Age group athletes set to overtake Chicago

by Chelsea White on 11 Sep, 2015 05:27 • Español
Age group athletes set to overtake Chicago

The streets of the Windy City are about to be decorated in racing bibs as nearly 4,000 age group athletes from 64 national federations travel to Chicago to partake in the 2015 ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championships. Competing in both the sprint (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) and standard distance (1.5km swim, 40 km bike, 10km run), age group athletes from all over the world have earned their right to represent their country in the pinnacle race of the triathlon season.

Age group triathletes are the heart and soul of the week-long championship program. With 50 percent more participants than 2014, athletes have worked all year long for the chance to compete against the best of the best in their field and fight for an even greater chance of being crowned world champion. Competitors set to race range in ages—the youngest contestants being 15 year olds Hannah Bates (GBR) Daniel Whitburn (NZL), while the oldest is 90 year old Robert Mckeague (USA).

The host nation, USA, will have the most representation with 1082 athletes coming to honour the stars and stripes. Great Britain has the second highest national team with 595, and Mexico has the third with 552.

Among the thousands set to compete, a couple names on the start list may sound a little familiar. Louise Minchin, is a journalist and the host of Great Britain’s BBC Breakfast. As a member of the Chester Triathlon Club, Minchin, a mother of two, adopted the sport of triathlon two years ago. She qualified for Chicago in the women’s 45-49 group, after completing the Dambuster Triathlon this summer and will line up at the Grand Final in the standard distance category.

Another noticeable name is NASCAR driver Landon Cassill (USA). Trading in his race car helmet for a triathlon suit and bike helmet, he will be competing in the sprint distance race in the men’s 25-29 age group—just three days before he jumps back in his car and races again at the Sprint Cup series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Triathlon is a hobby for the professional driver, and is his way of staying physically fit. But for someone who only sees the sport as a hobby, he is quite impressive at it. Earlier this year, Cassill competed in the 70.3 World Championships in Austria.

Many National Federations also are showcasing many talented athletes that have made headlines locally. Bernd Kapp is set to race in the men’s 55-59 age group. He is a new addition to the national board of directors for the German Federation, serving as the Vice President. Competing is extra special for Kapp as he is also in charge of age group racing within the country.

Other notable German athletes are Udo van Stevendaal, who was the World Champion in London 2013 in the men’s 45-49 group, and also Maria Hivner, who took home the silver medal in the 30-34 women’s age group at the 2015 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Championships.

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Related Event: 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago
15 - 20 Sep, 2015 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Mario Mola ESP 01:44:53
2. Javier Gomez Noya ESP 01:44:57
3. Richard Murray RSA 01:45:35
4. Crisanto Grajales MEX 01:45:40
5. Vincent Luis FRA 01:45:44
Results: Elite Women
1. Gwen Jorgensen USA 01:55:36
2. Non Stanford GBR 01:56:05
3. Vicky Holland GBR 01:56:20
4. Andrea Hewitt NZL 01:56:44
5. Rachel Klamer NED 01:56:50
Results: U23 Men
1. Jacob Birtwhistle AUS 01:40:51
2. David Castro Fajardo ESP 01:41:05
3. Nan Oliveras ESP 01:41:15
4. Kevin McDowell USA 01:41:38
5. Gordon Benson GBR 01:41:56
Results: U23 Women
1. Audrey Merle FRA 01:04:35
2. Leonie Periault FRA 01:04:35
3. Melanie Santos POR 01:04:46
4. Avery Evenson USA 01:04:52
5. Miriam Casillas García ESP 01:05:12
Results: Junior Men
1. Manoel Messias BRA 00:51:50
2. Peer Sönksen GER 00:51:51
3. Léo Bergere FRA 00:52:01
4. Roberto Sanchez Mantecon ESP 00:52:08
5. Matthew Hauser AUS 00:52:10
Results: Junior Women
1. Laura Lindemann GER 00:57:28
2. Taylor Knibb USA 00:58:14
3. Lotte Miller NOR 00:58:39
4. Alberte Kjær Pedersen DEN 00:58:40
5. Hye Rim Jeong KOR 00:59:05
Results: Men's PT1
1. Bill Chaffey H2 AUS 00:58:38
2. Krige Schabort USA 00:59:55
3. Jetze Plat H2 NED 01:00:32
4. Geert Schipper H2 NED 01:01:47
5. Giovanni Achenza H1 ITA 01:03:04
Results: Women's PT1
1. Kendall Gretsch H2 USA 01:13:29
2. Emily Tapp H1 AUS 01:19:45
3. Lizzie Tench H2 GBR 01:20:05
4. Rita Cuccuru H1 ITA 01:23:51
5. Eva María Moral Pedrero H1 ESP 01:26:04
Results: Men's PT2
1. Michele Ferrarin ITA 01:10:00
2. Stephane Bahier FRA 01:10:34
3. Ryan Taylor GBR 01:11:11
4. Mark Barr USA 01:11:57
5. Mohamed Lahna ITU 01:14:09
Results: Women's PT2
1. Allysa Seely USA 01:25:03
2. Hailey Danz USA 01:25:45
3. Melissa Stockwell USA 01:26:07
4. Liisa Lilja FIN 01:26:38
5. Elise Marc FRA 01:27:27
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