza, struggling a bit in the narrow course. The Spaniard knew that his options passed by keeping the leaders no more than one minute away, and he worked tirelessly to avoid that gap increasing. But in the lead group, the aim was just the contrary. The leading pack was very compact and seemed very well organized and together they entered the second transition for the final 10km run.  The race started taking shape on the first lap with Le Corre, Van Riel and Brownlee quickly breaking away and Varga out of the competition due to cramps. And it was the moment then for Alarza’s show. He kept a cool head and produced a monstrous performance on the run. On the first lap he attacked and overtook the second group of chasers, and by the fourth kilometer, he was already in fourth place. It was then when both Le Corre and Van Riel increased the pace and left the older Brownlee behind. With him on sight, Alarza flew looking strong and confident, and it was a matter of a couple of kilometers that the Spaniard managed to pass the British star. He still had petrol in his engine to catch Van Riel, who lost contact with the Frenchman on the final lap. Le Corre managed to maintain the lead until he crossed the finish line to claim his first European title, stopping the clock in 1 hour 47 minutes 17 seconds, just 11 seconds ahead of Fernando Alarza, all smiles in the last few meters of the race knowing that his was not only the silver medal, but also the...
France in hunt for mixed relay gold in the European Championships
12:00:00 AM ITU News
Everything is ready in Strathclyde Park in Glasgow for the Mixed Relay European Championship, and with 17 teams toeing the start line, current World Champion France is in the hunt for another gold. “I hope to bring home another medal,” women’s bronze medallist Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) said. “We have good cohesion and all understand each other very well. We’re looking for a European title as we have the world title,” the 21-year-old added. Confidence levels within the team have risen after Pierre Le Corre dominated the men’s event. He will join the French squad and look to add another European gold, along with teammates Leonie Periault and Dorian Coninx, the later fresh for the relay as he didn’t take part in the individual race. But the task won’t be easy. Belgium is putting up a really strong team as well, with Claire Michel, Jelle Geens, Valerie Barthelemy and Christophe de Keyser. The bronze medallist in the individual race, Marten van Riel, will be a reserve, but the line up can change up until two hours before the race. “We have a good team, we’re in the mix for the podium. It will all come down to little details”, said Michel. Also quite strong is the Swiss squad, with the six times European Champion Nicola Spirig doing the third leg of the relay. With her will be Lisa Berger, Sylvain Fridelance and Andrea Salvisberg, all ready to get some valuable points on the ranking list to try to qualify the team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Great Britain will be pushed by the home crowd to improve on their fourth place at the world championships in Hamburg in July, but it won’t be easy. The team will be a quite young one and probably not so used to work together as some other teams, but India Lee, Beth Potter, Iestyn Harrett and Barclay Izzard are all pretty strong triathletes, and in the super short distance of the Relay they can put up a great performance.  Spain cannot be ruled out, either, with men’s silver medallist Fernando Alarza taking on the second leg of the race. He will be accompanied by Anna Godoy Contreras, Antonio Serrat Seoane and Sara Perez Sala, ready to compete after the crash that left her out of the competition this Thursday. The Netherlands, fifth in the 2018 world rankings, will try to make up for a poor performance in the individual events despite not entering their best team. And current European champions, Denmark, will be also playing the underdog card, with a team pretty used to work together. Norway has withdrawn...
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