ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship

Pontevedra/Spain 2019

After my travels to Cyprus and Greece, testing my performance and getting into racing cross triathlon again after the long winter break, brought me to Pontevedra/Spain. I have been to Spain only once in my life, and I liked it a lot. Also this time I was pretty stoked getting there, even if it was raining the first few days.

Credits: MW Photography

Together with some friends from Austria and Germany I stayed in a big apartment, training on the course together, having fun as well as cooking together the best food. The preparations and the vibes were on point.

Credits: MW Photography

The WCS race course:

1000m swimming

30km mountainbiking

7km running

ITU Triathlon Multisport World Championship

The swimming course was in the end of the river that joins into the sea right next to Pontevedra city center. The temperature was about 14,2 Degrees Celsius, which made it really tough in the beginning, as well as some current going down from the river.

Credits: MW Photography

We checked out the bike course several times, it was hard in the beginning, because it had lots of turns and hidden corners. It was full of gravel road, and some single trail sections, but mostly it was super fast. We had to climb to bigger mountains, so gain about 1200hm on the whole course. Drafting was definitely helping putting down a fast bike split.

Credits: Susanne Aumair

The run was super flat and fast, mostly straight and a little bit of uphill single trail. It wasn’t much of an “offroad trail run”, more some ITU road racing course with a touch of nature.

RACEDAY

At the raceday we decided to cycle to the venue, it was a nice 10k road cycle- perfect for warming up the legs. The start was only at the afternoon, so the typical “race tension” was a bit gone over the day. I was putting all my gear into transition area, my bike, my running shoes, helmet and glasses. This time it was a wetsuit swim, because of the low temperatures, so I put it on and went for a little swim, checking out the river one more time.

Credits: MW Photography

“always beat your number”

Dominik Wychera

We lined up for the starting ceremony, this time I had bib. number 9 (from the 2018 ranking) and I was super stoked about it. My first goal is always beating my number, but this time it was really unlikely and I set my goal for the TOP15.

Credits: MW Photography

We all jumped into the water and waited between the two starting buoys for the final starting shot. It was a big mess, everyone was excited to race fast and I got some hits on me. I tried to find my rhythm, but it was really hard this time, the current and the low temperature didn’t make me feel comfortable and fast. As I am already an average swimmer I lost even more time because of the current. I exited the swim at the very end of the field.

Credits: MW Photography

Onto my bike and I felt comfortable again, I could push from the beginning, closed the gab to the group in front of me very fast, and found myself with some other good mountainbikers. Together we tried to catch up the time we lost on the swim, it worked pretty well, but slowly I lost all of them behind me. I felt really good on the bike and rode mostly by myself, catching one after the other. I made up more than 20 positions on the bike and entered T2 on the 24th spot.

Credits: MW Photography

My legs were already a bit tired because I never had the possibility to relax a bit on the bike due to riding most of the course by myself- no drafting possibility. So I jumped into my running shoes and tried to put the hammer down, behind me already some other athletes. In the beginning I couldn’t see anyone close in front of me. But then I got a nice running pace and caught two other athletes. The problem was, that there came faster runners from the back and shortly before the finish I lost 2 positions again and finished on the 24th spot in the end.

Credits: MW Photography

It wasn’t really close to my goal of finishing in the TOP15, but with a better and relaxer swim, it would have definitely been possible.

Credits: MW Photography

thanks Pontevedra 2019

Dominik Wychera

Xterra Greece

  • 2nd Xterra of the season
  • 2nd time at Xterra Greece
  • 2nd in the 2019 European Tour standings

I am back here in Greece, I just love this beautiful place south of Athens called Vouliagmeni. And its not only the beautiful landscapes and the great weather that made me come back, its the whole atmosphere here at the race venue, the great service with a pickup from the airport with a personal rental car, the perfectly marked race courses, the time management before and during the race and of course the people.

Credits: 641 photography / Xterra

After my Xterra season opener in Cyprus I came here for my second race of the season, I already know the course from last year, so it was a very easy preparation for me. I still did two loops on the bike course to know where to attack, and one loop on the running course, to get a feeling of the 2 steep technical uphill trails again.

Credits: 641 photography / Xterra

On the day before the actual race, the XTERRA Greece crew also offered a couple of other events to take part in, for kids, beginners and just for fun. So we took part in the Laser-Gun-Run. It was actually planned to be a game for the little kids, but then also the PRO athletes wanted to be part of it, so we had a little fun battle with shooting and running.

1000m swim (with a quick run between the 2 loops)

30km mountainbike

10km trailrun

XTERRA Greece
Credits: 641 photography / Xterra

The race start of this years Xterra Greece was at 10 in the morning, which was good as the weather was pretty cold the last few days before the race, so some extra minutes of sun before jumping into the cold sea was pretty awesome. I set um my transition, put on my Zoggs FX1 wetsuit and went for a warmup swim. The PRO field started ahead of the age groupers, and we had to swim 2 loops each 750m with a little beach-run in between.

