2019 EDITION OF POWERMAN INDONESIA TO NOT TAKE PLACE

Unforeseen circumstances forces cancellation of the event

 The 2019 edition of Powerman Indonesia has unfortunately been cancelled. The event had originally been scheduled to take place from 29 to 30 June in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Due to unforeseen circumstances and after consultation with all its stakeholders, the difficult decision was made to not proceed with this year’s Powerman Indonesia for safety and security considerations.

Efforts are already underway to contact and make arrangements with all participants who have already registered for the event. Registered participants can also obtain further information or clarification from the Powerman Indonesia website – http://www.powermanindonesia.com/2019/ and via email at info@powermanindonesia.com.

Traditionally attracting athletes from around the world in addition to a growing base of homegrown duathletes, multi-disciplined competitors and enthusiasts in recent editions, plans are already afoot for the return of Powerman Indonesia in 2020.

ETU Powerman titles shared between Switzerland and the Netherlands

With the weather changing from wind and rain to glorious sunshine on race morning, athletes from all over Europe lined up in the ancient city of Viborg to race the 10k-60k-10k Powerman Classic Distance that would decide who was the best in Europe.

It was the Elite Women who opened up the championship racing.

As expected, it was defending Champion, Sandrina Illes AUT who kicked first on the twisting, technical and sometimes cobbled streets of the City of Kings.

On the first lap, she broke away from the chase pack but was soon caught by Great Britain’s Georgina Schwiening and then the dangerous Swiss duo of Petra Eggenschwiler , Nina Zoller and Melanie Maurer. With the world’s top three athletes in that lead pack, it was inevitable that the pace would increase.

Schwiening held on and GB’s other elite athlete, Alice Hector smiled, gambled and kept them in sight.

A final kick and Illes had escaped in the final few hundred metres before T1 but she had not escaped the fast running of Schwiening and they clocked 33:44 for their first run.
Dangerously close were Maurer and Eggenschwiler.
A gruelling bike ride was ahead of them and it was the biking skills of the reigning world champion, Eggenschwiler that took her comfortably away.

A 1:40:08 split set her up for a closing run that saw her leave T2 with almost 4 minutes to spare.
The same twisting, turning and cobbled run, over four laps, was perfect for the spectators and it was perfect for Eggenschwiler, checking the progress of the others.
Maurer dug deep. Hector had done well out on the bike course and was looking solid in third place but Illes was now powering along behind her and looked to be a real threat to the British ultra-runner.
Schwiening had seen athletes pass her on the bike but then, back to the run was overtaking them and moving through the ranks.

The final lap done and the loop behind the cathedral completed, it was Eggenschwiler, adding the European title to her 2018 World one that took the finish tape to the delight of the Swiss supporters. Maurer was almost 4 minutes back and in third place was Hector, adding this medal to her bronze that was won in Ibiza.
For the European Champion, „Es war ein sehr harter Wettkampf. Ich wusste, dass es wahnsinnig starke Konkurrentinnen hatte, die vor allem im Laufen einiges schneller sind als ich. Deshalb musste ich auf dem Velo Vollgas geben, um möglichst einen Abstand herausholen zu können.
It was a really hard race. I knew that I had really tough competition who would be faster than me on the run. For that reason I had to give it all on the bike in order to create as much of a lead as possible.”

For the Elite Men, we knew that it would be an open race now without two key players but with the recent victory on the frozen planet called Alsdorf, Daan de Groot NED was in with more than a good chance.

He would have to face the fast running of the Danes, who certainly had the crowds behind them. It was Simon Jørn Hansen DEN, who won bronze last year in Vejle who led them into T1, with Jan Petralia BEL and GB’s Ben Price neck and neck only a few seconds behind. From Spain, a late entrant was Gonzalo Fuentes Isasi making his ETU Powerman debut and he pulled Switzerland’s Fabien Zehnder into the mix.
The bike course was as tough for the men as it was for the women and soon enough the positions had changed. Daan de Groot was having a supreme race as was Chris Fischer DEN but the Dutchman knew that he had to keep ahead of Petralia in order to stand a chance of the title. Back in Alsdorf, it was a victory for de Groot with Petralia coming home second so the strengths and weaknesses were well-known between the two athletes.
De Groot dug really deep on the bike and maintained the power for the 60k course that took the athletes back into the city centre and onto the cobblestones.
By the time they entered T2, he had the advantage. A fast and flawless transition from bike to run saw the Dutchman head out onto the course and with 4 laps he was now far enough ahead to take control. Zehnder started to show signs of fatigue. Price was making his way back and Petralia kept his position. From behind, it was Spain’s Fuentes who looked incredibly relaxed and who was picking off the athletes one by one.

