Athletes look forward to Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series opener
08 April 2011
As athletes converge on Sydney for the opening round of the Dextro Energy ITU Triathlon World Championship Series, Australia’s Emma Snowsill, Emma Moffatt and Brad Kahlefeldt along with Germany’s Jan Frodeno, Spain’s Javier Gomez and Sweden’s Lisa Norden, spoke about training, the first race of the Dextro Energy ITU World Championship and the season ahead at the official event press conference earlier today.
Coming off the back of a win at the ITU World Cup in Mooloolaba last month, Kahlefeldt reflected on his win and the lead up to Sunday’s race.
“I had a nice win in Mooloolaba, it is quite a tough course but the Australian public always get behind it and there is a lot of age-groupers involved and thousands of supporters around so it’s always a nice race to go well in and I feel good coming into the race on Sunday.”
“This race last year, unfortunately I wasn’t fantastic, but I feel good and it’ll be nice to get out there and race on home soil. Sydney is one of the best destinations for triathlon in Australia so it’s amazing for the sport and like all of these guys here I look forward to racing on Sunday,” he added.
Frondero has spent four months training in Capetown (South Africa) preparing for the season and is focusing on a strong race and Olympic selection.
“I was fortunate enough to spend 4 months training down in South Capetown, which is my second home, I love training there, I love the facilities and the weather. I’m really looking forward to the first race, it’s been a long time since Budapest and I’m looking forward to having a bit of a rev up on Sunday.
“I’ll see how fresh I am but obviously I’m very focused on qualifying for the Olympic games as well which will be 7th August in London, but I’ m in great shape and I’m looking forward to racing on Sunday.”
World number one, Gomez says he is keen to improve on his performance from Mooloolaba, and like Frondero & Kahlefeldt, set his sights on Olympic selection.
“I am happy with my level right now, I’m hoping it will be a great start to the season because I’m not injured that’s already a really good point compared to the last two seasons. We have so many important races and I think the world title is going to be decided in Europe so you need to be fit in July/August for our three or four races there. Obviously this is the first one, it’s Sydney, it’s a special race for triathlon and I’d love to do it well and give my best on Sunday and focus where I can to my personal goals which is the Olympic games.
Australia’s golden girls of triathlon, Snowsill and Moffatt, are both keen for a strong start to the ITU World Championship Series.
“My season has been going really well, I had a good race down in Geelong and I was pretty happy with Mooloolaba, it was a shame that she (Nicky Samuels) had 2 minutes up the road but hopefully that doesn’t happen again. I ran pretty well at Mooloolaba so hopefully I’ll have another good race here on Sunday,” said Moffat.
Snowsill is looking forward to a strong injury free season and clearly has her eyes set on Olympic team selection ahead of the 2012 games in London.
“Obviously I didn’t have a hugely consistent year last year but I definitely learnt a lot in those times where things weren’t necessarily going right. I just went back to the drawing board and back to basics looking at what I needed to do to keep on achieving,” she said.
“To go to a second Olympics would be a dream come true and obviously it would be different this time around I have a few more races under my belt, a few more experiences and I just really hope that if I qualify, my toes are on the start line in London and I am a stronger athlete mentally, physically and emotionally.”
The Sydney Olympic Distance course is arguably the most spectacular and spectator-friendly in the world, with maximum elite fields of 65 swimming 1500 metres in Farm Cove, next to the Sydney Opera House, riding 40km, predominantly along the Cahill Expressway and Macquarie Street on a tight eight-lap circuit, and running 10km on a 4-lap loop along Macquarie and College streets to finish in Hyde Park.
2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series
Race 1: Sydney, on Sunday, April 10
Age Group start: 6.35am onwards (AEST)
Elite Women: 11.36am
Elite Men: 2.16pm