A Norwegian double at the top of the legendary Gaustatoppen
Third for Great Britain’s Flora Colledge, sixth for Harry Wiltshire
The Norseman. It’s an iron-distance triathlon in Norway. As descriptions go, that’s about as close to useless as it is possible to get to give a true impression of the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon (www.nxtri.com)! Norseman is the original ‘Xtreme’ triathlon, the iconic event to which all others look towards and from which the idea of the XTRI World Tour (www.xtriworldtour.com) developed, including the likes of Celtman, Swissman and new events such as Patagonman and Hispaman.
So this (and much much more) happened today!Thank you support teams, local communities, sponsors, crew, oh, and athletes! You were all what legends are made of today. Isklar #nxtri2018
Posted by Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon on Saturday, August 4, 2018
If ever a race is best described through images, well, the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon is probably it. Regular TRI247 contributor José Luis Hourcade (www.joseluishourcade.com) was back in Norway (having recently also provided this awesome gallery from IRONMAN Haugesund), and once again his lens has been working its magic. Enjoy the gallery below.
Great Britain’s Flora Colledge finished third in the women’s event this year (and was inside the previous course record too), with the win going to home athlete Mette Pettersen Moe (NOR).
Colledge is a real talent and a prolific racer, having also won the Swissman Xtreme Triathlon in June, ETU Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon Age-Group Gold earlier this year, the same at the Zofingen ITU Powerman World Champs last year, plus more Age-Group Gold at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Denmark. I’m not 100%, but I think that might perhaps be the first ever ‘top three’ finish for a British athlete at the Norseman?
Norseman Xtreme Triathlon – Saturday 4th August 2018
3.8km / 180km / 42.2km
1st – Allan Hovda (NOR) – 10:05:48
2nd – Kjell Magnuss Antonsen (NOR) – 10:15:35
3rd – Lars Christian Vold (NOR) – 10:16:32
6th – Harry Wiltshire (GBR) – 10:47:32
11th – Chris Stirling (GBR) – 11:08:49
What a magical day! My performance was stellar and after an great battle with @lcvold on the bike leg I put the hammer down on the run getting a 21 min lead starting Zombie hill. I was on the schedule for the course record, but was not able to dig to the needed depth to reach it. Super happy with the result and grateful for the my awesome support crew @jennyhov and @sandtorvtri who enabled me to cross the finish line first. @nxtri 📸 @olamorken Thanks to my sponsors @bilianorge @volvocarsno @polarglobal @bjorklundamandasenteret @bakerhansen @ulvangofficial @fotodotno @boardmanbikes
1st – Mette Pettersen Moe (NOR) – 11:16:10 (Course record)
2nd – Heini Hartikainen (FIN) – 11:22:10
3rd – Flora Colledge (GBR) – 12:00:27