Birkirkara St Joseph triathlete Keith Galea recently took part in the Garmin Trio Triathlon, in Cernobbio, Como. The race, part of the Italian ranking calendar, attracted the best triathletes from the region but the conditions were not ideal for competition with tempe-ratures hovering around the 40 degrees Celsius mark.
Battling against the currents of Lake Como, Galea covered the 1.5km swim in 23 minutes 22 seconds. The 40km bike course was rather hilly with the route passing from Cernobbio to the village of Menaggio and back. The Malta champion com-pleted the cycling segment in 62 minutes.
Galea, who benefits from the 20/20 Elite KMS Scheme, started the 10km run at a steady pace despite the heat. He ran 10 kilometres in 40 minutes and 20 seconds to finish the race in an overall 2 hours 8 minutes and a creditable 22nd placing from the 800 participants involved. He was classified second in his category.
“I am very happy with my performance. I wanted to test myself against the Italian guys,” Galea said.
“This was a useful experience and I would like to thank my sponsors Garmin Malta for assisting me in this trip.
“I think I spent too much time alone on the bike and this was a major drawback. The run was very demanding and the heat took its toll. I could not run at my usual pace.”
The Malta Triathlon Federation reached another milestone in its short history with the first ever Children’s race held at the Salina Coast Road with the assistance of Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club, on Sunday 25thAugust. The race was held as part of the Youth Triathlon Academy Programme which started this summer and has seen over 27 children, of ages between 6 and 16 take part in three weekly sessions consisting of swimming, cycling and running.
The race was also open to children not forming part of the Malta Youth Triathlon Academy and this race saw over 41 participants battling it out in the two categories, Under 12 and Under 16. The children taking part in Under 12 category were required to cover a distance of 50m swim, 2km cycle and a 500 m run. The second race that of the Under 16 category was held immediately after and children had to cover double the distance, i.e. 100m swim, 4km cycle and a 1km run. The races were held under the watchful eyes of the coaching team, namely Dermot Galea, Head Coach, ably assisted by Matt Azzopardi and John Scicluna. Participation medals were presented to all the children taking part in today’s race by the Malta Triathlon Federation Secretary Maria Vella-Galea.
“Today is a very special milestone for the Triathlon Federation as we are in the first steps of building our sport’s future” said Cyprian Dalli, President of the Malta Triathlon Federation. “We are of course indebted to the European Triathlon Union and Kunsill Malti Ghall-iSports, who have supported this initiative throughout. The response received has been very encouraging and we will be continuing with the Academy programme even in the winter months.
The Federation is planning further children’s races. More information can be obtained by either sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the Federation website – www.triathlonmalta.org
The Malta Triathlon Federation in collaboration with Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club will be organising Triathlon race for children and youths as part of its’ Youth Triathlon Academy Programme, on Sunday 25th August.
The Race will be held at Coast Road, Bahar Ic-Caghaq and will start at 9am, immediately after the Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club Sprint Series and will consist of two distances. Children racing in the Under 12 Category will be required to take part in a 50m swim, followed by a 2km Bike ride and finish with a 500m Run. The Under 16 Category will consist of 100m swim, 4km bike ride and a 1km run. A Participation medal will be given to all those taking part.
“The Youth Triathlon Academy is an important milestone for Triathlon Malta as it seeks to nurture potential talent as well as encourage the take up of the sport from a very young age” said Dermot Galea, Co-ordinator of the Malta Youth Triathlon Academy. “Our Academy, which was made possible through the support of the European Triathlon Union and the Kunsill Malti Ghall-ISports, has been a great success thanks to the hard work of fellow coaches Matt Azzopardi and John Scicluna. The enthusiasm and commitment shown is encouraging and we will seek to continue the sessions throughout the winter”
Those taking part in this race are encouraged to come to the race venue prior to 7:15am in order to be able to see senior Triathletes race. Those who are not able to make it before this time, are kindly asked to park near the fruit vendor at the corner of the Bahar Ic-Caghaq Coast Road and Telgha ta’Alla w Ommu and make their way on foot towards the Start location. Road will be closed throughout this event and motorists should be advised accordingly. Cooperation from all is greatly appreciated.
Billed as one of the toughest triathlons, the Alpe D’Huez race covers a total distance of 139.2 kms, the Alpe D’Huez course was recently tackled by a group of five Maltese Triathletes - Ruben Degiorgio, Cliff Sultana, Peter Zammit, Caroline Zammit and Elizabeth Grima.
Starting off with a 2.2km swim in Lac du Verney, accessible to swimmers only during the Triathlon, a 115km bike leg with two mountain passes on the programme – the Alpe du Grand Serre (1375 m) and the Col d'Ornon (1371 m) – as well as the climb of the 21 hairpin bends of the climb to Alpe d'Huez, which has earned its well-deserved fame in the Tour de France, which includes it almost every year, and a 22km run on top of the Alpe d'Huez with a further elevation gain of 600mtrs.
Weather conditions were fine, if a bit chilly, especially for the swim (13 degrees). Cliff Sultana emerged first Maltese out of the water but had to retire during the last part of the bike leg due to severe food poisoning, as did Elizabeth Grima. Ruben Degiorgo had an excellent bike leg and managed to complete the challenge in 8.38 hours. Caroline Zammit came in at 9.49 hours, and Peter Zammit in 10.06 hours.
All athletes commented that this triathlon tests not only the physical but also the mental limits to the max, as the tough mountain climbs ,challenging the downhill’s and the hilly run , at a considerable altitude are not easy to train for here in Malta. Race organization was brilliant with numerous feed stations throughout bike and run sections. roads were open for traffic but the Maltese athletes were quite impressed by the excellent traffic management and the courteous driving of the locals.
Medcomms Malta, local agents for Garmin products have recently shown their support towards the Malta Triathlon Federation. This support will help the Triathlon Federation in its endeavours towards the development of the sport in Malta.
“Medcomms Ltd & Garmin are proud to be associated with the Triathlon Federation, and wish all new and established Tri-athletes within the federation a successful season and encourage more athletes to join this amazing Tri family” said Mark Gaglione, representing Medcomms Malta.
Medcomms Ltd & Garmin have been supporting the Federation on a number of initiatives in the past however this sponsorship cements the strong relationship between the two entities.
“The Federation is grateful towards Medcomms Ltd for their generous donation, as well as their ever-present support in all Triathlon Malta ventures” said Maria Vella-Galea, Director of Marketing and PR of the Malta Triathlon Federation. “We are confident that we can work together to further strengthen this affinity in the years to come”.
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