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.”
With a plane ticket in one hand and a bike bag full of Canyon in the other, our European based triathletes take to all corners of the globe this weekend to line up for the biggest triathlon races around as the season picks up the pace. Germany’s number one, Anne Haug, will be down in New Zealand for the first round of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Auckland, while Neils Frommhold (Germany) and Bas Diederen (Holland) take on Ironman South Africa in Port Elizabeth.
Anne Haug (31) is a new-recruit to the Canyon triathlon setup and round one of the ITU World Series in Auckland marks the first competitive outing for her and her striking new custom Aeroad CF (pictured above), which should give her the upper hand over her rivals following T1. Anne has been busy preparing for the season opener in Australia over the winter, having set her sights nice and early on one long-term goal: Olympic gold at Rio 2016.
Some 11,500 KM away in South Africa, Nils Frommhold and Bas Diederen will be diving into Nelson Mandela Bay for the start of Ironman South Africa in Port Elizabeth. Nils (27) has only recently made the transfer to long distance events having won the first Ironman he ever took part in back at Arizona in 2012. This weekend will be his third: “Before my first Ironman I had massive respect for the discipline but at my second perhaps I didn’t show enough. I see it as all as one big puzzle; you have to put it together piece by piece to get it right.”
Another rider taking on the 180 km bike leg with the Speedmax CF will be Team4Talent’s Bas Diederen. Having achieved podium results at Ironman races twice in the past, Bas is definitely one to watch out for this weekend and comes fresh from a strong performance in Abu Dhabi a couple of weeks back, where he came second overall with the fastest bike split.
Canyon wishes Anne, Nils and Bas the best of luck for the weekend ahead!
Countdown to Christmas – 24 of the Best Canyon Moments From 2013
The Countdown continues, the third advent is already behind us. Here we present you with days 7 to 13 of the Canyon Year Review.
Again, we hope you have a great festive period!
Slopestyle aces Anton Thelander and Thomas Genon spend more time in the air than on the ground. Riding their new Canyon Stitched concept bikes, these guys have been whipping, quite literally up a storm across the slopestyle scene. Thomas Genon proved such with 3rd at the FISE World Montpellier Slopestyle Event and 2nd at Vienna Air King. Meanwhile, Anton “Cleanlander” Thelander fully lived up to his nickname by taking the spoils at the Red Bull Phenom Contest as well as the Martin Söderström Invitational.
Incredible result. We are proud. Really damn proud. Thanks to all the readers of the magazines TOUR, BIKE and FREERIDE. The survey in all three journals showed that most of you next year intend to buy a Canyon bike. And on top of that we have been chosen as the winner of the Reader’s Choice for “Best Bike Brand” in BIKE and TOUR. And the second winner in FREERIDE magazine in this category. Awesome.
Triathlete Leanda Cave had a clear goal at Kona in 2013: the defence of her Ironman World Championship crown. In spite of a difficult build-up, the Welshwoman was not deterred, especially as she had a special weapon hidden up her sleeve. The new Speedmax CF made its debut on Hawaii to help carry Leanda to victory. Unfotunately, this year things didn’t quite work out that way, but Leanda will be back and fired up again in 2014, taking inspiration from Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez’s motto this year, “Back to Nr. 1.” We wish her the very best of luck next year and will be there to support her throughout!
For several years Canyon has supplied the Norwegian market with superior quality bikes. Now we are looking to expand our customer service through a local service centre in Norway. Canyon is represented in 14 European countries and in 2013 Norway will become the 15th. Welcome to the Canyon Crew!
The biggest Mountainbike event in Europe – Roc D’Azur. 250 exhibitors, 20.000 participants and 150.000 visitors from 50 countries, all of them had only one thing on their minds: bikes. Canyon was the main partner and had lots of surprises ready for everyone: some Canyon heroes visited, more than 40 bikes of the 2014 range were available for testing, afterwards the models got cleaned at the Canyon bikewash and all visitors could talk shop with Canyon mechanics while enjoying some special flavored ice cream in Canyon Factory Enduro Team and Topeak-Ergon Racing Team colors.
The Spectral AL – A highly versatile bike constructed for uncompromising all-mountain demands. New for the 2014 season, this is the first ever bike we have built with 27.5” wheels, providing the perfect compromise between 26” wheels’ nimble agility and the smooth rolling of 29” hoops.
With a smile on her face, Ines Thoma acknowledges that “racing is not always about just being intelligent”. The Bavarian is the sole female representative of the Canyon Factory Enduro Team and shares her passion for enduro in the video “This is Enduro” along with her teammates Joe Barnes and Fabien Barel. Six minutes that you don’t want to miss. Enjoy!
Look forward to part 3!
The double triathlon world champion Leanda Cave’s season debut on a Canyon bike will be at the 33rd installment of the Escape from Alcatraz event, which takes place on 3rd March 2013. Leanda Cave is currently the world’s best female triathlete and also last year’s winner of the Escape from Alcatraz event. This season the 34-year old wants to repeat her success and make a winning start to her season. For her season debut Leanda has put her faith in her Canyon Aeroad CF with its special triathlon set-up so that she can once again triumph in this truly legendary triathlon.
The event starts just off the Island of Alcatraz in San Francisco. After the jump into the water off a ferry the competitors have a 2.5km swim across the Bay of San Francisco to contend with before they reach the Marina Green Beach where they transfer to the cycling section. On the hilly and winding 29km course Leanda will show her rivals a clean pair of heels on her super fast Canyon Aeroad race machine. After the transfer to the final discipline the competitors must complete a 12km run. The course, which runs along the Golden Gate Bridge, has all the prerequisites for a truly exciting finale to the event. Sections on sand, changes in direction and stretches that are tailor-made for speed await the competitors.
