ITU New Plymouth SPRINT Triathlon

ITU New Plymouth SPRINT Triathlon - 25th March 2018

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Richard Murray wins his third title in a row

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Photo credit: Scott Taylor/ITU, showing: Katie Zaferes conquers the rain on the bike.

2 April 2017


Richard Murray and Katie Zaferes crowned themselves King and Queen of New Plymouth, taking out the Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU Triathlon World Cup in front of huge crowds that braved the damp conditions at Ngamotu Beach today.

 Murray loves New Plymouth, and why wouldn’t the South African who now has three titles in succession in the region voted the ‘second-best place in the world’ by Lonely Planet. Despite coming into the race with a slight concern over an ankle injury, the 28-year-old emerged at the front of the pack early on the run, and from that point was never headed.

Zaferes has also won back to back – the last time the American was here and victorious was 2014 and she won again today, showing too much strength to kick one second clear of a large group of runners over the final few hundred metres.

 Murray held off impressive young American Matt McElroy and local Ryan Sissons, who had the large crowd roaring their delight as he sprinted to the line and the bronze medal after finishing an agonizing fourth last year.

 Murray was delighted with the win, albeit a little surprised given the concern he had over his ankle coming in to the race.

 “I think at the start of the day if you said that I would ‘threepeat’, I would say ‘not possible’. I was the last one running into the swim, I had to go real slow and was a bit cautious but then had a good swim, out on the outside.  It was awesome though, I was next to Tommy Zaferes as we came out of the water and he was giving me a few pushes to get me going!

 “I then ran in my trainers to look after my ankle, as they are a heavier shoe but I had never pulled them on before and I spent about 10 or 12 seconds in transition watching everyone run away, normally I am quick but this time I was a bit slow today.”

Murray says conditions made it interesting, and loved the fact the locals were out in big numbers despite the rain.

 “It was maybe the wettest I have seen here, I pulled my glasses on but couldn’t see with the spray. Everyone in the lead group rode well, Henri and I tried to get away just before the end of the bike but I thought, I can’t let this one go. I am very stoked, it is awesome in front of this huge crowd, I love it here in Taranaki.”

 Zaferes was in a tight tussle with a large group once on the run, eventually going clear of Joanna Brown (Canada) who won her first World Cup medal and Claire Michel (Belgium).

 “I do love it here, that was my last World Cup race here in 2014,” said Zaferes. “It is cool to come back and I love the race atmosphere here, the community is so supportive, so kind and welcoming and going to the schools fills your heart up and make you sure why you do this, so it is pretty cool to have that awesome feeling going into a race.

“I was nervous, couldn’t catch a breath before the race but I am normally like that so just told myself to calm down. I love wetsuit swims but also enjoy the cold, so I took some confidence from the decision not to have wetsuits knowing that it might be a little chilly and conditions might not be perfect – I tend to do a little better in those conditions.”

 There were a few minor crashes in the slippery conditions, but Zaferes was safe near the front of the field throughout.

 “Everyone was pushing from the beginning and it was a constant strong ride all the way through, that was great practice for me as I don’t tend to do well with tactics or technically on course and today I wanted to nail that and be in the right place. Every time someone went down at the back, you are thankful you are in that right place, I was just very happy at how I executed it today.”

 Leading Kiwi hope Andrea Hewitt didn’t fire on the day, struggling with the cold during the swim and was not able to close the gap to the lead group on the bike, despite bravely riding solo early on.

 “Next week (Gold Coast World Series) didn’t go through my head at all, I pushed as hard as I could but just didn’t have the legs to do so, my muscles felt frozen. It was great for the other Kiwis to be up in the lead bunch, but today just wasn’t my day.”

 Of the other medalists, there is no doubt that Sissons was the most popular, the Kiwi was devastated last year to miss the podium by the barest of margins and was not going to let that happen again.

 “I had to work for it, I didn’t have a great swim, but felt really good on the bike and worked as hard as I could and managed to pull the gap in, there weren’t many working but I managed to get a few guys to pull some turns.

