Nikki Bartlett steps up the podium in BILBAO TRIATHLON

Nikki Bartlett steps up the podium in BILBAO TRIATHLON

  • Nikki Bartlett (Scotland) and Hannah Drewett (UK) made top 5 of the Half Distance Bilbao Triathlon.
  • Hannah Drewett got the fastest swim and Nikki Bartlett he fastest bike ride.
  • Mark Livesey (Scotland) finished 15th overall and 1st 40-49 age group after a solid bike and leg course.
  • Manon Genet (France) DNF due to stomach problems when was running in 5th position.
  • Caroline Livesey (Scotland) did not recovered from her injuries and Did Not Start the race at last moment.
  • 1200 triathletes from 15 countries and 3 different continents in Olympic Distance (550) and Half Distance (650). Over 100 females taking part.
  • Swimming 1.9 km at the Nervión River feeling the cheers from the fans during all the course, cycling 90 km in 2 laps trough the basque mountains and running last 20km just next to Guggenheim museum.

Last Saturday, may 20th, over 1200 triathletes from all over the world raced at the Bilbao Triathlon (Half or Olympic distance) enjoying one of the most stunning landscapes.

Entries for the seventh edition of the Bilbao Triathlon were sold out several months ago and some British triathletes were at the starting line.

The swim start was at 12:45 in Nervion River and it helped on a cold morning to warm up the atmosphere a little. This river crosses the city centre so like every year both edges were full of people cheering for every single triathlete. It was a tough swim with female pack starting 5 minutes earlier than males. Both pros and age groups started at the same time and definitely they could feel the support of family and friends on every single stroke. It is a going and coming swimming track so it is perfect for the fans to follow the race up to the T1.

This was the plan for Dai Woordsford and his son to cheer for Vickie Woodsford, from CrapTri triathlon team, who is racing in Bilbao for the first time. “This is perfect for the fans and so unusual, we can follow her swim all over the course and she can hear us!!

Hannah Drewett is a former swimmer and got distance from the beginning. She has raced several times for the Great Britain National team in short distance. “I am a little nervous to see so many good pro triathletes here with so much experience in Iron Man and long courses. I am going to try to get advantage in the swimming course and hit it back during the running. I guess my path from short distance will give me that fastness”.

Just behind her Judith Corachan (runner up on last 2 editions) and Emma Bilham (winner in Pais de Aix 70.3 triathlon a week before) only 1 minute later.

The bike course goes through some of the most stunning scenery Basque Country has to offer. The Basque people are one of the most passionate cycling fans and climbing up El Vivero (3.5 miles and 7.8% average slope) will become a unique experience. Hannah tried to keep pushing on her bike to get a bigger break. Behind her Corachan passed Bilham first and got Hannah at the beginning of the second lap. Hannah was out of energy and finished with Manon Genet fighting for the 4th position the cycling course.
The male race was also very competitive. Gustavo Rodriguez, current Spanish Half Distance Champion lost almost 2 minutes against a group of 6 triathletes. Among them Arthur Horseau, the young French U23 Champion who leaded the course on the 1st bike lap. The Italian Domenico Passuello got several bike problems and retired.

I love climbing but when we talk about Spain we usually think about flat sunny roads next to the Mediterranean. This is completely different, it is lovely” says the former professional and top coach, Mark Livesey.

The half distance triathletes will cover twice the 40km track before heading back to the city center for T2. The race track is completely flat and running next the Guggenheim or through the bustling streets is a pleasure every single triathlete want to experience at least once in their lives.

Nikki Bartlet just got an injury few weeks ago and she confirmed her presence just few days ago. “I was so gutted when the doctor told me that I needed to drop from the race… few days after that I felt better and did not think twice. Bilbao Triathlon is the race and I won’t miss it

The well-known Bilbao will be the focal point for the world of triathlon once again with triathletes from over 15 countries. During last 6 years we have seen crossing the finish line world famous pro triathletes like Ewa Bugdol an Fraser Cartmell from Scotland or the british Philip Graves, Douglas Roberts and George Goodwin, Asa Lundstrom from sweeden, the aussies Ryan Baile and Charlotte McShane, Barbara Riveros from Chile, the american superstar Andrew Starykowics.

Among the national riders Gustavo Rodriguez, Marcel Zamora, Virginia Berasategi or Gurutze Frades have step up the podium at least once.

Bilbao has excellent accommodation facilities, including luxury Hotels and a caravan site suitable for both touring caravans and motor homes. You can get there straight by plane to Bilbao International airport or by ferry from Portsmouth. Also Santander is only one hour away and there is both Ferry and plane routes to the UK too. The area also offers a wide range of activities so is ideal for a full weekend with the family in the touristic Basque Country.


