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Karri Valley Triathlon – Race report, Matty White

I have been involved in the Team Latitude concept since its inception racing events such as the Port Douglas Long Course, Coles Bay and now Karri Valley Triathlon, and more importantly I enjoyed racing them all and had

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a fun weekend away giving back to the sport and meeting new people at grass roots races. I love racing low key events a few times a year as it gives the body a chance to relax and enjoy the atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the big races which can be quite full-on sometimes with sponsor and race commitments.

The good thing about Karri Valley was that there was no phone, internet or TV reception, which felt pretty good and gave everyone  chance to relax a bit more and converse. The Stadium Tri Club do a fantastic job with this event with everything being close by with the race location centralized within the resort which had great chalet style accommodation making everyone really comfortable.

mattyKVTRace Day was not ideal by any stretch of the imagination and was disappointing as most years I was told the race was held in sunny warm conditions. This year however it was raining hard and quite cold, and with the no wetsuit swim for the Open field it was not ideal for me who is USELESS in the cold conditions!

I had a great swim coming out in pack with Tim Berkel, Pete Roberton, Justin Brewer and Courtney Ogden, but as soon as we hit dry land, or should I say WET land thats where the fun started as Berkz took a 20m dive going over the speed hump, the rain was pelting down at this time and conditions were quite treacherous to say the least; full credit to Tim who got up and rode with us for the 1st lap before conceding to his battle scars.

I was joined on the bike by Robbo and Ogden, and I decided to ride hard at the front for the 1st lap primarily to stay warm more than anything! Robbo came around me at the start of lap 2 and drove the pace really hard, obviously still carrying some good leg strength from his 10th place at Ironman Melbourne a week before. The lift in pace shelled Ogden and eventually myself giving Robbo a minute lead into T2.

I was feeling quite good on the bike and was confident in my run despite coming off a really heavy training week, so I decided to try and use the run as my hard run set for the week and see what would happen. I caught Robbo at 2km who was obviously fatigued from Ironman. I pushed hard right to the end to hold off Courtney and win by about 4 minutes.

The course was challenging with some decent climbs on the ride and some cross country running and puddle jumping as you can see from my filthy race kit, but this was what made it fun and different and I urge any one who would like a great weekend away and a fun challenging event to come do this race.

Matty

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Karri Valley Triathlon – Race report, Matty White

I have been involved in the Team Latitude concept since its inception racing events such as the Port Douglas Long Course, Coles Bay and now Karri Valley Triathlon, and more importantly I enjoyed racing them all and had

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a fun weekend away giving back to the sport and meeting new people at grass roots races. I love racing low key events a few times a year as it gives the body a chance to relax and enjoy the atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the big races which can be quite full-on sometimes with sponsor and race commitments.

The good thing about Karri Valley was that there was no phone, internet or TV reception, which felt pretty good and gave everyone  chance to relax a bit more and converse. The Stadium Tri Club do a fantastic job with this event with everything being close by with the race location centralized within the resort which had great chalet style accommodation making everyone really comfortable.

mattyKVTRace Day was not ideal by any stretch of the imagination and was disappointing as most years I was told the race was held in sunny warm conditions. This year however it was raining hard and quite cold, and with the no wetsuit swim for the Open field it was not ideal for me who is USELESS in the cold conditions!

I had a great swim coming out in pack with Tim Berkel, Pete Roberton, Justin Brewer and Courtney Ogden, but as soon as we hit dry land, or should I say WET land thats where the fun started as Berkz took a 20m dive going over the speed hump, the rain was pelting down at this time and conditions were quite treacherous to say the least; full credit to Tim who got up and rode with us for the 1st lap before conceding to his battle scars.

I was joined on the bike by Robbo and Ogden, and I decided to ride hard at the front for the 1st lap primarily to stay warm more than anything! Robbo came around me at the start of lap 2 and drove the pace really hard, obviously still carrying some good leg strength from his 10th place at Ironman Melbourne a week before. The lift in pace shelled Ogden and eventually myself giving Robbo a minute lead into T2.

I was feeling quite good on the bike and was confident in my run despite coming off a really heavy training week, so I decided to try and use the run as my hard run set for the week and see what would happen. I caught Robbo at 2km who was obviously fatigued from Ironman. I pushed hard right to the end to hold off Courtney and win by about 4 minutes.

The course was challenging with some decent climbs on the ride and some cross country running and puddle jumping as you can see from my filthy race kit, but this was what made it fun and different and I urge any one who would like a great weekend away and a fun challenging event to come do this race.

