Katrina Matthews put up a very impressive display in her very first race of the season at IM70.3 Lanzarote. Halfway through the bike leg, Katrina took over the lead and controlled the race all the way to the finish line. She broke the tape in a time of 4:17:46. Anne Haug (GER; 4:21:23) and Jess Learmonth (GBR; 4:23:44) joined Matthews on the podium.
A week after the season opener for her team mates, it was time for Katrina Matthews to kick off her 2022 race season at IM70.3 Lanzarote. The day started with a solid swim, with Katrina exiting the water in 4th place, following Haug in her footsteps. Once on the bike, Kat pulled clear of Haug and started to cut down the three-minute swim deficit to the leading duo. Just before tackling the climb to Timanfaya for the second time, Katrina cruised passed Learmonth to take over the lead of the race. During the second part of the bike, she kept pushing the watts and extended her advantage over the rest of the field. After the technical closing stages, Katrina racked her bike with a lead of nearly 4 minutes, posting the fastest bike split of the day. Those efforts on the bike didn’t affect her running legs at all. Half way through the half marathon, the BMC-athlete could count on a satisfying lead of 4’43 over Haug. With that lead in mind, Katrina stayed in firm control all the way to the finish line. With a closing 1:17:55 half marathon, the British athlete took a dominating victory in a time of 4:17:46.
Afterwards, Katrina Matthews reflected on her excellent performance: “I really had the best kit and equipment that gave me the win today on this course. I can’t thank the BMC Pro Tri Team enough for supporting me. Mainly, because of the ability to train here at Sands Beach. Being able to ride this course this hard, was really cool. Everything is going well in training. It was nice to compete and show that the numbers in training are real rather than just bad parameters. I’m really happy with the performance. Winning by such a margin over Anne going into St. George, gives me loads of confidence. It definitely gives me the motivation to keep pushing and now I can start to believe in myself for the World Championships”.