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McNamee, Bilham earn Challenge Galway titles
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 27th June 2016


Tags  Challenge Galway  |  David McNamee  |  Dylan McNiece  |  Emma Bilham  |  Galway  |  Joe Skipper  |  Laura Siddall  |  Lucy Gossage


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David McNamee and Emma Bilham secure debut Challenge Galway victories

Great Britain'a David McNamee secured a first victory in the colours of his BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon team on Sunday at Challenge Galway. 11th last year in Kona, McNamee pulled away from Joe Skipper and Dylan McNiece on the run to take the tape in first place.

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Speaking after the race to BMC-Etixx media, David commented, “It was a great day. I swam well and felt comfortable. During the first 40 kilometers on the bike I tried to push hard, but I couldn’t break away. Because we were with 4 or 5 together in the leading group the race became more tactical. I knew it was going to be decided in the run. Coming out of transition, I immediately found my running legs. I felt strong during the run which is always a nice feeling. I opened up a gap early on and held it to the finish. I’m really glad with my first win for the BMC Etixx Pro Triatlon Team powered by Uplace.”

Second-placed Joe Skipper was pleased with his day, three weeks out from his primary mid-season objective of Challenge Roth, saying "I was able to put together a good race although saying that there is still a lot more to come on the run. I pushed the bike a lot harder then what I normally do and it was good to catch the lead group after 65Ks. The numbers are looking good to Roth and I still have 3 more weeks to get a bit fitter."

Switzerland's Emma Bilham proved she had recovered well from Ironman France a few weeks back to take the scalp of Lucy Gossage, leading from the front out of the water. A winner this year too at Ironman 70.3 Barcelona, she's an athlete improving fast and quickly making a name for herself.

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Some races always provide 'interesting' experiences, something that third placed Laura Siddall found while on thebike course...

Challenge Galway - Sunday 26th June 2016
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st David McNamee (GBR) 3:51:47 Emma Bilham (SUI) 4:16:35
2nd Joe Skipper (GBR) 3:55:11 Lucy Gossage (GBR) 4:22:09
3rd Dylan McNiece (NZL) 3:56:50 Laura Siddall (GBR) 4:27:41
4th Kevin Thornton (IRL) 3:58:47 Aine Donegan (IRL) 4:46:36
5th Jens Frommhold (GER) 4:01:56 Anne Jensen (DEN) 4:48:35

Some post-race fun...

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The top three ladies, L to R, Laura Siddall (3rd), Emma Bilham (1st), Lucy Gossage (2nd)

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Time for a (beer) shower) as David McNamee looks on from a safe distance

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Emma Bilham is still smiling!

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The women's podium with their trophies

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The men's podium, L to R, Joe Skipper (2nd), David McNamee (1st), Dylan McNiece (3rd)

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David McNamee in race mode on the bike

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