Triathlete.com » Liz Hichens http://triathlon.competitor.com Triathlon Training, Gear, Nutrition, Photos, Race Results & Calendars Thu, 28 May 2015 22:30:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Triathlete’s Open-Water How-To Series http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/training/triathletes-open-water-series_100116 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/training/triathletes-open-water-series_100116#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 21:33:49 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=100116

Learn how to exit the swim, make efficient buoy turns, sight properly and do a proper dolphin dive with two-time Ironman winner Luke Bell.

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Degasperi, Riesler Victorious At Ironman Lanzarote http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/degasperi-riesler-victorious-at-ironman-lanzarote_116630 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/degasperi-riesler-victorious-at-ironman-lanzarote_116630#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 22:29:32 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116630

Italy's Alessandro Degasperi and Germany's Diana Riesler claimed the victories at one of the toughest long-course triathlons on the planet.

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Italy’s Alessandro Degasperi and Germany’s Diana Riesler claimed the victories at one of the toughest long-course triathlons on the planet today in the Canary Islands.

Degasperi took the Ironman Lanzarote win in 8:56:49 with a 51:10 swim, a 5:12:12 bike and a 2:47:15 marathon. Germany’s Christian Kramer was second in 8:59:31, with Switzerland’s Mauro Baertsch getting third at 9:04:46.

Riesler dominated the women’s race, thanks in large part to a stellar 5:37:11 bike split. She book-ended that cycling effort with a 55:40 swim and a 3:16:20 marathon, giving her the 9:56:04 win. Austria’s Michi Herlbauer got the runner-up spot in 10:13:50. Great Britain’s Caroline Livesey rounded out the podium in 10:31:57.

Ironman Lanzarote
Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain – May 23, 2015
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Men
1. Alessandro Degasperi (ITA) 8:56:50
2. Christian Kramer (GER) 8:59:31
3. Mauro Baertsch (SUI) 9:04:46
4. Miquel Blanchart Tintó (ESP) 9:10:26
5. Bert Jammaer (BEL) 9:12:06

Women
1. Diana Riesler (GER) 9:56:04
2. Michi Herlbauer (AUT) 10:13:50
3. Caroline Livesey (GBR) 10:31:57
4. Shiao-Yu Li (TPE) 10:33:43
5. Verena Walter (GER) 10:44:41

Complete results.

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Frodeno, Pedersen Post Wins At Ironman 70.3 Barcelona http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/frodeno-pedersen-post-wins-at-ironman-70-3-barcelona_116288 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/frodeno-pedersen-post-wins-at-ironman-70-3-barcelona_116288#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 21:58:04 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116288

Germany's Jan Frodeno and Denmark's Camilla Pedersen earned convincing victories Sunday at Ironman 70.3 Barcelona in Spain.

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Germany’s Jan Frodeno and Denmark’s Camilla Pedersen earned convincing victories Sunday at Ironman 70.3 Barcelona in Spain. Frodeno’s splits included a 23:40 swim, 2:24:28 bike and a 1:13:01 run to earn the win in 4:03:28. Germany’s Maurice Clavel was impressive across the three disciplines to finish second at 4:07:48. 2013 Ironman world champion Frederik Van Lierde rounded out the top three at 4:07:48. In the women’s race, Pedersen put together a 27:08 swim, a 2:39:17 bike and a 1:24:36 run to cross the finish line at 4:33:34. Great Britain’s Lucy Gossage (second at 4:38:07) and Parys Edwards (third at 4:38:41) completed the podium.

Ironman 70.3 Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain – May 17, 2015
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Men
1. Jan Frodeno (GER) 4:03:28
2. Maurice Clavel (GER) 4:05:42
3. Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 4:07:48
4. Patrick Lange (GER) 4:10:08
5. Miguel Angel Fidalgo (ESP) 4:10:19

Women
1. Camilla Pedersen (DEN) 4:33:34
2. Lucy Gossage (GBR) 4:38:07
3. Parys Edwards (GBR) 4:38:41
4. Tine Deckers (BEL) 4:41:21
5. Charlotte Morel (FRA) 4:44:21

Complete results.

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Böcherer, Baranek On Top At Ironman 70.3 St. Pölten http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/bocherer-baranek-on-top-at-ironman-70-3-st-polten_116284 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/bocherer-baranek-on-top-at-ironman-70-3-st-polten_116284#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 21:42:48 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116284

Photo: Paul Phillips

Germany's Andi Böcherer and Anja Baranek claimed the wins at Sunday's Ironman 70.3 St.Pölten race in Austria.

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Germany’s Andi Böcherer and Anja Baranek claimed the wins at Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 St. Pölten race in Austria. Böcherer put together a 25:08 swim, a 2:08:21 bike and 1:11:46 run to cross the finish line at 3:49:41. Fellow German Nils Frommhold nearly matched Böcherer’s swim and run times, but it was a slower bike that put him in second at 3:51:38. Switzerland’s Jan Van Berkel rounded out the top three in 3:56:14. Baranek narrowly beat out 2012 Olympic gold medalist Nicola Spirig (SUI) to take the win. Baranek’s day consisted of a 26:37 swim, a 2:24:15 bike and a 1:24:31 run, putting her across the finish line at 4:20:12. Spirig nearly ran down Baranek with a 1:16:00 half marathon, but she ultimately had to settle for second at 4:21:25. Germany’s Laura Philipp finished third at 4:25:14.

Ironman 70.3 St. Pölten
St.Pölten, Austria – May 17, 2015
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Men
1. Andi Böcherer (GER) 3:49:41
2. Nils Frommhold (GER) 3:51:38
3. Jan Van Berkel (SUI) 3:56:14
4. Michael Weiss (AUT) 3:56:56
5. Christian Birngruber (AUT) 3:59:07

Women
1. Anja Baranek (GER) 4:20:12
2. Nicola Spirig (SUI) 4:21:25
3. Laura Philipp (GER) 4:25:14
4. Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 4:29:17
5. Kristin Moeller (GER) 4:32:00

Complete results.

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Potts, Clifford Get Wins At Inaugural 70.3 Chattanooga http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/potts-clifford-get-wins-at-inaugural-70-3-chattanooga_116282 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/potts-clifford-get-wins-at-inaugural-70-3-chattanooga_116282#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 21:17:48 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116282

Potts finished second at Ironman 70.3 California last month. Photo: John David Becker

Americans Andy Potts and Ashley Clifford were victorious at the inaugural running of Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga on Sunday.

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Potts finished second at Ironman 70.3 California last month. Photo: John David Becker

Americans Andy Potts and Ashley Clifford were victorious at the inaugural running of Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga on Sunday.