1 Gustavo Rodriguez 4:03:16 Judith Corachán 4:35:30
2 Pello Osoro 4:11:06 Emma Bilham 4:38:37
3 Erik Merino 4:11:53 Nikki Bartlett 4:40:08
4 Arthur Horseau 4:12:49 Hannah Drewett 4:52:01
5 Ander Okamika 4:14:11 María Carrasco 5:03:49
6 Denis Sketako 4:16:17 Mireia Arrillaga Murelaga 05:10:04

* hasta no saber los resultados del control antidopaje los resultados no serán oficiales


1 Luis Velasques 2:01:22 Charlotte McShane 2:18:10
2 Xabier Tijero 2:09:03 Ibone Sánchez 2:25:05
3 Joanes Goitisolo 2:09:37 Zuriñe Rodríguez 2:26:24
Interview to Denis Sketako, European Champion of Long Distance Triathlon

Interview to Denis Sketako, European Champion of Long Distance Triathlon

Denis Sketako (1988) was born in Hrastnik, a town located in the center of Slovenia and the birthplace of mining since the last century. Far from engaging in the charcoal business, this light-eyed blonde fully entered the world of basketball, setting him aside in 2009 to devote himself fully to triathlon. Last summer he touched the sky after being proclaimed European Champion of Long Distance Triathlon in Poznan and on May 20 will be one of the heads of the international poster of the Bilbao Triathlon.

How and why did you start in Triathlon?

In my job as a rescuer I swam a lot and I was thinking about running and cycling too. Therefore about triathlon! The Ironman word echoed in my head all the time. And in June 2011, I really heard it when I crossed the finish line in Klagenfurth with time 10h 22min. At the same time I become the FIRST ZASAVJE IRONMAN.
– What is your best skill? Bike, run, swim ..
From beginning  swimming was my  hardest discipline. In the past two years I improve very much in swimming.  I feel stronger on run.

In Bilbao, triathletes say that the most decisive part of the race is the bike because you have to climb a lot. Do you like to ride or climb more?

Where I live we have a lot of hills and most of training I do here. So I can say that I am better on climb.

– I see in your web page that you like basketball and music. What music do you listen to before you compete? Does it help you to concentrate?

Before triathlon I played basketball for 13 years. And sometimes I still play it with my friends. Yes, I like music very much and before competition I always listen my favourite playlist. This make me calm and focused. I prefer movie music, like Armageddon playlist.

– What is your calendar of competitions in 2017?

My first race will be end of April at Taiwan, then I come to Bilbao 🙂 After that I have race in Hungary, Slovakia,Finland,Canada, Netherlands and Italy. This is my plan but sometimes it change. I hope this season will be without injuries.

What has been your best day as a triathlete?

Absolutely 24th July when I win European championship. I was very proud standing on podium and listening Slovenian national anthem. This was the pay day 🙂 All years of training and efforts was rewarded.

Denis Sketako campeón de Europa
– What do you know about Bilbao?

I know your football team Athletic Bilbao 🙂

And I saw on photos that Bilbao is a very sunny and modern spanish city. I follow Bilbao triathlon from beginning and I hope to have time after race to see all artist beauty and taste local specialty.

– You are a Long Distance Specialist. How do you think you will get the Half distance in Bilbao?

You need to ask me after the race 🙂 On every race I do my best and I like half distance, mostly because in half is less swimming and I have more power for ride and run.

The swimming of Bilbao is done in a river in the middle of the city with cheering on both sides. Do you think it will be very different from doing it in the open sea?

In water I do not hear cheering, bad for me 🙂 But it helps every positive mind and word when you leaving water and you need to start running. This is the hardest part of race for me. I think is better that we swim in river because you have better orientation.

What makes you happiest in this sport?

Winning 🙂 With 3 discipline is every day different. I am happy to see my progress and how far I can go.

Denis Sketako - Bilbao Triathlon

Interview to Vickie Woodsfoord, TRIATHLETE, DENTIST AND BAKER

Interview to Vickie Woodsfoord, TRIATHLETE, DENTIST AND BAKER


This edition of the Bilbao Triathlon is going to increase its international participation and among all the triathletes that will meet on the starting line on May 20th, we shared a few minutes with Vickie Woodsford, a Welsh athlete, mother, dentist and pastry maker, who wastes optimism and sympathy. Vickie has gone from smoking several cigars a day to competing in mythical events such as the Alpe D’Huez triathlon or the Des Sables Marathon. Now she wants to become the finishers of the Bilbao test.

