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  • 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 5 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
  • October 30

  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe to all the tribe members but especially edad,yellowcake and kar-thanks for all the chat and help prior to the race-it was a good'un. Im even thinking of the aquabike next year!!!-good swim- fair/easy bike-mega hard run from 9 miles -but thats ultra racing eh?even got a glass because i apparently won my age group- next year im 50 so a whole new bunch of fellas to race with, cant wait! great to meet you e-dad, sorry i missed you yellowcake....now for a winter of long and easy rides,runs and swims everybody...enjoy. thanks to somer sports it was great
    about 5 years ago
  • October 25

  • theforge The GFT Tribe Where are the freaking pictures? I can't navigate that website. All I find is some place where you put your name email and number and you get told you will be notified when your pictures are ready. Aren't they supposed to be up now?
    about 5 years ago
  • October 21

  • KAR The GFT Tribe Congratulations to all who made it across the finish line!! It was a LONG and GRUELING and you've earned your finishers medal. Now put your bike and swim goggles away and get ready for the running season!
    about 5 years ago
    • yellowcakeWhat an awesome race! Absolutely loved the courses - all of them! I had a huge fan club, my wonderful family, who cheered BIG time throughout the race. I took it super easy on the bike because I was really worried about the heat (for us northerners...) and it paid off in spades on the run. The volunteers were 'over the top awesome' and always ready to help. The best part of this race is the multiple bike and run loops. You get to see so many people and really feel like you're part of a big race. This was my first iron distance and a truly incredible experience. Thanks to everyone who made this possible! And special thanks to the Iron Cowboy who asked if the '52' on my calf was an error. Shouldn't it be 25? Yeah...made my day :-).
      6:50 PM October 22
    • EnduradadCongrats! Floridia is really a nice place to be on October!
      Spirit also got 1st in his A.G.
      2:43 PM October 23
    • KARYellowcake, it was an unbelievable day wasn't it?! It's OK to have that big smile on your face, it's going to be there awhile!! When you watch the Hawaii IM, you can get emotional watching the ag finshers cross the finish, you know what it's like! ... Congrats to you, too, E-Dad!! Great job!
      9:42 AM October 24
  • October 15

  • theforge has joined The GFT Tribe
    about 6 years ago
  • October 14

  • KAR The GFT Tribe Just a couple of important items to pass along before the Big Dance. By now, this race had better be in the forefront of your thinking. Mental preparation, race visualization. Be sure to have a plan and stick with it, no matter what. It's tempting, when you feel good after the swim, then as your flying down Cherry Lake Rd, to overdo it on the bike. Slow down, then back off a bit more!! Remember, you're setting yourself up for the marathon... Don't worry about Sugarloaf. I believe it's a half mile long, at 7 percent at it's steepest. There is a slight downhill leading into it, but that's after a sharp turn. Pay attention to Jalarmey Road. It's a short climb, but there is also a sharp, hidden turn that won't give you much momentum before going up it. It's just a pain in the ass...Lastly, stick to the plan that got you this far. Don't throw it away on race day. Don't worry about your time, no one cares, only that you made it across the finish line. Good luck to all of you, and remember John Collins quote: "Swim 2.4 miles. bike 112 miles, then run a marathon, all in one day. Then brag for the rest of your life."
    about 6 years ago
  • October 12

  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe cheers edad see you later next week
    about 6 years ago
  • Enduradad Good luck to all of you heading down this weekend. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Enduradad
    about 6 years ago
  • October 10

  • yellowcake Spirit of 1989 Taper is going well. A little odd for me since I just finished 2 weeks of mostly cycling. So I'm catching up on my swimming - started to grow gills. Doing 3800 meters tomorrow morning, then Friday I pack up to drive to FLA. I have a business conference in Destin, Fl, so will finish my taper in Destin. BTW - anyone know of any good bike routes in Destin? I'll check garmin and map my ride to see if there are any public routes, but would appreciate first hand info, if anyone has it. Looking for a 25-30 mile loop that I can do several times (and circle back by my car for refueling).
    about 6 years ago
  • Spirit of 1989 Enduradad looking forward to some up tempo stuff in the next week plus loads of sleep what about you e-dad/yellowcake taper going well?
    about 6 years ago
    • EnduradadThings are going well here in Indiana. Leaves are changing and starting to get frost in the mornings.
      5:03 AM October 11
  • October 08