“On the run I felt comfortable the whole way, there were a few surges and with 500m to go I thought, this is it. I was fourth last year in a sprint and really didn’t want to get fourth again. I am really stoked to come away with third and a good start to the season, I am looking forward to building on it from here on.”

 Once again there was no doubting the popularity of an event that was voted the ‘Best World Cup’ by the athletes in 2016, with great community support and long term partnerships with Quality Hotel Plymouth International, Port Taranaki, TSB Community Trust and Venture Taranaki, as well as a host of other local sponsors.

 The support of the local community is borne out in the popularity of the many school visits conducted by the athletes in the lead up to the race, and today was highlighted with a significant and vocal crowd who braved the constant drizzle to cheer each and every athlete, albeit a little more loudly for those wearing the silver fern.

 Of the other New Zealand men racing today, there were strong performances from 20-year-old Tayler Reid (Gisborne) who ran strongly to a superb 7th place, Dan Hoy (Auckland) who overcame a sluggish start to the run to finish strongly in 12th, Trent Thorpe (Auckland) in 15th and Liam Ward (Auckland) who finished 19th, all gaining vital experience racing to the top level.

 In the women’s race the best of the Kiwis was Sophie Corbidge (Auckland) who finished in 11th place while young Nicole van der Kaay (Taupo) continues to find her feet at the top level with a 13th, Elise Salt (Auckland) was 17th, and Hewitt came home in 20th while Deb Lynch struggled after a poor swim and finished 29th.


2017 Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU World Cup Triathlon

Elite Women
1 Katie Zaferes, USA, 59:28
2 Joanna Brown, CAN, 59:29
3 Claire Michel, BEL, 59:30


Plus NZers
11 Sophie Corbidge, NZL, 1:00:29
13 Nicole van der Kaay, NZL, 1:00:35
17 Elise Salt, NZL, 1:01:07
20 Andrea Hewitt, NZL, 1:02:03
29 Deb Lynch, NZL, 1:05:24


Elite Men

1 Richard Murray, SAF, 54:37
2 Matt Mcelroy, USA, 54:43
3 Ryan Sissons, NZL, 54:46


Plus NZers
07 Tayler Reid, NZL, 55:14
12 Dan Hoy, NZL 55:31
15 Trent Thorpe, NZL, 55:45
19 Liam Ward, NZL, 56:32
25 Trent Dodds, NZL, 57:27
29 Hayden Wilde, NZL, 58:41
30 Kyle Smith, NZL, 59:28



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Andrea Hewitt has started her triathlon season in great form, winning the season opening World Tri Series Abu Dhabi race last month, and now she is setting out after the gold medal at this weekend’s Quality Hotel Plymouth International Triathlon World Cup.


While having featured on the podium for two years running in New Plymouth, Hewitt would love to go one better against a world class field on Sunday.

“The last two years I have had silver in New Plymouth, I have gold from Auckland one year, but it is always good to win – especially at home, and that is my goal. Going into this weekend with the number one race bib, I have raced here a few times, I know the course and hopefully with a big home crowd it will be a good one.

“The quality of the field is certainly of a high standard. It is similar to what you will see next week in the second round of the Gold Coast World Series. A lot of athletes have come here to New Zealand to train, race New Plymouth and get ready for the Gold Coast, it is great to see such a strong field here.

“The Americans have won the last two or three years here, they have had a good run. The international squad of Joel Filliol (renowned coach) is here so that means great athletes from Spain, Netherlands and the Czech Republic. But there is also a great Japanese team including Ai Ueda, she was third in the world last year and has a great run.”

Turning 35 two days after New Plymouth, the classy Cantabrian is showing no signs of slowing down as she enjoys a strong start to her 2017 campaign.

“It has been a perfect start to the season, I went overseas in February and started the season a little earlier than normal and headed to the Caribbean and raced in Antigua and Barbuda. That was a cool experience racing there and a good heat training block before going to Abu Dhabi and the race went perfectly for me.”

Hewitt is typically strong across all three disciplines, and is always prepared to mix it on the bike, especially on a course that offers a climb or two such as New Plymouth.

