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XTERRA Report: XTERRA Italy – Lake Garda

DIRT TRI 2 weeks 6 days ago
Serrieres, Karaskova-Erbenova win XTERRA Italy – Lake Garda

Arthur Serrieres from France and Helena Karaskova-Erbenova from the Czech Republic, captured the inaugural XTERRA Lake Garda off-road triathlon in northern Italy on May 27, 2018.

It’s the first career XTERRA World Tour win for Serrieres and the 28th for Karaskova, a four-time XTERRA European Tour champion.

Here is the story of the day, compiled by XTERRA Europe director Nicolas Lebrun with help from Konstantinos Koumargialis, and Doug Hall…

Lake Garda and Toscolano Maderno in particular, is not new to off road triathlon, as the area was hosting the X Gardaman cross triathlon event the last few years. The XTERRA Italy organizer Massimo Massacesi has worked hard to expand the sport in Italy and his choice to cooperate with the organizers of X Gardaman proved to be a great success.

The beautiful place has great facilities for an event with a big, calm, and warm lake combined with a perfect grassy area for the race village and finish line. This place is not only a weekend and vacation area for Italians but also many people from the nearest European countries. We saw the last days, all the work done by the organizers and the local authorities, it was full of people all day, cheering for athletes and creating a fabulous atmosphere similar to our biggest events in Europe.

Sunday’s race was the fourth Mediterranean stop in the 2018 XTERRA European Tour (although we were in a lake) after a three-week break following XTERRA Greece.

For Serrieres, this is his first big XTERRA win.  We knew that this young Frenchman was improving a lot after some great results last year and we were going to see him very soon at the top place of the podium. He was sick in his last race in Greece where his teammate Arthur Forissier took the win, but today he got the result he wanted.

First out of the water, was the usual suspect Jens Roth, with 1min lead. Maxim Chané and the big pack was about 2min back with both Arthur’s in it. The Team Tvert athletes, Serrieres and Forissier, put the hammer down and working together, left everybody behind during both bike loops.

The bike here in Toscolano Maderno continues the reputation of the Italian race in Scanno bringing us another tough course of two 15km loops. It has some never ending steep climbs and very technical downhills where both power and technical skills are important.

The couple collaborated perfectly until T2 and it was only Xavier Dafflon who rode few seconds faster today. Behind them, local Marcello Ugazio and Francois Carloni were trying to minimize the gap from the leaders. The Italian Cross Triathlon champion was also in the top 10 fighting with the best.

The two teammates where unstoppable today and started together the run with a comfortable lead. They are both very good runners and it was time to leave the friendship on the side and just show who is the best of the day. Serrieres saw a small weakness on Forissier after the first kilometer and pushed hard to take the lead. With the best run split of the day, 2min faster than any other competitor, he crossed the finish line first with a big smile on his face.

“I started the run with Arthur and although he was pushing hard, I was able to run with him. I made my move after a while and saw that he could not follow me. At that time, I knew that this will be my first XTERRA victory. It was a hard course and a very hot day. I am very happy with my performance,” said Serrieres.

Forissier had not his best run but managed to stay in 2nd position. “I am very proud of my teammate. Arthur deserved this victory today,” said Forissier.

Ugazio took the 3rd spot on the podium, same position as in Greece at the end of last month.

“I gave everything I had but the French guys were really strong today. I am happy with another place on the podium at an XTERRA event,” said Ugazio.

Dafflon did his best to close the gap from the leaders on the bike and the run and finished 4th.  The Italian Cross triathlon Champion, Rinaldi was 5th, and Carloni was 6th.

We also witnessed an amazing performance from the legend, Olivier Marceau. The 3 times Olympian, 3 times 2nd place in Maui and multi-times XTERRA winner came here for fun and managed to finish 9th overall.

Helena Erbenova Wins XTERRA Lake Garda. Photo – XTERRA

For the women it was Nicole Walters who exited the water first 1min 15 sec in front of Diane Lee and the “dangerous” Carine Wasle just behind Diane. Diane Luthi from Switzerland was 4th and the Italian Cross triathlon Champion Eleonora Peroncini was 5th.

“This was a very tough swim, I was kicked few times from the men in front of me” said Walters.