Matty

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Yamba Classic – Race report

Yamba is a beautiful little coastal town, located only an hour from Coffs harbour heading north and what a great little place it is.

Elite Energy is leading the way in proving the community of endurance sport a chance to compete in events from single events or team event and Emo and the crew put on plenty for everyone to do. adam 1st

Sundays race, the Yamba Classic Triathlon, consisted of 2km swim 60km bike 15km run.

With a mass start it was great to be lined up against good friends you don’t normally  get to start with and a 2x1km lap swim it was always going to  be a battle for clear water, some how I wriggled my way through into a nice little gap at the front with Joey (can swim) Lampe, I settled in and relaxed through the swim, exiting 6th, then a 500m run to transition I put the hammer down to make inroads on lampe, Clarke, Lindsay Wall.

I felt great race morning and knew when I hit the bike, my power was up and my heart rate was low (thanks Garmin for the endless amazing data you provide threw your units) I could pull the trigger and so in pursue of the boys I caught Clarke and Wall quickly then moved into second, feeling good.

Lindsay and I road well together and to his credit he really has improved his bike and was solid as a rock. Knowing we had an American pro in the field that could run, and a shorter bike is my goal to get off the bike with some kind of run legs and in doing so needing to also out run Wall who is a great runner. adsy running

I Got my nutrition in well on the bike; 6x vanilla Power bar gels in one drink bottle and in good timing it had settled in my gut and left me ready to run. 15km is an awkward distance and it’s pretty much grip and rip and if you spend all your pennies at once then “what you can you do” but no you gave it a crack, running well in training I was feeling great and settled in early. Seeing Joey was up the road, I had moved into second holding 3.30pace at worst per km, I just needed to stay in front of American Benjamin Williams, and with a shorter bike, my lead was just not enough he managed to peg me with a few kms to go to his credit he is an amazing runner and did run the quickest run split.

A great hit out with 2nd fastest bike 3rd fastest run and a total time of 2hrs.57 and 3rd overall it was a great day out.

To elite energy and the team thank you for a wonderful weekend with you and look forwarded to heading down next year.

Podiums are hard to come by and this year I have managed 11 which I am so proud of and the support and wonderful people I have in my corner are why my results are so consistent I am so grateful and love the sport of triathlon it’s a privilege to race follow my racing and fun antics on Twitter, @adsygordon

Up next I am up at Noosa Triathlon with Garmin if you are around come and say hello.

 

Next race Forster Challenge.

 

Train hard recover smarter.

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Sunny Sunshine Coast 70.3 – Race report

The share excitement of a new race in the sunshine state and over 2000 athletes embarking on Mooloolaba it was always going to be a great weekend with every man and his dog up in Mooloolaba.

Race morning was outstanding the energy and excitement made for a great start to what was going to be a tough day with a great pro field, lined up on the start line looking out to the ocean it was a run hope and a skip into 4hrs of fun,

Swim was good managed to have a few guys around me so I was sitting ok with some extra swim training leading in I was stoked to be rewarded for my hard yards and have some feet for the swim thanks to young clarkey and the huub wetsuit  boys had made a good start.

It’s funny you no one day your drilling the front of the group next race your busting to stay in but that’s the beauty about racing hard and realising that we are not bullet proof and fatigue in the body is a lot longer than what we give it credit for, managing to stay in the group into T2 ride time 2hrs.11min it was not to bad considering someone had stolen my legs.

Run time and one thing I have noticed is that the run is now becoming a great war of courage either go out guns blazing and try and grip and rip it or take it a little easier and build in either way we can’t control anyone else so sticking to your plan is key – for the first time in a long time I walked every aid station and grovelled along feeling not one bit in control and taking on the thoughts of I just want to stop , but if there is one thing I do pride myself on it’s not  giving in even if it’s not what you think you can give -  in due respect to triathlon and being so grateful of being able to race as a professional athlete it’s my duty to finish no matter what we don’t leave work if we are having a bad day so I will always do my sponsours,family, friends proud and finish no matter what.

With that what I did and with great pride I pulled myself together and ran hard for the last 7km to finish the run in 1.20. in 8th overall and total time of  4.01.

Which when I look back at it I am so proud that for all the mental battles I had and I can honestly say that’s the best I could do on the day and I banked some great experience for just gutting it out.

