Shaw Wins at Mount Mason - International Roundup

Ben Shaw Mount Mayon 2017 Finish Line

International Round-Up August 12th & 13th

While the National Championships were under way in Co. Westmeath over the weekend, Triathlon Ireland high performance athletes were also racing in the Philippines and in Belgium.

The highlight of the weekend was undoubtedly Ben Shaw’s victory at the Mount Mayon Asian Cup in the Philippines.

Shaw Turns Up The Heat

Australia based Shaw dominated the field. He was quickest on the swim, emerging after 1,500m in 20mins 05secs. From there, Shaw led a breakaway of six riders over the 40km bike leg before running the third quickest 10km of the field to win by 27secs over Ran Sato of Japan.

He told Triathlon Ireland afterwards that the intense heat of the race in the Philippines was one of the reasons that led him to make the trip:

“The Mt Mayon Asian Cup Race provided the opportunity to have a hit out in specific conditions and on a tough course. With the Tokyo Olympic Games to be the focus of the next Olympic cycle, the reality is that if an athlete can’t cope with extreme heat, they are in trouble.”

Ben Shaw Mount Mayon 2017 Swim Exit

According to Ben, the race started at 6.00am and at that time the temperature was already 28 degrees. By the time he crossed the line, the temperature was 32 degrees, which because of the humidity felt like 38 degrees.

“I led a group of nine out of the swim and initiated a break away of six athletes pushing the pace on the bike. For those interested in numbers we averaged just under 300 Watts, which is about the same as a normal World Triathlon Series event. After leading onto the run, I didn’t see any other competitors and ran consistently. The run had two very tough hills each lap of the four lap course, which acted as a good challenge.”

Mount Mayon Group Pic

Ben races next at the Beijing International Triathlon on September 10th and in second round of the Super League in Jersey laster that month.

Ben said: “I am thrilled to be flying the flag for Ireland in these big events. Further events will be determined by Triathlon Ireland’s Selectors for the ITU Grand Final in Rotterdam and World Cup in China. This will make for a very busy September of racing. I am looking forward to staying healthy and strong.”

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Chris Mintern Wuustwezel 2017

Mintern 30th, Carroll 40th In Wuustwezel

In Belgium meanwhile, sprint distance national champion Chris Mintern got more international experience racing in the European Cup event in Wuustwezel, Belgium.

A total of 69 athletes lined out for the race - including local man Marten Van Riel - the winner of the previous week's ETU race in Malmo. Van Riel made it two in row, winning the race in 53mins 48secs.

30th at Wuustweezel European Cup 🔜 📷 : @anke_ds

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In a fractured race, Mintern emerged from the water in the middle of the field on 10mins 39secs. He went on to post on the quickest bike splits of the day to work his way through the field before running a 17mins 01secs 5km to finish in the top half of the field. 

Mintern said he was disappointed with the race: "I have finished in the middle of the field in all European Cup races this season, nothing to celebrate. I'll keep fighting and male sure to put all three disciplines together at later races in the season"  

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Ailbhe Carroll had a tough day out, finishing in 40th place. "Swam terribly. Biked awfully. Ran at walking pace. All in all, just not a great day. Still trying to get to that point where a bad day is still an acceptable result somewhere..." said Carroll in a characteristically frank assessment of her performance.

She was full of praise for the event organisers however, in what sounds like a bucket list triathlon: "Wuustwezel...you sure do know how to put on a show. The support on the course was beyond incredible. Every inch of the course had someone shouting even at the outer most point at the dead turn. Your love for triathlon as a town is incredible and I guess the fact that your little town has eight clubs in it says a lot..."

How did the race go? See race pics 😥 not very well😓 . . Wuustwezel...you sure do know how to put on a show. The support on the course was beyond incredible. Every inch of the course had someone shouting even at the outer most point at the dead turn. Your love for triathlon as a town is incredible and I guess the fact that your little town has 8 clubs in it says a lot. . People everywhere cheering is an incredible feeling...but people everywhere cheering you on by your first name...ah stop, it was incredible...even with correct pronunciation...you're legends, the lot of you. I performed incredibly badly today but I'm sure I'd still be out there had the support not been what it was. Bravo! . The people of Wuustwezel are a good breed and their hospitality was second to none. Iv never done a homestay before but the experience I had this weekend was amazing. The family were beyond nice and their home was beyond beautiful. They even put my Dad up as he made the journey over for his first viewing of a European cup! Good man Panda! . The race itself doesn't need much explaining. Swam terribly. Biked awfully. Ran at walking pace. All in all, just not a great day. Still trying to get to that point where a bad day is still an acceptable result somewhere. . A little rockstar told me last week that it doesn't just happen and that last year he was coming 3rd last in races. He podiumed last weekend for his 1st international senior podium...time and experience are a wonderful combination albeit a little demoralising sometimes but such is the journey. . I'm writing this as I sit on the plane home now after the race. I'm nibbling away on my race goodie bag goodies purely just because the chocolate was melting so the only way to solve that problem is to eat it...ALL. Simple logic. . Chin up...my Dad said I did very well so I guess he must be right!!!! 🙊👀🙈 #triathlon #wuustwezeletu #wuustwezel #swim #bike #run #lessons #learningexperience #embarrasing #whereweremylegsandarmsandlungsandenergy #whyamisowhite #irish #girl #fitfam #irishfitfam #ireland #belgium

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