places in German race
Triathlete Anneke Jenkins from Tauranga, followed her recent naming as Tri New Zealand Emerging Talent with a strong seventh place finish in the latest round of the German Bundesliga, her first attempt in the strong German club competition.
Racing for her club team, she performed steadily throughout to post the best international result of her fledgling career, the former elite breaststroker not looking out of place in a race won by current world number two Anne Haug from Germany, in a field brimming with ITU athletes.
“For my first individual Bundesliga race I had a great race overall, achieving my goal of making the first bunch and sticking with them. My targets included smooth and efficient transitions which I achieved, I even stayed with the bunch when Anne Haug caught us half way through the bike and was pushing the pace at the front. I positioned myself well to the front of the bunch around most corners and down and up the hills to tr y and stay safe.”
Anneke was riding in her first ever draft legal race at this level as she looks to pick up valuable experience in elite company.
“My biggest fear was cornering and down hills in a bunch, well just bunch riding in general. Plus it had rained making me even more nervous! After today I feel much better about bunch riding now and I think I rode really well. I tried to be aware and only go as hard as I had to.”
She rode strongly throughout, only losing contact with the main chase group (Anne Haug had moved ahead) in the final stages.
“I stayed with them till about 1km left of the hill and I was dropping of f. But even Anne still was in sight. It was really cool. I wasn't sure if they were going as hard as they could or I was doing better than I thought I could.”
In the men’s race Bryce McMaster was the best of the Kiwis in 30th place and Ryan Sissons struggled in 40th place. The event was won in a dead heat by Jonathan Brownlee and Mario Mola.
Anneke Jenkins placed seventh in the latest round of the German Bundesliga triathlon.