Saturday, September 5, 2009

ITU World Championships

The Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series is the top level of competition in the sport of triathlon.

On June 21st age group triathletes and elite triathletes from around the world raced back-to-back through the heart of Washington, DC. The spectacular, one-of-a-kind backdrop of the nation's capital welcomed competitors past its monuments, memorials and museums as triathletes compete on car-free roads through the DC.

Elite athletes compete in the Series, held in seven iconic cities around world including Hamburg, Kitzb├╝hel, London and Washington, DC, and will finish with the Grand Final at the Gold Coast, Australia. As the Series' only North American stop, Washington, DC, welcomed age group and elite athletes from around the world to race on Pennsylvania Avenue, America's Main Street.

The beauty of having a race with such a high profile in your own backyard is that we get to race the same course, volunteer and watch these elite athletes (most of whom were in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing) and most importantly...take photos of the best short course triathletes in the world.

It's amazing that without a press pass and some sweet looking cameras, I'm allowed to go wherever I want. :-)



USA Olympic Triatlete Andy Potts in the lead pack coming out of the water.

Eyeing the competition. In ITU races, drafting is legal--but the peloton was never able to catch the lead group.





The 1st casualty of the race. This guy's tire flew off turning the corner, went out of control and then hit the curb flying off the bike. Luckily he landed on the grass.

Capitol Hill -- the one and only "Hill" on the entire course.


IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion - Andy Potts

Mavic provided tire/bike support throughout the race and they were unbelievably fast. When a rider needs a tire change they make sure the athlete gets their tire back by putting tags on the wheels with their names. Athletes don't make a ton of money so, every bit helps.

The 2nd casualty of the race. This guy had some sort of GI distress. He pulled off and took a break. The Capitol Police in the background tried to help, but he just picked up his bike and walked back.

These guys are running sub 5:00 miles. CRAZY Fast!

Andy Potts -- 4th Place.

Racing at such high speeds overheats the engine. Water dowsing is a typical practice among the elites whenever they have the chance.

Alistair Brown pulling away from the field on the 3rd loop of the run towards victory.

Talk about special treatment. Every athlete has their own transition basket.


2nd Place Javier Gomez of Spain.

Even the pros have to deal with ridiculous hairpin turns on the run.


I love Ireland's speedsuit.

Jan Frodeno of Germany - 6th Place

Patrick hanging out with former World ITU Champion Tim Don of Great Britain. Patrick took 2nd in his Age Group.





Check out these girl's legs. WOW!



Notice the lead Ellis and Haskins have off the bike, and yet Ellis only finished 14th.

Local Native Rebeccah Wassner. She finished 26th.


You can't win this race unless you know how to run. Off the bike Emma Moffatt of Australia and Lisa Norden of Sweden lead the race with a sizable lead. Emma finished 1st, Lisa...13th. You need to be a good runner.

The Finishing Chute.
(The blue makes it look so official)



Australia's Emma Snowsill carry her 2nd place medal as she walks to get drug tested. Athletes have a specific amount of time they are given before they must be tested. They are also given an escort to ensure the make the appointment.



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