Men’s Race
Potts led the men out of the water in 21:59, with Brian Fleischmann (USA), James Seear (AUS), Terenzo Bozzone (NZL), Greg Bennett (AUS) and Joe Umphenour (USA) following within a few seconds. Fleischmann took charge early in the bike, but that front group out of the water all stayed in close contention through the early miles. Australia’s Leon Griffin was the big mover on the bike, making up for a nearly 90-second deficit out of the water to lead the men onto the run course. It wasn’t much of an advantage though as Potts, Bozzone, Bennett, Seear and Fleischmann all followed closely. It quickly became a race between Griffin, Potts and Bozzone as the others fell off the fiery pace. It took almost the whole run, but Potts was finally able to shake his competition, posting a 1:14:22 run split to take the 3:49:43 victory. Griffin cruised in for second, with Bozzone rounding out the top three.

Women’s Race
American Anna Cleaver was first out of the swim with a time of 26:40. Americans Jackie Hering (27:01) and Clifford (27:09) were the closest pursuers. Through the midway point of the bike that trio remained close, with only a few seconds separating them. They stayed that way until the end of 56-mile bike ride, with Cleaver leading Hering and Clifford into T2 by a matter of seconds. Cleaver fell off the pace quickly, leaving Hering and Clifford to battle for the win. Clifford was able to build a small gap, ultimately posting a 1:23:30 half-marathon to earn the 4:20:34 victory. Hering finished just over a minute later for second, with American Kelly Fillnow running her way to third.

Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn. – May 17, 2015
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Men
1. Andy Potts (USA) 3:49:43
2. Leon Griffin (AUS) 3:51:15
3. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:52:38
4. Chris Baird (USA) 3:54:22
5. Brian Fleischmann (USA) 3:57:19

Women
1. Ashley Clifford (USA) 4:20:34
2. Jackie Hering (USA) 4:21:41
3. Kelly Fillnow (USA) 4:25:11
4. Jesse Donavan (USA) 4:28:34
5. Heather Leiggi (USA) 4:31:33

Complete results.

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Gwen Jorgensen Continues Her Dominance At WTS Yokohama http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/gwen-jorgensen-continues-her-dominance-at-wts-yokohama_116204 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/gwen-jorgensen-continues-her-dominance-at-wts-yokohama_116204#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 03:14:08 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116204

Gwen Jorgensen makes it nine in a row. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org

The victory was her ninth straight in the WTS, 12th overall in the WTS and her third straight at this Yokohama race.

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Gwen Jorgensen makes it nine in a row. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org

After sitting out last month’s World Triathlon Series Cape Town event to focus on training, American Gwen Jorgensen again showed her dominance with a win Saturday at the World Triathlon Series Yokohama race. The victory was her ninth straight in the WTS, 12th overall in the WTS and her third straight at this Yokohama race. It also propelled her back to the top of the WTS rankings.

Jorgensen kicked off her day as part of the lead group out of the swim. From there, she remained in the front pack throughout the entire 40K bike ride with all athletes riding cautiously through wet, rainy conditions. As soon as the women hit the run course it became apparent Jorgensen would be celebrating atop the podium once again. The American capped off her day with a 32:36 10K run to claim the 1:57:20 victory. Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle turned in the top performance of her career, finishing in second. Fellow Australian Emma Moffatt rounded out the top three.

Gwen Jorgensen Post-Race Quotes
“It was wet out there and I knew I had to be careful so rode at the front a little more to stay away from any crashes. I heard something behind me, I wasn’t sure if anyone went down or not but it is better to be safe.”

“I came here knowing this is the last 10k before the Rio test event so I really wanted to get a good 10k in and push myself and really go hard.”

On her nine WTS wins in a row:
“No, you guys count for me, I don’t need to. It is weird still when people say that and when I actually think about it so I stay focused on what I do, swim, bike and run and can’t control what everyone else is doing so I just control what I can control.

“The number one goal for this season is to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games, so I need to be top 8 at the Rio test event and first or second American, that is the thought top of mind.”

Ashleigh Gentle Post-Race Quotes
“I don’t think it will (sink in) for a while, it feels pretty good.”

“I did my first ever WTS race at the test event for London in 2011, I got ninth there and it’s taken me quite a few years to actually get on the podium, it’s definitely worth the waiting for because it’s a pretty awesome feeling, a real confidence booster for the rest of the season.”

“I guess not judging by the results I’ve had this year, I haven’t been that great but had a really good block of training. My coach Cliff English has been working me pretty hard this past five weeks after the Gold Coast race, my training has been going really well but you never know come race day.”

Emma Mofatt Post-Race Quotes
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been up on the podium and to be there with Ash’s first podium is pretty special so really happy with today’s result,” said Moffatt.

“For me I think about getting my confidence back and today’s probably the first step to doing that.

“The last year I’ve had a lot of doubt when racing so hopefully now I’ll be able to back myself a little bit more and hopefully keep on improving.”

Video and post-race quotes provided by Triathlon.org. Read their complete recap from Yokohama here.

ITU World Triathlon Series Yokohama
Yokohama, Japan – May 15, 2015
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run

Women
1. Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 1:57:20
2. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 1:58:33
3. Emma Moffatt (AUS) 1:59:03
4. Renee Tomlin (USA) 1:59:13
5. Gillian Sanders (RSA) 1:59:19
6. Aileen Reid (IRL) 1:59:22
7. Non Stanford (GBR) 1:59:22
8. Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 1:59:23
9. Kirsten Kasper (USA) 1:59:24
10. Barbara Riveros (CHI) 1:59:26

Complete results.

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Challenge Americas Season Kicks Off In Knoxville http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/challenge-americas-season-kicks-off-in-knoxville-sunday_116190 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/challenge-americas-season-kicks-off-in-knoxville-sunday_116190#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 20:08:51 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116190

Photo: Nils Nilsen/Rev3

Now in its fifth year (formerly as Rev3 Knoxville), the professionals will take on the half-iron distance on Sunday.

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The Challenge Family Americas Series kicks off its race action this weekend in Knoxville, Tenn. on the heels of the announcement that the professional prize purse would be cut from five of its races. Now in its fifth year (formerly as Rev3 Knoxville), the professionals will take on the half-iron distance on Sunday, May 17 to race for their share of 25,000 Euros.

Triathletes will swim up river and then turn back down river, exiting at the UT Rowhouse across the street from Neyland Stadium for a total of 1.2 miles. They will then take on the rural roads of Knoxville for the one lap, 56-mile bike course. Finally, athletes will run 13.1 miles through Knoxville’s Greenway before finishing at World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville. Age groupers have the option of the half course detailed above, or the shorter Challenge or Olympic courses.

Top names on the pro start list include Cameron Dye (USA), Eric Limkemann (USA), Rebekah Keat (AUS), Rebeccah Wassner (USA) and Laurel Wassner (USA).

