1 month, 3 races, 3 countries, 2 continents and currently on my way to another race, in another country.
June was a pretty busy month packed full of racing.
Weekend one I spent at the home of my French GP team, Valence for race two of the series which was a teams relay event. Unfortunately the home team didn't quite have what it takes to mix with the stronger teams but we definitely got the loudest cheers from the home crowd as we raced along off the back.
Weekend two I was jetting off to Morocco for the ATU Continental Cup race in Larache. I had heard some stories that had me expecting the worst but I was pleasantly surprised. Although the race did start a little bit late (a lotta bit late really) it was pretty cool. It had a similar feel to the French GP races, it was very relaxed and we just went about our business not quite sure of what was actually happening. The whistle blew on the start line and we were off, and then called back. I don't speak Spanish so not 100% sure what was happening but apparently that was not the start of the race. After another try though the race was underway and things ran pretty smoothly from then on.
I exited the water towards the front and easily slotted into the front group on the bike. After a pretty uneventful ride I joined two Spanish athletes for the early stages of the 5km run before breaking away on lap two of three and running solo to the finish to claim the win.
Weekend three was a local Spanish olympic distance race in San Sebastian which was bound to be a battle of the gong wizards. We were all in the front pack joined by a few Basque triathletes but after some pretty tough climbs (not hills, these were proper climbs, by my standards) it was just myself, Ryan Bailie and Aaron Royle left up front. Bailie didn't have to run that day so the only fair thing to do was make him work on the front for the rest of the bike.
Aaron and I ran together for basically 9km of the 10km run before I put in a little surge and got away and was able to take the win. Yeah, maybe he had a slightly harder week of training than I did, but I'll claim it anyway ;)
I’m not a super fast writer, it’s taken me 6 days to get to this point after the opening paragraph. So I have since been to the Nederlands, raced, and come back. So weekend 4...
May is over and we are already closing in on one month of being out of Australia. It feels like the time has gone pretty quick, which may be just due to myself being kept so busy in the time. I am on a plane heading to Paris to race in the second French GP of the season, and my third race in as many weeks. Chengdu went pretty well for my first world cup finishing up in 16th place, Dunkurque was better for my first FFGP, Pontevedra, world Duathlon championships went well too and I am now looking forward to racing for Valence, in Valence, in a teams relay format this weekend.
My first time in France was kicked off with a pretty bad moment right on arrival, my poor Giant Propel bike clearly had been thrown around a lot and when unpacking I noticed a big crack in the frame. Let’s hope they are better with today’s flight! I was right onto Giant back home in Australia and within a few days they had found me a new frame and I was all set up just in time to leave for the world duathlon championships in Pontevedra, Spain. So so thankful for their support!
Pontevedra is on the west coast of Spain and it is gorgeous, definitely one of my favourite locations I have visited so far. The sprint Duathlon format was a 5km run, a 20km bike and a 2.5km final run leg. Two runs and a bike – this is right up my alley at the moment! I had planned to work the pace reasonably hard on the first run so there would be just a small front group on the bike all willing to work hard and this worked out perfectly. There were 6 or 7 in the group and all rolled turns for 20km and managed to put 2 minutes into the large group behind us. I was out of T2 in 3rd place on the tail of 2 Spanish athletes who had the crowd behind them, but after not long I was out the front running for the win through the narrow old town streets (very cool run course). By the end of the 2.5k I had put a 17 second gap between myself and second place and was crowned 2014 junior elite Duathlon World Champion.