Tierney claims first Super Series Win

Lough Cutra 2018 Cillian Tierney Finish Line

Twenty year old Cillian Tierney showed his continued good form at the first race of this year's Super Series at Lough Cutra Triathlon today. Coming off the back of a second placed finish at last week's BMW National Triathlon Series race at Tri 795 Carlow, this week Tierney was able to double the distance and go one better to win the race.

The Super Series race at Lough Cutra Castle launched a weekend full of racing with over 2,000 athletes expected to descend on the estate in Gort, Co. Galway. The TI team are there and will be bringing you coverage from the Triathlon Festival over the weekend including the Mixed Team Relay Club Championships today, Saturday, and the second race of the BMW National Series tomorrow.

The Super Series race at Lough Cutra is the only standard distance race of the series and promised an exciting race over the 1500m swim, 40km bike and 5km run.

lead from the get go

Emerging from the water with a substantial lead of 1 minute 11 seconds over James Walton, Tierney left transition one solo. Aaron O'Brien, Sebastian Helka and Ross Higgins rounded out the top five at this point with less than a minute separating them. 

Returning to racing in triathlon after a three year hiatus, tri coach Aaron O'Brien managed to bridge over from the chase group to work with Cillian on the bike. He finished with the fastest bike split of the day at 1:01:43, eventually entering T2 just seconds behind Cillian Tierney.

A chase pack consisting of Sebastian Helka, James Walton, Ross Higgins and Niall Foley never managed to close the gap over the six loop bike course and entered T2 in a pack of four. 

Lough Cutra Super Series 2018 Men's Bike Pack

a challenging run

The two loop 10km run separated the athletes, posing a challenge with undulating terrain over a mixture of road and trail. Tierney never looked under pressure on the run and broke away from Aaron O'Brien in second place to post the fastest run split of the day, two minutes ahead.

Eventual fourth placed Niall Foley also had a quick 10k to post the second fast run in 35:22. 

Crossing the line in exactly two hours, this is just the start of a promising season for Cillian Tierney with two podiums in two weeks. Aaron O'Brien completed in second in a time of 2:02:13, James Walton third in a time of 2:06:22.

Lough Cutra Super Series 2018 Aaron O'Brien

The second race in the series is the Two Provinces Sprint Triathlon on the 14th of July. If you think you'd like to try draft-legal racing you can find out more on the TI website here.