Any disagreements about “who rules the triathlon?” The inaugural Collins Cup Final will be decided on Saturday, with teams from Europe, the United States and the world facing each other over the 2km swimming, 80km and 18km track in Slovakia.
The main event for organizing professional triathletes, located in the purpose-built sports complex amorín in the x-bionic field, is the promising excitement of British triathletes, with the British making up five of the 12-member European team. . Lift the cup.
Joe Skipper He’s part of the intimidating-looking men’s team, which also includes three German Ironman world champions Jan Frodino, Patrick Lange and Sebastian Kenley, as well as the reigning Ironman 70.3 world champion Gustav Eden.
On the women’s side, the election of a captain Kat Matthews a Emma Ballante Brown Join the automatic qualification Lucy Charles Barkley a Holly Lawrence Initially alongside two Iron Man World Champions, four-time winner Daniela Reeve and current champion Anne Haug.
Immediately after the draw, we met the British ladies (The full draw for the match is posted below) and before the show – and found them all in a confident mood.
Just drawn, what is your immediate reaction to the matches?
Emma Ballant-Brown (Sarah Crawley Racing, caps vs Chelsea Sodaro, USA): I’m happy. It’s going to be a fun race, we swim a lot on the same level, we all love to run, anything can happen on a bike.
Cat Matthews (Carrie Leicester Race, Internationals & Jocelyn McCauley, USA): I see it as an opportunity to get as many bonus points as possible! Being the last in Europe means I hope to complete a golden winning streak already and three more points.
Holly Lawrence (Ellie Salthouse Race, Internationals & Skye Moench, USA): I saw this match coming! I’ve raced Elle so many times before, I feel like I probably put more in her head than I did. Skye is strong, but if I get her today, I might be fine.
Lucy Charles Barkley (Paula Findlay Racing, Internationals and Katie Zavares, USA): I felt like I was preparing for one of the tough rides and I survived it. I knew I was going to do one of the girls’ world triathlons, or Katie Zafris, or Taylor Kneeby. In Leeds’ short races, I obviously dipped my toe, so everyone wants to see more of this type of match – and Katie is an Olympic silver medalist. I’ve also raced with Paula before and on various occasions we’ve reached the top.
How would you rate the public event?
EPB: Getting everyone together is very unique and it looks like the World Cup. It looked like it all came together as we stood at the opening ceremony as a team. It’s great for the other European girls to go from close rivalry to teammates – everyone is having fun and looks forward to it
KM: As a relative newcomer – and I can only say that for the next year – being teammates with the athletes we always race with is great. Nobody thinks of the worlds of Iron Man 70.3 and everything just over the weekend.
LCB: We usually all sit separately at dinner before the race. We don’t want to give up our tactics and not show anyone what we’re thinking. Everyone is sitting and talking here. There is definitely a team atmosphere.
Will racing tactics differ from normal tactics only if there are only three players on one team?
LCB: I don’t like having someone swim on my feet, so my tactic is to swim away. I’m going to prop my feet up with the bike, because it’s going to be a TTers course. I want to create a gap and if it is big enough, I will squeeze it more to try to get as many points as possible.
HL: I think Elle is going to try to sit on me swimming and I’d rather be with someone I have to get close to because I feel like she’s getting a little better at swimming. A good swim is key for me to try and get away, but I’m not nervous if you stick me. Finally, with the middle and long distances, you only have your cards to play.
EPB: Swim as hard as you can, sit on a really solid bike and run really well. It is very standard.
SM: I hope to gain time on the bike and then collect it while running. I feel a certain speed on the other two girls. Both have recently run long-distance races on their feet.
What does the presence of four British women in the six-member European team indicate?
LCB: We have so much talent in this country that we can have our own Collins Cup team and be really competitive.
KM: We went through different ways. The British Tree has aligned its elite path to another, but it also makes it easy to enter this age group. Lucy’s journey is different from Emma’s which is different from Emma’s.
EPB: Not just us, but also the Olympic distance. Find out how many British girls could make an Olympic team. I was on the right track after Kelly Holmes at the time. The girls from the middle tracks really increased their match status after her Olympic gold medal and saw how long the match lasted. Two of our medals on the track were the women’s middle distance in Tokyo and I see the same thing happening in the triathlon.
Collins Cup Draw
Daniela Reeve (Europe) – Taylor Kneipp (USA) – Theresa Adam (international)
Lucy Charles Barclay (Európa) Paula Findlay (International) – Katie Zavares (USA)
Anne Hogg (Europe) – Jenny Metzler (global) – Jackie Hering (USA)
Holly Lawrence (Europe) Eli Salthouse (international) – Sky Munch (USA)
Emma Ballante Brown (Europe) vs Sarah Crowley (international) – Chelsea Sodaro (US)
Kat Matthews (Európa) Carrie Lister (international) – Jocelyn McCauley (USA)
Jan Frodino (Europe) – Sam Appleton (international) – Sam Long (USA)
Gustav Eden (Europe) – Kyle Smith (international) – Rudy von Berg (USA)
Sebastian Kenley (Europe) – Lionel Sanders (international) – Andrew Starikovic (USA)
Patrick Lange (Europe) – Braden Currie (international) – Matt Hanson (USA)
Joe Skipper (Europe) – Jackson Wash (Global) – Justin Metzler (USA)
Women’s matches start at 1 pm. (CENTRAL) (12.00 in the UK), followed by men at 15.00. (CST) (2:00 pm in the UK).
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