There were more than a dozen GB age groupers and we forged a pretty good team spirit. We met up for the race briefing and enjoyed the pasta party together. Most of us warmed up together at race start and spent the event giving each other high-fives plus cheers of encouragement.
Great award ceremony and dinner on race night. British girl narrowly beaten into second place in the professional category. A few podium finishes for GB age groupers, including Coventry triathlon legend Steve Howes (4 times Kona qualifier plus channel swimming buddy with Steve Mac and Jamie Goodhead).
Very Scenic tough hilly run/bike/run 10k/150k/30k.
This is THE Long Course Duathlon. Highly recommended. Terrific organisation (imagine Challenge Roth without the swim or the flat bits). As difficult as running/cycling Ditchling Beacon constantly for 8 hours or so.
Easy 1 hour train journey from Zurich airpost. My hotel in Old Town Zofingen was 5 mins walk from train station and 5 mins walk from race start. Beautiful cobbled streets and pretty Swiss buildings like in a fairy story.Didn't have to cycle on the cobbled streets, fortunately.
Gorgeous cycle up and down big hills with cows grazing beside Alpine Chalets. Some challenging sharp turns 30+mph but well marshalled and no traffic to speak of. Some flat-out TT aero sections for good measure. Insanely steep for running. Walked up and sprinted down every hill. Lots of people burned out running up the hills and were spent by the end, but I kept to HR zones and finished nice and strong.
Finished about 20-30 mins quicker than I predicted and came 6th in my ITU Age Group category. If I had been 3 months older, I would have taken bronze!!!!!!!
I am delighted with my 8:06 and being top GBR athlete in my category on the day.
However, if Loz Wintergold had not pulled out with a knee injury then he would have finished some way in front no doubt.
The male professional winner's speech got a bit awkward when he revealed the depth of his rivalry with the third place man. Throws darts at a picture of his rival to motivate in training. Read out a spiteful Tweet where the third place man falsely accused him of doping. The organisers cut his speech short when the world number one duathlete revealed he was learning to swim and intended competing in triathlon.
Lucy Gossage won silver as she represented the GE Great Britain
Team at the prestigious Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance
Duathlon World Championships in Switzerland
Gossage said: "I'm very pleased to finish second on what is definitely the hardest course I have raced. I was certainly not prepared for the true brutality of the runs! Eva had an incredible race and thoroughly deserved the win. I'm sure I'll go back one day now that I know what to expect!"
The men's race was won by Joerie Vansteelant of Belgium. Britain's Matt Moorhouse was 21st in a time of 7:47.26.
The GE Great Britain Age-Group Team celebrated more medals with Dominic Rohan-Gates (M25-29) and Nikalas Cook (M35-39) winning gold and Steven Howes (M50-54) adding a silver medal.
by Jim Graham