Follow the action on Twitter @Challenge_Amer and via streaming finish line video (link available on race day at Challenge-familyusa.com).

RELATED PHOTOS: 2014 Rev3 Knoxville

Professional Men
Derek Garcia (USA)
Jeremy Howard (USA)
Mike Hermanson (USA)
Guilherme Campos (USA)
Tom Wood (USA)
Eric Limkemann (USA)
Robert Duncan (USA)
Nick Brodnicki (USA)
Andrew Drobeck (USA)
Ryan Rau (USA)
Cameron Dye (USA)
Jake Rhyner (USA)
Colin O’Brady (USA)
Chris Lutz (USA)
Cédric Boily (CAN)
Andrew Yoder (USA)
Tony White (USA)
Jonathan Fecik (USA)
Jason Watson (USA)
Ryan Bates (USA)
Kevin Ryan (USA)

Professional Women
Kathy Rakel (USA)
Cheryl Orlovsky (CAN)
Hallie Blunck (USA)
Carly Johann (USA)
Alyssa Godesky (USA)
Leslie Miller (USA)
Maggie Rusch (USA)
Molly Woodford (USA)
Rachel McBride (CAN)
Erin Crum (USA)
Amy Javens (USA)
Rebeccah Wassner (USA)
Laurel Wassner (USA)
Katie Thomas (USA)
Jennifer Spieldenner (USA)
Jackie Hering (USA)
Rebekah Keat (AUS)
Heather Lendway (USA)
Leslie Smith (USA)
Molly Roohi (USA)
Laura Siddall (GBR)
Lesley Smith (USA)

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Ironman Announces New Online Education Platform http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/ironman-announces-new-online-education-platform_116154 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/ironman-announces-new-online-education-platform_116154#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 20:10:25 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116154

Siri Lindley is one of the program's master coaches. Photo: John David Becker

Ironman University is an online education and certification platform that will offer instruction for coaches and endurance athletes.

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Siri Lindley is one of the program's master coaches. Photo: John David Becker

Ironman today announced its new Ironman University program, an online education and certification platform that will offer instruction for coaches and endurance athletes. It will feature coaching certification, coach matching and coaches’ forums and clinics, all with a focus on Ironman and 70.3 races. According to the press release, the mission is to “foster a community of well-trained coaches and athletes who are better prepared to handle the physical and mental challenges of Ironman events.”

“As a leader in the endurance industry, we look at Ironman University as a platform that ultimately helps ensure that our athletes are sufficiently prepared to have the optimal experience during one of the most memorable days of their lives,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for Ironman, in the announcement. “Our athletes train for an average of six to nine months to prepare for an Ironman or Ironman 70.3 event and we have a vested interest in making sure that coaches have the knowledge and acumen that is so critical to race day enjoyment and success.”

The certification process will include 11 different modules with topics ranging from Ironman history and coaching philosophy to the development of training plans. The complete certification program will be announced at a later date. The curriculum was developed by Ironman subject experts as well as a team of seven Ironman University Master coaches. Those coaches include Mark Allen, Matt Dixon, Troy Jacobson, Siri Lindley, Paula Newby-Fraser, Dave Scott and Lance Watson.

Pre-enrollment for the coaching certification will open on May 19 with Ironman University officially launching the platform in fall 2015. The program will cost $599 during pre-enrollment (until spaces are full or July 31) and $699 after that. Instruction is made up of 11 modules over 14 hours of instruction, with one online assessment.

To learn more about the program, the Ironman University Master coaches or to pre-enroll visit University.ironman.com.

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Ironman’s Kona Lottery Program Ruled Illegal http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/ironmans-kona-lottery-program-ruled-illegal_116108 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/ironmans-kona-lottery-program-ruled-illegal_116108#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 16:57:41 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116108

The Ironman World Championship. Photo: Kurt Hoy

Ironman's Kona Lottery program has been deemed as not complaint with federal lottery and gambling laws.

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The Ironman World Championship. Photo: Kurt Hoy

The Department of Justice announced today that Ironman’s Kona Lottery program has been deemed as not compliant with government lottery and gambling laws. The majority of Kona’s registration slots go to athletes who qualify at various Ironmans around the globe, but for the past 30 years the organization has offered a lottery that allows some age groupers to gain entry to the Ironman World Championship without qualifying. Recently it has cost $50 to enter the lottery, with the winners (see the 2015 list here) paying an additional $850 to register for the race. This year’s lottery winners will not be affected.

According to an Ironman company-wide email from Andrew Messick, the company was contacted several months ago by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Muench about potential legal issues with the lottery program.

“We have cooperated fully, voluntarily providing all information necessary to allow both parties to arrive at a resolution of this matter,” the company said in a statement about the decision. “As a result of our cooperation, the Department of Justice and Ironman have come to an agreement to no longer operate the Kona Lottery in its current form.”

In addition to changing the way the lottery system works, Ironman will have to pay $2,761,910 to the federal government for money collected from the lottery dating back to October 2012.

We asked Ironman what the potential alternative could be moving forward and were told they are not ready to talk about what the future program could look like.

RELATED: 2015 Ironman Legacy And Lottery Winners Announced

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2015 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bike Beginner Essentials http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/gear-tech/2015-triathlete-buyers-guide-bike-beginner-essentials-2_116091 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/gear-tech/2015-triathlete-buyers-guide-bike-beginner-essentials-2_116091#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 21:16:06 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116091

New to triathlon? Here's a look at the gear you'll need to train for the second leg of the sport.

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Challenge Americas Eliminates Pro Prize Purse From 5 Races http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/challenge-americas-eliminates-pro-prize-purse-from-5-races_116075 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/challenge-americas-eliminates-pro-prize-purse-from-5-races_116075#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 18:07:30 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116075

Rev3 Quassy (now Challenge Quassy) used to host some of the biggest names in triathlon. Photo: Nils Nilsen

The change comes due to "the current state of the North American triathlon market."

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Rev3 Quassy (now Challenge Quassy) used to host some of the biggest names in triathlon. Photo: Nils Nilsen

Six months after announcing the initial prize purse structure for the Challenge Americas (combining the Challenge North America and Rev3 Series races), Challenge Family has revealed that it has decided to eliminate prize money from five of its races. The organization confirmed that Challenge Quassy Half, Challenge Atlantic City Full, Challenge Pocono Mountains Half, Challenge Maine Half and Challenge Cedar Point Full will no longer offer money.

