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.