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Powerman Austria report
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Posted on: Tuesday 24th August 2010

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Jo Hill from Worcester Tri Club ( reports on Powerman Austria, where club member Michelle Parsons secured another Powerman podium finish.

Michelle Parsons racing for Team Tri UK returned from Austria this weekend with yet another podium placing in the Powerman World Series event held in Weyer.

This year the Worcester Triathlon Club member was up against some of the strongest competitors in the duathlon world with current World Champion Erika Csomor from Hungary in the field together with Swiss duathlete Jacqueline Ubelhart who had already won earlier Powerman events in this year’s series and a strong contingent from New Zealand in the shape of international multisport champion Elina Ussher and previous winner Victoria Beck.

Conditions for the race were good but the heat wave that was passing through central Europe for the weekend was not expected to peak quite at the levels it did on race day with a maximum recorded temperature of 40 degrees centigrade. The start in the town centre at 10.50am was therefore a much warmer beginning to the gruelling 15.6km undulating two lap in and around the town of Weyer. Like the temperature, the early pace was hot and two ladies brought away from the lead pack early on. Not surprisingly it was World Champion Erika Csomor and Kiwi competitor Victoria Beck. Beck and Csomor soon built up quite a lead over the chasing group and by the end of the first run it was beck who was on her own in the lead some 25 seconds ahead of Csomor, with Ubelhart, Parsons and Ussher all a further two and a half minutes behind Csomor.

Swiftly through transition and onto the two lap bike course covering 82.4km but taking in two significant climbs and descents on each lap it soon become obvious that with the midday heat it was going to be a battle of survival and sure enough the strongest bikers came through. The Swiss Ubelhart was slowing moving up positions and Michelle was not far behind. Both of them caught the Kiwi Beck within 20km of the first lap and then Ubelhart continued to chase down Csomor who was now riding in first place. Ussher the multisport specialist and renown cyclist was not able to catch up with either Michelle or the other two leaders and in the end lost time on all three over the course. Beck was obviously not enjoying the heat and slipped back to 5th with Luxembourger Sandra Huberty hot on her heels.

Ubelhart recorded the fastest bike split of the day of 2 hours 36 minutes and 32 seconds and was first back into transition and out onto the second 7.3km run. Csomor was only seconds behind in second and immediately passed the Swiss athlete as they ran out. Csomor’s bike split was 2.38.54. Michelle was next back in third place some 2 minutes 30 seconds behind. Her bike time was 2.39.47 and had given her a big cushion in terms of a lead over Ussher in fourth place of almost six minutes so she could afford to ease back on the run without fear of being caught. Csomor increased her lead during the second run to almost two minutes finishing in a total time of 4 hours 14 minutes and 13 seconds. Ubelhart was second in 4.16.01 and Parsons third in 4.19.27. A tremendous performance in extremely tough racing conditions.

Les BaileyMichelle now heads for Italy in September for her next long distance event on Elba Island before returning to the Powerman World Series of Events in early October in Muncie, USA.

Also taking part in the event in Austria from the club were Kevin May who finished in a respectable 38th position overall in 4.35.17. This included a short spell off his bike on the second lap of the bike where he was unable to take a sharp corner due to a muscle spasm. As usual though he battled on and finished the bike and second run with the injury.

Les Bailey making his ninth appearance in Weyer decided at the age of 73 that the shorter distance race was a better option this year and still found himself to be the oldest competitor in that field of 153 competitors. Not to be outdone though the Peopleton veteran covered the 7.9km run 41.2km bike and 7.3km second run in a total time of 3 hours 15 minutes and 27 seconds to place 127th. Obviously first in over 70's category. For that performance and his support of the event over the last nine years Les was awarded a special prize by the organisers.

Both Les and Kevin will make the trip to Italy in September with Michelle to take part in the events over on Elba Island.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Sutz (SUI) 3:34:06 Erika Csomor (HUN) 4:14:13
2nd Sigi Bauer (AUT) 3:43:50 Jacqueline Übelhart (SUI) 4:16:01
3rd Karl Prungraber (AUT) 3:44:48 Michelle Parsons (GBR) 4:19:27
4th Jochen Neyrinck (BEL) 3:44:59 Elina Ussher (FIN) 4:25:04
5th Jonas Baumann (SUI) 3:48:39 Victoria Beck (NZL) 4:25:27
6th David Vaughan (IRL) 3:51:00 Daniela Rechberger (AUT) 4:33:42
7th Stefan Wrzaczek (AUT) 3:53:09 Sandra Huberty (LUX) 4:35:26
8th Anthony Le Duey (FRA) 3:55:56 Irene Zerkhold (AUT) 4:41:32
9th Paulo Goncalves (LUX) 3:58:05 Sabine Gastecker (AUT) 4:45:30
10th Andreas Kleber (AUT) 3:58:17 Annabelle-Mary Konczer (AUT) 4:53:32

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