TRIATHLON OTTOBEUREN /GER – Ottobeuren 26 June 2010
Olympic Distance 1,5km Swim – 40k Bike (430hm) – 10k Run (120hm)
Around 300 starters took the challenge to race the selective distance in the picturesque Ottobeuren, 430 metres climb on the bike and 120m on the run tested the athletes up to the last step. The race saw some well-known names like, among others, short distance world cup athlete Claude Eksteen/GER and Christian Brader/GER.
Thomas J. Vonach used the competition which also counted as the Team Champioship of Tri Team Lustenau, as a training competition and preparation for the ITU- long distance-world championship in Immenstadt 1st of August where he will represent Austria in the elite.
The strongest competitor from Austria was Florian Geser who has strongly developed during the last two years and fought with Vonach until late in the race. With an excellent swimming performance in 19:57min. if Thomas J. Vonach came, closely followed by Geser, into T1 on 10th place. During the whole very selective bike-ride the positions changed several times. Besides that, Vonach pushed to 7th overall-rank, Florian Geser even to 4th. Then on the run it came to a showdown and the places were new awarded again. Leaders Claude Eksteen and Christian Brader were not to be caught anymore. Thomas Vonach had rapidly caught the 6. and 5. Placed. The extremely selective run distance in the woodlands of Ottobeuren was larded with numerous metres of climbing
which met an Xterra-course.
After 4 km Vonach caught, however, Geser was able to hang on until to km 7 stubbornly on 30sec. Remains hold. However, in the last kilometres Geser left then the forces and he had to hand in one more place. Overall 4th and 6th went to Thomas J. Vonach and Florian Geser who both won their respective categories clearly.
Finishing in a time of 2:04 hours Vonach had only 7 minutes gap to the winner and short distance specialist Claude Eksteen and was the quickest Austrian in the field.
In the ladies Verena Karg (formerly Klocker) won the female race and became, as well as Thomas Vonach winner of the internal Championship of Tri Team Lustenau. Unfortunately, Nicole Christmann suffered a crash and had to drop out.
More information on Thomas on: www.trivonach.com
Two cyclists have relived the Luchon-Bayonne stage, just like one hundred years ago, to pay tribute to the riders who, on 21st July 1910, were flung into the “killer stage” by the organisers of the Tour de France.
Once he had completed the last page of his manuscript for “L’étape assassine, Luchon-Bayonne 1910” (The Killer Stage, Luchon-Bayonne 1910, a work totalling 207 pages, with many often new illustrations, priced 18 euros and published by Editions Cairn), the writer and journalist from Tarbes Jean-Paul Rey had the idea and desire to “relive what the champions of another era experienced”. In Marc Lebreton, a collector and restorer or classic bicycles, he found an attentive ear and legs ready to accompany him on this odyssey.
That is how, on Saturday 12th June 2010, the two friends found themselves setting out from Luchon, at 3.30 in the morning, at the same time and same place. They started by climbing up the Col de Peyresourde pass in the black of night, only lit from time to time by the “Films de la Castagne” film crew from Toulouse, who were shooting a documentary to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the Tour de France’s first visit to the Pyrenees. They then tackled the descent on their bicycles from another epoch, despite their antique brakes: single pad brake at the front and calliper brakes in cork at the rear.
At the foot of the descent, Jean-Paul Rey had the unpleasant surprise of snapping his saddle bar. He reached Arreau without a saddle, climbed the Col d’Aspin pass before descending, still unable to rest his behind. The most astonishing part of the episode was that the repairs he made, in front of a curious and bemused crowd, took place in Sainte-Marie de Campan, the same place where, in 1913, Eugène Christophe sanded down the fork he broke during the descent of the Tourmalet pass!
The climb up the Tourmalet pass was obviously on of the high points of this adventure. Marc Lebreton, a much more experienced cyclist than Jean-Paul Rey, sped off in his beautiful wine red Automoto team jersey, on a bicycle from the same brand, weighing 12.100 kilos and with a single 478 x 24 gear! His companion took it more slowly, weighed down by 20 additional years of age and 900 extra grams, because his Martel weighed 13 kilos, with, for the gears, a 44 at the front and rear, a 24 for climbs and a 20 for the rest, after having turned the wheel.
On leaving Pierrefitte-Nestalas, first of all they came across World Champion Cadel Evans, on a reconnoitring mission of the Tourmalet. Then they came face to face with former champions Jean Bobet (author of the foreword to “The Killer Stage”) and André Darrigade, who had come specially to encourage them on the way up to the summit of the Col du Soulor pass. Climbing this pass, underneath sunny skies that were starting to heat up and on a generously gravelled road, was a piece of cake for Marc Lebreton, but much less so for Jean-Paul Rey, who had to draw on all his energy reserves to avoid stopping and dismounting.
