Race Preview: Weert ETU Triathlon European Championships

Con Doherty Russell White Malmo 2018

Irish triathletes are out in force this weekend with the action taking place in Weert, Netherlands for the ETU Triathlon European Championships. Meet the team of seven triathletes representing Team Ireland this weekend. 

The course

At the championships the elite men and women will race over standard distance, the junior athletes race over sprint distance. What should be a flat swim will give those less suited to choppy waters a good platform to stick with the stronger swimmers before heading into T1. Out on the bike course, the athletes will have a two kilometre stretch up a slight incline to take them to the main 6.5 kilometre circuit. Some may try to use this stretch to put a gap on the slower of the field before hitting the first chicane and into the two and a half kilometre straight along the canal. Riders then hit several bends to close out the top section of the course. If the field stay together, positioning through the bends will be key.

Back down by the canal before another quick left-right-left takes them back around to complete the circuit which holds only a handful of slight rises along the way. The run commences at the top end of the course and with only one small rise on each 3.3 kilometre loop, should make for some quick running to close out the race.

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Team Ireland 

Friday at 5.00pm Irish time will see Carolyn Hayes take the start line for the first time since her second place finish in Tunisia at the start of the month. Hayes, currently ranked 103rd in the ITU World Rankings, will be full of confidence following an impressive run of podium performances. 

Several of Ireland’s top males toe the line on Saturday at 5.00pm Irish time. Con Doherty, Russell White and Ian Manthey are all on the Weert team.

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Doherty and White are currently 66th and 69th respectively in the ITU World Rankings. Con Doherty has had a good start to the year, having recently returned from a trip to the Southern Hemisphere where he won the 2019 Gold Coast OTU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Cup.  Russell is coming from a strong 16th place in at ITU Cagliari World Cup two weeks ago and will be looking to gain another high finish and those all important ranking points. Manthey will be looking to come away this weekend with a performance to build confidence from.

A strong team of juniors

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Friday and Saturday afternoon will see our juniors take the stage with Irish interest in the way of Ella Doherty, Maeve Gallagher and Sabian Kulczynski. Ella Doherty has displayed some great early season form coming home first at the North Tipp Sprint Intervarsity Champs. Just last weekend Ella and Ennis TC club mate Sabian Kulczynski became National Champions, winning the Club Mixed Team Relay National Championship for Ennis alongside fellow juniors Daragh O'Neill and Carla Griffin.

Maeve Gallagher has equally started the season in promising form, taking the win in the U19 National Post-Primary School’s Championships and putting in a dominant performance last Saturday to win the Lough Cutra Sprint Triathlon last weekend, overall! 

Saturday will see Ireland’s U19 Post Primary School’s Champion Sabian Kulczynski in action. Kulczynski was entrusted with anchoring his team home at the Club Team Mixed Relay National Championships last weekend. He did this decisively, diminishing any hopes of a comeback from the remaining teams. 

Maeve Gallagher

The weekend’s action will end with the Mixed Team Relay, the exciting Female-Male-Female-Male format over the Super Sprint distance is always a riveting watch and the opportunity is certainly there to lay down a marker. With such a strong Irish team in Weert for this championships, High-Performance Director Stephen Delaney and National Head Coach Michael Black will no-doubt have a tough time selecting the strongest Irish quartet to put out on the day.

Stay up to date

Triathlon Ireland will be letting you know how the athletes fair over our social media channels so be sure to check-in and follow the teams journey.

Coverage will be streamed live on triathlonlive.tv over the weekend.
Live streaming is also available via the Event Website.

For full event timings, visit triathlon.org.