2018 Ibiza ETU Multisport Champs: The Duathlon

TriTeamIreland_Ibiza 2018

The 2018 Ibiza ETU European Multisport Championships started on Saturday, 20th October with the duathlon opening a week long championship that will also feature cross duathlon, aquathlon, cross triathlon, aquabike and middle distance triathlon. The Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony took place on Friday evening in Santa Eulalia. The events throughout the week are taking place at five different venues around the island of Ibiza.

Team Ireland had 30 athletes racing in the age group sprint and standard event as well as BMW Duathlon National Series winner Ciara Wilson racing in the Elite Standard Distance Duathlon.

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age group Sprint Distance Duathlon

On Saturday morning 19 Irish athletes raced in the sprint duathlon, covering a 5km run, 20km bike and finishing with a 2.5km run. Conditions changed just before race start and the athletes set out in heavy rain. The rain had eased and the sun came out as the duathletes finished the first 5 kilometre run and set out on the two lap bike course.

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Anne Paul won bronze in the 55 - 59 age group in a time of 1:06:08, putting in the second fastest splits of the category on both her runs. Speaking after the race, Anne was delighted to step onto the podium in Ibiza;

"I'm very pleased with my race today, I've had several fourth place finishes by a very small margin so to finally get on the podium today I'm very pleased."

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age group standard distance duathlon

The eleven athletes racing in the age group standard duathlon were greeted with warmer conditions in Santa Eulalia on Sunday afternoon. The standard distance race was run over the same course as the sprint, with four laps of the run course, four laps of the bike course and another two laps of the run course to finish.

Starting in the first wave, Ray Lonergan was fourth of the wave out on to the bike course. Covering the 36km course in 53:05 and the second run in 18:55, Ray finished in 1:47:36 to claim bronze in the men's 30 - 34 age group. 

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"Off the run in fourth, first couple of kilometres were a little bit faster than I thought they might be and there was a bit of suffering going on after that...it got a bit slower towards the end of the 10k and then there was the 40k bike to look forward to after that."

Ciaran Steed is making a return to age group racing, having last raced internationally in 2011. He won the bronze medal in the 40 - 44 age group with the second fastest bike split of this large category in 52:51.

"I wasn't expecting it really. It's hard to know your position during the race because of the waves at the start, very surprised to get the bronze."

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Winning the gold medal in the 60 - 64 age group, Sheila Power travelled from Wisconsin, USA to represent Ireland at the championships. Finishing in a time of 2:19:58, Power was over a minute ahead of second placed Christine Meek. Racing age group races internationally since 2002, Sheila loves the camraderie of age group racing;

"It's the people that make me keep coming back, this is my fourth or maybe fifth European duathlon with Triathlon Ireland. That's why I'm here, mostly for the people and it turned out to be better than I expected."

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Elite standard distance duathlon

Ciara Wilson represented Ireland in the women's Elite Standard Distance Duathlon, finishing 7th in a time of 2:16:49. Wilson fought hard out on the bike course in the draft legal event, biking solo for much of the race.

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Coverage & Picture Galleries

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Next up is the Cross Duathlon on Tuesday, 23rd October.

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