BMW Tri Series: Lough Key Triathlon

Lough Key 2019_Transition

With just four rounds left to gain points for this year's BMW Triathlon National Series, it was all to play for at the sold-out Lough Key Triathlon in Co. Roscommon. The scenic Lough Key Forest Park is the venue for this sprint race with over 320 triathletes enjoying the lake swim, 23 kilometre bike and 5 kilometre trail run through the park.

Aaron Doherty Lough Key 2019

Men's race

Junior athlete Sabian Kulczynski led the men's race out of the water in Lough Key, 17 seconds ahead of Aaron Doherty. Once out on the bike course Aaron took the lead early on and extended the gap to almost five minutes. The pair then held position on the run for Aaron Doherty to win this BMW Triathlon National Series round, Sabian Kulczynski in second place.

Speaking after the race, Doherty described having a tough swim;

"It was pretty hard. I got disorientated in the swim. I went to the first buoy and tried to go with Sabian who's a fast swimmer and I paid for it coming back.

Aaron enjoyed the faster parts of yesterday's bike course:

"Parts of it are pretty technical, twisty on the back roads but then you got out on the main road and it was pretty fast and I laid down some watts there!"

the run for third

Behind the two leaders, Ray Lonergan was working his way up the field. Sitting in 31st after the swim, Lonergan impressively put down a solid bike split of 38:30 over 23km and the fastest run split of the day for 18:16 to cross the line in the bronze position.

women's race

Erin McConnell Lough Key 2019

Erin McConnell was first overall out of the water with the fastest swim of the day, almost thirty seconds ahead of second swimmer Sabian Kulczynski. Swimming the 750m in 9:12, Erin found the swim a challenge;;

"It was actually tougher than I thought it would be. On the swim on the way out there was a wind, it was quite windy so it was harder to get out to the first buoy... I just tried to focus on my stroke pulling fast."

Holding her lead on the bike, Erin "just went from the word go" on the run to take her second win of this year's series. 

Fiona Mangan was solid across all three disciplines, including the quickest bike split - for second place. Mangan hasn't been outside the top six this season and Lough Key marks her third time on the 2019 BMW Triathlon National Series podium.

Finishing third today, Becky Woods put in one of the fastest bike and run splits to move in to third ahead of Brianne Mulvihill in fourth.


Pictures from the race are available on the Triathlon Ireland Facebook Page.

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