“We are clearly disappointed that Friday’s announcement regarding the restructuring of our North American prize purses was necessary and it was a decision made with long consultation and discussion, especially in light of the resulting disruption to some athletes’ race plans,” Challenge Family CEO Zibi Szlufcik said in a statement to Triathlete.com. “While we have of course received messages from disappointed pro athletes, we have also been overwhelmed by messages of support and understanding, expressing frustration at the current state of the North American triathlon market that necessitated these changes.”

Szlufcik went on to explain that going forward the organization will focus on striking a balance between showcasing professionals and delivering unique experiences for age groupers.

“What we hope will come out of this decision is a strong Challenge Family race series in North America that continues to provide an outstanding athlete experience to all athletes, all ages, ability and gender,” he continued. “Some races will focus on strong quality pro fields, celebrating the pinnacle of our sport. Others will deliver a world-class age group experience with all the attention to detail and unique Challenge atmosphere that has seen Challenge Family rise to become the quality leader in long distance triathlon around the world.”

The following races will continue to offer professional prize purses:
– Challenge Knoxville (half distance, May 17, 2015, 25,000 Euros, 10 deep)
– Challenge Williamsburg (half distance, June 14, 2015, 15,000 Euros, 5 deep)
– Challenge San Gil (half distance, June 21, 2015, 25,000 Euros, 10 deep)
– Challenge St. Andrews (full distance, July 5, 2015, prize purse TBD)
– Challenge Maceio (half distance, Aug. 23, 2015, 25,000 Euros, 10 deep)
– Challenge Penticton (full distance, Aug. 30, 2015, prize purse TBD)
– Challenge Florida (half distance, Nov. 8, 2015, 15,000 Euros, 5 deep)
– Challenge Florianopolis (half distance, Nov. 29, 2015, 25,000 Euros, 10 deep)
– Challenge Puerto Varas (half distance, Feb. 13, 2016, 30,000 Euros, 10 deep)

Prize money has been a hot topic in the triathlon industry over the last couple of years. This time last year Rev3 announced that it would no longer offer a prize purse, and was then taken over by Challenge North America. Following that news, Ironman redistributed its prize money, eliminating pro races at several events. Finally, the Hy-Vee Triathlon (known for its rich prize purse) was altogether canceled while the Life Time Tri Series discontinued its pro series (and prize money).

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Cunnama, Steffen Victorious At Ironman 70.3 Vietnam http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/cunnama-steffen-victorious-at-ironman-70-3-vietnam_116030 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/cunnama-steffen-victorious-at-ironman-70-3-vietnam_116030#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 17:44:29 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116030

Several top names turned up for Sunday's Ironman 70.3 Vietnam in the coastal city of Danang.

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Several top names turned up for Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Vietnam in the coastal city of Danang. In the end it was South Africa’s James Cunnama and Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen, both members of the newly-formed Bahrain Endurance 13 Team, who earned the victories. It was Cunnama’s fiery run speed that ultimately gave him the victory as he put together a 24:27 swim, a 2:05:34 bike and a race-best 1:17:57 run. He crossed the finish line at 3:51:29. Australia’s Tim Reed finished second at 3:55:44, with New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone rounding out the top three at 3:57:07. Steffen won a tight battle with Australia’s Liz Blatchford. The two were close all day, but Steffen’s 26:17 swim, 2:22:27 bike and 1:28:33 run ultimately gave her the 4:21:40 victory. Blatchford finished second two minutes later, with fellow Australian Dimity-Lee Duke claiming third at 4:31:10.

Ironman 70.3 Vietnam
Danang, Vietnam – May 10, 2015
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Men
1. James Cunnama (RSA) 3:51:29
2. Tim Reed (AUS) 3:55:44
3. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:57:07
4. Cyril Viennot (FRA) 3:57:39
5. Josh Amberger (AUS) 4:00:24

Women
1. Caroline Steffen (SUI) 4:21:40
2. Liz Blatchford (AUS) 4:23:48
3. Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS) 4:31:10
4. Stef Puszka (AUS) 4:39:08
5. Ange Castle (AUS) 4:44:47

Complete results.

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Dreitz, Ryf On Top At Ironman 70.3 Mallorca http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/dreitz-ryf-on-top-at-ironman-70-3-mallorca_116027 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/dreitz-ryf-on-top-at-ironman-70-3-mallorca_116027#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 17:29:29 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=116027

Germany's Andreas Dreitz and Switzerland's Daniela Ryf claimed the victories at Saturday's Ironman 70.3 Mallorca in Spain.

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Germany’s Andreas Dreitz and Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf claimed the victories at Saturday’s Ironman 70.3 Mallorca in Spain. The men’s race was a close one, with the entire podium finishing within a few minutes of each other. Dreitz put together a 22:43 swim, a 2:10:14 bike and a 1:19:06 half-marathon to earn the 3:56:48 victory. Sweden’s Patrik Nilsson finished second at 3:59:12, with Germany’s David McNamee rounding out the top three at 3:59:43. Ryf dominated the women’s race, posting a 23:14 swim, a 2:29:31 bike and a 1:20:01 run to earn the 4:17:25 victory. Julia Gajer (GER) crossed the finish line in second at 4:26:53, while Yvonne Van Vlerken was third at 4:29:03.

Ironman 70.3 Mallorca
Mallorca, Spain – May 9, 2015
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Men
1. Andreas Dreitz (GER) 3:56:48
2. Patrik Nilsson (SWE) 3:59:12
3. David McNamee (GER) 3:59:43
4. Artem Parienko (RUS) 4:00:54
5. Patrick Lange (GER) 4:01:33

Women

1. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 4:17:25
2. Julia Gajer (GER) 4:26:53
3. Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 4:29:03
4. Tine Deckers (BEL) 4:33:23
5. Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 4:34:22

Complete results.

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Brent McMahon: “The Focus Is On Kona” http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/brent-mcmahon-the-focus-is-on-kona_115981 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/brent-mcmahon-the-focus-is-on-kona_115981#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 21:33:26 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=115981

McMahon was the aggressor on the bike in St. George. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto

With a 7:55:48 Ironman debut under his belt, the Canadian’s sights are set on turning in a top performance on the Big Island.

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McMahon was the aggressor on the bike in St. George. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto

With a 7:55:48 Ironman debut under his belt, the Canadian’s sights are set on turning in a top performance on the Big Island.

Canada’s Brent McMahon has been on fire since he decided to jump up to long-course racing after competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games. With several 70.3 wins to his name, McMahon took on Ironman for the first time last November at Ironman Arizona, shattering the course record and posting the fastest Ironman debut time ever in 7:55:48. Fresh off of a second-place finish at the Ironman 70.3 North American Championships in St. George and the announcement of his inclusion on the star-studded Bahrain Endurance 13 Team, we chat with McMahon about his new team, the St. George race and his preparations for October’s Ironman World Championship.

