Welcome to the 1st edition of the online TRIBUNE, Triathlon New Zealand’s new weekly roundup of all the Kiwis doing the hard mahi, and the silver fern proud, around the triathlon globe. This week we travel to London, Valencia, Portugal and Slovenia, starting with an epic Super League performance in the West India Quay…
Super League Triathlon London
On the eve of the Super League Triathlon season-opener, Hayden Wilde said he was looking forward to “seeing how the body goes” after a stomach virus had condemned him to a “rough 4 weeks” post his Birmingham Commonwealth Games silver medal performance. After the opening 300m swim in the London Docklands early Monday morning (NZ time), it seemed Wilde might indeed be running on empty. We needn’t have fretted, of course, as the Falcon added to his legend with an impressive victory over Aussie battler Matt Hauser and British rival Alex Yee. Catch up on the Tauranga 25-year-old’s epic fightback here as well as full details of Tayler Reid’s 8th place finish and Nicole van der Kaay’s impressive top-10.
1st – Hayden Wilde (NZL) 00:45:50
2nd – Matthew Hauser (AUS) 00:45:55
3rd – Alex Yee (GBR) 00:46:05
8th – Tayler Reid (NZL) 00:46:59
1st – Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) 00:49:53
2nd – Taylor Spivey (USA) 00:49:54
3rd – Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) 00:50:14
10th – Nicole van der Kaay (NZL) 00:52:11
World Cup Triathlon Valencia (Sprint)
We’re already halfway through the 10-event 2022 World Cup season following the latest stop in Spain. Hawke’s Bay’s Eva Goodisson produced the eye-catching performance in Valencia overnight Saturday, placing 11th in the 64-strong elite women’s field to pip Kiwi team-mate Ainsley Thorpe by a mere two seconds and one place in the final results.
It was the University of California alumni and world No. 123’s second-best World Cup performance this season following a 7th in Coimbra in June and bettered her 20th placing in Bergen the previous weekend as German Lisa Tertsch won the sprint distance event (750m/19.4km/5km) in 55m 17s.
Thorpe was 14th in Bergen so will be pleased with further improvement after the disappointment of her Commonwealth Games WD due to COVID-19.
Big bro Trent Thorpe, who recorded a DNF in Bergen, was 24th in the elite men’s race won by Brazil’s Manoel Messias in 50min 14s. Commonwealth Games reserve Thorpe’s World Cup best this season was a 22nd in Huatulco in late June.
1st – Manoel Messias (BRA) 00:50:14
24th – Trent Thorpe (NZL) 00:51:24
1st- Lisa Tertsch (GER) 00:55:17
11th- Eva Goodisson (NZL) 00:55:58
12th – Ainsley Thorpe (NZL) 00:56:00
2022 Europe Triathlon Cup Alhandra (Sprint)
Brea Roderick has kicked on from her 31st placing at the World Cup Bergen last weekend with the headline result of the five Kiwis who lined up near Lisbon in the latest continental sprint race. The fourth fastest swim time and eighth quickest run time along the flat banks of Tagus River helped the Cambridge-based Waikato Uni student finish fifth, just 12 seconds outside the podium. It was a memorable day for the Kiwi women with the Hannah’s, Knighton and Howell, 9th and 11th respectively.
Tauranga’s Lachlan Haycock warmed up for next week’s $60,000 World Triathlon Cup Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic with a 49th place finish in the elite men’s race in Alhandra although he was nearly a minute down on Cambridge’s James Corbett in 34th place.
1st – Maxime Hueber-Moosbrugger (FRA) 00:50:57
34th – James Corbett (NZL) 00:52:17
49th- Lachlan Haycock (NZL) 00:53:11
1st – Finja Schierl (GER) 00:57:11 5th – Brea Roderick (NZL) 00:57:32
9th – Hannah Knighton (NZL) 00:57:46
11th – Hannah Howell (NZL) 00:57:58
Europe Triathlon Junior Cup Bled
Ivan Abele continued his European apprenticeship with a top-25 finish in Slovenia. The Taupo 17-year-old’s best in the Europe Junior Cup this season came in June in Wels, Austria when he finished third on a podium topped by Kiwi teammate Sam Parry.
1st – Ben Cumberland (GBR) 00:34:21
24th – Ivan Abele (NZL) 00:35:40
On Our Radar…
After Hayden Wilde’s winning start in London and Nicole van der Kaay’s fine debut, you’re not going to want to miss the second race of the five-event, $1.4 million Super League Triathlon Series Munich. Sky Sport has LIVE coverage listed from 8.30pm-10pm on Sunday, September 11 on Channel 600 but be sure to check listings later in the week.
Trent Thorpe and Lachlan Haycock are listed to start the $60,000 World Triathlon Cup Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. The elite men’s race, set down for a 15:00 local time start on September 11 (1am NZ time Sunday), is available on TriathlonLive.tv
Closer to home, the countdown is on to the 34th edition of Tinman Tauranga, the second event of Tri New Zealand’s Suzuki National Series. For full entry details for legendary November 20 standard, visit the Triathlon Tauranga website here. For everything you need to know about the entire Tri New Zealand’s Suzuki National Series, click here