Dunne and McConnell Win Two Provinces Super Series

Two Provinces SS 2018 Joint Podium

Erin McConnell and Darren Dunne both led from the front to win Round 2 of the 2018 Super Series at Two Provinces Triathlon in Lanesborough.

McConnell launched her bid for glory with a typically strong swim performance, canny biking and a display of her increasingly strong run to win with a time of 1hr 7mins 14secs.

Dunne had company however, as he was pushed by Kieran Jackson for almost the entire race, only pulling clear by a handful of seconds in the closing stages of the sprint distance draft legal race.

Two Provinces Men's SS Podium

The Men’s Race

The men were first off at Two Provinces and faced choppy waters as they completed the 750m swim around the mouth of Lough Ree. A water temperature in excess of 20C meant a non-wetsuit swim for the Super Series athletes who were set off at 11am sharp.

10mins and 43secs later Kieran Jackson emerged as the first man out of the water alongside Cillian Tierney and Darren Dunne with James Walton following a mere five seconds back.

Jackson attacked hard as soon as he mounted the bike, putting in an effort that Cillian Tierney out of the lead group. Only Dunne could hold Jackson’s wheel and the pair worked well throughout the 20km draft legal bike leg to return to transition  with a 60sec advantage over Tierney and Walton who in turn managed to cooperate well enough to maintain their advantage over the main chase group on the bike.

Throughout the 5km run there was nothing to separate Jackson and Dunne until with less than a kilometre to go, Dunne put in a kick that finally saw him edge in front. 

Dunne crossed the line in 57mins 28secs to claim his first Super Series victory of 2018 by 4secs over Jackson with Cillian Tierney claiming third place approximately 2mins later.

Women's Podium Two Provinces SS

The Women’s Race

The women set off five minutes after the men but before such was her speed in the water that the women’s eventual winner, Erin McConnell was already making her way through the men’s field before she even reached the swim exit point. Matching her stroke for stroke was Emma Porter and Laura Wylie. Wylie and McConnell distanced Porter on the bike to come back to transition together with Porter being joined by Ella Doherty as they entered T2 about 80secs later.

McConnell’s improved run ability was evident from the first few metres of the exit from transition as she pulled a gap on Wylie that she was never to surrender. She ran a 20mins 56secs 5km to claim her first Super Series victory with a time of 1hr 7mins 14secs.

Erin McConnell Two Provinces 2018 Finish Straight

Wylie meanwhile crossed the line in second place but suffered a disqualification for failing to report to the penalty box after a dismount line rule infringement.

This gave second place to Emma Porter, competing in her first ever Super Series race. Porter and Doherty had worked together during the bike with Porter waiting until the run to open a 20sec gap over the teenager who clinched third with an outstanding performance.

Results and Video

Full results from the Super Series and the accompanying BMW Triathlon National Series races at Two Provinces Triathlon are on Sports Timing

You can watch the Super Series race as it unfolded on our Facebook page, where we will also be posting pictures of all the athletes that took part in Two Provinces Triathlon 2018.