Karaskova was 5min and 15sec back form the leaders, but we all know that XTERRA races are full of surprises and in such hard races anything can happen.

At the second climb of the first loop on the bike, Carina pushed hard and took the lead and almost kept it all day! Nicole was 2nd during the first bike loop, third was Eleonora. Helena was moving quick and put the fastest bike split of the day, but only 22sec faster than Carina, so not enough to come back.

Nicole was still in second place entering T2 but Helena was able to see her, passing from the aid station outside transition. But like for the men, the run split was the key today. Helena opened the throttle and had the best run split of the day, 2 min faster that the second best split, performed by young Sandra Mairhofer from Italy. With this amazing performance on the run the young promising Italian, finished in 4th position, her best place so far in XTERRA.

Carina lost about 4min on the last flat pedestrian section and this is where she lost the race, as Helena never slowed down and passed Carina not far from the finish line.

“I had a very good swim today. The bike had a lot of climb and I was able to push hard passing everybody to take the lead. I kept the lead the whole day, but on the run Hellena was very strong and passed me just 1km before the finish line” said Wasle.

Nicole was out of gas at the last part of the race but managed to finish 3rd in frort of the surprise of the day, Sandra Mairhofer.

“This is my 2nd XTERRA race. I finished 7th in Greece and today I finished 4th. It was a tough race I had a very good bike and run split and I am very satisfied with my performance,” said Mairhofer.

Another two Italians, Bianca Morvillo and Eleonora Peroncini, sprinted to the finish line and had just one-second difference taking the 5th and 6th place for the women.

Like Olivier Marceau for the men, it was another big name in our sport, Renata Bucher from Switzerland, who finished 9th for the women.

For the Euro Tour, we have some changes, and as predicted for the women, Nicole Walters is standing at the top position.

“I cannot remember when it was the last time it was not Helena or Brigitta leading the Euro Tour” said Nico Lebrun. Brigitta is now in second, Helena in 3rd and Carina in 4th. The move of the day is from Sandra Mairhofer who jumped to 7th position.

For the men, our Spain organizer Roger Serrano, even not racing here today, keeps the lead. Maxim Chané, even with another bad day, managed to get some few points and remains second and François Carloni is now 3rd. The Team Tvert gang is coming back with Forissier in 4th and Serrieres in 5th. Ugazio is also now 7th and Xavier Dafflon is also coming back on the ranking in 9th.

Next stop in a week, in Golega, for XTERRA Portugal, where 2017 tour winner, Ruben Ruzafa will start his Euro Tour season.

 

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Shimano Makes Major Upgrades To New XTR Component Group

DIRT TRI 2 weeks 6 days ago
New Shimano XTR M9100 Series Mountain Bike Components Debut new 12-speed, Ultra-Efficient Drive Train and FREEHUB System

With the introduction of XTR M9100-series, SHIMANO continues the legacy of innovation associated with XTR as the ultimate mountain bike racing component group. New XTR M9100 establishes the new benchmark in mountain bike race performance with unrivaled component customization for every rider and racer’s potential. Engineered for the next generation of race bikes, new XTR components deliver SHIMANO’S widest range gear options with the new 12-speed drivetrain and 10-51T cassette while offering superior shifting and braking systems specifically tuned to meet the demands of all racers.

XTR M9100 1×12 with Wide Range 10-51T Cassette

 

New SHIMANO technologies further enhance XTR systems, including the revolutionary HYPERGLIDE+ cassette tooth design and new HG chain for improved shifting efficiency up and down the cassette while the MICRO SPLINE FREEHUB delivers a lightweight construction that works seamlessly with the system’s new small 10-tooth cog.

DRIVETRAIN:

Optimized and built to the highest demands of racers, new XTR M9100 provides faster and smoother shifting with Shimano’s new HYPERGLIDE+ engineering and MICRO SPLINE Freehub technology. Extensive feedback from Shimano’s global mountain bike athletes delivered insights that one drivetrain does not fit all racers. With that in mind, new XTR M9100 offers a range of gearing choices, single and double front chainring setups and a unique 11-speed drivetrain option that shaves valuable weight off the system without sacrificing performance and speed. Chain retention has been drastically improved as well thanks to advancements with the new M9100 rear derailleur design.