“I will try and have a great all round race, the last few years we have had a small group away on the bike and we have worked well together. The forecast suggests a chance of some rain as well which might help with smaller groups on the bike and heading out on the run, but we will have to see.

“For me I love racing in New Zealand and I don’t get many opportunities. It is hard to plan an international season and then also do some of the smaller races in the New Zealand summer, so it is great to have this World Cup here in New Plymouth.”

Her association with the event goes back a long way, and in that time Hewitt and her late fiancée Laurent Vidal made many friends that she loves catching up with around the race. 

“We have had races in Auckland but New Plymouth has always been a favourite, it was actually my first World Cup back in 2005 so it has been a long association here, I have lots of friends here now and have been back every time so I am excited to be racing this weekend. I always go back and stay with the Barnett family, I call it my home race even though it is not my home town, but this is definitely my home race for the year.”

Like many athletes in a post-Olympic year, Hewitt is changing things up a little in her approach to 2017.

“I have been to three Olympic games now and am at the end of my career, so I am going on feeling as to what suits me best. I have changed in the sense that I am not going to spend half the year in Europe, with around four months there this time. I am cutting my season shorter, but not the training. I will be training in Christchurch, I like being at home and it feels better for my training, so that is the change this year.

“ITU racing is where I am looking though. I did one ITU long distance event in 2014 and I broke my collarbone, so that didn’t go too well – so I am not planning on getting back on a time trial bike too soon. The World Tri Series Final is the big goal in Rotterdam, but all the World Series events are goals, I will be racing around the world for New Zealand this year.”

Sunday presents familiar surroundings for Hewitt, with that long history of racing here and the consistency of performance, it is a course that she enjoys.

“The swim in the cold of the sea, the long run to transition and then the up and down of the bike, there is not much holding back anywhere on the course. The run is fast along the waterfront, I think it is a really good course for me, I have proved that over the last few years so we will see again on the weekend.”

She will not lack for company either with a few young Kiwis also lining up on Sunday, something that is not lost on an athlete now nearing the end of an illustrious career

“I have looked at the start list and there are six or seven other Kiwi women on the start list and the same for the men so it is cool to have a big New Zealand contingent, especially in our home race, so yeah it will be exciting to race with them and see some new faces, it will be fun.”

The event dubbed ‘Sprint by the Mountain’ is made possible with the ongoing support of Quality Hotel Plymouth International, Venture Taranaki, Port Taranaki and TSB Community Trust.



New Zealanders on the start list for the Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU World Cup are:

Men: Tayler Reid (Gisborne), Hayden Wilde (Whakatane), Kyle Smith (Taupo), Daniel Hoy (Auckland), Ryan Sissons (Auckland), Liam Ward (Auckland)

Women: Deb Lynch (Porirua), Nicole van der Kaay (Taupo), Elise Salt (Auckland), Sophie Corbidge (Auckland), Andrea Hewitt (Christchurch), Elizabeth Stannard (Palmerston North).

Full start lists and further information CLICK HERE

Event website:


Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU Triathlon World Cup
Sunday, April 2nd 2017
Ngamotu Beach

Elite Women 11:00am
Elite Men 1:00pm


For further information, contact:

Andrew Dewhurst
Media Manager
Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU World Cup Triathlon
021 535501



10 March 2017


New Zealand’s only ITU World Cup Triathlon has again attracted a stellar field of international athletes, with 18 countries and ten of the top twenty triathletes * in the world set to be represented in New Plymouth on April 2nd, with recent Abu Dhabi World Series winner Andrea Hewitt headlining the local charge to the podium.


The Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU New Plymouth Triathlon World Cup is the chance for New Zealand athletes to mix it with the best in their own backyard and in the process gain vital experience and ranking points to set them up for the rest of 2017. Organisers are again thrilled at the quality of athletes coming to Taranaki to sample the local culture and enjoy the race dubbed ‘sprint by the mountain.’


