South African athletes Anel Radford and Wian Sullwald raced on Saturday, 2 June at the Cagliari World Cup in Italy.
The ladies’ race took a rough start, as the swim course that is normally aggressive appeared even more so than usual. Radford was caught in the middle of the washing machine of ladies and only regained composure with 300m to go, coming out the water at the back of the main pack onto the bike. “I chased hard up the first climb but the gaps opened on the technical descent. After starting that far back after the swim I was left chasing all day.” Radford finished in 34th in a time of 1:04:48, with Austrian Lisa Perterer taking a sprint finish win. Despite disappointment that her race didn’t reflect on her current level of fitness, Radford is happy to be racing after a five-week training block since the African Championships were held in Morocco. She is set to line up at the Nottingham mixed relay triathlon this Thursday followed by the Antwerp World Cup triathlon in the next two weeks. “I’ll take what I have learnt from Cagliari and make sure I keep focusing on the processes needed to execute a good race.”
The men dived into a windy and choppy swim, but Wian Sullwald held his own, coming out of the water in the top five. An action packed cycle, complete with a nasty climb, tricky descent and a breakaway chase-down, meant the men worked hard to break one another on the tough course. Unfortunately Sullwald was cycling on a borrowed bicycle (with thanks to Ian O’ Brian), due to his own not arriving in time for the race. As a result, the last two laps of the cycle on a too small bicycle left Sullwald cramping and his muscles seized up. With some exciting running, Italian Delian Stateff took the win. Sullwald finished 45th in a time of 58:22. “It was a challenging time in Cagliari, but I’m looking at positives. I’m happy coming out the water in the top five and had a really great first three laps of the bike.”