Burns caps off season with top 5 at Tongyeong World Cup
Burns’ finish makes for 3rd team member with top 5 World Cup finish this season
Photo Credit: ITU Media
Chelsea Burns and Jess Broderick traveled across the pacific for the final World Cup of the season in Tongyeong South Korea this past weekend. With breakthrough seasons up to this point both Burns and Broderick looked to finish off the year with a strong result. Both athletes found themselves in the first chase group during the early stages of the bike but quickly helped close the gap to the leaders. With a large group of 34 athletes entering the run together the end result came down to a footrace. Burns’ who has shown impressive fitness in the latter part of the season quickly found herself at the front end of the race. While she could not keep pace with the leaders over the 10km course she ran her way into an impressive 5th place finish which is her best ITU finish to date. Broderick, coming off a break in training, finished in 34th. With Burns’ top 5 finish she joins both Broderick and teammate Lindsey Jerdonek as team members who have finished in the top 5 in an ITU World Cup this season. Read Chelsea’s race recap below-
“Though my last trip to Asia was a bit rocky, I gave it another go, traveling to Korea last weekend for the Tongyeong World Cup, the final one of the season. My season has been long, travel heavy and filled with high highs and low lows. Though tired and having earned more air miles this year than I ever thought possible, I needed to push through and have that performance that I set out to deliver back in March. The race was actually awesome and the Korean people are just as awesome. They are incredibly friendly and seemed genuinely excited to have us racing in their town and their country. I only wish they used shower curtains.
The course was hard- a hilly bike and a hill on the run (done 4 times) that made my eyeballs pop out of my head the first time I saw it. Tongyeong is situated at the southern tip of South Korea and is made up of many islands, connected by bridges. The fishing port town made for a stunning race venue.
Despite having a very average swim (that was more like an 18 minute water-treading boxing match), a group of maybe 30 came together by the 3rd lap (of 5) of the bike…. Very lucky for me! We were essentially either climbing, descending a hill or making a turn for most of the bike and it went by quite fast. It ended up being another race where a huge group dismounts the bike together for a foot race. I paced myself more than I had a few weeks earlier in Alanya and before I knew it, the finish line was in front of me and I was fifth to cross! I am happy, satisfied to end the season 16 races later with my best ITU result ever. I have had higher expectations of myself than I have achieved all season as I am no longer riding the waves and just “gaining experience” as I was much of last year. Tongyeong felt like a bit of redemption for the various crashes and disappointments I had earlier this year and I finally feel like I a, performing closer to what I believe I am capable of. I also am glad to have shown this performance to the people that have supported me this year and through my (short) triathlon career so far! Team Psycho is one such group, I am hugely grateful for their support throughout my first two seasons as a professional triathlete. It is now time for a much needed break but even just days after my last race I am planning, excited and focused for 2015!”
Giardini finishes 3rd at Challenge Rancho-Cordova
Podium finish is second in as many weeks for Giardini
Fresh off the first PRO win of his career, second year team member and first year PRO Davide Giardini showed his performance at SuperFrog was no fluke by finishing 3rd at Challenge Rancho-Cordova. In a strong field that included Kevin Collington, Jesse Thomas, Joe Umphenour, and Rudy Von Berg, Giardini wasted no time in getting to the front of the race. Giardini, a former collegiate swimmer, took the lead early on the swim and led a lead group of 4 athletes into T1. Collington eventually passed Giardini on the bike but Davide began the 13.1 mile run with a 4 minute lead over former CU Boulder teammate Rudy Von Berg in 3rd place. Giardini would ultimately get passed by Von Berg while holding on to 3rd place and the second podium finish of his career. Davide recaps his race below-
“My 4th race in 3 weeks – Challenge Half in Rancho Cordova, CA – is finally behind me, and I think I might have just found a new way to get my butt in shape: race every weekend! I was a bit unsure how my body would hold up to all this racing (and two half-ironman races on back-to-back weekends), but I’m happy to say I’m alive and well, and took home 3rd at Challenge Rancho Cordova.
