Triathlon: Tunbridge Wells quartet show skills in Spain
10th May 2019
FOUR athletes from Tunbridge Wells Triathlon Club travelled to Pontevedra in Spain to represent Great Britain at the International Triathlon Union Multisport World Championships.
Familiar names such as London 2012 silver medal winner Javier Gomez and the BBC’s Louise Minchin were among the competitors at the event, which featured the best age group athletes in the world.
More than 3,000 age group athletes represented 54 counties – with 22 participants over the age of 80.
In the long distance aquabike race, Guy Whitby (M35-39) came ninth in 4hr 14min 36sec, followed by Pippa Whitby (F35-39) 17th in 5:11.54, Richard Bysouth (M40-44) 19th in 4:18.21, and Steven Dunkerley (M55-59) 29th in 4:56.12.
The two-discipline race was scheduled to feature a 3km swim followed by three laps of a hilly bike course, each containing four notable climbs, riding 110km in total.
However, on the morning of the event, Saturday [May 4], the swim was reduced to 1.5km due to low water and air temperatures.