Rider-Tuned Drivetrain Options

1.    1×12 drivetrain with Wide Range 10-51T cassette

2.    1×12 drivetrain with Rhythm Step 10-45T cassette

3.    2×12 drivetrain with 10-45T cassette for wide range AND ideal gear steps

4.    1×11 lightweight drivetrain with 10-45T cassette

HYPERGLIDE+ Technology

Building on SHIMANO’S long history of shifting technology, new XTR M9100 delivers groundbreaking advancements in drivetrain performance with the introduction of HYPERGLIDE+. The newly redesigned CS-M9100 cassette guides the chain both up and down the cassette, providing faster, smoother shifting in both directions.

Adding to XTR M9100’s smooth drivetrain transmission, the new CN-M9100 HG chain features an extended inner link plate that connects seamlessly with new chainring tooth shapes for Shimano’s most efficient drivetrain. The new design reduces natural vibrations normally caused by the inner and outer chain plates rolling onto the chainring and provides better chain engagement, stronger retention, and smoother pedaling.

Drivetrain Components

M9100 HOLLOWTECH II crank construction offers a lighter and stiffer crank design and includes options for both front single and double front chainrings. Two Q-factor options (162mm and 168mm) are available for different rider needs and bike requirements. Chainrings are easily exchanged with the new direct-mount system and the cranks can be swapped between single and double front chainring setups.

FC-M9100-1 and FC-M9120-1

  •        Single front chainring
  •        Chainring options: 30, 32, 34, 36, 38T
  •        Two Q-Factor options: 162mm (FC-M9100-1) or 168mm (FC-M9120-1)
  •        Chainline: 52mm for both 142mm and 148mm O.L.D due to inner chain link plate design

FC-M9100-2 and FC-M9120-B2

  •        Double front chainring setup
  •        Swappable between single and double chainrings
  •        Chainring combination: 38-28T
  •        2 Q-Factor options: 162mm (FC-M9100-2) or 168mm  (FC-M9120-B2)
  •       Chainline: 49mm (FC-M9100-2) or 52mm (FC-M9120-B2)

CN-M9100

  •        New HG technology
  •        Extended inner link plate
  •        Quick link only for easy connect and tool-free assembly

Enhancing rider capabilities and providing more gearing combinations, XTR M9100 features three cassette options to cover the diverse needs of elite level mountain bike riders and racers All feature SHIMANO’s new MICRO SPLINE freehub technology that allows the use of 10-tooth cogs. The new design also allows for an aluminum freehub body construction that isn’t damaged or gouged out by the cogs during use.

The new cassettes also employ a new Beam Spider construction for improved power transfer and is built with a strategic application of aluminum, titanium, and steel materials for an optimal blend of weight savings, rigidity, and durability.

CS-M9100 – Wide Range Cassette or “Rhythm Step” Cassette

  •        10-51T – 12-speed Wide Range offers 510% gear range
  •        10-45 T– 12-speed Rhythm Step offers 450% gear range

CS-M9100-11 – Lightweight Cassette

Built on the 10-51-tooth, 12-speed platform, this cassette offers the same Micro-Spline design to work with a small 10-tooth cog but decreases weight by up to 76 grams.

  •        10-45 –Lightweight XTR offers 450% gear range
  •        57 grams lighter than 12-speed, 10-51 cassette
  •       Compatible with both short and long cage XTR M9100 rear derailleurs, short cage reduces weight by 3 grams
  •        Allows for use of the wide flange FH-M9125-B, reducing  weight 3 grams while improving handling and durability
  •        Reduces chain length by 6 links, reducing weight another 13 grams
MICRO SPLINE FREEHUB System

Designed specifically for SHIMANO’s 12-speed XTR drivetrain, the MICRO SPLINE FREEHUB delivers a lightweight construction that works seamlessly with the system’s new small 10-tooth cog. As the name suggests, MICRO SPLINE features smaller freehub splines that help eliminate damage on the lightweight aluminum freehub.

The new hubs also feature SHIMANO’s quieter SCYLENCE technology that provides rapid acceleration and higher rigidity for quick, 7.6-degree engagement. The freehub body is constructed of two driver plates that completely disengage when you stop pedaling, eliminating any freehub ratchet sounds while coasting.

