ITU World Triathlon Stockholm
Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) recorded her seventh consecutive top-10 World Triathlon Series finish at ITU World Triathlon Stockholm on Saturday, the final stop on the WTS circuit before September’s Grand Final in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The Olympic-distance course began with a 1,500-meter swim in the Riddarfjärden, followed by a 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run through the Old Town, and concluding with a dramatic finish line next to the Royal Palace.
Bermuda’s Flora Duffy took the win in 2 hours, 9 seconds, joining Gwen Jorgensen as the only two women in ITU history to win five WTS races in a single season. Great Britain’s Jessica Learmouth took second in 2:01:30, and Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle was third in 2:01:42.
Kasper recorded a 2:03:29 finishing time, good enough for eighth place, and Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), crossed 11th in 2:04:17. Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.), crashed her bike around a tight turn and ultimately pulled out of the race, but was back on her bike the following day.
#wtsstockholm 📷: @tzaferes *************************************************Fortunate to have an amazing support team that has helped me stay fit, healthy, and happy. I have been lucky to toe every WTS start line this season! It's something I have never done in my 3 years of racing triathlon. Thank you to my sponsors and the people that make this all possible: @usatriathlon, my coach @multisportbrain, @lizfoodco, Lindsay Hyman, @dimplesdh and the Phoenix/Victoria community.
Felt like I had nothing, but gave it my everything. . Cursed with another 11th finish, and hanging onto 11th world rank by a thread. Only three weeks until the Grand Final in Rotterdam! Until then, I'll be chasing the home stretch at training camp in Italy with #TheTriathlonSquad 👊🏽 📷 @aquawizphotography
Not the ideal race outcome when you smash your face into the pavement. However I'd like to focus on the positives. Up until I crashed halfway through the bike I had done what I have been needing to. Had a great swim, solid transition, pushed the first lap and was riding strong and technically well. Stuff happens and I'm still not clear on what I did to make myself crash. I got back up to continue riding but decided through transition to stop and not finish the race. I feel very fortunate that I didn't break any bones in my face and just got a couple stitches on my chin. So looks like I'll just be giving @tzaferes a lot of cheek for a bit 😂Onward to Rotterdam! Also super stoked to watch my fellow breakaway buddies @floraduffy and @jllearmonth go 1-2 and @gentle_ash overcome her pre-race stressors to get 3rd!! 📸:@tzaferes
🎶"I get knocked down, but I get up again You are never gonna keep me down"🎶- Chumbawamba . It was really important to me that I went on a bike ride today. I didn't want crashing yesterday to make me tentative to get back on my bike. I had been meaning to visit Drottningholm and found this morning at like 5:45am to be the opportune time. There was no one out and I found it so calming. It was just really peaceful and just what the doctor ordered. Ok to be fair it's probably not at all what he ordered but it was good for my soul and head.
For complete results from ITU World Triathlon Stockholm, visit triathlon.org.
Penticton ITU Multisport World Championships Festival
The Penticton 2017 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival wrapped up on Sunday with the Elite and Age-Group Long-Distance Triathlon and the Age-Group and Para Aquabike events. The Long-Distance Triathlon course featured a 3k swim, 120k bike and 30k run, while the Aquabike course featured a 3k swim followed by a 120k bike.
The U.S. had two men in the top-10 in the elite ITU Long-Distance Triathlon World Championships, as Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took fourth overall and Drew Scott (Boulder, Colo.) placed sixth. Ten age-group athletes earned long-distance triathlon world titles, while nine collected gold medals in the aquabike. In total, Team USA concludes Penticton 2017 with 149 medals: 61 gold, 49 silver and 39 bronze.
Penticton has been good to me over the last 2 years. Really happy to get 6th today at the ITU Long Distance World Champs. Congrats to @lsanderstri On the win. Thanks to everyone out there cheering and for those that always support me. 📷 Kevin Mackinnon/ @triathlon_world_com . @hokaoneone @rideshimano @ekoicycling @blueseventy @altaphysicaltherapy @kiwamitriathlon @stagescycling @therealsaltstick @riplaces @purplepatchfitness . . #penticton #penticton2017 @worldtriathlon @itumultisport
And - done. Today was tough - fun, but tough. Congrats to all who raced!!!! #itumultisportworldchampionship #UCAN #ChaseAdventure #DoWhatMovesYou and I am STILL trying to #FindFaster #eddymerckxcycles #MissingMyKiddos #ReadyToBeHome #StillVeryBlessed Placed: 1/1/4/2 (age group) Huge thanks to @gfcycles @raceday_transport @swiftwicksocks @genucan @prwesttn @rokasports And, remember - #FeedTheGoodWolf
For complete results from the Penticton 2017 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival, visit penticton2017.com.
