International Weekend Roundup 9th & 10th June

Darren Dunne Weert 2018

The international triathlon season continues, and this weekend Russell White, Ailbhe Carroll, Darren Dunne and Brian Glynn were racing at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Leeds and the 2018 Weert ETU Triathlon European Cup.

2018 ITU World Triathlon Leeds

In Leeds, Russell White had a tough day but showed his incredible resolve to finish the standard distance race. As Russell said himself:

2018 Weert ETU Triathlon European Cup

Darren Dunne had his best international performance to date with a 13th place at the Weert ETU European Cup race in the Netherlands, putting in a 10km PB in the process. Darren had the following to say about his race:

The race went well this week. I got left behind a little bit in the first 200m of the swim but fought hard all the way to the exit to get out just behind front pack. I ended up with 3 other strong bikers and we just smashed ourselves and bridged up after about 4/5k so it was the first time I've been safely in the front pack. More strong bikers came from behind so it was a massive bunch of 50 or so on the bike.
A couple of guys made some little breakaways but it was basically just a big warm up for a running race. Still averaged 44kph for the bike though! I got out of T2 near the back of the group which was a bit stupid but I managed to have the 10th fastest run of the day with 32:25  to get up to 13th. I measured the run course with the garmin the day before and it was bang on 10k so that's a big PB run off the bike.
I moved up 235 places on the World Rankings from that so overall it was a good day out. Time to recover for a day or two before a couple of little quality sessions leading into the Antwerp World Cup this Sunday.

Brian Glynn gained more experience at international level this past weekend in the Netherlands, finishing in 57th in a time of 2:01:01.

Ailbhe Carroll was also on the startline but unfortunately a puncture on the first lap of the bike put her out of finishing the race.

Next weekend Chris Mintern, Darren Dunne, Ailbhe Carroll and Con Doherty will be racing at the 2018 Antwerp ITU Triathlon World Cup. Stay tuned to the TI social channels and website for the updates.