SHIIMANO offers a variety of hub options with the MICRO SPLINE, SCYLENCE, and CENTER LOCK technology including XTR-level M9110 and M9110-B hubs with a straight pull option (M9110-BS) as well as a more affordable non-series hub option (MT900-B) that will include a straight pull option as well (MT900-BS).

HB-M9110/-B and FH-M9110/-B – XTR hubs

  •        Boost and Non-Boost options
  •        28 or 32 hole options
  •        Compatible with 12-speed and 11-speed M9100 cassettes
  •        O.L.D. – 100 mm (HB-M9110), 110 mm (HB-M9110-B)
  •        O.L.D. – 142 mm (FH-M9110), 148 mm (FH-M9110-B)

 

HB-M9110-BS and FH-M9110-BS – Straight pull XTR level hubs

  •        Boost only
  •       3-cross spoke pattern only
  •        Compatible with 12-speed and 11-speed M9100 cassettes
  •        O.L.D. – 110 mm (HB-M9110-BS)
  •        O.L.D. – 148 mm (FH-M9110-BS)

HB-MT900-B and FH-MT900-B – Non-XTR series hubs

  •        Boost only
  •        28 or 32 hole options
  •        Compatible with 12-speed and 11-speed M9100 cassettes
  •        O.L.D. – 110 mm (HB-MT9110-BS)
  •        O.L.D. – 148 mm (FH-M9110-BS)

 

HB-MT900-BS and FH-MT900-BS – Non-XTR series hubs for straight pull 

  •        Boost only
  •        3-cross spoke pattern only
  •        28 only
  •        Compatible with 12-speed and 11-speed M9100 cassettes
  •        O.L.D. – 110 mm (HB-MT9110-BS)
  •        O.L.D. – 148 mm (FH-M9110-BS)

FH-M9125-B – SHIMANO offers a Wide Flange rear hub option that provides improved durability through more balanced spoke tension and more rigidity with wider spoke bracing. The Wide Flange design also reduces weight of the drivetrain as it was designed specifically for use with the lightweight 11-speed cassette.

  •        Drive-side flange moved 4.7mm outboard
  •        MICRO SPLINE technology
  •        SCYLENCE technology
  •        CENTER LOCK technology
  •        Boost only
  •        28 or 32 hole options
  •        Compatible only with CS-M9100 -11 cassette
Derailleurs

New XTR features three rear derailleurs that enhance shifting performance and are optimized for wide range cassettes with use in single or double front chainring systems. The derailleurs feature bigger 13-tooth pulleys and include Shimano’s proven Shadow RD+ low profile technology. Different cage lengths (SGS versus GS) are optimized for different gear ratios, providing optimal systems to work with the new 10-51 wide range cassette, 10-45 rhythm step cassette and one derailleur optimized for 2×12.

RD-M9100-SGS

  •        Long cage derailleur
  •        51T max cog size
  •        Works with both 10-51 and 10-45-tooth cassettes

RD-M9100-GS

  •        Short cage derailleur
  •        45T max cog size
  •        Works with both 11-speed and 12-speed 10-45-tooth cassettes
  •        Better ground clearance (28mm shorter cage)

RD-M9120-GS

  •       Designed for front double chainring setup
  •       45T max cog size
  •        Compatible with 2×12 speed

Continuing the company’s dominance in front derailleur technology and performance, XTR M9100 delivers the newly designed FD-M9100-D/E/M side swing front derailleur with three mounting options: Direct mount, E mount, and Mid clamp. All three derailleurs work with 49 and 52mm chain lines

For racers looking for single front chainring insurance, Shimano presents the lightweight and adjustable SM-CD800 chain guide. This unique guide allows for easy height adjustment as well as chain line adjustments by loosening a single bolt and turning a thumb screw. Then, tightening the bolt locks both adjustments at the same time. The chain guide is available in three mounting types: Direct, E, and ISCGO5.

Shifters and Levers

Enhancing lever access and shifting speed, the new RAPIDFIRE PLUS shift levers offer light operation force and more versatility. Shimano’s new I-Spec EV lever design features greater flexibility in mounting for a clean and ergonomic cockpit. And for double chainring systems, the lever simplifies front shifting with a lightweight and compact design that shifts up and down with a single lever.

