Preview: New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup
It’s an exciting weekend of racing for Canadian long course and short course triathletes. As a stacked field of Canadian and international pros race under the sun at Ironman 70.3 California, an equally talented crew of Canadian Olympic hopefuls are getting ready for the second world cup of the season in New Plymouth. For many, this race is a chance to fine tune race strategies before WTS Gold Coast next weekend.
Canada’s Amelie Kretz and Sarah-Anne Brault line up against some of the fastest short course women in the sport, including their Wollongong Wizards training partner, world champion Gwen Jorgensen.
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Feels a little strange to be doing a race in a city I've called home the past month. Being "home" instead of a hotel allowed me to 🏊🚵🏃and then put my feet up and read a great book in the comfort of my New Plymouth home. Race tomorrow: New Plymouth World Cup 🚺 11am 🚹 1pm local time 📸 thanks to @koruptvision
Rode up Mount Taranaki two different ways today with the @gongwizards pic.twitter.com/KrvNPQxqKB
— Gwen Jorgensen (@gwenjorgensen) March 26, 2016
The Wollongong Wizards have been taking some time to train and get acclimatized in New Plymouth.
Kretz told TMC, “I’ve been in New Plymouth since Abu Dhabi because the training here is great! The riding and running is amazing. I am using the race as a race specific workout before Gold Coast. Training has been going well and I am looking forward to hit the start line again.”
When asked about the tough women’s competition, she said “It’s going to be a stacked race. I’m always looking forward to lining up against the best in the world. Gwen is a training partner and friend so it will feel like a normal training day which is good, it brings the stress levels down.”
Paula Findlay has removed herself from the women’s line up for tomorrow.
Full women’s start list here.
South Africa’s Richard Murray leads an impressive men’s field, with Canadians Tyler Mislawchuk, Michael Lori, Xavier Grenier Talavera and Alexis Lepage. Canada needs Mislawchuk to have a strong race to help secure a third men’s spot on our Olympic team. The 22-year-old was the top placing canuck in Abu Dhabi and has been putting in hard work with the Wollongong Wizards in hopes of making it to Rio this year.
A big block of training comes to an end with the first of two races this weekend.📷- @koruptvision #proteinshakes pic.twitter.com/Zg0LPnUgAf
— Tyler Mislawchuk (@Mislawchuk) March 31, 2016
Canada’s other three men are equally as determined and capable of a strong result. Both Lori and Grenier-Talavera have both podiumed at ITU development races so far this year. Lepage had some unfortunate luck at the world cup in Mooloolaba a few weekends ago, crashing on the bike after a slippery turn. He’s healed from his minor injuries and ready to go for his second major race of 2016.
Full men’s start list here.