Industry leading bicycle company Cervelo Cycles has extended its sponsorship deal through 2016 with Kyle Jones, the number one ranked ITU Triathlete in North America.
Kyle Jones has risen to the top as a world-class triathlete. Since his partnership with Cervelo in 2012, Kyle is coming off of his best year yet, finishing the year with a World Cup Title in Edmonton, being crowned as Canadian National Champion, completing the London 2012 Olympics as the top-finishing Canadian, and a 6th Place finish at the ITU World Championship Grand Final in Auckland to end the year. “We are excited to be supporting Kyle long-term. He is a great athlete and a great ambassador!” Lesley Loughlin, Marketing Manager, Cervelo.
In 2013, Kyle plans to continue carrying over the momentum from 2012 in closing the gap to the current Olympic Medalists. He has a long-term training and competition plan leading up to the Pan American games in Toronto in 2015, and the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 where he looks to become a podium contender.
“I am very excited to be entering into a long-term partnership with Cervelo. It gives me great confidence to know I have access to the fastest and best engineered bikes on the planet and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to ride these bikes for years to come.”
A long but rewarding season has come to an end! This past weekend I was in Auckland, New Zealand for the World Championship Grand Final. After 5 weeks of training in the Florida sun I was greeted by some familiar west coast weather down in kiwi land. In the days leading up to the race we had a mix of everything including a full day of sun on Saturday for the women’s race. But when Sunday arrived the skies opened up and the rain came down, adding yet another element to an already challenging and technically demanding course.
The swim started fast and was aggressive as usual. After one lap I was just off of where I needed to be in the group. After diving in for the second lap I advanced my position and was well placed exiting the water. On the bike we had a large group that broke apart as we climbed the first of three hills. After 1 lap there were about 12 guys left with Jonathan Brownlee and Richard Varga still up the road. Around the halfway point of the bike we caught Brownlee and Varga and rode together for a couple of laps. This bike course is without a doubt the toughest on the circuit but I felt strong and maintained good position within the group. Kris Gemmell broke away in the late stages of the bike to get a lead coming into transition.
Starting the run my legs were a bit tight but I was able to work my way into it. I was running in 8-9th place for the first couple of laps. I came around in the second half of the run and was able to get into a good rhythm. With about 1k to go I was able to pull away from Richard Murray and was gaining on the guys in front of me. I started a long kick from about 500m to go passing Ivan Rana and Dmitry Polyanskiy. I chased hard to get Gregor Buchholz in the final stretch but came up just short crossing the line in 6th place, my best finish ever in the World Triathlon Series.
I’m very happy to finish off the season like this. In the last 4 months I won my first World Cup, my first Canadian title and competed in my first Olympic Games. To cap it all off with this 6th place, the best result of my career so far, feels amazing. I owe a lot to my family and sponsors for all their support and of course to my coach, Joel Filliol, for everything he does. Looking forward to carrying this momentum into 2013!
Photo courtesy of Mark Bates – 321photos.ca
This past weekend I was in Cancun for my final tune-up race before the ITU Grand Final in Auckland. We trained through this race so I expected to be carrying a bit of fatigue but was still hoping I’d be fresh enough to contend for the win. I had a great swim, exiting the water in 3rd and putting myself in great position heading out onto the bike. There was a long string of athletes that ended up forming one large group. There were a few accelerations but after the 3 lap bike course it was one massive group coming off the bike together. I exited transition a bit farther back than I would have liked, but even once I got going I felt like I was stuck in one gear. I just didn’t have that “snap” in my legs. I fluctuated among the top 10 for most of the run and was able to finish strong in 7th. I’m now back in Clermont for another week of training with Jarrod Shoemaker and Coach Joel before we leave for New Zealand. With a bit more recovery over the next 2 weeks I expect to freshen up and be ready to go in Auckland.
All photos courtesy of Arnold Lim, ITU
Less than two weeks to go!
Training has gone very well the last couple of weeks here in Les Angles, France. The weather has been fantastic and I’ve settled into the mountain lifestyle quite easily. I can’t believe the Opening Ceremonies are tomorrow night! It would be great to be there in person but with Simon as flag bearer the sport of triathlon will be very well represented and I’ll definitely be glued to the tv screen!
I have a little over a week left here in Les Angles and then I’m heading over to London on August 4th. For photos, updates, and other media items please check out my Athlete Facebook Page. This page will be updated regularly in my lead up to race day on August 7th.
Edmonton World Cup Highlights CBC’s Sports Saturday
—Catch Lauren Campbell and Kyle Jones’ first World Cup victories at 5 EDT—
Fans of triathlon across the country will have the opportunity to watch Canada’s triathletes’ recent medal haul at the Edmonton World Cup, presented by COLD-FX, on CBC Sports Saturday, July 21 at 5 p.m. EDT.
Canada’s men’s and women’s triathletes dominated the podium with two gold and two silver medals in the World Cup sprint race in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park.
Recently named first-time Olympian, Kyle Jones of Oakville, Ont., and Vancouver’s Lauren Campbell both captured their first World Cup victories under glorious sunny skies with more than 7,500 Canadian fans cheering them down the finishing stretch. The lone World Cup stop in Canada also served as the National Championships for the nation’s elite triathletes.
Equally as thrilling as Jones’ victory in the men’s race was 21-year-old Alexander Hinton picking off many of the top names in the sport on the run to climb his way into second spot in his first-ever World Cup start.
Winnipeg’s 22-year-old Sarah-Anne Brault, who was named an Olympic alternate this month with Campbell, had a career-best World Cup finish in second spot in the women’s race.
Photos courtesy of Mark Bates and Arnold Lim of the ITU.
Doug Jones shaped his son’s future as an Olympic triathlete in subtle, yet powerful, ways.