SL-M9100-I and SL-M9100

  •        20% quicker lever access time
  •        35% less shifting operation force compared to M9000
  •        14mm slide range and 60-degree rotation for I-SPEC EV(SL-M9100-I)

SL-M9100-IL and SL-M9100-L

  •        Front double shifting with single lever design
  •        2-WAY RELEASE with instantaneous push and pull movements
  •        Natural finger position and intuitive shifting operation

SL-MT800-IL – SHIMANO introduces its first seatpost dropper remote and it features ideal ergonomics where other dropper levers fall short. It enables quick adjustment with a lighter and more natural feel and is compatible with most dropper posts on the market since the cable clamps at the lever end. The dropper remote can be installed in the same position as a left shift lever using Shimano’s I-SPEC EV system design and offers 7mm of cable stroke.

BRAKING SYSTEM:

Further improving Shimano’s legendary mountain bike braking system, new XTR increases brake rigidity for greater bike control and optimizes braking performance for different riding styles. The 2-piston XC brake system offers a lightweight package with high rigidity while the Enduro-style 4-piston design prioritizes power and smooth braking feel.

To improve rigidity at the lever, Shimano moved the brake clamp position inboard, creating an extra point of contact between the bar and the lever. This added bracing drastically increases efficiency and control over the bike while offering quick brake engagement. The new design minimizes impact on cockpit real estate, creating space between the clamp and support point for mounting other handlebar accessories.

BL-M9100 and BR-M9100

  •        Lightweight XC brake design
  •        26 grams lighter than M9000 including RT-M900 rotors
  •        10% more rigid
  •        2-piston hydraulic brake caliper

BL-M9120 and BR-M9120 – The new Enduro-specific, 4-piston design features the same brake power rating as Shimano Saint (BR-M8020) brakes with greater modulation tuned for Enduro riding

  •        Powerful Enduro brake design
  •        4-piston hydraulic brake caliper
  •        Uses new XTR finned pads or Saint brake pads

RT-MT900 –The new Ice-Technologies Freeza rotor construction boosts heat dissipation by 20 degrees Celsius thanks to a heat dissipating paint on exposed aluminum layer segments.

  •        140mm and 160mm rotor optimized for XC and focused on weight reduction
  •        180mm and 202mm rotor optimized for Enduro and focused on cooling
PEDALS:

PD-M9100 – The new M9100 XC pedals improve rider stability with wider edge-to-edge contact areas while improving mud shedding through rounded contact points and off-set bindings. Shimano’s Rider-Tuned design offers two axle length options including a new 3mm shorter axle to minimize the Q-factor for XC riders who are running Boost drivetrains. This new shorter axle also matches the Q-factor of Shimano’s SPD-SL road pedals, providing a smooth transition for road riders diving into gravel.

  •        Two axle length options: 52mm and 55mm
  •        Wider edge-to-edge platform
  •        Step in and out consistency
  •        Offset binding for improved mud shedding
  •        1mm cleat spacer included
  •        Weight: 310g (52mm), 314g (55mm)

PD-M9120 – A wider contact area on the new M9120 trail and enduro pedals improves stability while the expanded rearward shoe-pedal contact area better accommodates the sneaker-style flat outsoles used in enduro and gravity riding. The Rider Tuned 1mm cleat spacer creates a better interface with shoes of varying outsole design and lug height.

  •        Wider contact area than PD-M9020
  •        Expanded rearward shoe-pedal contact area
  •        1mm cleat spacer included
  •        Weight: 398g

Learn more at www.rideXTR.com

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1. Triathlon-Bundesliga: Saisonstart im Kraichgau