De Groot had done enough and victory was his. Petralia, in a repeat of Alsdorf, had to settle with silver but Fuentes had the race of his life to take the final place on the podium.
After the medals, de Groot took us inside his race, “Ik verloor wel tijd in de afsluitende run, maar ik heb gewoon niet achterom gekeken. Ik wilde geen zwakte tonen. Pas in de laatste honderd meter kwam het besef dat ik Europees Kampioen ging worden. Ja, dat gevoel is onbeschrijfelijk. Ik had mazzel met het feit dat het fietsparcours zo zwaar was. Daar kon ik het verschil maken. Het was niet de vraag of ik het gat naar de kopgroep dicht zou rijden, maar na hoeveel kilometer dat zou gebeuren. Gelukkig lukte dat al binnen twintig kilometer. Als dat veel later was gebeurd, was ik kansloos geweest.
I lost time in the final run but I didn’t look back. I didn’t want to show any signs of weakness. It was only in the last hundred metres that it really sank in that I was going to be the European Champion. An indescribable feeling. I was lucky that the bike course was so tough. It was there that I could make the difference. It wasn’t a question ‘should I try and make it to the leaders, but in how many kilometres that would happen’. Luckily I made that in the first 20k. If that had happened much later, then it would have been game over for me.”

A tough and windy course; a challenging course; great support out on the first run as spectators lined the streets. Viborg got the thumbs up from the athletes.

Powerman Series stops at Frankenmuth, Michigan

 

Sunday May 5, 8:00 a.m.: One of the cool things about our sport is you get to race literally right alongside the best in the world.  Who is coming?  Only 3 time and current reigning World Champion #1 Ranked Gael Le Bellac from France.  #3 in the World Peter Ellis from Great Brittan, #8 in the World Matt Smith from Australia and #12 in the World Matt Barker from Australia.  The best of the best, along with a few of the top-ranked age group athletes in the World and athletes from 8 states.  

So get registered now and come race with the sports best in one of the best cities in Michigan and the weather is looking great.  There is a race for any level of fitness, any level of competitiveness.  Short course, sprint course and Classic distance which is the Powerman World Championship Qualifier distance.  If you are not ready to take on the Run – Bike – Run in its entirety grab a friend and Du the relay. 

 

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Daan de Groot and Laura Zimmermann winners of Powerman Germany in Alsdorf

Dutch Daan de Groot and Laura Zimmermann from Germany  have won the Powerman Classic race (10 km/ 60 km/ 10 km) in male and female categories, with a time of 2:30:20 and 2:50:05 respectively, during the second edition of the Powerman Germany Alsdorf and organized by Marathon-Club Eschweiler 1983 e.V.

More than 750 athletes and multi-sport enthusiasts from all over the world took part in this second edition of one of Europe’s most important duathlons, to compete for the title. The race had perfect weather conditions.

The Belgium Jan Petralia, member of the Domo elctro Scott Team and the German Champion Sascha Huppert achieved to finish second and third respectively in the Classic race, male category, while Katharina Grohmann from Germany and Alice Hector from Great Britian, in second and third place respectively in the Classic race, female category.

In the Sprint Race category the winners have been Michael Kalb from Germany, in male category, and Anne Schafhausen from Bonn, member of the SSF Bonn Triathlon, in female category.

