Olivier Marceau (SUI) is the winner of the inaugural TriStar Mallorca, Marcel Zamora (ESP) and Normann Stadler (GER) placed second and third, respectively. Eilean Mullan (IRL) won her first race as a professional athlete before Tamsin Lewis (GBR) and Heidi Jesberger (GER). The triathlon race over unique distances in the authentic village of Portocolom, Mallorca, was an opportunity for many of the sport’s greatest athletes to test their shape at the beginning of the season.
Mallorca TriStar111 combines 1km SWIM, 100km BIKE and 10km RUN for a total distance of 111km.
Heidi Jesberger racing at TriStar Mallorca
Yvonne van Vlerken takes bronze-medal at the season-opener in New Orleans!
Ironman transforms into Duathlon over 90 km bike and 21 km running after cancelling of swim due to 30mi/h wind-blast.
Already two hours before the start the cancellation of the swimming distance was announced due to bad blasts of wind. The security of the participants as well as the volunteers could not be guaranteed at that point.
So the Du- turned Triathlon did send competitors over a 90 km TT-distance and a half-marathon of 21 km running.
Yvonne van Vlerken set off as the 5th female (TT-start in 30sec. intervals) onto the bike leg, main opponents were the Abu Dhabi-winner and Hawaii 3rd Julie Dibens/UK, New Orleans defending champion Samantha Warriner/NZL. Other strong names were Heather Jackson/USA, who nearly beat reigning Ironman-World Champion Mirinda Carfrae on the Ironman 70.3 distance 2 weeks ago and further Linsey Corbin/USA, Tine Deckers/BEL, Sofie Goos/BEL and more.
With a very good however controlled bike performance in 2:20:09 h Yvonne positioned herself only 30sec. behind the also very strong biuking Heather Jackson for the half marathon on 4th.
Julie Dibens and Samantha Warriner could pull away (the one expected, the other surprisingly) clearly from Jackson and van Vlerken on the bike by 4 minutes.
While the duel for victory was on in between Dibens and Warriner, Yvonne van Vlerken kept a chilled head and waited until until k-mark 6 before she made her move into third ahead of a fantastically fighting newcomer Jackson. Also the second strong American Linsey Corbin in spite of the second-quickest ladies run-time of the day could not take that away from her any more.
Julie Dibens decided the race to her advantage leaving Warriner for second.
Yvonne van Vlerken recorded another podium-finish in the Ironman-series in 3:44:30 h.
In the men´s race Sebastian Kienle/GER used the favour of the day and degraded the competition on the bicycle portion which turned his run into an absolutely unthreatened one.
Results Top 10 Women Overall (Bike-Run)
1. Julie Dibens (GBR) 3:40:16 (2:15:16-1:23:21)
2. Samantha Warriner (NZL) 3:41:32 (2:16:43-1:23:18)
3. Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 3:44:30 (2:20:09-1:22:48)
4. Linsey Corbin (USA) 3:46:19 (2:23:10-1:21:37)
5. Tine Deckers (BEL) 3:46:24 (2:20:41-1:23:49)
6. Heather Jackson (USA) 3:48:32 (2:19:37-1:27:31)
7. Uli Bromme (USA) 3:48:56 (2:24:53-1:22:23)
8. Sonja Tajsich (GER) 3:50:00 (2:26:58-1:21:26)
9. Sofie Goos (BEL) 3:52:12 (2:26:11-1:23:53)
10. Amy Kloner (USA) 3:53:09 (2:24:24-1:26:47)
We are doing pretty good over here on Fuji-CyclingTime.com! I got 5th in the UCI 2.2 Tour of Thailand prologue, Tjarco got 8th, then I was third on Stage 5. Tjarco had another 5th and a 7th, stages (I think) 4 & 6.
Not bad for first race of the season.
Tjarso is also 2nd currently in the list of ALL dutch pros – including ProTour – for wins. The list reads Rabobank, Fuji, Rabobank, Rabobank, Rabobank etc and so on! Pretty cool.
So yeah we are going well. big Tour of East Taiwan this weekend, then some smaller races, we intend to win all! haha
Anyway just a note to say thanks for the ‘secret formula’, seems to be working
Race 1: A duathlon, which was a world championship qualifier.
I have had a few weeks off using extreme endurance due to intermittent training through work pressure.
I started the first of a 2 lap 10 k run pretty strongly and kept with the lead group. We were running at around 5.15-5.20 per mile pace and feeling pretty good. After 5k, I lost touch with the lead group of 5. I finished the run about a minute down on the lead group and was feeling pretty shot.
Onto the bike and I found very little rhythm in the riding. On a 9 lap course, I expected to ride through the field but it was heavy going and it took 7 laps to get into 2nd place. The leader, a former british champion, was well ahead and I managed a good but hard 2nd run to finish second overall. Generally pleased with the event but expected to be closer to the leader, who finished 3 mins ahead. Training for the next few days was hard with sore legs.
2nd Race: 36 mile Hilly time Trial.
On the Tuesday of that week, I started back on the Extreme endurance, taking 4 a day and was able to get some good cycle rides in. The course is a 2 lap 36 mile course with a very long first climb and rolling roads. The course record was 1.30.34 which was set in 2009 when I had a good winter of cycle training and won the event. Last year’s winner was present and the weather was pretty good so I was hoping for another fast time.
The first lap was taken pretty steady, or as steady as you can ride a hilly course. Being careful not to push the heart rate too high on the climbs and trying to maintain speed on the flats. At the first checkpoint, I was at exactly the same split time as the previous winner. Knowing that I needed to up the pace, I attacked the climbs and pushed to the absolute limit, hoping that Extreme Endurance would kick in and help the final stages. It did a great job. The second lap was a minute faster and I won the event by 44 seconds, setting a new course record of 1.28.14, over 2 mins improvement on the old record.
First sprint triathlon of the year next weekend.
I thought this was a load of cobblers but the listener review (was it Howell Towel?) late last year and your Marathon experience made me think I really should try it – it’s probably age but I have had a huge problem with sore legs in training for all 3 previous Ironman campaigns. They’re obviously supporting you well so I sceptically bought 3 tins of Extreme Endurance for Ironman NZ and have been popping the regimented 6 pills a day since early December.
I didn’t really notice much difference for the first month and thought – snake oil.
Then my volumes picked up and I am flabbergasted – like you say, it really does seem that it accelerates your recovery from muscle soreness incredibly. It reminds me of being 21 again (a lifetime a go for me .. literally) when you could do the most stupid long runs, have a bath, go to bed and feel fine the following morning. I’ve had a far bigger year this year than previously and have had nearly no leg soreness at all even in my biggest weeks. So there you go another unsolicited compliment for the product. Some of it will be new compression tights which are also better but, hey.