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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


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*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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