Alistair Brownlee Back on Top in Hamburg
Alistair Brownlee showed the world why he is the current reigning triathlon gold medalist this weekend in Hamburg Germany. The ITU World Triathlon Series went to Hamburg this weekend for an elite sprint distance race, as well as a team relay. The Brownlee brothers took charge of both races, landing them with personal medals as well as the overall team win.
In the individual elite race, Ali and Jonny were both near the front of the swim as is their style. But, they really started to play their hands when they mounted on their Boardman bikes and lit things up. Both brothers are riding on SRAM RED 22 components with 53-39 chainrings and 11-25 cassettes, which were absolutely necessary on the challenging urban course that contained everything from 180 degree turns to long high speed stretches of open 4 lane road. For the demanding bike course they chose Zipp 404 Firecrest Tubulars. This wheel choice played perfectly to their strengths, allowing super hard accelerations out of turns, yet providing unmatched aerodynamics and stability on the fast sections. The boys also utilize Quarq Power Meters to maximize their power utilization in training and racing.
After the equivalent of a pro boxing prize fight on the bike, it was all down to the run, and this is where the Brownlee’s, particularly Alistair, stake their claim. They took it out of T2 very, very fast. Establishing that this would be a select group of only a few athletes contesting the sprint. With only a few hundred meters to the line, Ali showed the world why he wears gold from London, and is intending to wear it again in Rio, taking the tape with a 14:09 5k run. You read that correctly, 14:09!!
To back that performance up, the next day the Brownlee brothers, as part of team Great Britain, won the team relay on the strengths of their bike and run performances. We at SRAM say, well done boys!