Woods and McGrady win the BMW Triathlon National Series at DCT

DCT 2018 Swim Start

The BMW Triathlon Series stopped in the capital today at Dublin City Triathlon where the penultimate round's sprint distance race took place. Although the day started out damp the weather cleared in time for race start and conditions were near perfect for the athletes once they were out on the bike and run course.

Dublin City Triathlon is a great race for all levels of competitor with the elite Super Series athletes racing in the first two waves, 585 athletes taking on the BMW Triathlon National Series race and 78 people racing in the Try-a-Tri distance, many of whom were taking on a triathlon for the first time.

McGrady tops the podium

DCT 2018 Finbar McGrady Finish

Finbar McGrady is having a great summer of racing, winning bronze in his age group at the recent sprint distance ETU European Championships in Glasgow and topping the podium today. 

A rolling start for this race meant that an athlete could win the race from any starting position, the timing doesn't start until the athletes cross the start line entering the water. Swimming in the iconic River Liffey was a highlight for many, with junior triathlete Sabian Kulczynski emerging with the quickest swim split of the day in a time of 09.42.

The two lap, 20km bike course through the Phoenix Park took in the one kilometre climb on the Kyber Pass twice. Newry Triathlon Club's Finbar McGrady made up any swim deficit here, powering his way to the lead and the fastest bike split of the day in 29:41. Colm Turner had one of the other fastest splits of the day at this point, completing the bike in 31:05.

The run course, new to the race this year, also headed up the Kyber Pass, making it challenging for all levels of triathlete. Finbar's strong bike assured him the win but it didn't stop Colm Turner in second and Sabian Kulczynski, third from digging deep and putting in 18:15 and 18:10 respectively on the challenging course. Third quickest run went to eventual ninth placed Raymond Lonergan from Kilkenny Triathlon Club in 18:49.

Woods' stellar first season

Becky Woods is in her first season of triathlon, and what a season she is having, taking her second win of the 2018 BMW Triathlon National Series.

Pulse Triathlon Club's Esther Bayon was quickest in the water in the women's race, swimming the 750m course in 10.57. However Ellen Vitting and Tri Lakes' Mary Corless, fresh from last week's Lost Sheep Middle Distance National Championships, were not to be outdone on the bike course and completed their two laps in 33.17 and 34.09 respectively. Sarah Stapleton from Pulse TC also had one of the fastest bike legs in 33.43.

It is out on the run that Becky Woods chased down those with quicker swim and bike times, covering the 5.5km in an impressive 21.09, over one minute ahead of her nearest rival and finishing the sprint course in 1:10:33, just 11 seconds ahead of Ellen Vitting in second. Mary Corless a further 1 minute 50 seconds back, finishing third in a time of 1:12:34.

DCT 2018 Becky Woods & Ellen Vitting at Finish

Catch Up & Galleries

To catch up on all the action from today's race you can view the live videos and picture galleries on the Triathlon Ireland Facebook Page. Don't forget to use #BMWTriSeries when posting any pictures from today's race!

DCT 2018 Swim

Pulse Port Beach

The final round of the BMW Triathlon National Series takes place on Saturday, 22 September at Pulse Triathlon Club's Port Beach Triathlon in Clogherhead, Co. Louth.