Why are you going to take part in the Bilbao Triathlon?

I was looking at Bilbao Triathlon as a possible race to open my season when I saw the competition come up to win entry.  It was already on my short list, so I thought I’d enter the competition and when I won, the decision was made!

What do you know about the Bilbao Triathlon?

I’ve never done a river swim before so that appealed to me. I didn’t really know much about the bike course, but the race logo makes me think I’ll need my climbing legs.  I live in Wales, all we have here is hills, there’s hardly any flat areas so I don’t worry too much about that.

I really loved the pictures of the run past the enormous spider, along the river.  That and the pictures of all the crowds on the bridge, over the swim, caught my interest.  I prefer to race at big events, I find the pressure of the occasion makes me work harder and race better. Also who doesn’t want to be cheered along the way?!

What do you know about Bilbao? What have they told you?

My other great love in life is food, which is why I have to do so much triathlon, to make sure I don’t end up the size of a cruise ship.  I know the Basque region is famed for its food and wine so I’m excited to combine a trip of racing and good eating, a winning combination.  We have a few really great Spanish restaurants where I live, we eat in them often,I love their food so it’ll be even better to try the real thing.

What are the most beautiful and important races you’ve run?

When you train, you need something to look forward to and racing in beautiful places motivates me a lot.  So far I’ve done a marathon from Everest Base Camp, the Sahara desert race, Marathon des Sables, the stunning Alpe D’Huez triathlon and of course, the most sensational, being Ironman Wales.  Renowned for being the toughest race on the Ironman circuit but also for its amazing crowd support and natural beauty.  There’s not a flat kilometre of that bike course or run course!

How did you start to play sports?

At school, I wasn’t into sports.  You could find me hiding at the bottom of the school fields smoking cigarettes instead. Through Captura de pantalla completa 03042017 125111University there was even less sport & even more smoking, junk food and wine. Fast forward to hitting 30, I was an unfit mother of one and still smoking.

A change had to be made, so on January 10th 2010, I smoked my last cigarette and trained for my first London Marathon.  I haven’t looked back.

My husband did the epic Norseman Triathlon in 2013 and it was there in the beautiful Norwegian Fjord that I squished myself into a borrowed wetsuit and went for a little swim.  Getting into my wetsuit is the worst bit of triathlon, does it ever get any easier?  I had learned to swim as a child but hadn’t done more than dip in a pool, to cool off on holidays, for 25 years.  I was hooked, entered my first 70.3 race and set about becoming a triathlete.

What do you like most about triathlon?

Triathlon is without exception the most friendly and inclusive thing I have ever been involved in.  I’ve made loads of new friends, I get outdoors to train & race in fabulous places, I’m the fittest I’ve ever been and I can eat loads more!

What is the best and worst of triathlon?

The worst is the wetsuits, ugh, I hate them.  No matter how fit you are, no one looks good in a wetsuit!  The best bit is everything after T1!  I’m a horrible swimmer, I survive in water more than race in it but after T1, the awesome starts!

You’re a mom. How do you train, work and be with the family?

In life you have to decide what’s important to you and triathlon is to me, so I make time.  I am lucky to only work 4 days a week and both my husband and son are super sporty so we all make time for each other to train.  Often it means getting up very early, which I hate, but it has to be done.  I still manage to spend a ridiculous amount of time watching rubbish on television, so I could probably be doing more!

You’re a dentist. Is it important a nice smile to get into the goal of an Ironman?

Fixing teeth buys bikes and ironman lets you escape from the stress of fixing teeth!  We all need a nice smile for the finish line photos, which reminds me – I’d better get my whitening done 😉

We have seen on Instagram that you make some delicious cakes. What is your specialty?

My Tri club call me the Cake Lady, I’m known for my chocolate brownies and tea cakes.  Indeed my cakes have become quite famous on the Welsh triathlon circuit, so much that they were stolen at Ironman Wales 2015 and eaten by a rival crew!  The guilt was obviously too much, a few weeks later they contacted me on Facebook to apologise.  The cake boxes are kept under close guard at races these days.

What would be the ideal cake for the Bilbao triathlon?

Well, I’m hoping the weather is going to be hot, so definitely nothing with chocolate!  Strangely, I don’t actually eat much cake so after a hot race what better than a cold Estrella and some salty pintxos? Thats my plan anyway.  I’ll bring along some brownies and you guys can test them for yourselves!

What are the benefits of sport in your normal life?

What’s not to love? I’m fitter, healthier and happier than I’ve ever been.  Also my jeans are a lot smaller 😉

Say hello to all participants of the Bilbao Triathlon 2017, please.

