Week 22 Race Reports

Last weekend the 24th country joined the world of aquabike racing. Poland had it´s first ever aquabike race which also was the National Championship over the sprint distance. With Nationals over standard, middle and long distance also following this year, Poland will be the first country to host championships over four distances. But let´s start with the sprint race which was held at the Triathlon Rzeszów.

Week 22 Race Report

After coming out of the water about a minute after the first athlete, it was Bartosz DUDEK who took the race win after completing the bike leg in the shortest time. Only 22 seconds behind Tomasz MACH came in second, with Jakub BARADZIEJ completing the podium. While there were 20 male athletes on the start line, only three women started the race. Małgorzata KUKUCZ-LEGIEŃ was the faster of them, winning the race three minutes ahead of Dagmara KRAWCZYK-BIELECKA with Agnieszka KURTYKA in 3rd place.

We also had another middle distance aquabike race in Spain at the 100% Half l’Ametlla de Mar. The race at the Spanish east coast saw a clear winner in the aquabike race. Pep TATCHÉ finished the race in 02:55:05, almost 12 minutes ahead of Fabian BADIA VICENT. Xavi VIVES VILA was third, another minute behind. The faster of the only two women of the race was Berta ESTRAGUÉS HIGUERUELO, winning the race ahead of Cristina MIGUEL DIAZ.

With a lot of aquabike racing action in Great Britain over the last few weeks, last weekend there weren´t many races held as planned. While there have been some race cancellations in advance for races that were scheduled for this weekend, the Grafman Middle Distance Triathlon could take place. Due to bad weather conditions the bike leg was shortened to one of the wo planned laps though. And for the swim athletes could choose to go either one or two laps. So we actually have two results for this race.  However, most aquabike athletes decided to do the full swim. Lewis RENTON was the fastest of them, winning the race in 2:01:44, with Nick ESSER following only 41 seconds behind and two minutes ahead of Nathan RISBEY in third. The women´s race was a clear win by Kathryn BOND, almost ten minutes ahead of Nicki BROAD. Fastest of the seven athletes who chose to do only one lap in the swim was Rachel WARD, with the fastest man Ioan MILOSEVIC about six minutes behind.

The only other aquabike race last weekend was at the Cranbrook Sprint Triathlon with only two athletes in the aquabike race with Thomas RICHARDSON winning the race.

You can find links to all full results at our aquabike race result search.

Chapeau and congratulations to all aquabike finishers of last week´s races!