Canyon triathletes raced their way to success during a big weekend of competition around the world.
Nils Frommhold could not have dreamed for a better start to his season at Ironman South Africa. The 27 year-old German came away victorious from Sunday’s race and in doing so, collected enough qualification points to make the start line at the 2014 World Championships in Hawaii later this year. Fellow Canyon rider, Bas Diederen of Dutch outfit Team4Talent also put in a commendable performance and collected valuable points by finishing fourth in Port Elisabeth. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe in New Zealand, Germany’s Olympic distance specialist, Anne Haug, kicked off her season in fantastic fashion by taking the silver medal at the opening round of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Auckland.
Speedmax CF delivers Ironman Frommhold to victory
Racking up victory number two in only his third ever start, Nils currently possesses an outstanding success rate in Ironman competition. Following Sunday’s commanding performance he will no doubt be one of the favourites for the world title this year. Nils posted the fastest splits for each leg, landing the hammer blow on his rivals during the 180 km ride aboard his custom Speedmax CF. Rolling into T2 with a five minute advantage over his nearest rivals, he maintained his strength throughout the run to further build his lead and post arguably the biggest win of his career-to-date.
“I just did my own thing out there, even when I was out front I never really looked back”, Nils reflected after crossing the line. “After about 15 or 20 km on the bike I was wondering why no one had come past, but then I did look back and realised I was on my own. Then I just thought to myself, ‘You have to go for it!’”
Even if he made it look easy, Nils had to battle on the run: “The first 10 km were great, I felt like I was flying, but from kilometre 20 to 35 it was really tough”. With a time of 8 hours, 26 minutes and 7 seconds, Nils secured the maximum available 2000 points in the Kona Pro Rankings to cement his starting position at the World Championships.
Bas Diederen was also in the running for the podium under the African sun. Coming out of the water in the leading trio and holding his position on the bike leg, the Dutchman fell back on the run but can still be content with a solid performance: “Today wasn’t my best day as I haven’t quite recovered fully after the Abu Dhabi Triathlon, but I can only congratulate the top three.”
One of the greatest aspects of Ironman competition is having amateur racers go head-to-head with the full-time pros. Congratulations therefore go to Canyon rider Sam Baxter of the UK, who ranked as the top amateur in the race by finishing in 12th overall, beating a number of professionals in the process.
Haug off to a flying start in the ITU World Triathlon Series
Earlier in the day Germany’s top female triathlete, Anne Haug, celebrated a successful season-opening race by taking the silver medal in Auckland. Despite being caught towards the back of the pack coming out of the water, Anne fought her way back to the front during an incident-filled bike leg riding her new Aeroad CF and put in a storming run to elevate her into second place.
Her coach, Dan Lorang, was overjoyed by the display: “Considering she hasn’t had much time to prepare, Anne put in a sensational performance”. Anne herself was also pleasantly surprised: “I didn’t think I’d be capable of this with the way my training has gone, but there’s something about racing here in New Zealand that always brings the best out of me.”
Mit navn er Joshua Stritzinger, jeg er 15 år og går i 10. klasse på Eduard-Spranger-Gymnasium i Landau, Palatinate. Jeg er en passioneret cykelrytter. Min lokale cykelklub er RC Silber Pils Bellheim. Jeg hørte første gang om Young Heroes til et cykelløb i Karbach i 2009, og fra det øjeblik, var det min største ønske at køre for dette team. Derfor skyndte jeg mig at sende en ansøgning til Canyon. I januar 2010 I fik jeg et brev fra Canyon, hvor der stod at jeg var blevet optaget på holdet. Jeg glemmer aldrig det øjeblik, og det var det mest følelsesmæssige øjeblik indtil videre i min cykelkarriere.
Det første år som Young Hero var helt fantastisk. Det var sjovt at træne med de andre holdkammerater, og Erik Zabel var altid klar med gode råd og tips. Det var helt suverænt at kunne træne med en top pro som Erik.
Team Coordinator Dominic Piquardt havde altid tid til os, hvis der var noget der skulle have noget forklaret. Højdepunktet var min deltagelse i det tyske mesterskab, som jeg kvalificerede mig til ved de sydtyske mesterskaber. Det var også super at vinde det sydvest tyske mesterskab i tidskørsel samt det regionale mesterskab i Rhineland-Palatinate.
Jeg er meget glad for at kunne være en Canyon Young Hero igen i 2011, og jeg ser frem til at møde de andre ryttere på holdet. Jeg glæder mig meget til at se dem, og jeg ønsker dem allerede velkomne.