Sunshine coast was a great race and one I will do again and look forwarded to in 2014 – to Pete Jacobs Your race just proves why you are one of the best in the world and a credit to you Pete.

Next race yamba classic elite energy.

 

adam

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Sunny Sunshine Coast 70.3 – Race report

The share excitement of a new race in the sunshine state and over 2000 athletes embarking on Mooloolaba it was always going to be a great weekend with every man and his dog up in Mooloolaba.

Race morning was outstanding the energy and excitement made for a great start to what was going to be a tough day with a great pro field, lined up on the start line looking out to the ocean it was a run hope and a skip into 4hrs of fun,

Swim was good managed to have a few guys around me so I was sitting ok with some extra swim training leading in I was stoked to be rewarded for my hard yards and have some feet for the swim thanks to young clarkey and the huub wetsuit  boys had made a good start.

It’s funny you no one day your drilling the front of the group next race your busting to stay in but that’s the beauty about racing hard and realising that we are not bullet proof and fatigue in the body is a lot longer than what we give it credit for, managing to stay in the group into T2 ride time 2hrs.11min it was not to bad considering someone had stolen my legs.

Run time and one thing I have noticed is that the run is now becoming a great war of courage either go out guns blazing and try and grip and rip it or take it a little easier and build in either way we can’t control anyone else so sticking to your plan is key – for the first time in a long time I walked every aid station and grovelled along feeling not one bit in control and taking on the thoughts of I just want to stop , but if there is one thing I do pride myself on it’s not  giving in even if it’s not what you think you can give -  in due respect to triathlon and being so grateful of being able to race as a professional athlete it’s my duty to finish no matter what we don’t leave work if we are having a bad day so I will always do my sponsours,family, friends proud and finish no matter what.

With that what I did and with great pride I pulled myself together and ran hard for the last 7km to finish the run in 1.20. in 8th overall and total time of  4.01.

Which when I look back at it I am so proud that for all the mental battles I had and I can honestly say that’s the best I could do on the day and I banked some great experience for just gutting it out.

Sunshine coast was a great race and one I will do again and look forwarded to in 2014 – to Pete Jacobs Your race just proves why you are one of the best in the world and a credit to you Pete.

Next race yamba classic elite energy.

 

adam

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Yeppoon 70.3 Race report

On a mission for a solid race after some good form heading into the weekend and a hole new mental preparation from training off road I headed up to Yeppoon 70.3 hungry to go in quietly confident to have a solid hit out and hopefully turn a few heads. adam gordon

Race morning rolled around and as you no or may not no the race starts at a lovely 8am so having a sleep in and rolling down to transition bellow your balcony makes a very easy race prep (gold).

Swim start with a beach start and a one way swim had everyone full of nerves with a plan to hang on for dear life I managed a better start and found myself trying to hang off the back of White, Clarke, Whistler I entered transition just behind them as they were exciting transition so I new with some solid bike intensity prior to the race I would catch them and with in 15 km had caught and passed the boys – and said to Ollie I reckon we can get across he kinda looked at me with a blank look maybe thinking no chance but I new I was able to and set off with one mission only to bridge across the 2.30 and at 60 km had caught the boys passing Munro, Fox, Roch, Robbins, and a few others I sat to my power and pulled the train along to my disgust seeing someone’s front wheels shadow between my legs I new they were rather close.

A ride time of 2.13 and a pack of boys sitting on we entered transition with reedy showing his share class and fabulous form he was up the road by 7 minutes and Berkel picking up a very bizarre penalty we had a a big group of boys racing for the minor placing’s and the chance to sneak onto the podium it was on, A few boys went out like an ITU race but with in 8 km I found myself in 3rd with Berkel in sight – hitting the 16 km mark and still Berkel in sight I new I just needed to hang in there and stay strong and I would end up in 3rd. and contemplated so many things what if I cramp,what if I blow up, but with all the mental training I have learnt from Gilsey I held onto a very very memorable moment in my triathlon racing and crossed in 3rd.

The feeling of finishing in the pointy end is a feeling that is so rewarding and something I am in pursue of doing again very soon. What I have learnt from this experience moving forward is going to only make me stronger more confident in my ability and now i’m ready for more.

With out having amazing people in my corner I would not be able to race at this level and I have a wonderful support crew and want to thank you all so much for believing in me it’s amazing and I am truly grateful.