Triathlete.com: What has the experience with the Bahrain Endurance 13 Team been like so far?

McMahon: It’s been very cool and interesting to see it develop. Anytime you start a new concept out of a foreign country there are some tough logistics, but it’s been neat to be a part of the experience and watch it develop. It really is a new cutting-edge idea. The team idea has been done before, but the way we’re doing it and it’s being approached is different from anything in the past.

Triathlete.com: From your perspective, what is the most unique part of being a part of the team?

McMahon: There’s much more than having a unified sponsor to it. We’re all racing under the same color and designed uniforms and eventually we’ll all have similar sponsors, but initially while we’re developing the team so there’s flexibility and we’ll keep our individual sponsors. Secondly, we all share in each other’s performances. We share bonuses. So I can be racing on one continent and Terenzo [Bozzone] on another. I want him to do well because we’re all contributing to a bonus pool that we’re sharing. That really helps us to want each other to do well. Every race is unique and dynamics change. This past weekend in St. George, Ben Hoffman and I were in the same race and we both want to win, but sometimes your day doesn’t go well. Ben was back a little bit out of the water and he wasn’t where he wanted to be, and he wasn’t having a shot at potentially winning, but he knew I did and so he’s excited for me to be having a go at representing the team. He’s still working hard, but you have that aspect of camaraderie and group dynamic of wanting everyone to do well.

Triathlete.com: Speaking of St. George, were you happy with the podium result?

McMahon: Yeah, definitely. I think anytime you can go to a championship event and consider yourself a threat for the win and end up on the podium, as an athlete you have to be happy with that. Obviously, my goal was to win. That’s how I approached the race. I worked really hard on the bike to try to separate the groups and try and get as few guys hitting that run together as possible. I executed the race as close to how I wanted to as possible. I went for it on the run. I went out for the win and then toward the end started to struggle a bit and Tim [Don] was able to put the hammer down and reel in some time over those final miles. I’d definitely love to do it again and see if I could change a few things at the end of the run, but at the end of the day I put it all out there and I did everything I could to get that win. I’ve got a first and two seconds in St. George, so I’m pretty happy with that and next year I’ll have more motivation to go back and get that top spot.

Triathlete.com: Can you talk a little bit more about your decision to be the aggressor on the bike?

McMachon: I love that course. For the last three years I’ve gone down early to get used to the area and to remind myself of the details of the course because it is so challenging. That’s how I approach all of my races, but especially the big ones. I really wanted to be aggressive this race and push the hills and force guys to either commit to hurting their legs and riding hard the entire time on the bike, or fall back and ride at a slower pace. When we initially got the climb that’s within 2 miles of the start of the bike I was like, ‘OK this is my chance to see who wants to play up front.’ I attacked that first hill and we broke it up into a group of five guys initially. Ben Collins was pushing the pace even harder. He would try to break away. I committed to being in the front, so I wasn’t going to let him go. He’s a strong powerhouse guy. He’s really solid on the flats and I’m a little lighter, so I would take my opportunity to really push on the climbs. Between the two of us, not attacking each other but having a go out there, we forced the group to the three of us that came off close. I think as an athlete you want to be aggressive in a race and you want to make things and happen. That’s what I was able to do and Ben was a big part of that too.

RELATED: 10 Things To Know About The All-Star Bahrain Endurance 13 Team

Triathlete.com: Now that you’ve had time to process your debut at Ironman, what are some of the lessons that you took away from Arizona?

McMahon: One of the biggest things I liked about Arizona was just learning about the process of getting ready for an Ironman and then going through and executing it. I’ve had lots of friends win Ironmans, and then my coach Lance Watson has coached a lot of athletes to wins. Arizona was really my opportunity to take those experiences I’ve witnessed and personally put them out there on the course. For me, I didn’t have a lot of expectations, but I had goals set. I didn’t really plan on going sub-eight hours, but I had a goal and when I added those goals together it turned out to be a sub-eight-hour race.

Triathlete.com: You mentioned Lance Watson. You’ve had a long coach-athlete relationship, which is fairly rare in triathlon. Tell me about the role he’s played in the progression of your career.

McMahon: This year Lance and I are essentially celebrating 20 years of working together. It has been a long time. I think obviously our relationship is far more than coach/athlete. It’s not like father/son; it’s more like we’re older brother/younger brother. We’re both willing to be flexible and learn from each other and work through the ups and downs of being an athlete, having good races and bad races, and injuries. If you have a bad patch, it’s about deciding not to start from scratch and move to a new coach. We sit down and we say, “OK that plan didn’t work. What can we do?” We proactively talk about “what did you do that didn’t work?” and “what did I do that didn’t work?” And we both take responsibility for the program. Did I execute it right? Did he prescribe too much training? There are always things that can be improved. That’s why we’ve worked together for 20 years. We’ve evolved. I went from a junior doing sprint distance to now doing Ironmans. Lance has obviously had to learn and grow as a coach to become expert at all of these different distances, and as an athlete I’ve had to do the same. It’s been a very cool growth experience that we’ve shared together.

Triathlete.com: What are the rest of your racing plans for 2015?

McMahon: Kona is now my focus for the next year. That was part of the decision to retire from Olympic racing after London. I’m 35 this year and I’ve only got X amount of years left in my career and I decided that I didn’t want to spend those chasing Olympics points anymore, I wanted to spend my years chasing a win in Kona. So now my focus every year is how to best perform in Kona and what races and what calendar is going to allow me to do that. That said, this is my first time getting ready for Kona so there’s going to be a learning process. This year after doing Arizona—it went very well and I learned a lot from it—but I still feel like I want to do another Ironman and go through all of that again and see if I can be consistent and hit goals again. I’m going to be doing Ironman Brazil and that’s the main focus of this first part of the season. With that, I’ll have time to recover and gain that experience and then go into the build toward the end of the season toward Kona. I’ll still do 70.3 worlds; it’s a week earlier from Kona now, so I think it will fit in really well.

Triathlete.com: Kona has a reputation of beating up rookies. Have you gotten any advice from anyone on how to tackle that race?

McMahon: That’s been one of my strengths as an athlete all throughout my career. I don’t take anything for granted. I take every course for what it delivers. I respect it. I think Kona is one of those races that needs to be respected. It’s not like any other. Going into any race I always do my research. I always look at course maps. I always look at temperatures, the elevation and all of that stuff. In the championship events, if I know someone who has competed on that course in that event, I want to have a personal conversation with them and learn as much as I can. I’ve had multiple conversations about Kona. I sat down with Chris Lieto when I was in Kona training this past March and we chatted for an hour about his knowledge and experience on the course and how he attacked it. I was a sponge and I tried to learn as much as I could. I talked to Lisa Bentley, who is my manager, so I have the opportunity to talk to her anytime I want and ask her question about the numerous times she’s raced there. Anyone I come in contact with that has competed in Kona, I always have question ready to go. Even if I’ve only got five or 10 minutes with them I always try to gain a little bit of knowledge.

