Con Doherty Makes his Mark on 2016

Con Doherty Bike Pack

National sprint distance champion Con Doherty has opened his 2016 season with a confident performance in only his second senior international race.

Doherty finished fourth at the 2016 OTU Sprint Triathlon Ocean Cup race in New Zealand over the weekend, where he put in a 15:52min 5km run off the bike to finish just 34secs down on the winner, Ryan Fisher of Australia.

Speaking from his training base in Brisbane, Australia, the 20-year-old said he was delighted with how the race went: "It's only my second senior cup race, I did my first one at the end of last season and didn't come away from it as well as I could have."

Con has been racing on the Junior ETU scene since 2012, where he has had a number of podium finishes, including victory in the 2013 European Cup race in Athlone.

But he says last weekend was a major step up: "I'm pretty stoked with how it went, the guys who were ahead and behind me were top quality so I have a bug now to get as much done as I can."

He added: "There was a slight bit of intimidation before with the thought that everyone was bigger and better and it was the next level up but it really hasn't been like that, the real difficulty with the step from junior to senior has been because of the injuries that I've struggled with but I am really happy with how things are going now."

Con Doherty Running

Con plans to spend another few months training in Brisbane under coach Warwick Dalziel and his group of ITU triathletes. "It's fantastic, the climate is just incredible, it's a lot easier to train," he said of the environment in Australia.

Next up is a series of races in New Zealand and Australia before he returns to Europe for the northern hemisphere ITU season and the Vodafone Super Series, where he intends to line out at the National Middle Distance Championships. 

"I am more or less certain to do Hell of the West, I would be delighted to do the others but will have to see if they fit in with the rest of the races in Europe."