Weekend Review 10-11 February12th Feb 2018 | Written by Carolyn Reid
The ITU World Cup kicked off in Cape Town this weekend with Grant Sheldon and Winning Students Scholar, Hannah Howitt both racing.
In his first triathlon race of 2018, and first race since gaining selection to Team Scotland to compete at Gold Coast 2018, Grant exited the swim in 22nd place and was a part of the main chase pack after a group of eleven, including race favourites Henri Schuman and Richard Murray, broke off.
Grant’s group, which included fellow GB athlete Calum Johnson, managed to hold the gap to just 35 seconds. Coming off the bike near the front of the chase pack, Grant was in 16th place but unfortunately ran into trouble coming into transition leaving him in 41st place. He was quick to turn it around though and after recording the second fastest run of the day, finished the race in 9th place in 53:14.
The men’s race was won by Richard Murray from South Africa followed by Henri Schoeman also of South Africa and then Austrian Lukas Pertl in 3rd place. Calum Johnson finished in 19th place.
Stirling based Hannah Howitt, unfortunately, failed to finish the race. After exiting the water in 19th she was part of the 3rd pack, however in a bid to avoid another athlete she took a tumble from her bike and was unable to continue the race. Fortunately, Hannah is ok and will be able to resume training.
Fellow GB athletes Vicky Holland and Non Standford however had a fantastic race finishing in first and second position respectively followed by Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmayer in 3rd place.
For full results from Cape Town, click here.
In other news, our athletes on camp in Portugal have been working hard over the weekend. They have been keeping us up to date with their training and making us jealous of their sunny weather so make sure you follow the Triathlon Scotland Instagram account to see what they’ve been up to!