Gwen Wins in Geneva
Gwen Kinsey Stroud AC The Bike Works came first in her age category (when life begins) and was 5th woman overall in the European Sprint Triathlon AC Championships held in Geneva Friday 10th July.
She was first in the swim one and a half minutes ahead of eventual second place GB athlete Tanya Brightwell. She held off Tanya in the 20km bike, coming into transition just ahead of the second athlete. “She has really only been cycling this year and produced a gutsy ride on a tri race prepared Orbea Orca” said Luke Hodgkins,The Bike Works mechanic. She entered transition neck and neck with her nearest rival and was slightly ahead out of transition facing the final 5K run. As always Gwen did a stunning run finishing first in 1hour 13 mins 22secs, 2mins 23 seconds ahead of Tanya. GB athletes filled all the podium places in the 40-44 age category with a German athlete coming fourth.
If that wasn’t enough Gwen was 5th overall in a field of 268 athletes only 1min 48 seconds behind winning 20 -24 age group athlete from Poland! WELL DONE GWEN!
Jonathan Hodgkins from The Bike Works / “Team Gwen” said “it was an amazing event and an inspiration to keep fit at whatever age. There were competitors in the womens event in the 70-74 age group and a Russian male athlete in the 80 plus age group! “