ITU New Plymouth SPRINT Triathlon

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2016 Press Releases

American superstar Gwen Jorgensen is a real chance to be in the race.

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The women’s field for the Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU New Plymouth World Cup Triathlon is - like the men’s, stacked with high class triathlon talent – triathlon royalty you might suggest.

With undisputed world number 1 – some would say the best the sport has ever seen, Gwen Jorgensen (USA) on the start line you are guaranteed of high interest levels, add to that though the first race of the season for Kiwi number 1 and world number 3 Andrea Hewitt and a supporting cast of top 50 ranked athletes and you have a recipe for a great race on Sunday.

Jorgensen dominated the World Triathlon Series last year with 6 straight wins including the Grand Final. With her berth in Rio already assured, each race this season is one step closer to her being in perfect shape to add a gold medal to her already long list of titles.

Jorgensen told the local Taranaki Daily News of her time spent in Taranaki training with Jamie Turner’s Wollongong Wizards squad.

"It's been really good to come out here and get some good hills in. We're preparing for Rio so it's good to come out here where there's rough roads, wind and a lot of hills. So it's been really good and it's beautiful as well," she said.

"There's a lot of good athletes coming out (for this race) so it'll be a tough race and a good test to see where I'm at right now."

Hewitt is also booked for Rio and like Jorgensen can pick and choose her races to be in Rio in the best possible shape, she is looking forward to racing on a course that will test athletes on the bike before a flat out run over 5k to the finish.

Kaitlin Donner (USA) is returning to defend her title after she led home a USA top three in 2015. Others to feature will be Paula Findlay (Canada) and Annamaria Mazzetti (Italy) who started the season with a top ten in Abu Dhabi and is a renowned swim/cyclist so will love this course.

Lisa Perterer (Austria) might be another contender. Racing for the first time in New Plymouth, the world number 26 has enjoyed a solid off-season of training and has already raced in Abu Dhabi and Mooloolaba so comes to New Plymouth with a few more racing miles in her legs.

“I have already done enough to qualify for Rio with my ranking, so that is pretty safe from last year. I have had a good winter of training and while I did not show this in my two races so far this season, I am confident for this weekend.

“I see other athletes being nervous with the qualifying, for me I can just race to prepare, get more experience and be thinking of Rio, so I am looking forward to racing here. This is my first time but I have heard many good things about this race, I was training in Australia so I came here to race, it is not too far. I feel good, I have had a good last two weeks since Mooloolaba, I am excited.”

Of the other Kiwis in the race, Deb Lynch (Porirua) continues her push for inclusion in the U23 team for the 2016 World Champs, Tri NZ High Performance Squad member Elise Salt (Auckland) debuts at World Cup level while Nicole van der Kaay (Taupo) backs up after her impressive 16th on debut in Mooloolaba three weeks ago. Rebecca Spence (Auckland) has been training in New Plymouth for the past three weeks and will be one to enjoy the testing bike course.

Rebecca Clarke (Auckland) makes a return to the sport after suffering cuts and lacerations in a serious bike crash in mid-February that required a 90 minute surgery, much quiet recovery and a steely determination as she returned to full training just on two weeks ago.


New Zealanders lining up in the elite women’s race:

Andrea Hewitt, Deb Lynch, Rebecca Spence, Rebecca Clarke, Nicole van der Kaay, Elise Salt


For the full women’s start list CLICK HERE

Further information including course maps and schedule, CLICK HERE



30 March 2016

Media release on behalf of the Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU World Cup, for further information CLICK HERE 


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Richard Murray skips over the line to win New Plymouth in 2015, Credit: Scottie T Photography

Tony Dodds is looking for a strong start to his season, credit: Delly Carr/ITU

The men’s field for this weekend’s Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU World Cup Triathlon is again shaping as world class as one of the best World Cup fields assembles for the ‘Sprint by the Mountain’ on Sunday, with many chasing ranking points in Olympic year.

The men’s field sees representation from an incredible 30 countries in what must surely rank as the most international events ever to come to the Taranaki region, in the process showcasing the region around the world through social media and mainstream media reporting.

Leading the international contenders is world number 3 Richard Murray (South Africa), Aaron Royle (Australia, 10th on ITU points rankings), Alexander Bryukhankov (Russia – 17), and Irving Perez (Mexico – 23), with Murray looking to defend the title he won impressively in 2015 when he served a 15 second penalty on the run and still won with ease.

