Inside an ITU race
Written by: Herbert Krabel
Date: Sun Mar 27 2011
Fellow Pro Kris Gemmell recently talked about what he sees as the lack of appreciation of ITU Pros in an interview with slowtwitch.
"The general rule of thumb is we draft, so we can't ride, and that is why we run fast. Ask any other pro athlete after they have competed in their first World Championship series race if we can't ride, and I can guarantee what the answer will be. It does sometimes look like we aren't riding hard, but the power output is still high with surges and the design of courses," said Gemmell to slowtwitch. "There are tactics been played out with every meter that goes by and you can't afford to miss a beat. It is very much like a flat stage in any big Cycle tour, the peloton rolls along until a break goes away. Then sometimes they will sit up, or it stays together until the end for the sprinters to shine. Which is not much different to the nerves you need over the last few k heading into T2 these days."
But hearing it or reading about it is one thing, seeing it from this unique perspective is quite a different experience.
Video clip courtesy of Courtney Atkinson:
Below are the twitter accounts for Courtney Atkinson and Kris Gemmell, two interesting Pros to follow.
Courtney Atkinson @courtney_akco
Kris Gemmell @KrisGemmell_
The opening round of the 2011 Dextro Energy ITU World Championship series in Sydney, Australia is behind us and Courtney Atkinson takes you inside the bike segment. 4.11.11
Red Bull athlete Courtney Atkinson has represented Australia in the Olympic Triathlon in 2008 and 2012 but we will see him in a bigger variety of events moving forward. 1.10.13
Aussie Brad Kahlefeldt took the win at the 2011 season opening ITU Mooloolaba World Cup and repeated his title from 2010. Brendan Sexton grabbed second place and David Hauss took the final podium spot. 3.26.11
Kris Gemmell just recorded a nice win at the steamy Aviva 70.3 Singapore, but his focus is clearly on the ITU Dextro Energy WCS events and qualifying for the Olympics. We had a few words with the man. 3.23.11
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Reviewed by: Stu, Apr 1 2011 6:49PM
As someone who has raced for 20 years plus, drafting was always the scourge of the sport resulting in a water bottle in teh face, threats and so on. For many, non drafting made triathlon special. Drafting has just allowed a bunch of non triathletes to compete under the banner of being a triathlete. For "real" triathletes, no drafting equals triathlon.