The Aquabike National Championships 2019

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The second National Championships of the weekend - the Aquabike! This year's Aquabike National Championship, staged over a 1900 metre swim and 96 kilometre bike, was certainly a test of this discipline. The first race on Sunday morning with an 8am start, the bike course matched that for Lough Cutra Castle's "The Gauntlet" Middle Distance Triathlon, two climbs on course and windy conditions made for a challenging morning.

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Tierney tops the podium

Triathlete Cillian Tierney changed up distances and disciplines this weekend. Entering "on a whim" just a few weeks ago certainly worked out for the Tralee Triathlon Club athlete, leading from the swim to take the men's Aquabike National Championship title in 3:02:15. 

Hear from Cillian on his race in the video below.

Behind Tierney though, the bike course changed up the placings. Stephen Teeling-Lynch and Ross Hamilton were second and third out of the water however Galway TC's Ruaidhri Gerarghty put in the fastest bike split of the day, 02:29:41, to cross the line second. Strong biking continued to be rewarded as Marcin Mizgajski, the second fastest bike of the day took home the bronze medal. Cillian Tierney had built up his lead in the swim and a consistent effort out on the bike course meant that he was not going to be caught, finishing a comfortable three minutes ahead to take the victory.

Seconds in it

The race was on for the championship medal in the women's field. Joanne Flanagan of Go Tri and Claire Gorman had a closely fought contest for the duration. Flanagan led by 13 seconds after the swim and but didn't have time once on the bike to open a wide gap to second swimmer Gorman. Over the entire three hours on the bike course the two traded places for the lead with winner Joanne crossing the line a matter of seconds ahead of second placed Piranha Triathlon Club member Claire Gorman.

We caught up with Joanne after her race to hear about her race and her plans for the rest of the summer!

Two of the three top spots went to Piranha Triathlon Club in this race, with Siobhan Forman moving up one spot after the swim and opening up a nine minute gap on Barbara Kruta in fourth to win the bronze medal.

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