Friday, September 27, 2013

ITU World Cup Season Continues in Alicante

The 2013 World Cup season continues in Alicante this weekend, with big fields turning out for the second event in Spain this year. It’s the first World Cup event in the coastal city and the course will take in a two-lap 1.5km swim in the Port of Alicante, followed by a hilly and technical six-lap 43km bike course and finishes with a four-lap flat 10km run.

The start list in Elite Women includes the Netherlands Rachel Klamer, Italy’s Alice Betto, the Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova, Great Britain’s Katie Hewison, Austria’s Lisa Perterer, Australia’s Felicity Sheedy-Ryan, South Africa’s Gillian Sanders, Belgium’s Katrien Verstuyft and Germany’s Rebecca Robisch. Frintova is already a World Cup winner, while Klamer picked up the elite women’s 2013 European Championship title.

In Elite Men line up includes World Cup winners Mark Buckingham (GBR), Brendan Sexton (AUS) and Simon De Cuyper (BEL), as well as Italy’s Davide Uccellari, Germany’s Gregor Bucholz, Russia’s Igor Polyanksiy and Andrey Bryukhankov. There is also a big team flying the flag at home in Spain, including Francesc Godoy and Jesus Gomar.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Spike in Interest in Hever Castle Triathlon

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Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee took gold and bronze in the triathlon at the London Olympics last year and have spark interest in the Hever Castle Triathlon. The organisers are getting ready to welcome over 5,000 competitors including first timers, 1,300 children and 400 participants taking on The Gauntlet (new half iron distance) on Saturday and Sunday (September 28/29).

On Saturday morning close to 2,000 participants will compete in the sprint distance with many raising money for charity.

The Saturday afternoon will see parents cheer on their children with 1,300 of them aged between 8 and 15 - a record - trying to grasp their own bit of family glory at the Hever Castle Triathlon in the largest children's triathlon in the world.

The children, including 116 pairs of siblings, are hoping to follow in the Brownlee brothers footsteps as they race around the stunning grounds of Hever Castle.

This year 65 schools battle it out for the Inter Schools Tournament trophy with one school (St Lawrence Primary School, Stone Street, near Sevenoaks) entering 20 children and 20 parents including the head teacher trying her hand at her first triathlon in a bid to fundraise for a new classroom.

There will be proud parents aplenty whether they plan to spectate or compete themselves.

The Gauntlet, is the new half iron distance race (1.9km swim / 90km cycle / 21km run), that has attracted serious triathletes from across Europe to race around the scenic Kent countryside, including the 13th world ranking triathlete, David McNamee.

The Hever Castle Triathlon is part of the Markel Castle Triathlon Series which is increasingly well known for the beautiful venues and scenic grounds, held at iconic castles across Europe, promising a high quality triathlon festivals and race for all levels, from first-timers and children, to elite performers.

Spectators can enjoy a festival atmosphere at the event village at the Hever Castle Triathlon this weekend whilst they watch the races, including archery, live bands, refreshments, hot air balloon, bouncy castle and access to the castle grounds (Adults pay £5/children aged 5 – 15 pay £3).

Channel 4 are sending a camera crew and helicopter to take in the action. Footage is due to be broadcast on Channel 4 (7am Sunday October 13), Sky Sports and EuroSport.

Competitors can enter the 2014 events and receive a 30 per cent discount for a limited period of time by visiting, or for more information follow the organisers on Facebook (Castletriathlonseries) or Twitter (@CastleTriathlon).

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

More than 200 compete in triathlon festival in rain

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WORTH TWP — More than 200 participants show up at Saturday's Mighty Moraine Man Triathlon Festival despite of heavy rains.

The event which was held at Moraine State Park featured a Half-Ironman race — which is a 1.2 mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run — and an Olympic distance triathlon — which is a .9-mile swim, a 27-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run.

Joella Baker, race director, said rain can slow racers down, particularly when biking. She said that one person quit the race because the rain was too heavy and some people had mechanical problems with their bicycles.
But most racers stuck it out.

“Despite the rain, it's going very well,” Baker said.

This was the first time for the event, which had the first Half-Ironman ever in Western Pennsylvania. The park has made a five-year commitment to hold the event.

Racers swam in Lake Arthur. The bike course took racers outside the park and up toward Slippery Rock, while the running was on trails in the park.

The races were designed for both beginners and experienced competitors. Baker said she was amazed by the number of beginners who attended.

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