  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe only got 1 more really big session-20 mile run Weds morning- then I can look forward to the nice weather-E-Dad whats the sketch with the swim has the weather been really hot there and caused the lake temp to rise? Im a bit concerned as im a fair bit slower in the water without my wetsuit???
    about 6 years ago
    • EnduradadAlmost every year at GFT has been wet-suit legal.
      The current night temps are mid 60's and the rain that came through should also keep it cool.
      Sometimes the lake has some chop from the lake affect winds.
      10:11 AM October 08
    • Spirit of 1989all the training is now done!!! ran 2:55 this morning over the sand dunes and woodland trails. just some faster stuff now then ....to use a wolfgang deitrich quote(got to be read with a german accent!!!) "I make my race and in a few hours we will see" Im so looking forward to it now hope everyone else is in good order
      8:36 AM October 10
    • Spirit of 1989E-dad, can I borrow your EZ button for the race please?
      8:38 AM October 10
    • yellowcakeme too!!
      10:40 AM October 10
    • yellowcakehow much sun is there on the bike course? what about the run course?
      10:41 AM October 10
    • Spirit of 1989im hoping there will be loads of sun-we recently had a ufo report when the sun came out ...ho ho ho...judging from the photos it all looks nice. might not come home with white legs!!!
      3:09 PM October 10
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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
 

