At WTS Edmonton, Richard Murray (RSA), Ryan Sissons (NZL) and Jonas Schomberg (GER) showed off their bike handling skills in between the individual and mixed team relay races. Triathletes often get stereotyped as poor bike handlers, but this video will make you think twice.
The elite ITU racers average speeds of over 40km/h for 30-minutes to an hour in between a swim and run. The bike courses are often on undulating and technical courses. So, the ability to balance and manoeuvre in and around the pack is essential to positioning yourself for the run.
This year Murray sits third in the ITU world rankings behind Spain’s Mario Mola and France’s Vincent Luis. The South African just a month ago became the first from the African nation to win a WTS Olympic distance event (Leeds, United Kingdom). Later this month in Montreal, QC, Murray will try to repeat his Leeds success and win on Canadian soil. Last year, Murray finished third behind Spain’s Javier Gomez and Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt.