What a great feeling to see our athletes back in action. Patrik Nilsson put together a dominating performance in Denmark exiting the water first after a rough swim. On the bike Patrik put together a very strong performance in very windy conditions and controlled his lead. During the tough beach run Patrik extended his advantage to run to his first victory of the season in a winning time of 2:29:10. Christian Ravn finished second (DEN; 2:33:44) with Mikkel Poulsen claiming third (DEN; 2:38:54).
Strong alround performance
Patrik started the day with an excellent swim, in rough conditions, exiting the water in the lead in a time of 17:35 (950m swim). After a windy but blistering 63k bike leg (41,3km/h average, bike time 1:27:16) Patrik entered T2 with a small bonus on Ravn in second. In the opening stages of the run the BMC-Vifit athlete settled in a great pace and started to extend his advantage. After a strong allround performance Nilsson went on to win his first race of the season on the Beaches of Denmark's West Coast.
Afterwards the BMC-Vifit athlete reflected on his performance: "The first race of the season and a first place, I feel happy. I had a good race, a solid swim, a good bike and a tough run out on the beach. We are on good track and I look forward to the rest of the season.The run was really hard on the beach but I was able to put together a very solid performance. So I am very happy, a first good race and I really look forward to the next races.
Emma Pallant runs her way to the overall victory in the Cradle Catcher in South Africa
On Saturday team mate Emma Pallant took the victory in the 28,7K Cradle Catcher in South Africa. The run event took place in time trial format and Pallant ran her way to an outstanding overall victory in a time of 1:49:44. Afterward Emma looked back at her race: "It was very good, I know it would be tough with the hills and doing it as a time trial, but it was great to be out there racing again. I managed to run 3'50/km average pace so really happy with that. I felt in good form and really enjoyed the racing again and of course very happy to take the overall win.
Pictures Patrik photo credit @JGronnemark
Pictures Emma photo credit Alfred Stoffels photography