David McNamee wins Challenge Galway27. June 2016 — Triathlon Team
BMC-Etixx p/b Uplace athlete David McNamee took the victory in Challenge Galway in Ireland yesterday. After a superb run and a convincing overall performance he crossed the finish line in a time of 3:51:47 in front of Joe Skipper (UK) and Dylan McNeice (NZL).
Typical cold and rainy Irish conditions promised to make this race one for the tough guys. McNamee got his race off to a good start and thanks to a fast transition, was the first competitor on the bike. During the 90k bike leg, he rode together with McNeice and Thornton for most of the time, and arrived into T2 together. McNamee, who made himself a name as the master of fast transitions, didn’t disappoint also this time and immediately pulled away from the his former companions. 5 kilometres into the run he had already opened up a lead of 1’40” over the chasersand didn’t slow down until the end. The BMC Etixx p/b Uplace athlete took the victory at Challenge Galway with a run split of 1:12:23.
David was thrilled with his first victory for the team
“It was a great day. I swam well and felt comfortable. During the first 40 kilometres on the bike I tried to push hard, but I couldn’t break away. Because we were with 4 or 5 together in the leading group the race became more tactical. I knew it was going to be decided during the run. Coming out of transition, I immediately found my running legs. I felt strong, which is always a nice feeling. I opened up a gap early on and held it to the finish. I’m really glad with my first win for the BMC-Etixx Pro Triatlon Team powered by Uplace.”
Aernouts secures qualification for World Championship in Hawaii with 6th place finish in IM Austria
On the same day, Bart Aernouts took part in Ironman Austria. The Belgian finished in 6th place after a great comeback. He exited the water in 19th position, but moved up quickly during the bike leg to come into T2 in 6th place. During the run the BMC-Etixx athlete came close to a top 5 finish, but finally had to settle for 6th place at the end, only 3 minutes from a podium spot. He crossed the finish line in a time of 8:16:32.
Bart Aernouts was happy with his qualification for Kona.
“Every discipline was good but also not great; I felt the top shape wasn’t there. My feeling was that I came a few percentages short for competing for the podium spots. The first 10k of the marathon my legs felt fine, but after that they began to suffer. So you know from that point that it will be a hard race. I finished only 3 minutes from a podium place, so on a good day, I could have finished on the podium. The most important thing today is the qualification for Kona.”