BMW Duathlon National Series Update

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We're past the halfway point of this year's BMW Duathlon National Series and with just two races left plus the National Championships - it is all to play for! If you have yet to start your BMW Duathlon National Series, there is still time - see the series details here.

Below we wrap up the last few weeks of racing and give an update on where the standings are for this year's rankings.


Having been postponed for a week due to Storm Ciara, the Athy 'Flat Out' Duathlon got underway in better conditions on Sunday, 16th February.

In the women's race the podium matched that of the first round of the series at the Galco Naas Duathlon. Ciara Wilson got off to a flying start on the first run, leading into T1 20 seconds ahead of Elizabeth Carr. One of the fastest bike splits of the field saw Ellen Vitting close the gap substantially and lead onto the second run. Ciara Wilson dug deep on the second run though to produce one the fastest run splits of the entire field and take the win by ten seconds, Ellen Vitting in second, Elizabeth Carr third.

Womens Podium_Athy Flat Out Duathlon 2020

Niall Cornyn led from start to finish to take his first BMW Duathlon National Series win of the season. Last year's BMW Duathlon National Series winner Marc Flavin stood on his second podium of the 2020 series, following his win at Galco Naas 1 with a second place in Athy. Enda Bagnall finished in third.

Mens Podium_Athy Flat Out Duathlon 2020



With thanks to Waterford Triathlon Club for sending through the following report on their race.

"The WTC, Eirgen Pharma Duathlon, one of Ireland's Largest Duathlons took place on the weekend.

The only storms were on the course as 350 Competitors took to the start line.

Waterford Triathlon Club have great relations with the Council and Garda, taking over more and more of a busy part of Tramore allowing for this racing spectacle.

Chris Mintern - Tramore Duathlon 2020

Chris Mintern set a new course record of 50:39, ahead of 2019 Irish Duathlon Champion Darren Dunne 2nd Place. Marc Flavin always a strong finisher rounded up the Male Podium.

Becky Woods_Eirgen Tramore 2020

Becky Woods dominated the female field from the flag, Olivia MC Cartin putting in a solid day taking 2nd Place. Waterford Tri Clubs very own Aine Kinsella, stepped it up today in 3rd. A well deserved podium place.

Thanks to all who took part and to our marshals."



Thanks to race organisers Naas Duathlon for sending through the following report on their second race of the series.

Sunday’s Round 2 of the Galco Naas Duathlon series was blessed with the first sunny morning in weeks and as a result got off to a flying start. As part of the BMW Duathlon NationalSeries, this was always going to be a very competitive race and so it began with two of the male athletes breaking 10 minutes for the first 3.2k run leg.

Niall Cornyn and Darren Dunne came in to T1 together with Paul Carroll, Alex Van Buttingha Wichers and Matthieu Proffit in hot pursuit. The leading trio kept up the pace, averaging just over 36kph on a tough bike leg and it was Paul Carroll leading back into T2 marginally ahead of Niall and Darren. It was all to play for as they started out on the 2nd run leg but it wasn’t long until Niall Cornyn stretched his legs and began to pull away. Darren Dunne kept up the chase but couldn’t catch Niall who completed the course in under 52 mins. Darren came in 2nd with Paul Carroll following up with a very creditable 3rd place.  Alex Van Buttingha Wichers stayed on to claim the Junior section having come second in Race 1.

Galco Naas 2_Mens Podium

In the women’s section, last month’s winner Ciara Wilson was back to retain her title and as before set a blistering pace on the first run leg. She had a 44 second advantage heading into T1 from Shauna Doelken O’Shea, Ellen Vitting and Rachel Smyth. Ella Doherty managed to pull herself into the reckoning thanks to a strong bike split and claimed 2nd place behind Ciara with Ellen Vitting taking 3rd on the day. A special mention also goes to Naas Tri Club’s Michelle Doyle who is always very competitive and claimed a win in her age category.

Galco Naas 2 2020 Womens Podium

As always, these races are not just for the elite athletes. With well over two hundred registered there are many athletes who are there trying to win their age groups, beat their own personal best and lots who are just happy to complete their first multisport race. Well done to all who took part and we look forward to race 3 on the 29th March.

Final results in the women's race differ from those reported on the day after a correction was made to a drafting penalty, final result is that Ciara Wilson, 1st, Ellen Vitting, 2nd and Ella Doherty 3rd.


BMW Duathlon National Series Rankings

Niall Cornyn and Ciara Wilson are the leaders at the moment, with two wins a piece. All results are Not Yet Qualified (NYQ) at the moment as in order to be eligible for series points, an athlete must complete two rounds of the series plus the National Championships at the Phoenix Park Duathlon - the last race of the season! 

Men's Rankings

1.Niall Cornyn1400.0
2.Marc Flavin1347.5
3.Darren Dunne1295.0

Women's Rankings

1.Ciara Wilson1400.0
2.Ellen Vitting1295.0
3.Olivia McCartin1201.517



Eirgen Tramore Duathlon 2020

Sabian Kulczynski and Elia Tutty lead the junior rankings at the moment with maximum points of 1400.

Junior Men's Rankings

1.Sabian Kulczynski1400.0
2.Ralf Bodamer1298.938
3.James O'Shea1295.0

Junior Women's Rankings

1.Elia Tutty1400.0
2.Aoife McGouran1347.5
3.Ella Doherty700.0