The BMW Tri Series Visits Dublin City Triathlon

One of the country's largest races - the Dublin City Triathlon is staged in the iconic Phoenix Park each year. This year saw almost 900 athletes take part in the Age Group Sprint Distance National Championships - round 13 of the BMW Triathlon National Series.

Unlike the days prior to the race, the weather stayed dry although blustery but provided good conditions for triathlon. Also taking place at Dublin City Triathlon were the Elite National Championships, read the race report here.

DCT 2019 BMWTriSeries Run Course

The swim in the River Liffey was a rolling start, meaning a calmer swim in the Liffey for such a large number of athletes. The rolling start does mean, however, that athletes are not racing each other while on course - they are racing the clock.

Turner tops the podium

The men's race was competitive from the start with little separating the top athletes, Colm Turner's quick run decided the outcome. Having not had the fastest swim or bike of the field, it was Turner's massive effort on the out-and-back run course in the Phoenix Park that put him into the lead. Ruaidhri Geraghty crossed the line in second just thirty six seconds slower and current BMW Triathlon National Series leader Lochlainn Connolly third in a time of 59.07.

DCT 2019 - BMW Tri Series Mens Podium

Amy O'Keeffe makes a triumphant return to DCT

Just nineteen seconds separated the finishing times of the top three athletes in the women's race. A strong swimmer, it was Amy O'Keeffe's first discipline that kept her ahead of the rest of the women's field. Hilary Hughes, who is currently second in the BMW Triathlon National Series with five rounds left, had the fastest bike split of the women's field with an impressive 32:12 on the 20km course. This was enough to secure her second place today. Finishing just six seconds slower than Hughes, Becky Woods was third.

DCT 2019 - BMW Tri Series Womens Podium

Age Group National Champs

Congratulations to all the age group winners of today's Age Group National Championships. For a full list of winners, see the results on sportsplits.com.

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