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South Africa’s world number four Richard Murray is the two-time defending champion and leads a strong men’s field that any World Series race would be proud of, one that includes compatriot world number five and Rio bronze medalist Henri Schoeman, multiple World Cup winner and sixth ranked Joao Silva (Portugal), Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales (world #7), the latest Spanish sensation in Vicente Hernandez (world #19) and Belgium’s Marten Van Riel (world #24).


The women’s field is even better, with an incredible seven of the top eleven ranked athletes set to go toe to toe over the sprint distance. American’s Katie Zaferes (world #4)) and multiple World Cup and World Series winner Sarah True (world #6) return, along with Japanese star Ai Ueda (world #5), Dutch star Rachel Klamer (world #7) current World number 10 Kirsten Kasper (USA) and Summer Cook (USA, world #11).


Event Director Terry Sheldrake says the reputation of the event is such that athletes love returning to the region.


“We pride ourselves in putting on an event that is much loved by the athletes, coaches and spectators. Richard Murray (defending champion) is testament to that, he loves coming here and loves the relaxed vibe around the event and the chance to really be a part of the community for the time that he is here. He was fourth in Rio and will bring his countryman who won bronze that day in Henri Schoeman in what is a truly world class men’s race.


“The women’s field is even better, headlined of course by our own Andrea Hewitt (world #3) who was just pipped here by Gwen Jorgensen in a sprint finish last year, I know she will be determined to go one better and win an ITU World Cup on home soil, it would mean so much to her. She will have perhaps the toughest competition ever though, with seven of the top eleven ranked athletes in the world coming to race, it is going to be spectacular.”


New Zealand will be well represented in both races, with a total of 12 Kiwis wearing the sliver fern in New Plymouth (6 men and 6 women), headlined by Hewitt on the women’s side and Rio Olympian Ryan Sissons (world #25) on the men’s side.


Emerging athletes also get their chance, with former Youth Olympic games individual silver medalist Daniel Hoy and Tayler Reid leading the young brigade on the men’s side, while Nicole Van Der Kaay (bronze at the recent Oceania Sprint Championships) and 19 year old Elizabeth Stannard are included.


Triathlon New Zealand High Performance Coach Jon Brown says the event plays a big role in the sport here.


“The New Plymouth World Cup race is the premier ITU race in New Zealand, so has a lot of significance for the kiwi’s athletes to impress in front of a home crowd, and is a good opportunity for the emerging U23 athletes to dip their toes into world class racing. This year you will see a number of U23 men being exposed to this level of competition for the first time which is a critical step in their development.”


The event dubbed ‘Sprint by the Mountain’ is made possible with the ongoing support of Quality Hotel Plymouth International, Venture Taranaki, Port Taranaki and TSB Community Trust and the wider New Plymouth community of volunteers, triathletes and host families.


New Zealanders on the start list for the Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU World Cup are:

Men: Tayler Reid (Gisborne), Hayden Wilde (Whakatane), Kyle Smith (Taupo), Daniel Hoy (Auckland), Ryan Sissons (Auckland), Liam Ward (Auckland)

Women: Deborah Lynch (Porirua), Nicole Van Der Kaay (Taupo), Elise Salt (Auckland), Sophie Corbidge (Auckland), Andrea Hewitt (Christchurch), Elizabeth Stannard (Palmerston North).


Full start lists and further information CLICK HERE


Event website:


*All rankings taken from ITU Points Rankings List to include 2016 results


Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU Triathlon World Cup
April 2nd 2017
Ngamotu Beach

Elite Women 11:00am
Elite Men 1:00pm


For further information, contact:

Terry Sheldrake
Event Director
Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU World Cup Triathlon
021 645 503

Andrew Dewhurst
Media Manager
Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU World Cup Triathlon
021 535501



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New Plymouth will again play host to an ITU World Cup Triathlon, with confirmation that the Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU World Cup race will be hosted in the city on April 2nd 2017.


The event dubbed ‘Sprint by the Mountain’ was confirmed by the ITU with the release of their international calendar and is made possible with the ongoing support of Quality Hotel Plymouth International, Venture Taranaki, Port Taranaki and TSB Community Trust.


