September 2016. The small but beautiful island of Cozumel, Mexico was the location for the ITU Triathlon Grand Final - a fitting setting, where both the age-group & elite male and female World Champions would be crowned.
Alongside those races were the age-group athletes, all ready to deliver their best performance of the year. No doubt they would line up with different goals for the race, and all with their own stories of how they got there.
While we all admire the dynamic speed and the skill of the elite athletes, some of the most inspiring and interesting stories take place in the races and the journeys of these amateur athletes.
In late 2015 we started working with two female athletes in Lorraine Thompson and Amanda Walsh. Both parties thought there might be an outside chance of qualifying for the GB Age-Group team that would be heading to Cozumel in September 2016.
Fast forward to September, they had both worked very hard all year to gain qualification - fantastic achievements. They were now ready to absorb the experience of a lifetime. They were also joined by a number of other Racepace athletes - Gareth Dixon, Beau Smith, Sarah Jepson, Robert Cassidy and Blythe Fourie.
The seven athletes were split across the two distances. Blythe, Beau, Sarah and Amanda were all racing the fast and frenetic draft legal Sprint distance on the 15th, while Gareth, Robert and Lorraine the non-drafting Olympic on September 18th.
Along with those age-group races there were several other elite races. The junior's, the under 23's and the U23's mixed relay - plus the main events of the seniors male and female - a lot of racing to take in. Congratulations to the entire GB Elite team - no doubt they play their part in inspiring many age-groupers to be the most competitive nation in the world of triathlon.
Each Racepace athlete has their own story to tell - you can read them here.
View our video here.