RELATED: Brent McMahon Goes Sub-8 In Ironman Debut

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Can Probioitics Help Me With My Training? http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/nutrition/can-probioitics-help-me-with-my-training_56437 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/nutrition/can-probioitics-help-me-with-my-training_56437#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 16:08:10 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=56437

Probiotics are a hot topic, with mounting research supporting the notion that consuming probiotics regularly can improve health.

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Q: I’ve heard that probiotics can help me in training. What are the best sources, and how much do I need daily?

A: Probiotics are a hot topic, with mounting research supporting the notion that consuming probiotics regularly can improve health and well-being. Manufacturers and marketers have caught onto their benefits and, as a result, supermarket shelves are filled with new products touting their probiotic properties.

Here’s the lowdown: Billions of bacteria live inside our gastrointestinal tract. More than 500 of these microbial species are “friendly,” assisting in the function of digestion and supporting the immune system. Many factors can contribute to a disruption of the bacteria within our gut: medications, stress, fatigue, inflammation, nutritional status and even age. The resulting reduction in beneficial bacteria gives potentially harmful disease-causing bacteria the opportunity to flourish.

This is where probiotics come in. Ingesting certain foods or supplements containing healthy bacteria can help maintain good gut health. Just as important are prebiotics, the non-digestible food particles (think skins of fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts) that sustain or fuel the probiotics. Working together, prebiotics and probiotics achieve the best gastrointestinal environment for well-being. Improved health and a stronger immune system means you can train effectively and consistently without interruption due to illness and fatigue.

RELATED – Gut Check: Should You Take Probiotics?

Here’s what to look for on the label when shopping for probiotics:

Live and active cultures. For probiotics to have any beneficial effects they need to reach the intestine alive and in sufficient numbers. Some products may contain cultures in insignificant amounts—or may have at some point contained cultures that have since been destroyed during the manufacturing process. For a product to claim it has live and active cultures it needs to show it has more than 100 million bacteria per gram at time of manufacture.

Culture count. Ingesting 1 billion CFUs (colony-forming units) per day is helpful for people trying to simply maintain gut health; you should ingest 10 billion CFUs per day if you’re trying to reduce the severity of a gastrointestinal illness.

Culture specificity. Some probiotics work best for specific illnesses, so variety is better. Look for one that lists multiple culture strains.

Pills or food? During times of stress—increased training load, family/work pressures, illness—it might be prudent to increase your consumption of beneficial bacteria, and you may need to supplement with pills or with specialty probiotic “shots” such as Yakult, DanActive or Good Belly Shots. Bacteria can also be concentrated and packaged into pills or tablets for an even greater concentration of CFUs. Strains and strain count vary greatly, as does recommended dose, so check labels carefully.

TIP: Because bacteria are sensitive to heat and light, many probiotics are found refrigerated and must be stored chilled, while others have been stabilized to be effective even at room temperature. Check the “use by” dates and use within the specified time for efficacy.

RELATED: Eat Your Way To Recovery

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Top Field Set To Race Ironman 70.3 Mallorca http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/top-field-set-to-race-ironman-70-3-mallorca_115923 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/top-field-set-to-race-ironman-70-3-mallorca_115923#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 21:11:19 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=115923

Alcudia Beach, Mallorca Spain. Photo: Shutterstock.com

Ironman 70.3 world champion Daniela Ryf (SUI) will look to add another title to her collection.

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Alcudia Beach, Mallorca Spain. Photo: Shutterstock.com

Germany’s Andreas Dreitz will take on tough competition in his pursuit to defend his 2014 Ironman 70.3 Mallorca title, while reigning Ironman 70.3 world champion Daniela Ryf (SUI) will look to add another title to her collection.

The biggest name on the men’s start list is two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion Michael Raelert (GER), who won this race in 2012. Other all-star names include Ivan Raña (ESP), Mike Aigroz (SUI), David Plese (SLO), Mathias Hecht (SUI), Sam Appleton (AUS), Joe Gambles (AUS), Maxim Kriat (UKR) and Jan Van Berkel (SUI).

Ryf is the heavy favorite, but she’ll have to beat out top names like Julia Gajer (GER), Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED), Kristin Moeller (GER), Tine Deckers (BEL) and Michelle Vesterby (DEN).

The pros, along with a sold-out field of age groupers vying for 50 spots to the 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, will take on the Alcúdia course this Sunday, May 9. Athletes will swim 1.2 miles in the harbor (one lap), bike 56 miles up the mountains (one lap) and then run along the beach (three laps).

RELATED – PROfile: Daniela Ryf

See the complete start list below.

Men
1 Andreas Dreitz GER
2 Michael Raelert GER
3 Ivan Raña ESP
4 Mike Aigroz SUI
5 David Plese SLO
6 Mathias Hecht SUI
7 Miguel Angel Fidalgo ESP
8 Sam Appleton AUS
9 Anders Christensen DNK
10 Antony Costes FRA
11 Vincent Depuiset FRA
12 Andreas Helbo Beck DNK
13 Markus Hoermann GER
14 Allan Hovda NOR
15 Mikita Hryhoryeu BEL
16 Sebastien Jouffret FRA
17 Thomas Kaiser GER
19 Matthias Knossalla GER
20 Teemu Kyllonen FIN
21 Cedric Lassonde FRA
22 Carlos Lopez ESP
23 David Mcnamee GBR
24 Petr Michovsky CZE
25 Tomas Mika CZE
26 Matic Modic SLO
27 Urs Müller SUI
28 Joan Nadal Clar ESP
29 Mathias Nagel GER
30 Ritchie Nicholls GBR
31 Daniel Niederreiter AUT
32 Patrik Nilsson SWE
33 Gwenael Ouilleres FRA
34 Fabian Rahn GER
35 Pascal Ramali GER
36 Ivan Risti ITA
37 Andreas Thissen GER
38 Hendrikjan Verhaegen BEL
39 Erik Watson BAH
40 Dirk Wijnalda NED
42 Rob Woestenborghs BEL
43 Valentin Zasypkin RUS
44 Allan Steen Olesen DNK
45 Patrick Lange GER
46 Andreas Linden SWE
47 Joe Gambles AUS
48 Maxim Kriat UKR
49 Michael Louys BEL
50 Manuel Kueng SUI
51 Evgeniy Nikitin RUS
52 Denis Sketako SLO
53 Frederic Schaffner FRA
54 Johann Ackermann GER
55 Gilian Oriet SUI
56 Alexander Schilling GER
57 Marcel Bischof GER
58 Artem Parienko RUS
59 Christian Jais GER
60 Jan Van Berkel SUI