Major League Triathlon Vail Valley
Major League Triathlon, the United States’ only professional super-sprint relay league, made a stop in Avon, Colorado, on Saturday. The Cleveland Rock ‘n’ Roll, represented by Lindsey Jerdonek (Brecksville, Ohio), Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.), Sarah Alexander (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and AJ Baucco (Tucson, Ariz.) came away with the win, remaining undefeated on the season.
The Colorado Peaks, represented by Brittany Warly (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Alex Libin (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Paula Findlay (CAN) and John O’Neill (Vail, Colo.) took second in their home race. Third place went to the Indy Cats, represented by Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.), Megan Foley (Salt Lake City, Utah), Robbie Deckard (Boulder, Colo.) and Alissa Doehla (Tryon, N.C.).
Racing @majorleaguetri at 7,500 ft in the Vail Valley of Colorado was a lung burner. Happy to get a lead during the first leg for #clevelandrockandroll and @kmcdowell111 @sarah_alxndr & @ajbaucco powered on to another team victory. In 2 weeks we defend the land at #mltcleveland. #mltvailvalley is a wrap! 📷: @talbotcox . . . . #tripics #trihood #mixedteamrelay #whothefisajbaucco #bauccosquad #girlswhoridebikes #trirelay #triathlonrelay #trihub
Avon, you're beautiful. Happy to be back racing again this season and especially for the opportunity to be part of a great event like @majorleaguetri . The race felt a little rusty, but there were also a lot of positives and good takeaways for the rest of the season. 3rd place for the #indycats wouldn't have been possible without @robbie_d14 @mcdoehla and @benkanute . Thanks for the huge outpouring of support this weekend. It's good to be back #mlt32 #mltvailvalley photo credit: @talbotcox
For more information about Major League Triathlon, visit majorleaguetri.com.
IRONMAN 70.3 Qujing
Sarah Piampiano (San Rafael, Calif.) and Kelsey Withrow (Walnut Creek, Calif.) went 1-2 in the women’s pro race at IRONMAN 70.3 Qujing in China on Sunday. Piampiano covered the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4:18:15, followed by Withrow in 4:30:58. Australia’s Kate Bevilacqua rounded out the podium in third with a time of 4:43:29.
In the men’s pro race, Justin Metzler (Boulder, Colo.) was the highest-placing American in sixth with a time of 4:02:56. Italy’s Domenico Passuello took the win in 3:54:03; Dougal Allen of New Zealand was second in 3:55:42; and Daniil Sapunov of Ukraine was third in 3:59:13.
Packing up and heading back to the USA 🇺🇸. This is hands down one of the coolest places in China I've ever been. From the race experience to the post-race adventures - it was a great week (swipe 👈 for more pics of race day, the course and our tourist adventures!) Thank you to @ironmantri , the city of #Qujing as well as my amazing group of Cali friends, family and training buds who came out and made this race such an incredibly positive and fun experience! #littleredracing #dontdreamitbeit #believe #im703qujing #seetheworld #ironman #wandasports #liveyourlife #theolympicclub #podium #yunnan #cervelo #shimano #clifbar #gopro #saucony #feedyouradventure #fitness #rudyproject #cercacor #halo #zone3 #ineedsos
For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Qujing, visit IRONMAN.com.
IRONMAN 70.3 Vichy
Jocelyn McCauley (Cincinnati, Ohio) broke the tape to earn the women’s pro victory at IRONMAN 70.3 Vichy in Auvergne, France, on Saturday. McCauley covered the 1.2 mi swim, 56 mi bike and 13.1 mi run in 4:18:21. Celine Schaerer of Czechoslovakia was exactly two minutes back from McCauley in 4:20:21, and Maria Czesnik of Poland rounded out the top-three in 4:21:39.IRONMAN.com.
IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene
More than 1,000 amateur triathletes toed the line at IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene in Idaho on Sunday, the final full-distance race at the iconic venue. Athletes covered a 2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike and 26.2 mi run. Francisco Maya (Beaverton, Ore.) was the overall men’s champion in 10:03:51, and Olesya Prystayko of Ukraine was the first woman across the line in 10:47:58.
While the full-distance 140.6 will not be returning to Couer d’Alene, the city will continue to host its popular IRONMAN 70.3 race, with the 2018 edition set for June 24.
Congrats to my buddy @wilrace4food Mark Saroni, who in his first attempt at the full distance, WINS #IMCDA today! Mark puts on the Splash And Dash Kids Race Series in San Antonio with @paragontraining and @utsatriathlonz. I am honored to be their Announcer and cannot wait to celebrate his win! #ironman #triathlon #announcerlife
Wrapping up one final, amazing year of IRONMAN racing in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. A very special thank you to all who came out, raced, volunteered, or came and supported today and throughout the last 14 years. Here's to all of you, and thank you for making 2017 IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene a Sunset Year to remember! #IMCDA #nofilter #ironmantri #swimbikerun
For complete results from IRONMAN Couer d’Alene, visit IRONMAN.com.