The Weekend Roundup: 25-28 July 2019

A masterclass from a legend in France, a sprint finish for European Gold in Russia, British IRONMAN success in Germany and the weather (again…), tearing up the best laid plans of British long-distance racing in Nottingham. All summarised for you in the Weekend Roundup.


Alpe d’Huez Triathlon

This French classic is the reason that we published a ‘four day’ preview (and now roundup…), this week.

Thursday’s Long Course event was dominated by reigning IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 Champion, Daniela Ryf, who beat all but five of the men. With the women starting 15 minutes ahead of the men, she was also the first athlete across the line. She also set the fastest time on the iconic, climb… passing the men’s winner, Romain Guillaume in the process. Full report HERE.

Friday’s Short Distance event (1.2km / 28km / 6.7km) was won by Jonas Schomburg (GER) and Justine Guerard (FRA) – full results HERE.

ETU Sprint Triathlon European Championships, Kazan, Russia

Elite British success in Russia courtesy of a Gordon Benson / Sam Dickinson sprint finish, while the GB Age-Group squad collected another vast medal haul. Full details on both events on these links:

Gordon Benson / Sam Dickinson / Samuel Dickinson - Kazan ETU Sprit Triathlon European Championships 2019
Photo: Ceci Frascoroli / ETU Triathlon


More British success in Germany where Susie Cheetham went Sub-9 to win IRONMAN Hamburg. CLICK HERE for full report from Germany.

Susie Cheetham - IRONMAN Hamburg 2019
Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Challenge Prague

A stellar field on Prague resulted in a top tier podium, headed by Florian Angert (GER), who inflicted a rare Challege Family defeat on Pieter Heemeryck (BEL), while the impressive form of Radka Kahlefedlt continued as she used her run speed to catch and pass London 2012 Olympic Silver medallist, Lisa Norden (SWE).

Pro Men

1st – Florian Angert (GER) – 3:54:49
2nd – Pieter Heemeryck (BEL) – 3:57:36
3rd – Pablo Dapena Gonzalez (ESP) – 3:59:04

8th – Thomas Davis (GBR) – 4:06:45

Pro Women

1st – Radka Kahlefeldt (CZE) – 4:22:13
2nd – Lisa Norden (SWE) – 4:24:11
3rd – Eva Wutti (AUT) –  4:31:35

DNF – Emma Pallant (GBR)

IRONMAN Canada, Whistler

After her epic win (read about it HERE) a few weeks ago at the Canadaman Xtreme Triathlon, Caroline Livesey described her race at the final IRONMAN Canada in Whistler on Sunday as “Probably my worst physical performance ever, but I can take so many positives from it too”. Appropriately perhaps, the there was a home winner as Heather Wurtele added another victory to her already impressive career C.V.

Pro Women

1st – Heather Wurtele (CAN) – 9:20:41
2nd – Jen Annett (CAN) – 9:27:43
3rd – Kelsey Withrow (USA) – 9:38:28

11th – Caroline Livesey (GBR) – 10:26:37

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Survival. • @ironmancanada medal might be the hardest one I have ever earned. Probably my worst physical performance ever, but I can take so many positives from it too. • The day started out well. Water much warmer than the air thankfully! Got into a good pack for first lap, lost them in the crowds on second lap but finished strong and was out in 56 min and super hopeful for a good day. • It was not to be. Cold legs never warmed up, maybe they stayed in bed 😴 certainly felt that way. The run was a battle from the first step. But MASSIVE highlight was seeing a bear 🐻 actually on the run route. No joke. Epic. • Fought through the horrendous whole body pain and stomach cramps to an ugly shuffle of a finish. Med tent followed, but all ok after I stopped feeling like I might die. • So despite being embarrassed by the physical performance, and disappointed not to have been able to show the form I know I have, I am elated and grateful. Elated to have really dug to the depths and found new limits. Grateful for my fitness and health and the opportunities I have. Whistler is stunning. • It’s been an emotional week in many ways and I am left drained by it all, but happy. Happy I still have my main man here with me for more adventures. Canada 🇨🇦 you have been awesome. • 🎥 @trainxhale Thanks as always to my wonderful sponsors. • #swimbikerun #ironman #triathlon #mentalstrength #survivalmode #everyonewins #bearcountry #whistler #altalake #canada #ironmanwhistler

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Outlaw Triathlon (or Aquathlon…)

Yet again, the weather played its (unwelcome) part in what was the 10th birthday of the Nottingham-based Outlaw Triathlon. The course was signed off as good to go at 5:30, and then the rain came down in BIG style shortly before the 06:00 swim start, and before swim leader Carl Shaw has even made it back to dry land, the bike section had been – 100% correctly – cancelled, as the roads were not rideable. Check out the extended report and results HERE.

Outlaw Triathlon

The London Triathlon

No Elite racing at the London Triathlon this year, but still plenty of athletes, racing across the range of formats and distances based at the ExCeL in London’s Docklands.

We’ve got the first of two athlete reports up from the event HERE, the second to follow later this week.


London Triathlon 2019

We’ve also already got separate report online from the Scottish Aquathlon Championships (HERE) and the Odlo Snowman Triathlon (HERE).