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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 6 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 6 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 6 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
 

Who are World Triathletes?
12:00:00 AM ITU News
For over twenty years the International Triathlon Union has worked hard to be the leading governing body for the sport of triathlon. Creating a path for triathletes of all ages, skill level and gender to showcase their skills and challenge themselves physically and mentally in a competitive swim, bike and run atmosphere. Triathlon derives from the combination of three sports: swim, bike and run. So, if the root of our sport involves the inclusion of three separate disciplines, why would we want our athletes to be any different? We pride ourselves on being a sport for every person. It doesn’t matter where you are from, how old you are or what skill level or experience you have, we believe every single person can Tri! We also believe in equality. From the start, we have promoted a fair sport for both men and women. In fact, we will always be extremely proud in our history as one of the only International Federations to have equal prize money for elite men and women competing. So, while we are Olympic focused, where we aid and promote athletes who compete to fulfil their Olympic and Paralympic goals, Elites are not our only athletes. In fact, elites make up only a small portion of ITU. We also have our Age-Group athletes, the ones who represent the sport in a variety of skill levels and ages. And those are the athletes we want to get to know! Did you know you can compete in triathlon when you are 87? It’s true! Just take Bill Ziering (USA) for example, who is a World Champion in his age category. Or did you know you can also compete in Age-Group events in different multisport categories? There are Age-Group Duathlon races! Thinking about how diverse our Age-Group athletes are, it got us thinking. These athletes from the around the world are much more than just racers classified behind an age category. They are so much more. They are athletes. They train for hours in a week. They dedicate their time. They make sacrifices. They step up to start lines. They cross finish lines. They are World Triathletes. So, who are World Triathletes? Well, the answer is simple…YOU ARE! We wanted a way to communicate to the thousands of Age-Group athletes from across themedia in a way that will band them together as a vital part of ITU and the triathlon community. So, when we talk to you on social media and at our races, you might hear us refer to you as World Triathletes, because that is what you are! You are more than just Age-Group athletes, you are...
Spivey and Iden win emphatic World Cup golds in Weihai
12:00:00 AM ITU News
On a hot Saturday morning along the coastline of China’s Shandong Province, the 2018 Weihai World Cup saw two superb champions as Norway’s Gustav Iden and USA’s Taylor Spivey took the tape. The sun was relentless and the bike course similarly sapping, but it was Spivey who set the tone for the day with a gutsy win to finish ahead of Annamaria Mazzetti (ITA) and Miriam Casillas Garcia (ESP). Iden then powered the bike section of the men’s race to make light of a post-swim gap to the leaders, hammering on home to finish ahead of Antonio Serrat Seoane (ESP) and Alex Yee (GBR). Men’s preview The men were first onto the beach for the start of only the second ever Weihai World Cup, and the crowds were out in force anticipating a fascinating battle on the bikes with a field packed with strong riders. Jorgen Gundersen had put himself into a useful lead over the likes of race number one Martin Van Riel, Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy and Italy’s Alessandro Fabian, but the top-ranked Belgian was back into pole position by the time the athletes had made it through T1. The bike segment then unfolded piece by piece, the long climb and fast downhill slowly shuffling the pack as Van Riel, Fabian and Spain’s Serrat took control of a big lead group of more than 20 riders. Also right in there were Great Britain’s Sam Dickinson, silver medallist at the U23 World Championships, and Alex Yee, also arriving from what was his first Olympic distance race at the Gold Coast and clearly enjoying himself in the front group. Gundersen made his move with two laps to go and went on a solo breakaway, coming out of T2 with a ten-second lead ahead of Germany’s Jonas Schomburg and 35 seconds on the main pack, but it only took one 2.5km lap for the likes of Van Riel, Serrat, Yee and Lasse Luhrs to make up the gap. With the heat bearing down on the athletes it was Iden who rolled the dice first, pushing out ahead and dropping Yee and Serrat with one lap to go. As the Norwegian hit the blue carpet he was able to enjoy the final few hundred metres to the line and soak up the cheers, while behind him the Spaniard managed to hold off Alex Yee to claim second, bronze for the Brit on a first World Cup podium, firmly underlining his credentials as a talent for the future. Germany’s Luhrs came home fourth with Spain’s Vicente Hernandez fifth. “I’m so relieved right now,” admitted Iden afterwards, “I was really nervous before the race and didn’t sleep very well, so...
