Kyle Jones

Professional Triathlete & Canadian Olympian

European World Cup tour

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My 3 week European adventure is now over. It would have been nice to finish it off with a good result but that wasn’t the case this past weekend in Kitzbuhel. I came into the race motivated and excited. It was my first time racing in Austria and I wanted to improve on my 10th place finish in Tiszaujvaros the week before.

The swim was very rough. I’m used to getting beat up a bit on the turn buoys but I was grabbed and pulled back by other athletes at least three times before I even got to the first turn. It was very frustrating! The second loop wasn’t too bad but I was happy to exit the water. I got through transition pretty quickly and headed out on the bike. The course was really cool; narrow roads with a short climb and a long, technical descent on each lap. My group chased hard for the first 4 laps of 8 to catch the front group. By the start of the 5th lap both groups had merged together and there was one large lead pack for the remainder of the ride. I wanted to put myself in the best position possible coming off the bike so I navigated my way to the front of the group as we came into transition. I was able to get out well in about 4th place, right where I wanted to be, but within 500 meters I could feel myself starting to go backwards. I think the 3 weeks of racing and traveling finally caught up with me as I had absolutely nothing left in my legs. I just simply couldn’t go anymore, the tank was empty!

In hindsight, it probably would have been best for me to have done only 2 of the 3 races but I have no regrets. I gained a lot of valuable race experience over the past 3 weeks with a couple solid finishes and some more world cup points. I am now ranked 21st in the world and I will look to improve on that in the final 3 World Cup races of the year.

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Author: Kyle Jones

Professional Triathlete 2012 Olympian 3x Canadian National Champion

One thought on “European World Cup tour

  1. hi kyle it,s auntie sue. i,m at school and decide to check your site. great getting imformation i must get my own lap top.hope all is well and wish you all the best love you. Using my friend”s email address as i do not have one as of yet. Will be getting one soon!!

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