Here’s some details on how the race unfolded:
With the race having been declared no-wetsuit (water right at 68 degrees), I was pretty relaxed at the start, knowing that former roomie, training partner, and overall great fellow Italian bloke Rodolphe ”Rudy” von Berg and I were gonna take out the swim hard. It was an in-water start, which plays well on my swim strength, and as soon as the gun went off I was off the front. It was a pretty controlled swim, and I exited the water in the clear lead. I turned and saw a few people chasing, but I as committed to getting away, so I blazed thru transition (fastest T1!) and was gone on the bike. Later it turned out that Umphenour, Rudy von Berg, and Kevin Collington were on my feet, but was able to put a gap on them right at the start of the bike. All except Kevin Collington, the 2013 70.3 US Champion.
I rode hard for the first 20km, and yet Kevin was right behind me (staggered), and then he made his move on the climbs, I think somewhere around 30km. Being light and powerful as he is, I could not match his pace on the Rancho hills. I tried to keep him in sight, thinking I could reel him in on the slight downhills, but the course never seemed to stop climbing! At the end of the 90k ride, I was about 1’ down in T2. It was definitely the hardest (not fastest) I’ve ever ridden, with a 2:09 bike split on a challenging course. You can check out my Strava file of the ride here: http://www.strava.com/
Both the bike and run courses didn’t offer the opportunity to know where everyone else was, so I just took off and starting running my own half marathon at a controlled pace in the 90 degrees heat. Kevin was long gone, and I didn’t know whether I had 1’ or 30’ on the next guy. I ran the first 10k and hadn’t gotten caught yet, and I started believing I could pull a good result in. Rudy von Berg passed me right then at a blazing speed (on his way to fastest run split in 1:13), and after a few friendly vulgarities directed at him, I just tried to keep him in sight. I was able to maintain 3rd place, with a 1:20 half marathon and 3:54 overall time.
I’m very pleased with this result, and another podium finish at a good race. This past month was with no doubt my most successful string of results I’ve ever achieved, and I’m happy that the good results came from different triathlon formats as well: made the loser’s’ finals at the US Super Sprints Champs in Vegas, was 4th at Tri-Cal Pacific Grove CA in Olympic-distance draft-legal, won the SuperFrog Half-Ironman in Coronado CA, and now 3rd at Challenge Rancho Cordova CA half. Maybe the Cali air is good for me!
Now it’s time to recover and lay low a bit, before gearing up for one last race: LifeTimeFitness Oceanside, which will surely see a stacked field competing for the $200,000 series finale payout. Thanks to OTF Multisport, Team Psycho, and Rudy Project for their support and helping me achieve some strong late season results!”
Jerdonek finishes 13th at Cozumel World Cup
Finish is 7th Top 15 World Cup finish of Jerdonek’s career
Lindsey Jerdonek traveled to Cozumel, Mexico this past weekend to begin her final racing block of the season with the Cozumel World Cup. After coming out of the water at the tail-end of the lead group Jerdonek used her strength on the bike to help the second group, which included 2012 Olympic gold medalist Nicola Spirig, bridge up to the leaders on the first lap. With a large group together, Jerdonek tried to conserve energy for what was sure to be a fast 5k. Once on the run Jerdonek hung with the leaders on the first lap before finishing in 13th place. Lindsey will finish what has been a breakout season with the Cartagena World Cup in Columbia next weekend. Read her recap from Cozumel below-
“On the heels of an altitude block with my coach and training partners in Boulder, I am finishing the season with two hot and humid World Cup races. The first one in Cozumel took place this past weekend and I finished thirteenth. While I didn’t like that the entire field came together on the bike, it was an important reminder that it doesn’t matter what I like. I need to perform in any race scenario. A three minute summary video of the race is posted at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
The Olympic champ, Nicola Spirig, showed us how it’s done as she ran away with the win. She headlines another strong field at the Cartagena World Cup this coming weekend. I really want to close out the year on a strong note and intend to earn my break with a solid effort. Thanks to OTF Multisport and Team Psycho for their unwavering support all season long and stay tuned for one more from me.”