Germany’s largest Duathlon – Powerman Germany – will be held in Alsdorf

Athletes from all over the world participate in the Powerman Alsdorf 2019 this weekend. Top elite duathletes, multi-sport athletes from Europe and overseas will gather at the starting line to take part in one of the world’s largest competitive duathlon race. Among others, athletes from Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, England, Ireland, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Poland, Australia, Brazil and Malaysia will participate by the Powerman Alsdorf Powerman, the pinnacle of duathlon competition globally, is the platform for ardent runners and cyclists to master both disciplines. This run-bike-run race format has been held in Germany since 1993 and this year the second time in Alsdorf. Alsdorf will continue the successful history of the Powerman Germany.
“For the 10 times, our club the Marathon-Club Eschweiler, organizes a duathlon event. We’ve grown every year, so the next step could only be the Powerman World Series. We are very excited to be part of the Powerman World Series and will provide the athletes a perfect event.” said Patrick Thevis, Racedirector Powerman Alsdorf.
Over 750 participants will join the Powerman Alsdorf 2019. 15% are coming from Europe and overseas
Over the Powerman Classic distance (10 kilometers running, 60 kilometers cycling and 10 kilometers running) take place the German championships for the elite and the age group athletes. For the second time, participants can qualify for the “POWERMAN World Championships Zofingen-Switzerland”. A total of 75 slots are available over the Classic distance (10 km / 60 km / 10 km) for the first three athletes of each age group.
The competitions, in which a total of over 750 athletes will participate, take place in the city of Alsdorf. The circuit for the running course leads back in the Alsdorf City from the monument square to the Annapark and over the Rathausstraße. The twenty kilometer cycle route leads over the Übacher Weg and the B221 to Baesweiler and back again. “The short walkways allow spectators to switch between running and cycling in just a few steps, and the finish line at the monument square will provide a goosebumps feel,” explains Patrick Thevis, Racedirector Powerman Alsdorf. “So the spectators can closely follow the racing events at the Powerman Alsdorf,” especially as the start and finish area as well as the transition area are being built on the central monument square.
 
A very strong Elite starting field 
On the 14th April 42 elite athletes will battle for the victory. The best athletes from the world are at the start line in Alsdorf. World Champion Seppe Odeyn, European Champion Felix Köhler, title defender Patrick Reger, Jan Petralia, Domink Sowieja, Daan de Groot, Anthony Le Duey, Fabian Zehnder, Thibault Le Cras, Peter Ellis and the German Pro-triathletes Till Schramm & Patrick Dirksmeier will lead the mens field. By the womens Vice-World Champion Melanie Maurer, Pro-triathlete Alice Hector, title defender Kristina Ziemons, German Triathlon Champion Katharina Grohmann, Vice-European Champion Laura Zimmermann, Marina Van Dijk, Kim Nulens, Steffi Jansen and Danish Champion Marie Schultz will start.

Seppe Odeyn and Melanie Maurer triumphed at the 1st POWERMAN Greece

Powerman Greece 2019,the biggest run-bike-run event that has ever been hosted in Greece, was completed with a great success. For first time in Loutraki, almost 300 participants from 30 different countries, tried their strengths in a challenging multisport run and bike course.

For Elite Women, the Swiss Melanie Maurer was the great winner with a total time of 3:00:00, confirming the title of the favourite. Second place was the Greek Deniz Dimaki with a total time of 3:11:52 leaving the 3rd place for Kristina Nec-Lapinova from Hungury with a total time of 3:14:03. Noora Honkala from Finland not only stood out from the age-groups,  but also finished 2nd in the overall ranking.

As for Elite Men, Seppe Odeyn from Belgium was the first to cross the finishline with a total time of 2:39:23, leaving Michelle Paone from Lichtenstein in the second place with a total time of 2:39:55 and the French Thibaut Le Cras in the 3rd place with 2:40:50. The 2018 world champion, Gael Le Bellec from France, was unlucky as he was forced to stop the race during the first run due to injury.

Powerman Greece renews its appointment for 2020!

The inaugural POWERMAN Hawaii is finally there

The beautiful destination event taking place on the historic Big Island will launch on Sunday.  Athletes from 6 countries and 7 states will be challenged in the proper Powerman way  with this course starting and finishing at Kealakehe high school with breathtaking views over-looking the Pacific Ocean.

