What’s considered the toughest and most prestigious duathlon, the ITU Long Distance World Duathlon Championships, Powerman Zofingen, took over that lovely Swiss city the first weekend of September.
On Twitter, I promised I’d compile race reports for an upcoming blog. To date, there aren’t many full reports, but I did find some good nuggets of info about this epic event.
First, here is the official report from ITU. Switzerland and France took the wins, with Petra Eggenschwiler (SUI) claiming the women’s title and French athlete Gaël Le Bellec winning the men’s race for the third time.
Check out the full report for photos and a list of top finishers.
One thing I noticed when perusing the results (particularly in my age group): the times appear to be faster this year than last. Is the new bike course faster than the old? If anyone has insights, please share!
Here’s the profile of the 2018 bike loop, which athletes complete three times:
A view from the top
In his inaugural Zofingen race, dominant U.S. athlete Albert Harrison finished sixth in the elite men’s race with a blazing-fast 6:25:52.
He published one of the few race reports I could find, and it’s a thorough one. He starts with the training, shares his goals and continues with his thoughts on the race and USA Triathlon’s lack of support for its duathletes.
He was on TV too. A lot.
Most inspirational athlete
One of the most inspiring tidbits I found came from the Twittersphere. Blind athlete Fernando Raino didn’t just finish Powerman Zofingen. He finished strong.
WBU 1st Vicepresident #FernandoRiaño wins World Championship after a hard race held in Zofingen, Switzerland- 2018 Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships- he’s won 3Triathlon World Cups, 1Triathlon World Championship& national titles @attitudefr_go pic.twitter.com/YCZx9a4jQ9
— World Blind Union (@BlindUnion) September 20, 2018
For random info about Powerman Zofingen, including its history and a general course description, check out my post from September 1.
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