ITU New Plymouth SPRINT Triathlon

New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup - 25th March 2018

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24 October 2017


The Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU Triathlon World Cup just added another string to its bow with confirmation that the event will also play host to the Oceania Triathlon Union Junior (U19) Championships in March 2018, and the New Zealand Schools Championships in 2019.

Securing both junior events is a coup for the already hugely popular ITU World Cup race, one that regularly attracts the best field seen in any World Cup around the world each year.

The elite races will now be complemented by the best Junior athletes from the Oceania region competing for regional honours and qualification spots at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, and then the battle for school supremacy in 2019.

Triathlon New Zealand High Performance Director Mark Elliott says the opportunity for junior athletes and their coaches is immense.


“To have a full ITU transition, the blue carpet experience that only a World Cup or World Series race can provide, a quality Aussie team crossing the Tasman, and for the New Zealand coaches and athletes to see the level from across the ditch, it is a win-win situation. What is already a great event with the ITU World Cup racing just got greater with the juniors on display in the morning.”


Elliott says the experience for the young New Zealanders at such an event is something you cannot replicate, and something that will stay with them throughout their careers.


“Being part of a World Cup race is almost subliminal messaging, you get a sense of the ‘blue’ and that follows you through the sport to the Olympics. If the first taste for our young athletes is in New Zealand and is positive, every time they see the blue carpet around the world, it creates a great buzz for them.”


Taranaki Triathlon Club President and staunch supporter of the World Cup race, Ross Dingle, loves seeing the best in the world come to his patch, and is even more excited at news of the Junior Championships being hosted on the same course in 2018 and then the hugely popular National Schools champs the year after.


“The Taranaki Triathlon community is very excited to have the ITU World Cup return to New Plymouth again in 2018.  This is now a major event on the New Plymouth sporting calendar that brings the world’s best triathletes to the region. 


“Even more exciting is the prospect of combining other national and international triathlon age group events creating a real festival atmosphere and bringing many visitors to the region, the National Schools Champs in 2019 is especially exciting in that regard.


“The Taranaki Triathlon club keenly supports this event and our youth, Superkidz, and slightly more mature club members all enjoy the opportunity to meet their triathlon heroes from New Zealand around the world.”


Tayler Reid knows how tough it can be to make the transition from promising junior into the elite ranks, the 21-year-old Gisborne athlete is a former winner of the National Schools Champs and finished 7th in the elite men’s World Cup race in New Plymouth last year and is an ambassador for the 2018 race.

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        Tayler Reid on his way to 7th place in New Plymouth earlier this year. ( Photo credit: Scott Taylor.)

“It is so important to have the Oceania Junior Champs at an event such as the New Plymouth World Cup. It makes the transition into elite racing a lot smoother and for a lot of the juniors this is what they will looking to be a part of in the near future. Being on the New Plymouth schedule gives them the opportunity to not only see the Elite races and what they will be stepping into, but they will also have chance to race on the same course with all the World Cup trimmings.

“Racing at home has a whole lot of small advantages that add up, no travel over the ditch, cooler weather suits the kiwis and most importantly, home crowd backing, which can get you digging that little bit deeper, to hurt yourself that little bit more for a little bit longer.”

Stuart Trundle, CEO at Venture Taranaki is delighted at the continued growth of the event.

“This event showcases Taranaki to a huge global audience, promoting the region’s unbeatable lifestyle opportunities.

“Just as important is the attraction of many of the world’s top triathletes, who openly share their experience and enthusiasm with local communities and school students. In doing this they help inspire future generations of high performers, both within the sport of triathlon and beyond it.”

All racing will take place on Sunday March 25th, 2018, with the Oceania Junior Championship races conducted in the morning over the exact same sprint distance (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) course based at Ngamotu Beach, with the ITU World Cup races to follow in the early afternoon in a festival of world class triathlon.
Elliott has no doubt the event will once again attract the world’s leading triathletes, especially those eyeing up the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.

“The Quality Hotel Plymouth International World Cup is a very rare opportunity to bring the best in the world down here and to have all our HP athletes exposed to that level of racing is critical. We are fortunate that the New Plymouth community backs this event as they do, I can’t speak highly enough of it. The time of season is also perfect, often athletes can use it as a benchmark but with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games just ten days later, it is a perfect final hit out for us and so many other athletes too.”


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Richard Murray wins his third title in a row in New Plymouth....


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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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