Next race sunshine coast 70.3 in 3 weeks.

cheers adsy

adam

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Getting back in the game … 3rd Place- Elite Energy, Ultimate Triathlon-Forster

Written by Nicole Ward,

After a big season of racing, I took a 6 week break from training to recharge and refuel over winter and the last few months I have been purely focused on building my aerobic and strength base for the new season ahead.  As you can imagine, I was excited to get out there again on Sunday, after 5 months since my last race at Ironman Oz, but didn’t want to set too many expectations.   

With my next big goal race being Ironman WA in December, this race was perfect timing to test where things are at with my present form.  The Ultimate Triathlon is a unique long course event run by Mark Emerton and the awesome crew from Elite Energy.  With a 2km swim, 120km bike and 20km run, it’s the perfect distance to kick start your long course racing season!

I love Forster and it was great to head up for the weekend with my husband Bern, and a huge contingent from Balmoral Tri Club.  Watching the final ironman races here years ago, was what inspired me to get into triathlon in the first place so I just love going back to where all the fun began.

Race morning was far from what we were all hoping for with cyclonic winds, so I knew it was going to be a tough day at the office but that’s what I love about this sport- always so challenging and unpredictable!.  The swim leg was at Forster Keys over the old Ironman Australia swim course.   I swam comfortably, (apart from swallowing a gallon of water) from the savage wind chop, but was happy to hit the bike leg in 2nd place behind Lisa, who came out of the water with the top boys.

The 2 lap bike was also along the old ironman course but carried on past the traditional Tarbuck Bay turnaround point and included a couple of extra hill climbs. I faced a number of challenges on the bike leg today.  Firstly my bike computer decided not to work, and within about 10 mins of riding I was pretty sick after swallowing a lot of water in the swim.  I then accidentally dropped all of my nutrition and after riding off, decided it was probably smart if I wanted to finish the race, to ride back and collect it.   I have done enough racing to know that sometimes you just have to roll with the punches, deal with the obstacles, and just keep pushing through.  Thankfully I started to feel a lot better on the second lap and started to gain more power and energy to finish the bike strong.

I hit the run leg in 3rd place and was actually surprised at how good my legs felt.  The 2 lap run also took us over the iconic ironman course; running across the bridge to Tuncurry and back, then over the trails of Pebbly beach and the backstreets of Forster to the golf course at One Mile beach.

I was thrilled to turn around an average day on the bike and finish with a strong run, having the fastest run split, and coming in 3rd position.  Congrats to both Lisa and Bec for having such amazing races.

It’s brilliant to be out racing again and I’m glad that I blew out a few cobwebs before tackling my upcoming goal races of Shepparton 70.3 and Ironman WA.

As always a huge thanks to my wonderful sponsors and extensive support network for your continuing support, with particular mention to; Shimano, Scody, High 5 Sports Nutrition (Fastgear), Blue Seventy, Newton, Oakley, Turramurra Cyclery, Foot Levellers, Energy Link Coaching, Volosport, Team Latitude and of course Team Ward.

Take care and see you at an upcoming race soon!

Nic x

Professional Triathlete

Bachelor of Sports Science- Exercise Science

Level 1 Triathlon Coach

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Elite Energy Ultimate Triathlon (2, 120, 20), 7 October 2012 – 2nd Place

Written By Rebecca Hoschke,

Just to add my 2 bobs worth, Do you ever NOT see Bec with a SMILE!!! (Onya Bec) , Guy

The Elite Energy Triathlon Festival in Forster, organised by Emmo and his team of local and series partners, was another fantastic and successful weekend including race events from Sprint to Ultimate distance (www.eliteenergy.com.au/forster_2012).   Loads of great races, results and stories from the weekend :-)Picture

With a 4 week block of training under my belt post Port Douglas Half IM, the Ultimate Event (2, 120, 20) was the perfect distance to test where my fitness was at, especially bike strength with a 120km ride in the mix.  Windy but clear sky conditions presented Sunday morning – it was going to be a tough, honest day, just the way I like it.

Swim – 2km, Forster Keys
7am the race kicked off with choppy conditions at Forster Keys (T1).  The swim included a 2-lap rectangular course with the usual smash fest between competitors, around the buoys was a shocker!  Kicked, slapped, dunked, pushed, swum over the top of – all the usual stuff.  Just had to breathe through it, be patient and find my space and rhythm.  As always, I was very glad to get the swim leg over with, see my bike and get on with the stronger legs of my race.