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Das Rennen um den Deutschen Mannschaftsmeistertitel 2018 kann beginnen. Die höchste deutsche Triathlonliga startet am kommenden Samstag, den 2. Juni im Kriachgau in ihre 23. Saison.   Die Triathlon-Hochburg Kraichgau ist zum dritten Mal nach 2016 und 2017 Gastgeber des Auftakts zur 1. Triathlon-Bundesliga – erneut eingebettet in den Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau. Auch dieses Mal werden internationale und deutsche Topathleten, sowie viele Nachwuchstalente am Hardtsee für ihre Teams um Meisterschaftspunkte kämpfen. Darunter die Niederländerin Rachel Klamer (EJOT Team Buschhütten), Lars Pfeifer (Triathlon Potsdam) aus dem Perspektivkader der Deutschen Triathlon Union und die Youngster Franca Henseleit (ProAthletes KTT 01) und Tim Hellwig (KiologIQ Team Saar). Favoritenrolle klar, Nachwuchs im Anflug Traditionell beginnt die Saison mit einem Rennen über die Sprintdistanz von 750 Metern Schwimmen, 20 Kilometern Radfahren und einem 5-Kilometerlauf. Insgesamt 30 Teams, 14 Frauen- und 16 Männermannschaften, eröffnen im Rahmen des Ironman-70.3-Wochenendes die Jagd nach dem Deutschen Mannschaftsmeistertitel 2018. Wie im vergangenen Jahr werden fünf Rennen ausgetragen – eine knifflige Aufgabe für die Frauen und Männer vom EJOT Team TV Buschhütten, die einmal mehr als Titelverteidiger und Gejagte in die Saison gehen. Die Siegerländer sind erneut Favorit auf die Meisterschaft – auch wenn sich einige Konkurrenten mit hoffnungsvollen Nachwuchsathleten verstärkt haben. Neuland ist die höchste Liga der Deutschen Triathlon Union für die insgesamt sieben Aufsteiger. Bei den Frauen wollen das MRRC Triathlon Team aus München, SC Bayer 05 Uerdingen, Mey Post-SV Tübingen und das 3defacto Team asc Darmstadt das Projekt Klassenerhalt angehen. Das gebioMized Team W+F Münster, das Team Nikar Heidelberg und das Spannrit Team TSG Kleinostheim mischen bei den Männern erstmals in Liga 1 mit. Die beiden Auftaktrennen werden am Samstag 18:30 Uhr (Damen) und 20:00 Uhr (Herren) am Hardtsee in Ubstadt-Weiher gestartet. Buschhütten zuversichtlich – Witten, Köln und Potsdam lauern Frauen-Vorjahressieger Triathlon Witten muss beim Kick-off im Kraichgau den Ausfall von Anja Knapp verkraften. Angeführt von der Olympia erfahrenen Ungarin Zsófia Kovács und Neuzugang Anabel Knoll will das Traditionsteam aus dem Ruhrgebiet dennoch um den Tagessieg mitkämpfen. Mehr als prominent kompensiert Titelverteidiger Buschhütten die kurzfristige Absage von Lena Meißner (Neubrandenburg). Rachel Klamer (NED), Siegerin des World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 2018, soll den amtierenden Deutschen Meister zum Tagessieg führen. An ihrer Seite stehen Sophia Saller (Oxford) sowie Emmie Charayron (FRA) und Theresa Baumgärtel im Aufgebot. Die beiden jüngsten Teams schicken Triathlon Potsdam und ProAthletes KTT 01 an den Start. Die A-Jugendlichen Nadine Klive und Tabea Gehrke (beide Jahrgang 2002) feiern für Potsdam ihre Bundesliga-Premiere. In Franca Henseleit (Nürnberg, Jahrgang 2002) kann Kölns Teamleiter Gerhard Herrera am Hardtsee auf eins der hoffnungsvollsten Triathlontalente Deutschlands bauen. Dazu gehen die Deutsche A-Jugendmeisterin von 2017, Sophie Rohr, sowie Tanja Neubert und Lena Neuburg für die Rheinländer ins Rennen. Wer stoppt den Siegerland-Express? Buschhüttens Teamleiter Marco Göckus kann bei seinen Männern auch ohne seinen Topstar und Vorjahressieger Richard Murray (Südafrika) ein schlagkräftiges Quintett aufbieten. Neben Neuzugang Felix Duchampt und Anthony Pujades (beide FRA) hat er Thomas Springer (AUT), Linus Stimmel und Eigengewächs Jonas Hoffmann nominiert. Nach dem Rückzug von Vizemeister ROWE Triathlon gehen 2018 erneut die jungen Teams aus Potsdam und dem Saarland (KiologIQ Team Saar) auf die Jagd nach dem achtmaligen DTU Deutschen Meister. Auch das Aufsteigerteam aus Heidelberg mit den DTU-Talenten Chris Ziehmer und Nick Ziegler, ProAthletes KTT01 und das Schunk Team TV Mengen wollen den übermächtigen Siegerländern im Saisonverlauf einen harten Kampf liefern.   