Utilizing the high school track and football stadium as the start and finish and post event area as well as each lap of the run course overlooking the ocean on the back side of the track will serve as a perfect spectator viewing area inside the stadium.  A challenging run course will take the athletes around one lap of the track each time they enter the stadium then utilizing a portion of the high school cross country course before they have a really fast, sweeping downhill back into the stadium.

The bike course is equally as challenging with about 8k on the historic Queen K highway where many battles for the Ironman World Championship have been earned. The athletes will complete 1,2 or 4 laps of a 14k loop.  The challenge is a gradual climb approaching Hina Lani, then the fun begins immediately with a 2.5k climb.  Even with the climb it is a fast course with the stretch on the Queen K being a point where athletes can get aero and fly.

With dozens of direct flights into Kailua Kona as well as Honolulu Hawaii you will want to put this event on your to do list for that incredible destination event, one you will cherish for a lifetime and want to come back each year to enjoy the challenge of Powerman Hawaii.  Then following your finish you can enjoy all the beautiful islands have to offer.

Stellar Field ready for POWERMAN Greece 2019

Only a few days are left for the biggest run-bike-run event that has ever been organized in Greece , the “POWERMAN Greece 2019”. This magnificent event will take place in Loutraki in 24thof March 2019 and will host more than 300 athletes from 30 different countries, including not only age groupers but also renowned elite athletes that are expected to offer us a great spectacle.

Among Elite Men, Diego Van Looy from Belgium is expected to have a lead role and claim his 2ndvictory for this year as he is in a very good shape and he was the winner of Powerman Mallorca. Of course we couldn’t leave out of the favorites the French Gael Le Bellec, last year’s world champion who still remains one of the expected winners and of course Seppe Odeyn from Belgium is also one of the expected athletes on the podium. Other athlets that are expected to have a lead role are Michele Paone (LIE), Denis Šketako (SLO) , Matt Smith (AUS) , Kasper Laumann Hartlev (DEN) , Thibaut Le Cras (FRA). Greece will be represented by duathlon champion and Powerman ambassador Grigoris Skoularikis and Triathlon Champion Grigoris Souvatzoglou.

For women, among the highlights are the Swiss Melanie Maurer and the Slovak Kristina Lapinova. For Greece, Deniz Dimaki has the advantage of “home” also has strong chance of getting to the podium. Of course as in every multisport event, everything will be decided from little details, so all scenarios are open. The spectacle will be rich, the course is very intense and with strong moments. Surely it’s a show nobody should miss.

The event is held under the auspices of International Powerman Association., the municipality of Loutraki – Perahora – Ag. Theodoroi, the region of Peloponnese and the Greek Ministry of Tourism.

SCHEDULE Sunday 24.03.2019

  • 06:30 Transition Area Open
  • 08:30 Transition Area Closed for Classic Distance
  • 08:30 Start Classic Distance 10/60/10k Women & Men AG60+
  • 09:00 Transition Area Closed for Short Distance
  • 09:00 Start Classic Distance 10/60/10k Men elite, AG<60 & Relays
  • 09:45 Start Short Distance 5/30/5k Men, Women & Relays
  • 13:00 Start Power Kids 1/5/1k
  • 13:30 Start Power Kids 0.5/2,5/0,5k
  • 14:00 Award Ceremony Elite Men – Women

 

More info and technical details for the participants can be found in the link below.

http://www.powerman.org.gr/event-details/

COSTES AND EBERHARDT-HALASZ POWER TO 2019 POWERMAN ASIA DUATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS – MALAYSIA TITLES

Bruins and Chicano complete top three in Men’s as Torres and Chapman round off podium in the Women’s Elite classes.

The 2019 edition of the world’s largest Duathlon Competition, the Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia got underway for the main Elite, Classic and Short categories on Sunday morning.

Held under the scorching tropical conditions, it was the Frenchman Antony Costes that stole the limelight when he stormed to victory in the Elite Men’s category. Completing the first 10KM run, 60KM cycling leg and the final 10KM run leg in a time of 2hrs 41minutes and 23seconds (2:41.23s), the win is the 29-year old Frenchman’s first win on his first appearance at the Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia.