Credits: 641 photography / Xterra

I came out the water in 9th position, just behind Kris Coddens, my transition was really fast so we went on the bike together, and pushed each other to ride fast. So we came back to T2 with the 4th and 5th fastest split of the day, I knew he can run fast, so I tried to get a gap between us with changing fast in transition, I ran out some seconds ahead and had a small gap, I wasn’t really thinking back, only wanted to catch the one in front of me. At this stage I didn’t know how far this would be, but all my focus was to the front. Kris then could catch me and we were running together on the first loop. These 2 technical uphills were really tough after our fast bike ride. I unluckily lost some time on the fast running downhills due to some little cramps in my legs. I was now in 7th position for the second running loop. I still had a good pace, but there was no chance of running to the TOP 5 anymore.

Credits: 641 photography / Xterra

I finished 7th on my second Xterra Europe race of 2019, and I am super happy how it came out. My 5th place from Xterra Cyprus and my 7th place from Xterra Greece means a 2nd place in the overall European Tour ranking, just behind Xavier Dafflon (lots will change, because we are only 2 of a few having 2 races in the calculation).

Lake – Offroad Tri-Shoes

As I got the great opportunity to get a custom made offroad triathlon shoe from Lake Cycling, I am writing down a little test report.

  • MX 332 mountain bike base
  • TX 322 triathlon upper shoe

These two shoes got combined into one, with the great Lake’s SPD Compatible Bath Tub Rubber flat sole and the amazing Durable Microfiber upper with NuFOAM™ & Trek-Dry breathable, moisture wicking & antimicrobial lining combined with the 40mm hook & loop strap with fast transition forefoot L6 BOA closure.

With a profile specifically designed for very high-cadence riding & higher pressure, our Competition last features a more curved profile than the Sport last. The main differences include increased toe pitch & heel lift, a tighter heel & a slightly wider ball girth to allow the foot to expand under high pedaling pressures.

Lake Cycling International
Photo credits: Carel du Plessis

The first impression of this shoe is just amazing, the quality of the materials and how they are combined to a shoe was perfectly considered. With its very lightweight carbon sole and perfectly fitted upper part it is extremely competitive to other companies offroad Tri-shoes (at least there are a few now a days).

Photo credits: Raphael Lorenzi

After a couple of kilometers on the bike I can say, that the shape of the shoe fits perfectly, with its holes in the sole, incoming water from river sections runs out within seconds which is perfect for keeping the shoe light while competitions. Even Racing the Xterra Cyprus in them was fun as I didn’t get any blisters from riding without socks. The transition works perfectly, due to its big velcro fastener I was able to step in very easily, and even without closing the front part with its BOA-System, it was tight enough on the first bit of the course.

Photo credits: Carel du Plessis

This shoe is definitely the best I ever saw when it comes to Offroad-Triathlon competitions and I would recommend it to everyone who is looking for a fast, light, durable and strong cycling shoe. More about the MX332 and the TX322 on their website, where you can also order your pair of cycling shoes.

Lake Cycling International

Xterra Cyprus

Season opener of the 2019 Xterra European Tour in Cyprus.

Its my first time here in Cyprus and of course my first time in the Xterra Cyprus. The course got changed to last years one and is super fun racing on.

Credits: Carel du Plessis

We arrived in Cyprus a couple of days before the race, spent our time on the course and enjoyed the island a lot. I went onto the bike course several times, it had nice and long climbs, as well as technical downhills, rock gardens and water sections- of course some single trail. The run was not as fancy, mostly flat and fast with a little bit of climbing and off-trail-feeling, but still nice for racing.

1500m swimming

38km mountainbike

10km trailrun

Xterra Cyprus
Credits: Carel du Plessis

The start was at 9am and we jumped into the Cristal clear water of Paphos. As always it was a triangle course with two loops, I started a very solid pace in the beginning, but I had to take out some speed for the second loop before my arms started to explode. With two minutes back on the leaders I exited the swim.

Credits: Carel du Plessis

Now the fun part started: Onto my new Scott Spark RC World Cup, I pushed it all out on the awesome bike course. I found a good speed and felt very confident from my last MTB-Races the weeks before. I was able to make up some positions, catch the guys ahead of me. I really had fun out there. I cycled to the 4th place when I suddenly crashed in the rock garden.

A lady who got overtaken decided to change the side of the single trail, as I was only short before this section- shit happened and I jumped over my handlebar. I have no idea how I did it, but I landed onto my feet, no scratches, no hits, nothing. I was sad about my bike but luckily even my bike didn’t get any pain, the only problem was the handlebar twisted sideways from the impact. I was very loose so I could turn it back, but I didn’t bring a tool to fix it. So I rode very carefully back to T2 (about 5k) downhill and at the beach over some rocky sections, very carefully of not loosing control over my bike because of the loose handlebar.

Credits: Carel du Plessis

Onto the run I was in 5th position, fighting with another athlete from Denmark for the 4th spot. The podium was too far anyway so we both went for the points and the cash. We started a very solid running pace and pushed each other going faster. It was a really great competition until Jens started to attack at the last turning point (2,5km before finish). I couldn’t hold his speed anymore and had to let him go. I tried to catch up again, but in the end it was a 16 seconds gap between us.

Credits: Carel du Plessis

I had the fastest run of the day in 35:11.5

Xterra Cyprus

I finished 5th in the first Xterra of the season and made some points for the European Tour standing. Cyprus is a great place and I might come back in future.

Credits: Carel du Plessis