Hamburg 2017 has come and gone. Here is some pieced together comments and thoughts from my weekend of racing both the individual and the teams mixed relay. Spoiler alert, I was on the podium both days.
My favourite event on the series and a successful one again in 2017. I'm pretty happy with the individual race as a whole. I was comfortably up towards the front in the water, played my cards right on the ride, took some chances at a break but it all ended up in a big bunch. I pushed the pace early in the run but found myself dropping back in the middle stages.
Birtwhistle looked like his race was over when he dropped back to fifth after sitting in second place in the early stages of a five kilometre run dominated by eventual winner, world champion Mario Mola of Spain. But with the finish line in his sights he found a second wind and charged past the veteran Gomez before claiming Sissons.
I was in top gear for as long as I could be over the last km and in doing so closed some pretty significant gaps from 6th to eventually finish second. It certainly wasn't my plan to come from so far back over the last km but it's times like that I'm thankful to know I have that 1 more gear!
“Since my days as a track and field athlete before I became a triathlete I’ve always had that little something extra, I’m rather happy I am able to call on it when I need it.”
I needed it this day, to run my way back into second place to stand on the podium alongside training partner Mario Mola and Ryan Sissons.
The mixed teams relay played out in similar fashion to the individual race for me as I came from behind and ended in a sprint finish, this time though it was a sprint for gold.
“we were all able to put together a good race and end up as World Champions, it is pretty awesome!”
We were reminded many times that afternoon that it’s not every day you win a world championship. With the recent announcement of the relay in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic program this certainly is a priority event to perform at and a result I am very proud to have been a part of.
I am currently spending some time in Girona before getting right back into racing next weekend for the Canadian stops of the World Series. First up Edmonton for another sprint distance race then onto Montreal over standard distance the following week.