ITU New Plymouth SPRINT Triathlon

New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup - 25th March 2018

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31 March 2017

NEW PLYMOUTH READY TO TURN ON WORLD CLASS TRIATHLON

 

Whether it is the international stars that have come to chase World Cup glory or the local athletes chasing their own headlines in New Zealand’s highest profile ITU triathlon, the stories are aplenty this weekend at the Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU Triathlon World Cup.

 

From the moment the New Plymouth race was secured on the calendar, the big names started to confirm, with Rio bronze medalist Henri Schoeman leading a South African charge in the men’s race that also features countryman Richard Murray (4th in Rio and winner of the recent Super League race in Hamilton Island) and Wian Sullwald (bronze medal winner at the 2017 Cape Town World Cup).

 

The South Africans won’t have it all their own way though, with sixth ranked Joao Silva (Portugal) and Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales (world #7) rounding out an impressive list of world top ten athletes to be joined by a large Kiwi contingent, let by Ryan Sissons (Auckland) as he looks to go one better than his fourth-place last year.

 

The women’s race is even more impressive, with a stunning seven of the top eleven ranked athletes set to go toe to toe over the sprint distance. Along with New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt (runner up here last year) and five other Kiwis, 2017 sees a return for former winner Katie Zaferes (world #4) multiple World Cup and World Series winner Sarah True (world #6), 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).

 

Murray is a two-time winner in New Plymouth and loves returning to not only race, but to immerse himself in the local community with school visits always a hit with the students, and the athletes.

 

“I very much enjoy it here, I love to come back. The place in itself is part of the reason, the people, the environment it is all conducive to some good racing and some good fun, I look forward to coming back and hope it continues for the next few years.”

 

Murray is keen to win for a third time in succession after enjoying a strong start to the season, with a win in the recent Super League triathlon that saw athletes compete over three days on Hamilton Island.

 

“My fitness is great, I am not sure where I got it from – I hate mentioning how little training I have been doing, but it is literally three weeks in Namibia and then four races since then and one or two odd weeks in between. But this year I am taking a different approach with a bit more fun, fill some training in here and there and see where the cards fall.

 

“The body is in good shape after the Super League racing, my ankle flared up a little with an Achilles injury that I haven’t had before. I didn’t run for six days after Hamilton Island and have done a couple of runs for this week so hopefully it comes right for this weekend.”

 

Rachel Klamer (Netherlands) is another regular visitor to New Zealand shores with the Dutch team at one point coached by New Zealander John Hellemans. When asked about her prospects she did at first giggle and reference an embarrassing moment at a previous event here.

 

“First of all I hope not to leave my helmet on at the start of the run! But seriously, I have started the season pretty well and hope to have a good race – preferably in some sun which would be nice.

 

“The race is going to be so strong, you can compare it to the last World Tri Series race. I was asking around saying ‘who is going to New Plymouth’ and I soon changed that to ‘who is not going to New Plymouth’ because it seemed everyone was coming here.

 

“I have done a Continental Cup here before, we love it here and love racing and training here. I kind of compare this to my home race at Holten, the whole city knows tri, everyone loves it and is a part of the week, it is cool.”

 

Races is on Sunday, with the women racing over the 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run at 11am and the men racing on the same course from 1pm. Races are expected to take just under the hour mark, with wonderful spectator areas including the grandstand at the finish line and transition area at Ngamotu Beach.

 

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).

 

 

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

 


30 March 2017

KIWI WOMEN LOOKING TO FLY IN NEW PLYMOUTH ON SUNDAY

Sophie Corbidge is always looking at the positives, but after a wretched time of it in 2016, it is understandable if she is pinching herself, touching wood and perhaps crossing her fingers that her recent good run of training and fitness continues leading into this weekend’s Quality Hotel Plymouth International ITU World Cup Triathlon.

After taking some months out in 2016 to overcome serious health issues - including Adrenal Fatigue, Corbidge is back and raring to go this weekend to cap off a solid summer back in the sport she loves.

“After a solid start to the year with Takapuna and Kinloch races, I am looking to build on these performances and put together a strong race in New Plymouth. In training, I have been working on all three disciplines to improve fitness and speed, so I'm excited to see what I can achieve this weekend on a course that suits my style of racing,” said Corbidge.

“This has been one of my most consistent training blocks for several years. I have had a large focus on stress-management, injury-prevention and overall enjoyment since my time out in 2016. I believe this will hold me in good stead for a successful and uninterrupted season in 2017.

“It's always fun racing here in New Zealand with a home crowd. I thrive on the kiwi support and think that the Quality Hotel New Plymouth World Cup event makes for an awesome weekend for both athletes and spectators.” 

Nicole van der Kaay (Taupo) is lining up for the second time in New Plymouth, the 20 year old knows that these sorts of races are about taking your opportunities to gain vital experience, but also to post as strong a result as possible.

“It's really great that New Zealand is able to host an ITU World Cup race, once again in New Plymouth. This gives us an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the world’s best in our own country. I really enjoy ocean swimming, so the swim course with its beach run start really suits me.

“This will be my fourth race so far this season -Takapuna, Kinloch, and I recently competed in my first Olympic Distance triathlon at Mooloolaba, also a World Cup race, placing well (5th place).”

