Carroll & Jackson Race French Grand Prix

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Ailbhe Carroll and Kieran Jackson travelled to France last week to take part in the French Grand Prix of Triathlon in Quiboran. Read Damien Jackson's race report to find out what it's like to race on the French Grand Prix circuit.

Carroll and Jackson race French Grand Prix

Kieran Jackson and Ailbhe Carroll were in action over the weekend in the French Grand Prix of Triathlon in Quiboran, Brittany. The Grand Prix is the French Championship of 18 Division 1 clubs who compete over five races. Each team consists of five triathletes with the top three across the line gaining points to rank the team. The French teams invite top athletes from across Europe and further afield to bolster their chances of success resulting in highly competitive races. 

Carroll was racing with the Saint Amand Dun 18 team and put together a very strong swim/bike combination. A breakaway pack of nine got away and Carroll was in the chase pack of 20 women including Non Stanford, Leonie Periault, Kate Waugh and Jeanne Lehair. These worked hard together on the bike leg to minimise the time gaps. Unfortunately Carroll suffered some problems on the run but was happy with her strong swim/bike combination to see her finish 46thfrom the 80 strong field. 

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Jackson makes debut in France

Kieran Jackson made his debut to French Grand Prix racing with the Viterolles Team from the Marseille area. A packed field of 95 triathletes lined up for the 50m dash to the sea. Jackson said he had a good swim to the first buoy but got bashed around at the turn and lost several places. He exited the water 20 seconds behind the lead pack. The bike leg was difficult as some of the athletes had team mates up the road and weren’t prepared to work to get back onto the lead pack. Off the bike Jackson put in a strong run to complete the 5km course in 15.59 and an overall time for the Sprint distance of 53:42 to finish first from his team and 31stoverall in the high class field. He said afterwards “Going into my first French Grand Prix and hearing stories of how rough it can be out there, literally every man for himself! I didn't know what to expect. I'm not too worried as I know my swim is a lot better than that and a few more races at this level and I'll be up the front!”

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Both athletes are back in France for the Grand Prix Finale in La Baule on the 20thSeptember.

Results and Standings