Wanaka’s Tony Dodds ended 2015 as New Zealand’s leading male athlete and he has confirmed that he will be amongst those on the start line in New Plymouth as he plans a strong start to the ITU racing season, with qualification for the Rio Olympics high on his agenda.

“New Plymouth will be my first hit out of the season and a lead in to some of the big WTS events early in the year. I am aiming for Capetown as my first World Series event, so New Plymouth is the perfect hit out beforehand.

“I have only raced there once before, a couple of years ago and I crashed so I am obviously hoping for a better outcome! The course is brilliant, the bike suits me quite well with a niggly hill in it on each lap and has the potential for a breakaway scenario where if you do manage to get away, the rest of the field can’t see you.”

Dodds has been easing back into his work this summer as he overcomes a nagging hip injury from the end of last season and admits that New Plymouth is not a result focused event for him, more a case of executing a good race plan.

“Once later in the week rolls around will assess what I want to do on the individual swim bike and run legs. The result is not the focus for the moment though, that will come in the WTS events to follow.

“Olympic year is always a funny year, everyone is trying very hard at the start of the season, either to earn points to qualify for Rio or to get starts in bigger races, or simply to find good form. The first few races see people wanting to qualify early, get points and then back off with bigger targets later in the year. We are also trying to hold off but you still want a good result on the day.”

Dodds readily admits that he has not been one to race within himself in the past, often getting caught up in the moment and allowing the competitive juices to take over.

“I like to race, I don’t often set out to get a ‘good result’ – I go out to try and win all the time, I don’t like to settle for anything less and if I am not going to win I like to try something, so I am usually being aggressive.

“Every athlete and coach is different – like Ryan (Sissons) said after Abu Dhabi, he was going for a top eight and settled for that and achieved his goal but felt afterwards he could have pushed on a little more in hindsight. I need to hold myself back in races sometimes to do that, conserve energy and the like, but I never want to settle and often find myself caught up in the ‘racing’ side of things.”

Sissons will also be lining up on Sunday, with his schedule changing on the back of that strong result in Abu Dhabi. The two leading New Zealanders will be amongst seven wearing the silver fern on race day, amongst them Oceania Championships Junior silver medalist Dan Hoy (Auckland) making his debut appearance at World Cup level and former National Talent Squad member Fynn Thompson (Queenstown) looks to continue his push for selection to the U23 team for the World Champs later in the year as he too debuts at a World Cup. Sam Osborne (Rotorua) also lines up after competing at the recent Sovereign Oceania Championships in Gisborne while National Talent Squad athlete Trent Thorpe (Auckland) will also mark his first ITU World Cup event in New Plymouth while Andrew Lloyd (Papamoa) is also suiting up on Sunday.

“I wasn’t planning on racing here,” said Sissons. “I was going to race Gold Coast WTS but Abu Dhabi changed that, so it is quite nice to have a little less pressure and be able to race at home in New Plymouth, I am going to enjoy it for sure.

“I definitely wanted to race at this time, it was a case of choosing where and once Gold Coast was not a must do for me, I made the call to race here in New Plymouth, it was an easy call to make. I like the course and the location, I have had some good and some bad races here, Sunday will be another good day I’m sure.

“But it is just nice to race at home in a good quality field. I can just turn up when I need to that best suits my race preparation, put the bike in the car and drive, no hassles. I wanted to race Gold Coast too but my Coach decided to focus on here and continue with the good training we have been getting in.”


Kiwis in the elite men’s race:

Ryan Sissons, Tony Dodds, Sam Osborne, Dan Hoy, Fynn Thompson, Andrew Lloyd, Trent Thorpe

Women’s preview will follow tomorrow (Thursday)




Elite Men’s Field, CLICK HERE

Further information including course maps and schedule, CLICK HERE

Media Opportunities


Friday 1 April 2016
Quality Plymouth International Hotel
Cnr Courtenay and Leach Streets


Tony Dodds and Ryan Sissons will be available at this media session for further interviews, photos and comment, along with world number 2 Richard Murray (South Africa) and Rio bound New Zealander Andrea Hewitt


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


Friday April 1

10-10:45am, Swim course familiarization, Ngamotu Beach – chance for vision/images

