TT2A Athlete of the Month :: September 2013

September sees the change in seasons (in the rest of the world) and after a long hot summer training in Dubai and Oman it was time for the sprint distance athletes to represent their countries in the much anticipated ITU Grand Final in London on what turned out to be a rainy day providing a slippery technical bike course. Then at the end of the month we saw a small crew take on the hilly 70.3 Pays d’Aix, France with some fantastic performances for such a challenging course. The Committee has reviewed the nominations and the votes have been counted…

AOTM September 2013

Sam McCone

Sam McCone

Not bad for a tennis player… on debut 5:08:39 placing 23rd in AG18-24, Sam blew the team away with his 28:11 swim, 2:54:44 bike and 1:38 run, we knew he had potential but to pull this mature performance out of the bag on his first triathlon event – brilliant 🙂 and then he drank 16 beers with his partners in crime after the race… oh dear.. the upside is he’s registered for 70.3 Pays d’Aix in May 2014 so we get to see how much he improves!

This months nominations:

Capt Carl had a remarkable performance in the ITU Grand Final placing 4th AG60-64 racing for his adopted country Australia, only 36 secs off a podium finish, and considering this wan’t his A-race!!!..
Anders Stranburg- had an ambitious month racing in both London & Pay d’Aix. A sterling performance in the ITU Grand Final in London representing Sweden placing 58th out of 107 competitors in AG45-49… He backed this performance up by gutsy appearance in 70.3 Pay d’Aix where he had an great swim bike combination but paid the price on the run.
Glen ‘Chicago’ Osmond- Qualified for ITU Grand Final in September 2012 and had a long wait for the big day. Chicago looked great out on the bike and held his own placing 50th out of 113 racers in AG40-44.
Gary ‘Gazza’ Rynould- Another great performance in London placing 62th in AG40-44, only 2 mins of Chicago.
Frederic Jacobs- We’ve seen Freddie racing for his home nation Belgium in ITU before in the Euros in Israel 2012, and he did it again in London giving a strong performance placing 63rd in AG 20-24 – there are some fast kids out there and Freddie is one of them!
Colleen Byrne- trained hard all summer and represented Ireland in her first major competition, ITU Grand Final placing 58th in AG30-34
Ben Walton- Took his new road bike out for a spin round the course in the 70.3 PAy d’Aix and tallied an overall time 5:07:47 for the swim, bike, run. As always a top performance from Whiteman.
Robbie Clark- took part in his first 70.3 event in France with Anders, Sam and Ben, and after a challenging swim in the lake swim Robbie clawed his way back with a brilliant bike/run combo netting an overall time 5:26:53 – not bad for debut 🙂

ITU Team