Daniela Ryf, four-time Ironman World Champion, has won the final race of the Spirit Tri Series, the Austrian National Championship, Transvorarlberg Triathlon
Following an electric display in Alpe D'Huez, Ryf continued to show her mountain climbing skills as she won the overall title in 4:01:47, some 17 minutes ahead of her nearest competitor, South African Annah Watkinson representing Triangle Sports who ran into the runner's up position with a blistering run. Rising Swiss star Nina Derron from the Home of Triathlon in St Moritz rounded out the podium with a solid all round swim, bike, run display. Ryf's victory was set up over a 93km cycle leg that had 2000m of elevation difference from Bregenz to the the Hochtannberg Pass en route to Lech.
In the men's event a stacked field saw Austrian Thomas Steger take out his fourth Transvorarlberg title and the Austrian National Championship ahead of international stars Matt Trautman from South Africa and Ruedi Wild from Switzerland. A great exhibition of Alpine riding saw Steger break away on the second half of the bike and extend the winning margin on the run.
The Championship event attracted more than 600 competitors who were rewarded with picturesque weather and scenery through the whole day. One of the toughest races on the circuit the Austrian event is a 'bucket list' race for athletes keen to test their mental and physical fitness.
The Transvorarlberg event also marked the close of the first edition of the Spirit Tri Series. With the final rankings released as following:
Overall Series Rankings
1. Triangle Sports (Poland) 9100
2. Team Tripep (Germany) 8300
3. Home of Triathlon (Switzerland) 7300
4. Team ETE (Great Britain) 5600
5. Daniela Ryf Birds (Switzerland) 4900
6. ToDoTri (Italy) 1800
Chantal Cummings (Team ETE)
Nina Derron (Home of Triathlon)
Sarah Straub (Daniela Ryf Birds)
Arnaud Margot (Daniela Ryf Birds)
Milosz Sowinski (Team Triangle Sports)
Markus Hormann (Team Tripep)
Spirit Multisport CEO, Tom Sutton, said the Series inaugural year had been an overwhelming success.
“From the race directors, athletes and coaches the concept has been embraced at every level. The events were terrifically run, and showed how traditional values, community and a shared passion for the sport can deliver a better race experience for the pro and age group athletes.”
Mr Sutton said the success of all four events confirmed the Spirit Tri Series as a real alternative to current long distance triathlon offerings and that announcements regarding growth of the series will be made in the coming weeks.
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