11:30am, Press Conference, Quality Hotel Plymouth International


Sunday April 3

11:00am, Elite Women Start, Ngamotu Beach

1:00pm, Elite Men Start, Ngamotu Beach





24 December 2015

PRESS RELEASE: on behalf of the Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU World Cup 2016


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New Plymouth looks likely to once again play host to some of the best triathletes in the world when it hosts a round of the ITU World Cup Series in April 2016, including the possibility that one of the best the sport has ever seen might be on the start line on Sunday April 3rd with American superstar Gwen Jorgensen a real chance to be in the race. Beyond the top names, the depth is again set to rival previous years when over 30 nations have been represented across the men’s and women’s start lists.

The Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU World Cup has a strong history, with a list of winners to rival any international race anywhere in the world and while 2016 is some time away, Event Director Terry Sheldrake is excited at the thought of strong fields assembling for the ‘Sprint by a Mountain’.

“New Zealand is a perfect starting point for the season and a great base from which to train through our summer and race here at the New Plymouth World Cup and just prior at the ITU Oceania Champs (Gisborne, March 20) and potentially across the Tasman at the ITU Mooloolaba World Cup (March 11) and ITU Gold Coast World Series race (April 9/10).

“In Olympic year athletes and nations are typically keen to get early ranking points on the board as they try and improve individual cases for selection and secure national team spots in Rio. We are already getting strong interest from athletes in the Oceania region but also from further afield in North America and Europe as some lay down a training base in good weather conditions and line up some early season races to find form and get those important ranking points.”


Jamie Turner is a renowned coach who these days divides his time between Australia and Spain. The former Francis Douglas Memorial College student will be hosting a large group of athletes in New Plymouth from March 7, and while not all will race in New Plymouth, they will be in town promoting the event and the sport with community and school activations.

“I will have a large and well known group of athletes in New Plymouth in March/April, with a number of them set to line up on the 3rd. Some are already focused longer term on Rio and may look to the Gold Coast World Series event to begin their racing but others will be racing in New Plymouth and then also a week earlier in Gisborne at the Oceania Champs.

“The location is great with the region offering superb hospitality and world class training conditions, both in regards weather at that time of the year but also facilities and roads, the athletes love it and are looking forward to returning. The region includes great running trails amongst local parks and walkways – open water swimming and roads for cycling with all elements – flats – hills – long climbs and wind!”

Those coming to New Zealand under Turner’s coaching include Aaron Royle (world number 9 and former U23 World Champion), Ryan Bailie (world number 6), Grace Musgrove, Tamsyn Moana Veale, Jake Birtwhistle (current U23 World Champion, Natalie Van Coevorden and Charlotte McShane (Australia, former U23 World Champion); Barbara Riveros (Chile – world number 11 and former world number one), Tyler Mislawchuk , Sarah Anne Brault, Amelie Kretz, Alexis Lepage (Canada) and the jewel in the crown in World Champion Gwen Jorgensen (USA). Aaron, Gwen and Barbara have already qualified for the Rio games to their respective national teams.

Turner says New Plymouth is likely to be a key event for the Australians in particular as they look to earn spots on their nation’s team for Rio.

“Gold Coast World Triathlon Series is the second and final automatic selection race for Australia, so for athletes like Ryan Bailie, Jake Birtwhistle and Charlotte McShane New Plymouth becomes a vital race as part of their preparation for the Gold Coast and they will be coming here in pretty good early season shape. 

“For some athletes not from New Zealand or Australia in my group – such as the Canadians, their performances in New Plymouth can contribute significantly to their Olympic qualification rankings and so again means it is a vital race for them in the context of 2016.”

There is every chance too that one of the greatest triathletes the world has even seen will line up in New Plymouth, with Turner saying Jorgensen is a real possibility to be on the start line given the sprint distance of the event and the fact she will already be in the region training.

Turner says regardless, the impact that the elite athletes will have while here goes beyond the actual race.

“We are working with the event organisers to be in the community and give something back, especially to the schools. It has been a part of this event every year and is something the athletes look forward to, the visits can be a real highlight during event week, the kids love it and spend so much time researching both the athletes and their countries and I know the athletes enjoy sharing in that enthusiasm and spreading the word about our sport.”

