While the new year is in full effect, the anticipation for the upcoming 2019 Triathlon season is rapidly approaching! However, before we dive too deep into the year and we start gearing up for all of the action that is expected to unfold, we want to take a look back into the 2018 season and honour all of the impressive accomplishments, stats, moments and performances that made the year so epically thrilling!
We present the Best of 2018, the time of the year where we showcase the noteworthy, the remarkable, the powerful, the inspirational and the just down-right outstanding individuals that made us all fall in love with swimming, biking and running more than we already did.
So drumroll please, the category is…. BIKE BREAKAWAY!
Men’s Bike Breakaway: Casper Stornes (NOR) 29.8KM Solo Ride in WTS Bermuda
While it was the debut WTS Bermuda event in 2018, that race also debuted a new Norwegian powerhouse, Casper Stornes! After coming out of the water in the 24th position, he then got onto the bike and made his way past the lead pack and used his strength to fight up corkscrew hill to breakaway. He then rode 29.8KM alone in front without a single threat on the 1500 metre course. He averaged a pace of 38.898KM/HR during the full 40 Kilometres to finish with a lead of 1:09 ahead of the chase pack. It was that bike breakaway that aided him in collecting the first WTS win of his career.
Women’s Bike Breakaway: Flora Duffy (BER) 38.38KM Solo Ride in WTS Bermuda
Linking Flora Duffy to dominating bike performances is not a new connection. In fact, the Bermudian and two-time WTS World Champion is famous for her strength and tenacity in the cycle. But in 2018 and her showcase in Bermuda was next-level inspiring. She started the race coming out of the water first and busted through the first Transition onto the 1500-metre course. While she started out with someone on her tail, it was her first push on corkscrew hill where she blasted off. Duffy couldn’t be touched, she was unstoppable and impressively rode a full 38.38 KM by herself. She rode with a speedy average pace of 36.072KM/HR to make ultimately finish with a lead of 58 seconds over the chase behind her. She then went on to win the race, which was a rememberable moment for everyone who witnessed it since she was in front of her home crowd.
OTHER BIKE STATS
Top WTS Bike Splits - 20KM
M: Jelle Geens (BEL) - 00:26:03 in WTS Edmonton
F: Taylor Knibb (USA) - 00:28:29 - WTS Edmonton
Top WTS Bike Splits - 40KM
M: Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) - 00:55:27 in WTS Leeds
F: Vittoria Lopes (BRA) - 00:58:49 in WTS Leeds
Top World Cup Splits - 20KM
M: Reinaldo Colucci (ITA) - 00:25:20 in Sarasota WC
F: Sarah Alexander - 00:27:44 in Sarasota WC
Top World Cup Splits - 40KM
M: Bence Bicsak (HUN) - 00:54:56 in Astana WC
F: Anastasia Gorbunova - 01:02:38 in Astana WC
Fastest WTS Average Bike Pace:
M: WTS Edmonton - 46.751 KM/HR
F: WTS Edmonton - 41.914 KM/HR