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With cool/windy morning conditions, I raced with my Skinfit Klima Baselayer underneath my race kit – a super light and flexible garment.  Didn’t even feel I was wearing it in the swim, no restriction at all.  No chaffing :-) and did the job perfectly in keeping me warm and comfortable on the bike and run.  Definitely would use the Klima Baselayer again racing in cool conditions :-)

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The bike course consisted of 2 x 57km laps out and back along The Lakes Way, followed by a 5km ride into Forster Town Park (T2).  It was blowing gale winds from the start, the bike leg was definitely going to be a test of mental and physical strength!  I felt very average heading out on the first lap, pushing through the wind with flat legs.  As I continued grinding away, my High 5 nutrition eventually kicked in and I started to pick up energy wise.  SaltStick tablets also helped a lot, topping up much needed electrolytes, given the intensity I was riding at. The turn around point at Forster Keys was a highlight seeing all the spectators and cheers of support :-)The second lap of the bike I was feeling a lot better than the first.  The pipes were open, I was finding a rhythm  and energy wise I was feeling a lot more consistent.  I don’t time myself in racing or race with any number crunching gadgets, as I prefer to race on feel, with my nutrition/race plan in background.  This is what works for me, I also find I’m more focused in the moment with this strategy.  I had no idea what my bike split was until seeing the results after the event and was wrapped with a split of 3hrs.17mins given the conditions on the day.
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Run – 20km Forster/TuncurryPicture
The 2-lap run course traces parts of the old Forster-Tuncurry Ironman marathon, which was a highlight given the history behind this iconic event.   The terrain included flat to undulating and couple of challenging hills thrown in the mix.  Overall, I felt my run was relatively consistent, with the back half improving pace wise from previous races this year.  There were couple of flat patches which

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were fixed with coke, water and another Saltstick tablet to keep moving forward.  The spectator and volunteer support was awesome, especially running through Forster Main Beach.  After a long hard day of 5hrs.17mins racing, I was very glad to run down the finish chute :-)  finishing in 2nd place.
Well done to all competitors stepping up to the Ultimate Event.  Definitely a challenging race with the 2,120,20 distances!  Thanks to Lis and Nic for pushing my potential.  And Lis – congratulations mate on another super strong performance taking out the women’s event :-)PictureThere’s so much to be gained from every experience and opportunity, in terms of establishing what’s working well and areas needing improvement in both training and racing.   Racing Foster Ultimate at this stage of my program, was a valuable weekend, lots gained and learned in terms of moving forward.Thank you to my sponsors High 5, SaltStick, Skinfit, Compressport, Bike Addiction, TriShave, Eyeline, ISM, Team Latitude, coach Gilesy, my husband Nige, friends and family for your on-going support.

Check out the Elite Energy 2012-13 season calendar – loads of races at various locations, distances ranging from short to long course triathlon, catering for all abilities and ages.   There’s an event for everyone! Triathlon is a great personal challenge with a fantastic community atmosphere including volunteers and local town support, be a part of it!

www.eliteenergy.com.au/triathlon

Cheers
Bec

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Lisa MARANGON      05:11:03   OpenFemale   1   00:27:20   03:16:05   01:25:26
Rebecca HOSCHKE  05:17:45  OpenFemale   2   00:32:05   03:17:07   01:26:00
Nicole WARD            05:24:49   OpenFemale   3   00:28:25   03:29:51   01:24:32
Natalie SILVESTRO  05:46:03   OpenFemale  4   00:34:37   03:34:18   01:33:06

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The Livinator! – The HSD Team Latitude is about Triathlon

While the rest of the team are fighting for overall Line Honors, Liv is fighting her own Battle!

OK, Liv isn’t a pro, or a semi pro, in fact she is far from it. BUT Liv is on board because she epitomizes what Triathlon is about! Guts, Determination and overcoming all obstacles! I could argue that her courage is greater than any others on this list of Elite Athletes.

No, we won’t be bringing amateurs into the mix, but Liv was asked to get on board because of the exact reason she is doing Triathlon! We wish her all the best, and look forward to being part of her journey!

Liv has not only made triathlons her passion but has changed her whole world around. Last year, Liv had started her journey in beating obesity and overcoming depression. Her first Triathlon started at Tri-Port weighing in at 120kg and only a couple of months into her new fitness regime. This was a quite challenging task for Liv, but at the end of the day she didn’t let anything get in her way and completed it in 1hr48min. Her passion grew stronger and stronger by training for 6 days a week. Seven months after her fast Triathlon, she competed in the same course at Coral Coast Triathlon and beat her time by 60mins. “My weakest leg at the time was defiantly the swim, pretty much coming out last (55th position)” explains Liv. “However, the strongest leg is the bike. I moved from 55th position into 1st for the females category”.