It is another boost for a region that continues to enhance its reputation as a welcoming, vibrant and exciting region for domestic and international visitors.


“Lonely Planet has judged Taranaki the second best region in the world to visit in 2017, and this event contributes to the community’s vibrancy and energy that was praised by the award,” said Venture Taranaki Chief Executive Stuart Trundle.


“This event will reach a substantial global audience, both through broadcast media and the stories the athletes and their supporters tell, and that helps showcase the region to the world and encourages local residents to experience the sport of triathlon at the highest level.


“If we can influence one young spectator to aspire to become an Olympian, we have achieved our objective.”


“We’re pleased to be able to welcome an event of this calibre back to New Plymouth’s event calendar for 2017,” Stuart said.


Quality Hotel Plymouth International Managing Director Darrin Muggeridge is pleased to once again throw his support behind the 2017 race.


“The team at the Quality Hotel Plymouth International are proud to again be involved in this truly international event as naming rights partner. It is an event that contributes to New Plymouth’s growing reputation as a vibrant and must see region for both our domestic and international visitors – as was highlighted recently by Lonely Planet.


“The ITU World Cup race has a proud history in New Plymouth and will again I’m sure attract a strong international field and another large crowd to watch the racing. Such events can only be good for our profile, our reputation as great hosts and of course only benefits the local economy with an influx of visitors from around New Zealand and the world.”


Event Director Terry Sheldrake says the event is a popular one with the ITU and most importantly, the elite athletes.


“New Plymouth always rates highly amongst the athletes when they look at their favourite events on the ITU calendar. They love the course and they love the Kiwi hospitality and the way we do things. Engaging with our community is central to that and the athletes do a great job in working with our schools programme to inspire children to be fit and active, as well as promoting the event and the sport of triathlon. We look forward to hosting another successful event in New Plymouth, one that is seen around the world through television coverage and social media which in turn promotes the region.”


Port Taranaki chief executive Guy Roper said he was delighted Taranaki had again been chosen to host the event and the port area was the perfect facility for the world’s best triathletes to test themselves in the sprint-length swim, bike and run.


“We’re thrilled the ITU Triathlon World Cup will be coming back to Taranaki again. We’re building a long and successful association with the event and believe it’s a great way to showcase Taranaki to the world,” Mr Roper said.


”We’ve got a fantastic facility right here, where all three disciplines can be catered for easily, and the location offers great viewing spots for the thousands of spectators who line the course.


“The swim is held off the port’s Ngamotu Beach, the bike leg is raced around the streets adjacent to the port, and the run leg is held on port-owned Ocean View Parade. As well as the venue, Port Taranaki provides logistics support for the event.”


Sheldrake says the focus is now very much on attracting as strong a field of athletes as possible, and ensuring that the event and the community remain very much entwined.

“We have a wonderful record for the quality of races that we have put on and that has no doubt contributed to the very large and enthusiastic crowds that have come out to see some of the best triathletes in the world.

“We will again ensure that those athletes do not just come to race, but to engage with the schools and wider community to deliver a positive message about exercise, health and fitness – in this case through triathlon. Such an event is only possible with the assistance of the entire community, but in particular the support of Quality Hotel Plymouth International, Venture Taranaki, TSB Community Trust and Port Taranaki, it is yet another example of the city coming together to enable a significant international event to be hosted here.”


Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU New Plymouth World Cup
2016 Results
Elite Men
Gold Richard Murray, (SAF), 53:08
Silver Andreas Schilling, (DEN), 53:28
Bronze Rostyslav Pevtsov (AZE), 53:32
4 Ryan Sissons (NZL), 53:33
5 Marten Van Riel, (BEL), 53:34

Elite Women
Gold Gwen Jorgensen, (USA), 58:51
Silver Andrea Hewitt, (NZL), 59:13
Bronze Kirsten Kasper (USA), 59:20
4 Mari Rabie (RSA), 59:28
5 Miriam Cassillas Garcia (ESP), 59:38


Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU Triathlon World Cup
April 2nd 2017
Ngamotu Beach
New Plymouth

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