Saffron Walden duathlon trio represent Great Britain Down Under

PUBLISHED: 12:03 05 November 2015 | UPDATED: 12:03 05 November 2015

Saffron Walden tri team at 2015 ITU Duathlon World Championships

Saffron Walden tri team at 2015 ITU Duathlon World Championships


The envy of many big city clubs, WaldenTRI had three members who qualified to represent Great Britain at the 2015 ITU Duathlon World Championships on Australia’s south-east coast in Adelaide.

Michael Buchallet, Pete Thompson and Matt Bainbridge, were among a team of 150 athletes including elite juniors and seniors as well as Age-Groupers.

With the race course having the sprawling city as its backdrop, including scenic views of the River Torrens, the famous Oval cricket ground, and the Adelaide Hills, it set the scene for a spectacular battle between the world’s best duathletes.

Race conditions were ideal with glorious sunshine, gentle winds and a passionate, vocal crowd.

Provided with the perfect recipe for inspiration, the trio responded with an array of stunning performances.

Bainbridge and Thompson were competing in the sprint distance of 5k run, 20k cycle and 2.5k run.

For his first World Championship, Bainbridge was in the 30 to 34-year category and he finished 13th in one hour three minutes.

Bainbridge was also third Brit in his age group meaning automatic qualification for next year’s World Championships.

For his sixth Team GB event, Thompson was in the 55 to 59-year category and he finished 26th in one hour 16 minutes.

Competing in his second World Championship, Buchallet was in the 40 to 44-year category in the standard distance of 10k run, 40k cycle and 5.2k run, and he finished 18th in two hours five minutes.

The 2015 competition season is now drawing to a close, with the next international event for the trio the Duathlon European Championships in Germany next spring.

Thompson and Buchallet would like to thank Ford Wells Construction, Dyce Fitness, Bicicletta and the Chesterford Research Park for their support.

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