Women
70 Daniela Ryf SUI
71 Julia Gajer GER
72 Yvonne Van Vlerken NED
74 Kristin Moeller GER
76 Mette Pettersen Moe NOR
77 Diana Riesler GER
78 Verena Walter GER
79 Maria Lemeseva RUS
80 Tine Deckers BEL
81 Vicky Gill GBR
82 Emma Graaf SWE
83 Yvette Grice GBR
84 Anne Jensen DEN
85 Anna Kusch GER
86 Georgie Rutherford GBR
87 Franziska Scheffler GER
88 Natascha Schmitt GER
89 Mirjam Weerd NLD
90 Stefanie Adam BEL
91 Elena Casiraghi ITA
94 Nicole Woysch GER
95 Kaisa Lehtonen FIN
96 Michelle Vesterby DEN

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Photos: Age Groupers Of Ironman 70.3 St. George http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/photos/photos-age-groupers-of-ironman-70-3-st-george_115834 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/photos/photos-age-groupers-of-ironman-70-3-st-george_115834#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 20:16:06 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=115834

Images from the tough and scenic Ironman 70.3 St. George triathlon.

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Photos: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto

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10 Things To Know About The All-Star Bahrain Endurance 13 Team http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/10-things-to-know-about-the-bahrain-endurance-13-team_115877 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/10-things-to-know-about-the-bahrain-endurance-13-team_115877#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 23:50:34 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=115877

Jan Frodeno had the logo on his kit when he won Ironman 70.3 California in March. Photo: John David Becker

Some of the best triathletes in the world have joined a newly formed endurance team. Chris "Macca" McCormack fills us in on the details.

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Jan Frodeno had the logo on his kit when he won Ironman 70.3 California in March. Photo: John David Becker

Some of the best triathletes in the world have joined a newly formed endurance team. Two-time Ironman world champion Chris “Macca” McCormack fills us in on the details.

Although the name Bahrain Endurance has been floating around for a few months—and several big-name athletes have been racing with the logo on their kits for much of the 2015 season—there had been no official announcement about the team until this morning. With the details now available to the public, Triathlete.com caught up with two-time Ironman world champion Chris “Macca” McCormack, who has been appointed to manage the team and the overall project, about how the team came together and what its goals are for the future. Here are 10 things to know about the big reveal of the Bahrain Endurance 13 Team.

1. The idea came from a conversation on a boat.
McCormack met Bahrain’s Prince, His Highness Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, at Challenge Philippines in 2014 and quickly identified his passion for the sport of triathlon and endurance sports in general. About a month later McCormack helped to assemble a team to support Shaikh Nasser’s brother, Shaikh Khalid, in a 36K swim from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain for charity. While on the boat, the two chatted about endurance racing and what he loves about the sport. “He was telling me about his concerns about his people and the health of the region,” McCormack says. “He thought the qualities of endurance racing were noble qualities that transcended sport. I vividly remember him saying, to be successful at a marathon or triathlon, whether you’re in the front or back of the field, you need to commit to something. It takes hard work, dedication. During the race, it’s a true metaphor for life. You go through highs and lows and the ultimate goal is happiness and finishing. … Right there we talked about a team and taking this vision to the world.”

2. The team will expand beyond triathlon.
McCormack says the goal is to eventually grow to possibly cycling and running or other sports where endurance is the key element, with the “13” (representing the number of athletes on the team) serving as the triathlon branch.

“We need to start looking at endurance racing as an entire entity,” McCormack says of His Highness’ vision. “That’s where you’ll get the corporate partnerships. When you look at people doing an around-the-world yacht race, they’re endurance racers. That’s a billion-dollar sport with big sponsorships. He said, ‘Why aren’t we all grouped as a similar type of people?’ That’s the direction he wants to take this.”

3. It’s a star-studded triathlon cast.
The official roster has yet to be announced, but 11 of the 13 athletes have been seen wearing the race kits in 2015. They include Jan Frodeno (GER), Javier Gomez (ESP), Terenzo Bozzone (NZL), Ben Hoffman (USA), James Cunnama (RSA), Luke Bell (AUS), Daniela Ryf (SUI), Jodie Swallow (GBR), Caroline Steffen (SUI), Brent McMahon (CAN) and Joe Gambles (AUS). Paul Ambrose (AUS), Fredrik Croneborg (GER), McCormack and three others are a part of the development unit known as the “racing team.”

“We looked at athletes from all around the world,” McCormack says of the selection process. “He wanted to make sure the athletes are articulate. He wanted to be sure that they’re good role models and good people—not just a bunch of athletes with big résumés. They’re confident athletes who believe in the vision.”

RELATED – PROfile: Javier Gomez

4. The bonus pool for the team is very unique.
The bonus structure for the athletes on the team is something not seen before in triathlon. In addition to their base salaries, athletes will earn bonuses based on a laid out incentive structure. “There is no cap on bonuses,” McCormack explains. “That was a clear directive from His Highness. If an athletes wins, then he should make as much money as he or she wants. Also, every single time an athlete is successful, he or she shares a piece of his performance bonus with the entire team.”

Additionally, McCormack says they’ll be setting a standard that all athletes will be paid within seven days. Timely payment has been an issue within professional triathlon.

5. Athletes will keep their individual sponsors … for now.
The goal is to eventually get all of the athletes under team sponsorships, as opposed to the individual ones they carry now, but McCormack says that is still likely a few years away.

“We see it working that way in the long run,” McCormack says. “His Highness was very clear that he didn’t want to disrupt anything because with rapid change comes fear and he didn’t want to do that. Ultimately that is the direction we want to go. You need the athletes to embrace that first.”

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6. The team’s main message is about health and wellness.
The big picture goal in all of this, McCormack says, is to help society, both locally in Bahrain and globally, achieve better health. His Highness believes that media and sponsorship attention is too focused on sports that most people stop participating in once they reach a certain age.

“His Highness wants endurance sport to be the forefront of global sport,” McCormack says. “Because he believes when you move in that direction people will change. Getting the community involved is what he wants to push forward. He wants to change viewership… He wants to embrace sports that you can also participate in. Get out there and do something. He wants sports news to lead with that, and these athletes at the top should be rewarded because they’re true ambassadors for life.”

7. A few athletes were hesitant.
We did ask McCormack if there were any concerns from the athletes about some of the allegations against Bahrain royalty that date back to 2011.

