International Round Up - Stockholm & Holten

Aileen Reid Stockholm 2016 T2

Seven members of the Triathlon Ireland high performance, development and junior squads were in action in Stockholm and Holten over the weekend, resulting in some promising results, some unfortunate incidents and some hard days out from five separate races. 

Reid Continues to Improve, Shaw Punctures

At the Stockholm World Series event, Aileen Reid continued to make progress towards her goal of peaking for the Rio Olympic Games. Reid started well in the very choppy 1,500m swim, coming out of the water in 10th place beside eventual 3rd place finisher Helen Jenkins.

During the 40km bike however Reid found herself on the wrong wheel when the group she was in split and she was unable to close a gap left by the rider in front of her. As a result she was forced to drop back to the third chase pack which left her with work to do on the 10km run. A 36min 06sec run saw Reid finish in 21st place - a result which according to High Performance Director Tommie Evans means Reid is making progress in the right direction with seven weeks left before the Rio Games.

Ben Shaw Stockholm 2016 Bike Pack

Shaw and Keane DNF

The men's race did not prove as successful however with Ben Shaw forced to retire after he suffered a puncture on the bike leg. Shaw was in the first chase pack at the time and well positioned overall making the DNF even more disappointing.

Bryan Keane Stockholm 2016 Run

Bryan Keane had a race he described as one of the worst of his career, as he emerged from the 1,500m swim at the back of the field. Keane was left stranded on the bike and was unable to bridge up to any of the main chase packs. After running 6km of the 10km course Keane pulled out to record a DNF. According to Keane, the effects of training at altitude in Font Romeau during the month of June left him feeling extremely fatigued leading in to the race.

"It can happen that you get very low for a few weeks after coming down from altitude before you start reaping the benefits. Over the weekend I was just wrecked," he said after the race.

 

Promising Results from Holten ETU

In the Netherlands meanwhile, development athlete Susanna Murphy took another step forward in her career by finishing 14th at the Holten European Cup race.

The event, which has long been a proving ground for up-and-coming athletes, was raced over sprint distance. Murphy got off to a great start, emerging from the water in 7th place, just 10secs off the lead. Regional High Performance coach Lynne Algar Development was in Holten and said Murphy has made progress since her first season of international racing in 2015.

"She looks stronger, she was working on the bike but the group she was in was unfortunate because there weren't girls there that would work with her and that didn't help her put her biking ability to good use. On the run she just kept telling herself that she had to hurt and she didn't let up."

"Overall she's made good progress on last year and she definitely went in to the race with a different attitude, she looked more confident and she has more racing experience," Algar said of Murphy.

In the men's race, Con Doherty continued his first season as a senior elite athlete by placing 22nd. Doherty had a strong run and finished less than a minute behind the winner, Raphael Montoya of France. Lynne Algar said the result was a testament to Doherty's hard work after he missed the main bike pack and had to run from back in the field to secure 22nd. 

"To quote him, he said on the bike he would go hard and leave nothing behind, he just emptied himself but found that he was still able to put in a solid run. Con has had a busy time, Hotlen was his fourth race in four weeks so he's going well," she added.

Dunne and Edgar Prominent in Junior Race

In the junior race at Holten, Darren Dunne and James Edgar once again underlined their credentials as two of the most promising young athletes in the country by finishing in 13th and 15th places respectively. Edgar had the second quickest swim of the day but was unable to stay with the leaders on the bike and lost contact with the front of the race. However a solid run split saw him salvage a good result for his efforts as he finished in the top quarter of the field. Darren Dunne ran the second fastest split of the day to move through the field to finish 13th.

"Darren’s bike pack were throwing in digs but weren’t working together but he said people were doing stupid things like going off the front," Lynne Algar said of the junior race.

She added: "Darren is getting more race experience and more confidence all the time, doing the Super Series racing is really important for the juniors. They are all in for Lanesborough, it’s going to be an awesome national sprint championships. The Super Series is a really significant way of evaluating where you are at and giving you race experience. At the Derry Super Series race there were five of the Emerging Talent Programme guys in the race and they really enjoyed the opportunity to race Bryan Keane, even the guy who came last really enjoyed it and got something out of it,' Lynne Algar added.

Results from Stockholm ITU

Results from Holten Senior Races

Results from Holten Junior Men's Race