OH, and by the way, she has also been recruited into the Team as the “Head of Media”.. Go Liv..

Check out her Video! Inspiring stuff….

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Go Timmy….

This weekend sees Tim Berkel attempt to win 3 Challenge Copenhagens in a row. Last year was nail biting, he won by only 35 seconds. So all eyes will be on Tim.

Good Luck mate.

Read the article below….

KMD Challenge Copenhagen – Who will be victorious?

TORSDAG, 19 JULI 2012 Skrevet af KMD Challenge Copenhagen


KMD Challenge Copenhagen – Will a Dane win on home soil or does Berkel three peat?

Press release from YWC Sports – the organizers of KMD Challenge Copenhagen

Last year’s top-4 in the mens’ race will once again be on the startline to fight for the win at KMD Challenge Copenhagen – the biggest iron distance race in Northern Europe and second largest in the Challenge Family.

The race again attracts the attention of the sport loving Danes and KMD Challenge Copenhagen has since the inaugural race in 2010 boosted triathlon in Denmark.

Almost sold out for iron distance event – triathlon party 3rd year in a row
KMD Challenge Copenhagen only has a few slots left this year and 2,000 athletes will start the race from the lagune with a 3,8 km swim at Amager Beach Park, head through Copenhagen and north at open roads and rolling hills on the two looped 180 km bike course before heading out on the marathon course by the Copenhagen habour front where 150,000 spectators will create a true triathlon party.

KMD Challenge Copenhagen has developed into the biggest annual sports event in Denmark and one of the biggest iron distance events in the World. The 2,000 athletes, the over 150,000 spectators and the beautiful course in the heart of a major European capital makes this a giant event.

“Iron distance triathlon is very special and has an energy and a soul like no other sports. The combination of some of the fittest athletes in the World competing alongside ‘ordinary’ people makes iron distance triathlon a tale of big performances and personal victories and is a place for the big emotions and life changing experiences. When all the emotions, the suffering, the tears and the personal fights are unveiled at the finish line is a unique place to be and magic appears again and again,” Thomas Veje Olsen says.

Fast, Danish runners wants to top the podium
The men’s race have top-4 from last year back fighting it out for the win in the Copenhagen streets. Only two minutes separated all four men last year but is was Aussie Tim Berkel who snathed his second consecutive win only 35 seconds in front of Dane Jimmy Johnsen. The two had battled out a nerve wrecking final run shoulder to shoulder, testing each others limits late in the run before Berkel broke away on the final few kilometers to take the win. Jimmy Johnsen was second and took home the Danish Championship title while Croat Dejan Patrcevic took 3rd just in front of the fast runner, Mads Vittrup-Pedersen who clocked a race best marathon of 2:38:59.

The Danish favorites is once again Johnsen and Vittrup-Pedersen with Berkel and Patrcevic are among the international favorites along with the runner up from 2010 Keegan Williams and Joseph Spindler. Can Berkel three peat or will on of the Danes finally be able to take top honor in the biggest race in Denmark? Both Johnsen and Vittrup-Pedersen are fast on the bike and can run the marathon in the low and mid 2:40’ies. With Vittrup-Pedersen’s 2:38:59 is a course record Johnsen managed a 2:44:01 last year. KMD Challenge Copenhagen is again the Danish  Long Distance Championships.

The race climaxes in front of the Danish Parliament Building at around 3pm Sunday August 12.

In the women’s race two-time champ Rebekah Keat will not defend her title. The pre race favorites must be: Diana Riesler and Edith Niederfriniger.

Fun Triathlons are very popular
The ‘Fun Triathlon’ KMD 4:18:4 has been organized since 2010 for those who wanted to try out a short distance and it was an immediate success. This year more than 3.000 will try the sport of triathlon in KMD 4:18:4 in the days leading up to the iron distance race.

“Danes have really embraced the sport of triathlon the last three years. Last year 2,000 Danes tried triathlon in KMD 4:18:4 and we expect 3,000 this year. A 50 % increase in participants really show how popular triathlon has become and with 5,000 athletes competing in the triathlon events this setup is one of the biggest in the World,” Race Director Thomas Veje Olsen says.

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