Pete Eggleston – Qualifies – World Triathlon Championships

Triathlon club St Albans

Pete Eggleston continued his success at “The Dambuster” Olympic distance triathlon with a Bronze which qualifies him for the World Championships in London later this year, a superb result!

Pete’s race report:

Race report for Dambuster below, which was the English National Champs (and a World and European qualifier), so a pretty decent field again. Tricky conditions on Saturday, although thankfully the rain stopped by the time I kicked off – very windy on the bike though, felt like a November day rather than mid-summer.

Swim: 20:50, 10th in my AG (out of 101) – was cut short to 1400m for safety reasons due to the choppy water. There was also a bun-fight at the start as it was a beach start and loads of people just ran down the side of the shore and effectively started about 50m or so ahead of everyone else. Ho hum. I felt like I had a decent swim, and apart from the guy who won the AG (who did 17:30 !!!!), I was pretty close behind the main leading bunch.

T1: 1:13, 5th in my AG, very happy with this and only gave up 4 seconds to the fastest guy. Think it was my fastest T1 ever and really showed that practising this stuff really does help

Bike: 1:05:39 for 42k, 4th in AG. Wasn’t happy with this as some guys beat me that don’t usually. Not sure if it was tired legs from June’s racing, the fact that I wasn’t on my preferred race bike (which was still travelling overland back from Turkey after delays at Turkish customs) or just an off day ? Anyway, I felt pretty good but the numbers don’t support that !

T2: 00:58, 7th, and only 3 seconds away from the fastest, again very happy as all went smoothly and no problems.

Run: 37:28, 4th. New Dambuster course which is now an accurate 10k (always used to be short), so happy. A guy was chasing me down so I had to bury myself to hang on to my position, and I’m glad I did as I only beat him by 10 seconds in the end.

Overall: 02:06:11, and held on for bronze. Looking at the results, I wouldn’t have won a medal if my transitions hadn’t been decent.

Bit of a break now, which is good. Hope all went well at Bristol yesterday – think there were a few Tri-Forcers racing including James and Chris.

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