Our interview guests this week are Olympic Triathlete Andy Potts and how he keeps improving as a pro triathlete at the age of 46. Andy shares race stories and training tips. He and Daniel Brienza to talk about their partnership with HUUB and a new product launch.
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Interview - Andy Potts and Daniel Brienza
Andy represented the US at the 2004 Olympics, less than a year and a half after starting in the sport. After a long and successful career as a swimmer, Andy has been one of the world’s most versatile triathletes on the planet who prides himself on hard work, dedication, and giving as much back to the sport, his sponsors and community as humanly possible. His business partner Daniel Brienza is with us to exclusive announcement on HUUB Pinnacle wetsuits and a high visibility and comfort goggles.
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It’s always hard to know what to expect at the first long-course race of the North American season—and Ironman 70.3 Oceanside in southern California delivered even more drama than usual this year, with a few breakout performances and a sprint finish.
The drama was all in the men’s race—where the unheralded Jackson Laundry took the lead with less than a mile to go and charged hard for a win that looked like a shock even to him.
“It was unbelievable,” he said. “It doesn’t really sink in until you’re right there and there’s no one left to catch you.”
And then behind Laundry, Lionel Sanders and Rudy von Berg sprinted to the line in one of the closest finishes we’ve ever seen at long-course.
Until that final mile it actually looked like an event that would be locked up by double gold medalist Alistair Brownlee. Out of a large (very large) group on the swim, a bike pack slowly whittled down until at T2 it was Brownlee, Laundry, von Berg, and Ben Kanute. The pace on the run was blistering—and behind them, after losing his nutrition on the bike, Sanders was running even faster.
Ultimately, it became a race of seconds. Laundry and von Berg raced neck and neck, until the Canadian put in a surge for what seemed to be a lock on second. But he didn’t stop, he kept going faster and faster—catching Brownlee and putting down a sub-5:00 mile at the end of the 13.1. Behind him, Sanders had caught the suddenly struggling Brownlee and then reached von Berg with just hundreds of meters to go. They sprinted; Sanders outleaned.
It was a 1:10:11 run for Laundry v. a 1:10:55 run for von Berg and a 1:08:29 run for Sanders to come to the line shoulder-to-shoulder and collapse. In fourth, Brownlee slowed and came home with “just” a 1:11:04 run. That’s how close the day was.
In the women’s race, it was maybe less about the drama and more about a coronation. The 24-year-old Knibb controlled the swim, according to her competitors, clocking the fastest of the day (23:33 in choppy conditions); she got to the front of the bike after a slower transition to put on socks and then had the fastest bike of the day too (2:20:17); and then took out of T2 nearly three minutes in the lead and had only the 4th fastest run of the day (1:17:48) to win handily.
Women’s 70.3 Oceanside results
Taylor Knibb (US): 4:06:32
Luisa Baptista (BRA): 4:08:45
Holly Lawrence (GBR): 4:09:17
Ashleigh Gentle (AUS): 4:12:21
Jackie Hering (USA): 4:13:46
Men’s 70.3 Oceanside results
Jackson Laundry (CAN): 3:45:00
Lionel Sanders (CAN): 3:45:33
Rody von Berg (USA): 3:45:33
Alistair Brownlee (GBR): 3:45:55
Ben Kanute (USA): 3:46:32
Full results will be available here.
Netflix is partnering with A.S.O. to create a documentary series on the Tour de France 2022, with the participation of France Télévisions.
Produced by Quadbox, a joint venture between QUAD and ‘Box to box Films’ (Drive to Survive), the series will follow the journey of eight teams taking part in the world’s biggest cycling race.
‘Consisting of eight episodes of 45 minutes, the series will follow as closely as possible all the actors of the Tour de France, from cyclists to team managers to understand the multiple stakes of a race that has become a true international symbol, broadcasted in 190 territories.’
The backstages of eight teams will be unveiled, from the preparation phase to the finish line: AG2R Citroën Team, Alpecin-Fenix, BORA-hansgrohe, EF Education-EasyPost, Groupama-FDJ cycling Team, Ineos Grenadiers, Team Jumbo-Visma and Team Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl.
Filming will run from March to July 2022 for a release on Netflix in the first semester of 2023. In addition, France Télévisions will broadcast a documentary a few days before the start of the Tour de France 2023.
Dolores Emile, Manager, EMEA Unscripted & Doc Series (France) at Netflix, said “We are very proud to unveil new aspects of the emblematic Tour de France. This is a unique opportunity to dive into the stories of its inspiring characters.”
Yann Le Moënner, Managing Director of A.S.O., added “We are proud of this partnership with Netflix, France Télévisions and the Tour de France teams, which will offer fans a unique immersion behind the scenes.
“Through a narrative approach, which is additive to the competition itself, the public will be able to discover how the Tour de France represents the ultimate challenge for the competitors ; in particular in terms of suffering, pushing their limits and team spirit. This project is part of our overall ambition to make our sport more accessible and meet an even wider audience.”
Laurent-Eric Le Lay, Sports Director at France Télévisions, said “As the historic partner and broadcaster of the Tour de France, we are delighted to participate in this project which will allow everyone to experience part of the daily life of champions and teams.
“It is additive to what we do every year during the race and we believe that it will attract an even larger audience to this beautiful event.”
What's New in the 303:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced its 2022 Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series, featuring more than 45 swim-run events in cities across the United States this season. Additional events will be added to the calendar as the season progresses.
The series, launched in 2012 with 30 events, is designed to introduce youth athletes between the ages of 7 and 15 to the multisport lifestyle through the unique discipline of aquathlon (swim-run). With a focus on participation and fun, rather than competition, many of the events are not timed.
At all Splash & Dash events, participants ages 7-10 will complete a 100-meter pool swim and an approximate 1-kilometer run, while athletes ages 11-15 will complete a 200m pool swim and an approximate 2k run. All participants will receive a unique, custom finishers’ medal and giveaways.
The Splash & Dash Series is a part of USA Triathlon’s emphasis on increasing opportunities and access to multisport events and clinics for current and prospective youth multisport athletes. As part of its 2022 Return to Racing Youth Stimulus Package, USA Triathlon is offering free youth event sanctioning, free youth clinic sanctioning, free registration for youth clubs and expansion of the Youth Scholarship Program.
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