Africa and Europe announce their 2018 Competition Calendar
12:00:00 AM ITU News
For the European Triathlon Union (ETU), the season will start with the Winter Triathlon European Championships, to be held in Catania (Italy) on the 12 of February. And ahead, the European triathletes will have a busy season, with 13 European Championships along the season, from the Elite one in Glasgow in August to the Sprint distance one in Tartu (Estonia) in July or the U23 in the city of Eilat, in Israel, in October. The ETU Multisport Championships Festival will take place at the end of October, where the Cross Triathlon and Duathlon titles will be decided, along with the Standard and Sprint Duathlon titles (Standard Distance for Elite, U23 and AG and Sprint Distance for Juniors, Para and AG), Aquathlon and Middle Distance titles. There will also be a chance to play with the new format of Aquabike. No titles, just a demonstration event. A whole week of events and the best excuse ever to go to Ibiza (Spain) in October. The backbone of the annual racing calendar for European athletes is the series of European Cup events that will reach in 2018 all corners of the Old Continent. With the season starting once again in Gran Canaria (Spain), in early March, ETU can offer a full programme of events that will attract the best European athletes to the 21 European Cups on dispute this season. New additions as Olsztyn in Poland, or classic ones such as Tiszjauvaros or Alanya, will welcome athletes from all Europe for the European Cups and the Junior European Cups, and the finale in 2018 will be hosted in Huelva (Spain). Click here for the full ETU calendar African triathletes will head to Rabat, in Morocco, in April for the ATU Triathlon African Championships, which will host also the Mixed Relays Championship as well as the Paratriathlon event, while the Duathlon Long Distance Championship will be in Luxor (Egypt) in October. In the 2018 season, the African Cup will be comprised of 10 events, all around the African continent, starting in Zimbabwe in February and finishing in Dakar (Senegal) in December, with stops in Rwanda, South Africa, Egypt, Tunisia, Namibia, and Morocco. Click here for the full ATU calendar  
Andrew Lewis ends Paratriathlon season in style in Sarasota
12:00:00 AM ITU News
The ITU Sarasota Paratriathlon World Cup might have been a triathlon turned duathlon, but it didn’t stop Great Britain’s Andrew Lewis from ending his season in style. High levels of algae in the water at Nathan Benderson Park, FL, USA, meant the final Para World Cup of the season was contested over the duathlon format of a 2.5km run, 18km bike and a 5km run. But, despite the change in course and stifling heat, the British Paratriathlete was still able to continue his dominance in the PTS2 category. Trialling a new blade and bike set-up in Sarasota, Lewis proved too quick for the rest of the field, completing the course in a time of 1:11:50, to claim his fourth win of 2017. The European, world and Paralympic champion held off a strong American challenge, with the USA’s Allan Armstrong (1:13:01) and Adam Popp (1:16:08) finishing second and third respectively. In the women’s PTS2 race, Paralympic bronze medallist Melissa Stockwell (1:46:20) took silver in her first international event since giving birth in August as Japan’s Yukako Hata secured the victory in a time of 1:33:45. Germany’s Benjamin Lenatz (58:19) was victorious in the men’s PTWC race, pulling away from the rest of the field on the 2.5km run. Australia’s Alex Welsh cut the deficit on the bike, before Lenatz finished strongly to win by over two and half minutes. Welsh (1:00:54) was next to cross the line to claim the silver medal, followed by Italy’s Pier Alberto Buccoliero (1:04:07), who completed the podium. Sixteen-year-old Ahalya Lettenberger continued her impressive start to her Paratriathlon career as she beat Mexico’s Brenda Osnaya Alvarez in a thrilling head-to-head battle in the women’s PTWC event. Lettenberger passed Alvarez on the final run to win by 31 seconds in a time of 1:19:15. Her win marked the US Paratriathlete’s first podium in international competition after finishing fourth at the World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, last month. Austria’s Oliver Dreier celebrated the win in the men’s PTS4 race, but there was just 21 seconds separating the top four Paratriathletes heading into transition one. Dreier pulled away on the bike, before extending his advantage on the final 5km run to win in a time of 1:05:05. The silver medal went to Ireland’s Tojo Lazzari (1:06:47) and bronze went to Denmark’s Hávard Vatnhamar (1:09:23). Mexico’s Jose Abraham Estrada Sierra (1:05:55) claimed his first international win of his career in the...
Rodrigo Gonzalez claims debut Sarasota World Cup title
12:00:00 AM ITU News
The first-ever 2017 Sarasota ITU World Cup champion was crowned to Mexico’s Rodrigo Gonzalez after he masterfully conquered the debut course. Despite having to serve a penalty, Gonzalez still managed to come out on top to secure his second world cup win and third world cup podium of the 2017 season. “It was a pretty tough week, I raced last weekend in Weihai and then was stuck in the Beijing airport, lost my bike in Dallas, got stuck in immigration for two hours and missed the briefing so I got the penalty. But I knew all of those things would make me stronger, so I am very glad I was able to use all of that. In my head I thought, this is just another thing I have to go through and I just am so happy that I was able to have a good race today,” said Gonzalez of his victory. Taking the silver medal was Marten Van Riel (BEL) who outfought USA’s own Kevin McDowell in the final moments of the race to come second. McDowell then collected the bronze. “I am very very happy to take the silver medal here. I didn’t expect it because the swim is one of my strong points and losing that in this race was a bummer for me. But I am just so happy for the second place,” Van Riel said of getting on the podium. With temperatures rising throughout the afternoon, a decision was made prior to the race that shortened the race to a sprint-distance course. In addition to the change in the race format, days earlier that put the original triathlon to a duathlon, which meant that the elite men would be completing a 2.5-kilometre run, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run. So, the field lined up to start the first run leg. Right off the bat Mexicans Crisanto Grajales and Gonzalez pushed the pace and became the early frontrunners in the first 2.5 kilometres. However, the extra effort came with the fact that both Grajales and Gonzalez entered the race knowing that they had to serve a 10-second penalty for missing the race briefing on Thursday. Therefore, the strategy came into effect and they finished the first leg and served the penalty while still putting themselves in good positions heading onto the bike. The rest of the roster was not far behind and it only took halfway through the first bike lap before the majority of the start list had formed a long train as the lead bike pack. USA’s Ben Kanute led the charge and kept the pace up. However, with only a short three-lap bike course, no breakaways happened, which meant that the second transition would be a busy one and...
Juri Ide returns to top of world cup podium with win in Sarasota
12:00:00 AM ITU News
It was a day of overcoming physical challenges as Japan’s Juri Ide conquered hot conditions to claim her first gold medal of the season at the 2017 Sarasota ITU World Cup. Ide had the strongest performance on the day, beating out the competition by almost a minute, which brought her back to the world cup podium as it was her first world cup victory since 2011. “Today was a very very hot and very very hard day, but I got my gold medal so I am very happy,” said Ide of her win. She went on to explain of the challenges she has faced this year, “I have been hurt many times. This year I also broke my finger in WTS Gold Coast and was in a bike accident in WTS Hamburg. However, I still love triathlon. I realized it is important to practice without giving up, so from now on I will try to do my best in the sport. With the incident that happened in Las Vegas, the earthquake in Mexico and the hurricane damages in the U.S., thank you for organising the race through all the serious and terrible problems.” Placing second was USA’s own Chelsea Sodaro, who made it onto her first world cup podium of her career, a great feat for the young athlete as it was also her first season competing at the ITU level. Taking the bronze medal was Julia Hauser (AUT), who with the third-place result also stepped onto her first world cup podium in her career. The debut race was welcomed with heat and humidity, that meant for some challenging conditions on the day. A couple days earlier the event was changed to a duathlon format due to over-forming amounts of green algae in the water, which meant the swim had to be canceled. The new course then featured a multisport run-bike-run format with distances of a 5-kilometre run, 40-kilometre bike, and a 10-kilometre run. All lined up, the field started out for a one-lap 5k around the Nathan Benderson Park. Coming into the first transition Sodaro was leading with a marginal advantage, but heading out onto the bike with a larger chase pack behind her she was not going to do the full 40-kilometres on a solo ride. So as the chase pack caught her on the first lap, the new leaders were formed. On the second lap the lead pack contained ten women, which included: Ide, Sodaro, Hauser, Katie Zaferes (USA), Dominika Jamnicky (CAN), Amelie Kretz (CAN), Taylor Spivey (USA), Chelsea Burns (USA), Adriana Barraza (MEX) and Maaike Caelers (NED). The frontrunners continued to gain time lap after lap over the chase group and as they entered the...
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