“It was a discussion that came up for some of them,” he explains. “I said to a lot of them, ‘You’ve been to Bahrain, you’ve met the prince, you’ve spoken to the locals, you draw your own conclusions.’ There were a few athletes who were much more political who spent some time talking it through. There were a few athletes who decided it wasn’t for them. As for any criticism of the region, most will say that they’re investing in athletes and they’re buying into the endurance vision more so than any claims or what’s happening in the region.”

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8. The team structure goes beyond the elite 13 team.
In addition to the Bahrain Endurance 13 team, there is also a Bahrain Endurance Racing Team with six athletes and then a Bahraini national team.

“Every single athlete shares a layer of their performance bonus with a team down,” McCormack says of the structure. “Basically the top 13 help fund the racing team. The more success the 13 have, the more success the racing team has and the bigger we can grow it. The Bahrain Endurance 13 will also have a lot of say in who they pick as future stars.”

9. McCormack plans to hand off his spot in the near future.
Technically McCormack is on the developmental racing team, but he says that likely won’t be for long.
“I’ve been so caught up in this,” he says. “I’m still competing, but I’m definitely off of the big stuff. I’ll race a few of the Challenge events and a few of the 70.3 events, but I think my wife would divorce me if I try to do another Ironman. I’ll still race a couple more years, but really just next level down. I’m really involved in these things that I enjoy doing. I’m on the racing team for now, but I want to walk away from that and give the opportunity to someone else. We’re looking for the next talented kid to replace me. “

10. There’s one big name yet to be revealed … but you can probably figure out who it is.
As mentioned before, we know 11 of the 13 names on the team. We’ve been told that another announcement will come this Thursday and one of the biggest names will be revealed on Sunday after Sheikh Nasser races at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca. We pressed McCormack a bit about who the final athlete may be, and we’re betting you can guess who it is based on his hints: “He’s a monster on the bike. He’s been to Bahrain. He’s become close with His Highness. He drives a Mercedes. And, he’s German.”

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Ironman 70.3 St. Croix will no longer hand out coveted Kona slots.

Matt Chrabot and Lauren Goss impressed on the tough course to take home the victories.

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Ironman 70.3 St. Croix will no longer hand out coveted Kona slots.

With so many race opportunities this weekend, including the Ironman 70.3 North American Championships in St. George and the iconic Wildflower Long Course Triathlon, Ironman 70.3 St. Croix went fairly under the radar, but it still boasted a competitive professional field looking to take home their share of the $50,000 prize purse. Ultimately it was Americans Matt Chrabot and Lauren Goss who impressed on the tough course to take home the victories.

Men’s Race
Based on the results it looks like Chrabot led the men’s race from start to finish, extending his advantage with each discipline. He started the day with a 24:54 swim, then turned in a 2:21:28 bike split and concluded his day with a 1:21:28 half marathon to take the dominant victory at 4:09:57. Fellow American Drew Scott was Chrabot’s closest competitor for much of the race, but Australia’s Richie Cunningham gained a slight advantage on the run to cross the finish line in second at 4:17:21. Scott followed closely, claiming third at 4:17:53.

Women’s Race
Much of the women’s race was a battle between Goss and fellow American Amanda Stevens. Stevens, who is known for being one of the strongest swimmers in the sport, led out of the 1.2-mile swim at 26:04, with Goss following just two seconds later. The pair went on to post nearly identical bike splits, with Stevens earning a small seven second lead to start the run. Goss shined on the tough run course, turning in the fastest run split of the women (1:29:04) to claim the victory in 4:40:31. American Kirsty Jahn also had a strong run to propel herself to second, finishing at 4:46:56. Stevens rounded out the top three at 4:52:41.

2015 Ironman 70.3 St. Croix
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands – May 3, 2015
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Men
1. Matt Chrabot (USA) 4:09:57
2. Richie Cunningham (AUS) 4:09:57
3. Drew Scott (USA) 4:17:21
4. Sebastian Neef (GER) 4:24:39
5. Mikolaj Luft (POL) 4:31:41

Women
1. Lauren Goss (USA) 4:40:31
2. Kirsty Jahn (USA) 4:46:56
3. Amanda Stevens (USA) 4:52:41
4. Anne Basso (FRA) 5:04:51
5. Jessie Donavan (USA) 5:12:20

Complete results.

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Australia's Paul Ambrose and New Zealand's Michelle Bremer came out on top at the 30th running of the iconic Ironman Australia race.

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Australia’s Paul Ambrose and New Zealand’s Michelle Bremer came out on top at the 30th running of the iconic Ironman Australia race in Port Macquarie.

Men’s Race
It was a close men’s race, with Ambrose just edging out 2013 race winner Luke Bell (AUS). Bell had the early edge as the second fastest swimmer, exiting the water just behind Graham O’Grady (NZL) at 44:58. Ambrose was the fourth person onto the bike, where he quickly went to work on a mission to find the leaders. Ambrose’s bike split of 4:39:24 was by far the fastest of the day, giving him a seven-minute lead over Bell to start the run. Bell was ultimately able to chip into Ambrose’s adnantage, but it wasn’t enough to get him within striking distance. Ambrose crossed the finish line at 8:35:53 to earn the victory. Bell finished second just two and a half minutes later, with Australia’s Brian Fuller rounding out the top three.

Women’s Race
Australia’s Lisa Marangon led the women out of the water with a swim time of 51:59. She also led the early miles of the bike and was eventually joined by Bremer up front. Marangon was able to break away and ultimately earned a lead of 2:36 over Jessica Fleming (AUS), 4:12 over Chrisie Sym (AUS) and 5:40 over Bremer to start the run. With so many women exiting the bike in close contention, it was apparent the marathon would be an important factor. Marangon almost immediately struggled to find her running legs, surrendering her lead early in the marathon and eventually dropping out of the race. Fleming took over the top spot, with Sym sitting nearby in second. It stayed that way for much of the first half of the marathon, with Bremer quietly chasing in third. Once Bremer was able to pass Sym and Fleming, she never surrendered her lead. The Kiwi put together a 3:23:17 marathon to claim the victory in 9:38:24. Fleming held on for second, with 2012 winner Michelle Gailey (AUS) running up to the third spot.

2015 Ironman Australia
Port Macquarie, Australia – May 3, 2015
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Men
1. Paul Ambrose (AUS) 8:35:53
2. Luke Bell (AUS) 8:38:34
3. Brian Fuller (AUS) 8:49:39
4. Luke Martin (AUS) 8:56:19
5. Nick Baldwin (SEY) 8:59:44

Women*
1. Michelle Bremer (NZL) 9:38:24
2. Jessica Fleming (AUS) 9:42:18
3. Michelle Gailey (AUS) 9:50:51
4. Marie Sorrell (NZL) 9:57:06
5. Caroline Gregory (AUS) 10:16:56

*Includes professional results only.

Complete results.

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