Van der Kaay will back up with a first start in a world Series event on the Gold Coast a week after New Plymouth, and has longer term aspirations of racing back in the country of her family, with the 2017 Grand Final being hosted in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

“Hopefully with some strong results, I will have qualified myself for the World Championship Grand Finale held in Rotterdam, where I might get to see some of my relatives for the first time! Otherwise though my goals are to gain invaluable experience and knowledge through racing in European World Cups and further WTS races, in the process rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s best.”

Elise Salt (Auckland) is focused on a strong performance on Sunday, with the race a qualifier for the New Zealand team to the U23 World Championships later in the year.

“New Plymouth is one of my target races this year as I hope to secure a spot on the New Zealand team. I need to finish within 4% of the overall winner so that is the ultimate performance goal.

“I have had a slow start to the year with some pretty poor performances in my last three races, but the primary focus in those events was to set myself up for this weekend. The training I've done has started to pay off the last couple of weeks and I'm coming into some good form which is perfect timing. “ 

Deb Lynch is looking for a strong performance on Sunday, while also using the race to ready herself for a rare shot at a World Series race on the Gold Coast a week later.

“I am hoping to knock out a good swim to be in the mix for the rest of the race. Obviously, I'd love a top ten result, but as long as I'm ticking off the processes and putting myself in a position to race well, I'll be happy. I'll be racing at Gold Coast World Tri Series the next weekend, so it will be great mentally to get the little bits all checked off, before stepping it up.”

The Porirua athlete has not enjoyed the best of luck in New Plymouth, but is hoping that changes on Sunday.

“This will be my third time racing New Plymouth, and I'd like to think, third time lucky! I haven't had my finest performances here, even though it's a course I really enjoy - especially the tough, technical bike. I just need to have the swim and run legs show up, and we're game on. I will have great support from family and friends making the trip from Wellington, I am excited to be racing in front of them.”

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: www.itunewplymouthtriathlon.co.nz

 

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


 

22 March 2017

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Free to use editorial image of Ryan Sissons attached, caption: Ryan Sissons finishes 4th in 2016, credit: Scottie Taylor/ITU

Elite Men ITU New Plymouth World Cup Sissons Credit Scottie Taylor 800533 

SISSONS AIMS FOR PODIUM AT NEW PLYMOUTH WORLD CUP

New Zealand’s leading male triathlete Ryan Sissons is setting his sights on a podium finish at the Quality Hotel Plymouth International Triathlon World Cup on April 2nd and can’t wait to race on a course that he knows and enjoys.

 

Sissons will line up in the elite men’s race over the sprint distance (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) that is dubbed ‘Sprint by the Mountain’, one of 12 Kiwis looking to gain vital ITU ranking points and for some, experience in a world class race.

 

“I always love racing in New Plymouth, it's great to have a high-profile race on home turf and especially on a great course and well run event. I would love to get onto the podium after finishing a close 4th last year.”  

 

Sissons is a fan of the course, one that provides a tough test of the competitors and their ability to handle a variety of conditions on the day, with the swim in the ocean off Ngamotu Beach and a bike course that can sap the legs with each climb out of the Port Taranaki venue.

 

“I like the course, it's an honest swim bike and run. A beach start always makes for a tough start to a race, then a tough bike course with a flattish run, you couldn't ask for much more really! Let's just hope we get a sunny Taranaki day.”

 

It is a race that enjoys great support from the local community too, with large crowds in attendance at Ngamotu Beach and around the bike and run course that includes some great viewing areas, in particular around the transition and finish line area at Ngamotu Beach.

 

Sissons also remembers the tribute paid last year to the late Laurent Vidal, fiancée and coach to Andrea Hewitt, but also coach to Sissons. New Plymouth was one of the first ITU races held after the passing of Vidal and presented a finish line gantry emblazoned with imagery of the Frenchman who described himself as 49% Kiwi. The Kiwi athlete carries a constant reminder of his former coach and great friend.

 

“Laurent might be gone but he is most certainly never forgotten, he is in my thoughts every day. I have ‘LV’ on every one of my bikes and during any tough moments it certainly helps looking down and thinking, ‘what would Laurent do?’  The answer of course is that he would keep working and keep pushing hard, whether in training or racing, and that gets me back on point every time.”

 

As Sissons embarks on a new season, it is also the start of a new Olympic cycle. But the Aucklander is not looking too far ahead.

 

“I'm going to take it year by year, to commit to another four years is too much right now so I will see after each year as to what I want to do. I just want to be able to enjoy training and be excited to race and hopefully the results will follow.”

 

The year after Rio is however the chance to try a few different things in training and racing, starting in New Plymouth on Sunday week (April 2nd). 

 

“Yeah, it is the time for that for sure, and I am. I've certainly changed a few things and adjusted how I train and I guess we will find out how it's working in the first few races. It may take a while for the body to adapt but we will find out.”

 

Part of that change saw Sissons take to the track for the New Zealand 5,000 metres National Champs a week ago, in which he finished third in a time of 14:19, with a blistering final kilometre of 2:43 indicating he is in very good early season running form.

 

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: 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: www.itunewplymouthtriathlon.co.nz

*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