Athletes’ chatter ahead of Weihai World Cup
12:00:00 AM ITU News
The Weihai World Cup returns for its second year this weekend, the beautiful coastal course featuring one of the toughest bike sections out there. A top-class field is ready to tackle the long climb and fast descent, and with the bike and swim familiarisations completed on Friday morning, here is what some of the athletes had to say about the race. Marten Van Riel (BEL) “The course is amazing and really plays to my strengths. I look forward to attacking the hill but the downhill will be really exciting, it’s a technical 60-70kph. Ideally want to attack the bike and bring some strong guys with me like Alessandro Fabian and Russell White who were great on a tough course in Karlovy Vary, but the likes of Rodrigo Gonzalez and Gustav Iden will always be there challenging too. My season has gone really well and been a good step up since last year, so this year’s consistency in the World Series has helped me forget some of the bad luck I had earlier in the year.” Taylor Spivey (USA) “This is my first time in China so I didn’t know what to expect but Weihai is beautiful and I always love a race by the ocean. It’s one of the most difficult bike courses i’ve done this year with the switchback followed by a technical descent, so it’ll take a strong cyclist to thrive in this race. The girls I train with, Yuko Takahashi and Claire Michel, are great cyclists so I know they’re really going to test me.” Gustav Iden (NOR) “It’s my first time racing in China and it’s very different to what I’m used to in Europe, but everything’s under control and I’m ready for this. The bike course suits me perfectly I think. it’s going to be a very hard triathlon but I’ve been training hard – I’m not the kind of guy who saves himself for the run so it’s going to be very good for me. It’s been a rollercoaster season, with great highs and some real lows – I’ve only finished 4 out of 11 this year with illness, crashes and flats which is disappointing, so I’ve changed my tyres! Now I need to finish the year on a high note.” Kaidi Kavioja (EST) “I got my first WC podium in Karlovy Vary and that was exciting, but the year as a whole has been very positive. I felt I underperformed last year but a new training group and new coach has been really good for me. There’ll be six girls from the Tri squad I train with and they are all strong, so if I’m near them I’ll know I’m in a good position. The support from the Asics World Triathlon team has been...
Triathlon action returns to Asia for Weihai World Cup
12:00:00 AM ITU News
The city of Weihai in the north-eastern corner of China will be the setting for the 12th stop of the 2018 World Cup season this weekend and, coming just a week after the WTS Grand Final on Australia’s Gold Coast, both the men’s and women’s races are filled with big-name talent. The athletes will tackle a challenging standard-distance course that begins with two laps in the waters of Halfmoon Bay before a six-lap ride that includes an energy-sapping 2km climb, rounding off with four loops of a fast and flat 2.5km coastal run course. Women’s preview Wearing the number one on Saturday will be USA’s Taylor Spivey, fresh from her solid 7th place on the Gold Coast. Having posted no fewer than six top ten WTS finishes this season and following her second place in Miyazaki last year and again in Cagliari just over three months ago, the American will be eager to deliver her first World Cup gold on Saturday. Lisa Perterer was the champion in that memorable race in Sardinia and, despite not quite hitting those heights since, she will know that she has the potential to take control of the race if the Austrian can get her tactics right on the bike. Standing in their way is a field rich in quality, however, not least Japan’s Yuko Takahashi, fresh from her Asian Games title, and the ever-present threat of Ai Ueda. The Belgian duo of Claire Michel and Valerie Barthelemy could also be potent challengers after strong showings in the WTS Grand Final, Michel no stranger to the World Cup podium where she would love to return for the first time since New Plymouth back in March. Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova rose to the occasion in Karlovy Vary to record a hard-earned gold on home turf a month ago, and Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja will be looking to follow up her excellent second place after Frintova edged a thrilling finale to that race. Also hoping to recreate a little Karlovy Vary magic will be Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti, who’s third place marked a stunning return to World Cup racing and a first podium in five years. Men’s preview Leading the line in the men’s race will be Marten Van Riel, who will be a man on a mission after bad luck plagued his WTS Grand Final last weekend. First, the Belgian was unseated by a Vincent Luis back wheel early on in the bike section, then his chain dropped heading into T2 having worked so hard to open up a sizeable gap over the pack. That will leave him hungry for success in Weihai, but the Belgian certainly...
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