Finally, Jean-Paul Rey and Marc Lebreton reached the port of Bayonne after 326 kilometres on the roads, at 3.15 am on Sunday, 23 hours and 45 minutes after their departure from Luchon! The Martel family, the descendants of the Tarbes-based bicycle maker who, at the beginning of the last century, made the machine ridden by J-P Rey, had managed to identify the exact location of the finishing line used in 1910 and had drawn a large white line that the two companions crossed arm in arm.
The passes climbed by the pack during the Tour de France in 1910 on the Luchon-Bayonne stage (326 km)
Col de Peyresourde
Col du Tourmalet
Col du Soulor
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Wow, what a great feeling. My third victory in Stein, Dutch champion, far below the previous course record in my home-town race. But it was not easy, I had to dig deep in this exciting race. The other 3 top competitors Tereza, Sonja and Eva pushed me towards this performance. I think this is my most beautiful victory in Stein. And also proved myself I could return to my previous level (or better) after the disastrous injury season 2009. Think I will enjoy my recovery this week more than ever!
As millions of people around the globe watch the greatest soccer tournament in the world, World Cup South Africa 2010, enthusiasm of the sport is turning our youngest players into endurance athletes. If your favorite player is in the quarterfinals and is in his 5th game, he may have completed the equivalent of a marathon!
Estimates vary, but most of the World Cup players you will watch run an average of 6-7 miles per game. (or about 10 kilometers) Midfielders run the most, central strikers and defenders the least. This may not sound like much to a professional triathlete or marathon runner – broken down its 4 miles per hour for that midfielder. If the midfielder is playing a full 90 minutes their average heart rate will be approximately 150-170 beats per minute. However, the most physically intense part of a World Cup game is when that player is in control of the ball. Their pulse rate goes up and lactic acid production (that heavy feeling in your legs you perceive after sprinting) increases.
In 2007, AC Milan’s Gennaro Gattuso ran an estimated 10 km in one game against Manchester United. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) had been working on a system for calculating things like how far individual players run, and how far and fast the ball gets kicked by tracking them with multiple cameras. The system is accurate within a 3% margin of error. To get an idea of how much running that is, 10 km is the equivalent of running across 350 basketball courts. Gattuso’s numbers aren’t all that unusual either. 10 km or about 6-7 miles is actually pretty average.
In terms of its physical demands, soccer shares more in common with endurance sports, such as marathon running, than it does with other ball sports such as basketball and tennis. Soccer has a bigger playing field than any other major sport and less stoppage.
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Heleen bij de Vaate trains in Sierra Nevada Spain.
Two weeks after the Powerman Holland, we traveled to Spain for a training camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I have trained at this height before, but not at this altitude, so I wondered how bad I would feel the first few days. Of course we noticed, but starting with a some relaxed days, I can say that the adaptation went quite well. The first week was still very cold and we had to train indoors or drive down by car to be able to cycle without snow and fog. But the second week the weather is absolutely beautiful out here, yesterday we made it on the bike in short outfit up till 2500m! I am feeling well and hopefully these 2 weeks will give me a boost in fitness that I can use in the next races in June and July.
Yvonne van Vlerken/NED (Tri Team Lustenau/Endurance Team Austria) wins a historical sprint-finish against Erika Csomor/HUN and breaks own course-record with 4:18:56.
Only 0.2sec separated both world class athletes Yvonne van Vlerken and Erika Csomor at the Finish-Line after 70.3 miles. Both athletes had written history two years ago as when they clearly underbid the world-best time on the long distance in Triathlon after a grueling run duel in the German town Roth.
Yvonne van Vlerken laid it out with her swim time which brought her only a good 2 min on the leading woman, ex-world-cup lady Eva Dollinger/AUT when she left T1 on 4th place.
Quickly she rode up to Dollinger, however, from the back former TT- world champion Karin Thürig/CH flew pass her. Thürig took over the lead, Yvonne van Vlerken succeeded in droping Erika Csomor 20 km before T2 and put 1:10min on her while she limited the gap to Thürig on 1:50 min.
On the run-course van Vlerken caught the courageously running Thürig after 10 km of the half marathon and took over the lead. The decision to let Erika Csomor come to her and safe some energy, turned out later to be the right for the flying Dutchwoman living in Austria as she could remain relaxed, while Erika Csomor had to work hard to close in.