Leanda Cave is hoping to cross the finish-line in first place on Marina Green Beach in a time of under two hours and celebrate her victory with her fans.
Cave’s Aeroad CF with its triathlon set-up is tailor made for the most diverse and fast competitive events. The optimised aerodynamics in combination with the compact frame and the classic handlebar design deliver significantly better handling. In addition, the flatter seat angle means that the race bike is less top-heavy and thus delivers a distinctly better distribution of weight between the front and rear wheels. The undoubted strengths of this bike have already been demonstrated by the pros on the road, who achieved first place in the UCI world ranking on the Aeroad CF in 2011 and 2012. Leanda Cave crowned her successful 2012 season by winning two world championships. Leanda scooped victory in the Ironman 70.3 distance in Las Vegas and the Ironman world championships on Hawaii, making her the Queen of Kona. With her victory in both world championships Leanda Cave is the first athlete in history who has won both world titles in one season.
Last weekend I was in action for the DBL team RSG Montabaur in the league. In Maxdorf a mid-distance event was on the programme and for me this meant a further test before the Roth challenge. The cycling route in Maxdorf is renowned for being difficult. The climb up to Lindemannsruh with its 100 metres of elevation makes it one of the more demanding on the scene.
The race kicked off at 9.00 sharp and I plunged myself into the Lambsheimer Weiher along with 600 other starters. After a modest swimming section at the Tristar and a very poor one in the second division (Büdingen), this time I was able demonstrate an improved level of form even though I didn’t finish in the first group, but finished in 23rd place in the second large group at the end of the 2 kilometre section. I realised that intensive training really does help! Perhaps it was also down to the new Neo (thanks to blueseventy).
I took up the chase in pleasant temperatures and caught several other athletes by the time I’d reached the highest point of the course which meant that after 25 kms on the bike I had already moved into seventh place. Unfortunately it wasn’t all plain sailing and it took me a further 40 km until I caught Alex Taubert and after 85 km went into the 2nd changeover zone back in sixth place.
After I handed over my Canyon Speedmax CF and slipped on my running shoes, I set off on the 20 km run. It was 2 10-kilometre laps with a turning point after 5 km and easy to run and as I’d never been to Maxdorf before, it wasn’t going to be boring for me anyway. I was quickly able to find a very good rhythm and I felt a little tired after the training of the previous week and the tough cycling section, but was still easily able to cope with running section.
At the turning point at 5 km I was able to see the distances both in front of me and behind me. I initially didn’t see any possibility of making any headway as I had three top runners competing against me with Georg Anstett, Benny Rossmann and Paul Westwood. The worst thing of all is that all three of them ride for clubs in Rhineland -Palatinate. My place on the podium in the Rhineland-Palatinate championship was in danger because I was in second place on the road behind Jürgen Stilgenbauer. Georg then ran past me at the 10 km mark and after a short attempt to fight back I just had to let him pull away. Now I was in 7th place on the road and in 3rd place in the regional championship.
Now that my legs were getting heavier and heavier, I was able after the last turning point to see the gaps once again and knew that I had a strenuous final 5 kms ahead of me. Benny and Paul spurred each other on and got ever closer to me.
I had to thank not only my own abilities, but also the many other starters of the DBL-team, that I reached the finish-line before Benny and Paul. Although my club colleagues also were in a race they always had time to shout me on or give me a smile. Thanks a lot!
I was more than pleased with my lot taking 7th place in the overall event, 3rd place in the regional championship and the team victory with the DBL-team. I now know that I can achieve something in Roth. Jürgen has promised me that I’ll be able to approach the start line in 4 weeks feeling completely relaxed!
See you soon!
My name is Joshua Stritzinger and I’m 15 years old and in the 10th grade at the Eduard-Spranger-Gymnasiums in Landau in the Palatinate. I’m a passionate cyclist. My local club is the RC Silber Pils Bellheim. I first heard about the Young Heroes at a race in Karbach in 2009, and from that moment on it was my greatest wish to ride for this team. Therefore I quickly applied to Canyon. In January 2010 I then received a letter telling me I’d made it onto the team. I’ll never forget that moment when I first found out about my success. It was the most emotional moment in my sporting career to date.
The first year as a Young Hero was an absolutely fantastic one. It was great fun to train together with the other team members and Erik Zabel was always on hand to give us valuable advice. It was just great being able to ride with a top pro like Erik.
The Team Coordinator Dominic Piquardt always had a sympathetic ear if anything needed explaining. The biggest highlight in my year was my participation in the German championships, which I had qualified for at the championships in Southern Germany. In addition, it was also super to win the individual time-trial championship in South West Germany and the regional championship in Rhineland-Palatinate.
I’m very happy that I’ll be a Canyon Young Hero again in 2011 and am looking forward to meeting the other members of the team. I most excited about the new team members so I’d like to already wish them a warm welcome.
I decided at the last minute to take part in the 2nd Mosel Triathlon in Zell and was able to get off to a winning start in the 2010 season. After the swimming section I was able to take the lead in the women’s race in 20:43 minutes. The second discipline was marked by a demanding cycling route and persistent rain. Therefore it wasn’t simply a question of getting the better of the competition but also of braving the cold temperatures. After a time of 1:11:56 minutes in the cycling section I was able to enter the second transition area at the head of the race. The transition proved to be a very difficult affair with frozen hands and feet and it was not until 5 kilometres into the run that I got the feeling back in my feet. Nevertheless, I was able to run the fastest time with 41:05 and also scoop overall victory, crossing the finish line in a time of 2:13:44.
Aside from my win it was a very nice event with very many committed volunteers and spectators along the route. Obviously, even the best event organiser in the world can’t do anything about the miserable weather.