Speaking after his win, Costes notes, “It has been a tough race because of the heat, even though I am based in Thailand, which is a little bit warmer, but still when you are pushing yourself to the limit, it is very hard! We were a small group after the first run, cruising but then the second run it was way harder. We started the race early in the morning when it was still dark and the air temperature was only about 26ºC and we were fresh, so we ran as a group and nobody wanted to take any risks before the first transition. Compared to other duathletes, I knew my strength is on the bikes, so I did what I know how best to do and pushed my race at this stage. I took a good advantage to open up nearly two minutes on my bike. I was expecting to cruise in the final run but Thomas (Bruins) pushed me and I still had to push hard in the final run and I was very happy when I saw after eight kilometers that I still had a good gap so I could enjoy myself a bit towards the end. I want to thank the organisers, as this has been one of the safest races I have ever seen, the roads are very wide and very clean, so it is almost zero risks for all of us.”

Flagged off at 6.50a.m (GMT+8) ahead of the rest of the field, the early pace was set by Costes leading the Elite Men’s pack in the first 10KM run route, taking full advantage of the cooler morning conditions. The strategy paid off when Costes managed to build on his advantage over the field in the cycling stage, capitalising on his preferred leg of the race before transitioning to the final 10-KM running leg with a commanding lead over the 2018 winner, Thomas Bruins of the Netherlands, who eventually placed second completing the challenging race with a time of 2:42.04s. Behind the leading duo, John Chicano of the Philippines also produced a measured and strategic race that saw him finish overall third with a time of 2:43.25s.

The Filipino’s result also saw him take top spot in the ASTC (Asian Triathlon Confederation) class. Elated with his result, Chicano commented, “It feels good that I managed to finish well and I am very happy with my performance. The first run early in the morning was not that bad as the sun was not out yet. When we got on our bicycles, it started to get quite hard and hotter and when we entered into the final stages with the last run, it became more challenging as it was very hot and humid. But overall, it was a very nice event and a good race in Malaysia and a great build up for the SEA Games in the Philippines.”

In the Elite Women’s category, it was a three-peat for Hungary’s Annamária Eberhardt-Halasz who came out in dominant form to claim the crown for a third time. The Hungarian ace finished the same 10KM – 60KM – 10KM grueling course in three hours (3:00.02). Claiming another strong finish and emerging top amongst the ASTC Women’s was the Philippines’ Monica Torres coming in just over two minutes behind Eberhardt-Halasz.

Commenting on her third win in a row, Eberhardt-Halász commented, “I am tired but am really happy about this one and defend my title here today! Actually, the strategy was only to keep going, keep the speed high and consistent. I even managed to increase my pace and speed on the final five-kilometer loop on the final run stage and pull away a bit from Monica (Torres). For sure the competition is getting stronger year on year, so I am really glad that I managed to pull away and claim a win here today!”

“What another amazing edition of the Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia here in Putrajaya today. Starting off with the Powerkids yesterday, there was plenty of action in the Elite, Classic and Short categories today. Congratulations to Antony Costes of France for winning his very first Powerman Asia Championship – Malaysia title here today and to Annamária Eberhardt-Halasz for her third consecutive win here in Putrajaya, especially up against a more competitive field this year. Congratulations to all the participants across all the different categories and age group. The support we received for this year’s event has been truly overwhelming. For us, everyone is a winner! Our sincere thanks also to the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports and all our sponsors and partners, particularly 100Plus, Shimano, Ultron and 2Escape for their incredible support and encouragement.” commented Andrew Ching, Chief Executive Officer of E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd, the promoters and organisers of the Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia.

The full results is available at the Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia’s website – http://www.powermanmalaysia.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/PowermanMalaysia/

The 2019 Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia is promoted and organised by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd and is sanctioned by International Powerman Association (IPA), the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) and the Selangor Triathlon Association (STA).

