Keep an eye on Trigger Point Performance sponsored athletes that will be competing: Wishing all good luck this weekend!
“The third leg of the ITU World Championship Series takes place in Madrid, Spain this weekend. The race looks to be hot and the course has a decent hill on each lap of the bike which could make for an exciting race instead of the huge packs we saw in Seoul. There is a great preview article about all of the athletes racing on the ITU website.
Race times are 5:15am Mountain Time on Saturday for the women and 5:05am Mountain Time on Sunday for the men. You can watch live on www.triathlonlive.tv
On the men’s side, the US only got 5 of our 6 athletes into the race. Entries are based on ranking and our 6th athlete, Seth Wealing, was not ranked quite high enough to get a start in Madrid. The team is led by Jarrod Shoemaker who looks to improve on his 8th place finish in Seoul and move up the WCS rankings. Our highest WCS ranked athlete, Matt Chrabot, will look to take advantage of the challenging course and post another top 10 finish. Along with Matt, look for Ben Collins and Brian Fleischman to be upfront in the swim and pushing the bike group to gain an advantage. Brian needs a top 15 finish to solidify his place on the Project 2012 program. Finally, Manny Huerta is making his WCS debut after two top 7 world cup performances this spring.
Sarah Haskins, currently ranked 8th on the WCS will wear #5 and leads the US women in Madrid. Sarah is the picture of consistency. Look for her to be at the front of the race from the gun. We joke that the goal with the elites is to “beat your number” and Sarah should be there in Madrid. Jillian Peterson will wear number 10 and should be in the top 10 mix as well. Jillian has returned to her old coach Melissa Mantak, who also coaches Matt Chrabot, and has had some quality sessions at the Olympic Training Center lately. Another athlete who has switched coaches as well and is now training in the US again is Jenna Shoemaker who will wear #20. Jenna has been working hard with an emphasis on the end of the year, but she looks to get another quality result to cement her position for the WCS races later in the year. New American Alicia Kaye will race in Madrid as well and look to improve on her 25th place in Seoul. Margie Shapiro makes her WCS debut after winning two silver medals at Continental Cups and a 10th place at the Monterrey Mexico World Cup earlier this year. Amanda Felder rounds out the team, also making her WCS debut after a 4th and a 3rd place at Continental Cups in 2010.
Supporting the team in Madrid will be Team Leader Andy Schmitz, Coach Ian Murray, PT/Massage Diana Palmer, Chiro Camille Reagan, Mechanic Todd Anderson, and Doctor Andy Hunt. Follow Andy Schmitz (@andyschmitz) and myself (@SSchnitzspahn) on twitter for updates during the races on the US team or feel free to shoot me an email with questions during the races as well. Go USA!”
– Scott Schnitzspahn, USA Triathlon