The consensus was the XTRA MILE EVENTS #LeedsTriathlon was a big success; the course was challenging but fast, the weather was conducive, the crowds were enthusiastic and the competitors enjoyed providing some action for them. Racepace were represented by Sarah Jepson Robert Cassidy Beau Smith and Rodger Wilkins. The event was serving as their last prep race before they head off to Rotterdam for the AG World Champs.
It turned out to be a very productive day all round. First up with an 8am wave start time was Beau racing the standard distance event. Beau made light work of the 1500m swim and exited in first place by some way. Once out onto the bike he never looked back. With other waves starting later he knew it was important to race all the way to and through the line. This he did in style powering himself to a rapid finishing time of just over 2hrs and an impressive overall win by a massive 6mins - great stuff.
The Sprint followed slightly later with Rob, Sarah and Rodge all looking to be very competitive against the field.
Sarah 'fresh' from her amazing Bronze medal in Canada showed no signs of complacency with another gutsy performance to take a fantastic overall win. Attention to detail and race execution is paramount if you want to get anywhere near a podium. Sarah raced hard and smart throughout and won her wave and ultimately the race by just 11 seconds, an example of why every second really does count.
It was a similar case for Rob & Rodge who set off in the last wave. Many of the younger & faster athletes had set off 10 mins earlier so again it was a case of racing all out and all the way through the line. Rob who has been developing his skills, fitness and understanding throughout the year executed a superb race and achieved all his race objectives. This mature performance resulted in him taking his first age-group win - awesome work Rob. As in Sarah's case, a number of years experience and race craft helped Rodge also win his wave and the race overall - again it was very closely contested with the win coming by just 28 seconds.
This sets everyone up nicely for the AG Worlds in Rotterdam on Sept 17th.
Congratulations to all those who competed and special thanks to Xtramile and all their volunteers who did a tremendous job in hosting the event.