On August 1st, the vibrant resort area of Immenstadt-Oberstaufen (Allgäu, Germany) hosted the world’s toughest long-distance triathlon — 2010 Immenstadt ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships (4k swim, 130k bike and 30k run). The rugged Allgäu Alps tested the world’s top long distance triathletes. The 130-kilometer cycling course from Immenstadt to Oberstaufen is one of the most difficult bike courses in the world. Triathletes were forced to ride inclines of up to 18 percent and over 2,000 meters of vertical gain. Since 1983, Immenstadt has been the venue of the world famous Allgau Triathlon. The championships moves to Las Vegas and the Silverman course in 2011. Enjoy the clip!
O’DONNELL TAKES SILVER TO LEAD USA AT LONG DISTANCE WORLDS
USA Triathlon August 01, 2010
IMMENSTADT, Germany – Defending champion Timothy O’Donnell captured the men’s elite silver medal to lead Team USA Sunday at the 2010 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships.
A part of USA Triathlon’s Project 2012 program, O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) posted a time of 6 hours, 29 minutes, 35 seconds to finish second to France’s Sylvain Sudrie, who covered the course in 6:24:57. The event featured a 4-kilometer swim, a challenging 130-kilometer bike and a 30-kilometer run.
O’Donnell and Sudrie posted fairly even splits on the swim and run, but the difference came on the bike where Sudrie’s split bested O’Donnell by nearly five minutes. American Justin Hurd (Boulder, Colo.) was 24th in 7:05:13, and Adam Jensen (Seattle, Wash.) took 32nd in 7:33:38.
In women’s elite action, Haley Cooper (Spokane, Wash.) and Lisa Ribes (Tucson, Ariz.) finished eighth and ninth, respectively, to give the U.S. a pair of top-10 finishers. Cooper logged a time of 7:56:55, less than two minutes ahead of Ribes’ 7:58:20. Rachel Sears (Richmond, Calif.) was 15th in 9:33:23. Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen was the women’s elite winner in 6:55:21.
More than 50 Americans were in action in the age group portion of the world championships with Adrienne Greenough (Durham, N.C.) claiming bronze in the women’s 20-24 age group in 9:52:15. She was the 2009 U.S. long course champion in the same age group.
In addition to Greenough’s third-place performance, four other Americans posted top-10 finishes: William P. Ankele, Jr. (Centennial, Colo.) was 10th in the men’s 55-59 age group, Katie Arnold (Columbus, Ohio) finished seventh in the women’s 25-29 age group, Daniele Rosman (St. Louis, Mo.) was fifth in the women’s 30-34 age group and Cheryl Rosentreter (Geneva, Ill.) was sixth in the women’s 50-54 age group.
Arnold’s time of 8:30:47 was the top American performance on the women’s side and was good for 20th overall. Holger Beckmann (Redondo Beach, Calif.) logged the top U.S. men’s time of 7:52:40 to finish 13th in the 45-49 age group and 77th overall.