Cobbles, tight corners, a hill and some sweet Euro style narrow roads; Stockholm really is a cool city to host a WTS race. Add to that some fine looking ladies and it is a must see city for males, not just a Triathlete going there for a Triathlon. I was obviously there for the Triathlon and was eager to get ‘amongst it’ on a course that plays to my strengths.
The two lap choppy swim had me exiting within a large front pack of 21 athletes. It was pretty uneventful as far as swims go as I barely got touched or caught in the fighting that can sometimes take place. My goggles did fill up with water, which was possibly the worst thing that happened! Happy days!
The bike course in Stockholm really is awesome. It really zaps the legs and if you aren’t careful with positioning you can find yourself easily doing more work out of the corners than required. With a good working group we managed to extend the lead to over a minute come transition two and I kept it rubber side down through all the tight corners! Happy Days!!
With a good transition I was at the head of the race with a small group of five, though quickly found the pace set by Gomez too hot and dropped off at about 1km in. With Pereira and Royle the next to get dropped by the super human Gomez shortly after. I set about bridging back up and caught back on at the 6km mark, with the last two spots on the podium up for grabs. It was short lived though as the small group accelerated away again and left me to finish the day off in 5th position, close again to that first elusive WTS podium!
With another solid result, this has me sitting 6th in the WTS series, with Chicago Grand Final next up. I won’t be travelling to Edmonton in favour of getting solid work done pre Chicago!