While the New Zealand presence at the event is not yet confirmed, there will be a group of Kiwis with similar goals to the Australians and internationals as they look to earn ranking points towards selection for Rio, prepare for the Gold Coast event, or simply gain experience at World Cup level in the case of some of the younger athletes.

“ITU World Cup races serve multiple purposes for the Tri NZ HP Programme, one is as an important step on the development pathway for athletes looking to progress towards ITU World Series events,” said Graeme Maw, Tri NZ High Performance Director.

“A World Cup such as New Plymouth will provide exposure to international opposition with the added benefit of racing in our home conditions. For the likes of Sam Ward, Tayler Reid and others, it is a perfect opportunity at this stage of their careers.

“But also in Olympic year the New Plymouth event will play a part in Olympic selection for a number of athletes, while also acting as an ideal warm up event at a high level for future WTS races. For someone like Braden Currie it is a potential gateway into WTS racing where he must prove himself to be considered for Rio.”

The full Kiwi contingent will be confirmed in the New Year, as will international athletes put their names forward once the entry list is opened up by the ITU.

It is likely once again that both elite men’s and women’s fields will see a wide range of countries represented, from around the world as athletes and nations chase Olympic ranking points and experience on a course that is much enjoyed by the athletes, while also tasting our world renowned Kiwi hospitality.



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





PRESS Release - 11 September 2015

For immediate release on behalf of the Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU World Cup, for further information CLICK HERE

Free to use editorial image of 2015 winner, Richard Murray (South Africa). Credit: Scottie T Photography

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New Plymouth can again look forward to hosting an international triathlon in 2016 with the Quality Hotel Plymouth International World Cup set for a return in April, with organizers just awaiting ratification from the ITU at their upcoming congress at the World Championships.

While the full World Cup calendar won’t be revealed until that meeting on September 16 in Chicago, event director Terry Sheldrake says New Plymouth can expect to again host an early round of the World Cup series.

“We are delighted to again be bringing such a truly international event to New Zealand and to the community of New Plymouth. With great support from Quality Hotel Plymouth International, Port Taranaki, TSB Community Trust and Venture Taranaki, we are able to return for the third year.

“As a result of that support from the wider business and residential community New Plymouth is profiled around the world as a destination for international and domestic travelers. We expect again to see athletes, coaches and support staff from over 40 countries with strong media interest around the world, not the least of which is of course here in New Zealand as our leading athletes enjoy a pinnacle event in their own backyard.”

Darrin Muggeridge is Managing Director of the naming rights partner Quality Hotel Plymouth International, but more so than that, he has New Plymouth in his veins with the Spotswood High School old-boy delighted to again be involved.

“The World Cup Triathlon is an awesome event for New Plymouth, to have that number of countries to one event anywhere in the world is amazing, but to think they are all coming here to New Plymouth is incredible.

“Our business is obviously right here in the city and we along with others in the hospitality trade thrive on events such as this. Events that not only bring visitors and their spending money into the region, but events that promote New Plymouth and all we have to offer to the rest of New Zealand and around the world.

“We are very proud to be a part of the wider business and council community supporting the organisers and look forward to another great event next year.”

With Auckland backing out of hosting a round of the ITU World Triathlon Series, Sheldrake says the Quality Hotel sponsored New Plymouth World Cup assumes even greater importance in this part of the world.

“We will still form part of a series of dates down under that will see some of the best triathletes in the world travel here not only to compete, but to train and prepare for the northern hemisphere season and of course the Olympic Games in August. There will be a number of Oceania Continental Cup status events in New Zealand as well World Cup races in Australia, to ensure that the quality of athletes remains high and the names very much recognizable to the wider public.”

While the ITU is still to ratify the calendar, it is expected that New Plymouth will host their round of the ITU World Cup Series on April 3rd 2016, with elite sprint races for both men and women. The full schedule of events and the possibility of any support races will be confirmed in the weeks ahead.

Triathlon New Zealand CEO Craig Waugh is delighted that the New Plymouth event is once again set to put the sport in the spotlight at the end of the upcoming summer.

“It is vital for our sport and indeed for our up and coming elite athletes that we have pinnacle events such as the Quality Hotel New Plymouth World Cup to keep us top of mind and in the shop window so to speak. Terry, the sponsors, the local council and his wonderful support team in New Plymouth do a great job and I have no doubt we will again see a very successful World Cup event with strong international fields and great racing.”



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