Text: Pressemitteilung der Deutschen Triathlon Union Foto: DTU/Info Kutsche Das Rennen um den Deutschen Mannschaftsmeistertitel 2018 kann beginnen. Die höchste deutsche Triathlonliga startet am kommenden Samstag, den 2. Juni im Kriachgau in ihre 23. Saison.   Die Triathlon-Hochburg Kraichgau ist zum dritten Mal nach 2016 und 2017 Gastgeber des Auftakts zur 1. Triathlon-Bundesliga – erneut eingebettet in den Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau. Auch dieses Mal werden internationale und deutsche Topathleten, sowie viele Nachwuchstalente am Hardtsee für ihre Teams um Meisterschaftspunkte kämpfen. Darunter die Niederländerin Rachel Klamer (EJOT Team Buschhütten), Lars Pfeifer (Triathlon Potsdam) aus dem Perspektivkader der Deutschen Triathlon Union und die Youngster Franca Henseleit (ProAthletes KTT 01) und Tim Hellwig (KiologIQ Team Saar). Favoritenrolle klar, Nachwuchs im Anflug Traditionell beginnt die Saison mit einem Rennen über die Sprintdistanz von 750 Metern Schwimmen, 20 Kilometern Radfahren und einem 5-Kilometerlauf. Insgesamt 30 Teams, 14 Frauen- und 16 Männermannschaften, eröffnen im Rahmen des Ironman-70.3-Wochenendes die Jagd nach dem Deutschen Mannschaftsmeistertitel 2018. Wie im vergangenen Jahr werden fünf Rennen ausgetragen – eine knifflige Aufgabe für die Frauen und Männer vom EJOT Team TV Buschhütten, die einmal mehr als Titelverteidiger und Gejagte in die Saison gehen. Die Siegerländer sind erneut Favorit auf die Meisterschaft – auch wenn sich einige Konkurrenten mit hoffnungsvollen Nachwuchsathleten verstärkt haben. Neuland ist die höchste Liga der Deutschen Triathlon Union für die insgesamt sieben Aufsteiger. Bei den Frauen wollen das MRRC Triathlon Team aus München, SC Bayer 05 Uerdingen, Mey Post-SV Tübingen und das 3defacto Team asc Darmstadt das Projekt Klassenerhalt angehen. Das gebioMized Team W+F Münster, das Team Nikar Heidelberg und das Spannrit Team TSG Kleinostheim mischen bei den Männern erstmals in Liga 1 mit. Die beiden Auftaktrennen werden am Samstag 18:30 Uhr (Damen) und 20:00 Uhr (Herren) am Hardtsee in Ubstadt-Weiher gestartet. Buschhütten zuversichtlich – Witten, Köln und Potsdam lauern Frauen-Vorjahressieger Triathlon Witten muss beim Kick-off im Kraichgau den Ausfall von Anja Knapp verkraften. Angeführt von der Olympia erfahrenen Ungarin Zsófia Kovács und Neuzugang Anabel Knoll will das Traditionsteam aus dem Ruhrgebiet dennoch um den Tagessieg mitkämpfen. Mehr als prominent kompensiert Titelverteidiger Buschhütten die kurzfristige Absage von Lena Meißner (Neubrandenburg). Rachel Klamer (NED), Siegerin des World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 2018, soll den amtierenden Deutschen Meister zum Tagessieg führen. An ihrer Seite stehen Sophia Saller (Oxford) sowie Emmie Charayron (FRA) und Theresa Baumgärtel im Aufgebot. Die beiden jüngsten Teams schicken Triathlon Potsdam und ProAthletes KTT 01 an den Start. Die A-Jugendlichen Nadine Klive und Tabea Gehrke (beide Jahrgang 2002) feiern für Potsdam ihre Bundesliga-Premiere. In Franca Henseleit (Nürnberg, Jahrgang 2002) kann Kölns Teamleiter Gerhard Herrera am Hardtsee auf eins der hoffnungsvollsten Triathlontalente Deutschlands bauen. Dazu gehen die Deutsche A-Jugendmeisterin von 2017, Sophie Rohr, sowie Tanja Neubert und Lena Neuburg für die Rheinländer ins Rennen. Wer stoppt ...

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