2019 Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia

Race Results* (Elite Male, Top-15)

No Last Name First Name Bib # Country YOB Final Time
1 Costes Antony 14 FRA 1989 2:41.23s
2 Bruins Thomas 1 NED 1989 2:42.04s
3 Chicano John 4 PHI 1991 2:43.25s
4 Smith Matt 2 AUS 1996 2:44.54s
5 Ellis Peter 11 GBR 1983 2:46.01s
6 De los Reyes Joey 6 PHI 1988 2:48.30s
7 Hosseini Seyed Mohammad 17 IRI 1994 2:51.23s
8 Comendador Emmanuel 3 PHI 1988 2:51.57s
9 Lam Wai Kit 20 SGP 1989 2:52.11s
10 Banatao Jarwyn 8 PHI 1994 2:53.30s
11 Baker Matt 9 AUS 1990 2:54.49s
12 Lommen Dave 21 SGP 1977 2:58.44s
13 Robeno Javier 12 PHI 1983 3:02.47s
14 Topia John 7 PHI 1990 3:03.36s
15 Khaorma Yazid 19 JOR 1993 3:10.13s

 

2019 Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia

Race Results* (Elite Female, Top-9)

No Last Name First Name Bib # Country YOB Final Time
1 Eberhardt-Halasz Annamária 32 HUN 1982 3:00.02s
2 Torres Monica 31 PHI 1988 3:02.03s
3 Chapman Shannon 37 AUS 1984 3:05.47s
4 Coletto Irene 35 ITA 1982 3:11.38s
5 Sawada Airi 40 JPN 1980 3:15.17s
6 Mohammad Mariana 36 MAS 1978 3:24.32s
7 Sabado Jelsie 33 PHI 1999 3:26.26s
8 Mok Ying Rong 38 SGP 1993 3:27.11s
9 Abad Mirasol 34 PHI 1985 3:30.55s

*Correct at time of publication 

POWERKIDS GETS 2019 POWERMAN ASIA DUATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS – MALAYSIA UNDERWAY

Event’s young entrants kick off 2019 edition ahead of Sunday’s main races.

The 2019 edition of the world’s largest Duathlon Competition, the Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia officially got underway on Saturday. The 8.00a.m (GMT+8) start witnessed the event’s young participants in the Powerkids category take on the run-bike-run challenge along the 0.48KM-long run route and 1.17KM-long cycling route along Dataran Putrajaya.

Featuring entrants from the ages of 5 to 12 years old, the non-competitive and fun introductory level 2019 Powerkids edition also saw the participation of its first ever cerebral palsy quadriplegia participant in the category.

Meanwhile, race pack collection continued today amongst their more senior counterparts across the primary Elite, Classic and Short Powerman race categories, scheduled to take place on Sunday, 3 March 2019. Also taking place on Saturday afternoon was the briefing for the elite athletes, who were also given a first glimpse at the race route ahead of Sunday’s race.

Having won the last two editions of the Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia, Thomas Bruins of the Netherlands will be looking to make it another repeat performance, though acknowledges a far more competitive Elite men’s field in 2019. Commenting ahead of Sunday’s race, Bruins notes, “I feel really good, it’s always really nice to be back here, it is such a big race and really well organised, really fast and I am really excited to be here. The competition is definitely tougher this year. It will be a lot more difficult to retain my title but I am up for the challenge.”

Hoping to improve on his outing from the previous year and flying the flag for the host nation, Jason Loh Chwan Chyin noted, “I am excited about this race and have been preparing for it for the last few months. Hopefully I can better my time from last year and have a good race this year. I am also aware that this year’s field is more competitive, but it has definitely given me additional motivation and a good push for me to train harder and improve my performance.”

Also making a return to Putrajaya is last year’s winner in the Elite women’s category, Annamária Eberhardt-Halász of Hungary, who commented, “I am very happy to be back as I love this course, even though they have changed it a little compared to last year. I really like the atmosphere, it’s a huge race and I cannot wait to be out racing tomorrow. I have been doing the usual preparations, as a triathlete in addition to doing some special run-bike-run training for this event.”

Returning to Putrajaya after finishing as the top Asian finisher amongst the Elite women’s category in 2018, Monica Torres of the Philippines noted, “It seems to be extremely hot this year, but I am excited and I know the course well so I am just hoping to improve on last year’s performance. Last year I came in third overall amongst the women, so I am hoping to better that position this year, we will see!”