Hi to everyone racing or coming to support on May 20th.  I’m really looking forward to being there and hope for a great race too.


All the entries for the Half Distance are gone.

Despite increasing the first quota with another 100 spots, all the 600 entries are taken. We loaded a waiting list for the lucky ones that find a spot from a resignation.

Please, fulfill this FORM to get into the waiting list.

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The sold out is only for the Half distance so you can get an entry for the Olympic race. We still have 150 entries more. Do not wait until last minute!!

We will anounce soon the presence of professional triathletes that will race in BilbaoTriathlon next May 20th. Keep tuned!!

Lundström y Rodríguez amplían su reinado en el VI. Bilbao Triathlon

En la distancia Olímpica el triunfo ha sido para el australiano Bailie y la chilena Riveros,
ambos ya clasificados para los Juegos Olímpicos de Río de Janeiro

28 de mayo de 2016

La sueca Åsa Lundström y el gallego Gustavo Rodríguez se han proclamado este sábado ganadores de la prueba de distancia Half de la VI. edición del Bilbao Triathlon, que se ha desarrollado en un clima caluroso, con cerca de mil participantes entre las dos modalidades, y con miles de espectadores llenando los circuitos de la prueba en el centro de la ciudad.

En categoría masculina, el vigente campeón de España e Iberoamerica, Gustavo Rodríguez, ha sido capaz de escribir su nombre por tercer año consecutivo en el palmarés de la prueba tras aventajar al ruso Stanislav Krylov en poco más de medio minuto después de certificar la remontada en los tres últimos kilómetros de la carrera pie. El tercer lugar ha sido para el extremeño Diego Paredes, que ha ido de menos a más para acabar metido en el podio.

Tras los 1.900 metros de natación en la Ría, el mando de lo ha tomado el joven venezolano Luis Velasquez, con Krylov en un segundo grupo y con Gustavo Rodríguez a más de cuatro minutos de la cabeza. En el segmento de la bicicleta el ruso pasó a encabezar la prueba, mientras Luis Velasquez perdía posiciones por problemas físicos. Gustavo Rodríguez terminó segundo a casi tres minutos y más tarde entró un grupo formado por Okamika, Elgezabal, Carnevali, Paredes y Osoro a casi seis minutos del ruso.

Los 21 kilómetros finales han servido para que Gustavo fuera capaz de recortar una desventaja de cuatro minutos respecto a Krylov, al igual que sucedió el año pasado, dejándole con la miel en los labios a su oponente y convirtiéndose con el triatleta con más victorias en Bilbao, superando el doblete de Mikel Elgezabal. El calor hizo meya y favoritos como Bruno Pais o Luis Velásquez, se tuvieron que retirar por problemas físicos.

“Estoy muy emocionado por encontrar gratificación al trabajo que llevo haciendo tanto tiempo parapreparar esta carrera, y más cuando pensaba que no iba a poder remontar. No he salido muy bien del agua, en la bici he estado bien y en la carrera he intentado arriesgar y darlo todo todo para lograr la tercera victoria consecutiva ha salido bien. El calor y el cariño que me da la gente aquí es increíble y volveré seguro a por la cuarta txapela”, señala el ganador.


En categoría femenina la sueca Åsa Lundström ha vuelto a poner su nombre en el palmarés de la prueba, tras ganar por primera vez en 2013. Después de una frenética persecución en la carrera a pie ha logrado cruzar la línea de meta en primer lugar por delante de la catalana Judith Corachán, segunda también en 2015, y Virginia Berasatategui, ganadora en 2011 y 2012.

La primera en salir del agua ha sido Corachán, seguida muy de cerca por Berasategui y con la sueca en el quinto lugar. En el sector de bicicleta hemos visto una preciosa lucha entre las favoritas donde Judith Corachán ha cedido su liderato a Berasategui y la segunda plaza a Lundström, colocándose tercera.

Así, la triatleta nórdica ha afrontado el inicio de la carrera a pie con poco más de un minuto de desventaja sobre Berasategui, a la cual ha podido rebasar en el primer tercio de la carrera a pie. Lo mismo ha hecho Corachán, vigente campeona de España que ha podido escalar hasta la segunda plaza en los kilómetros finales.

“He podido disfrutar mucho de la carrera, del recorrido y de los ánimos de la gente. Hace tres años no pude hacerlo debido al mal tiempo y estoy muy contenta por todo ello”, apunta Lundström, que tiene como principal objetivo de la temporada el Ironman de Hawai.


En la modalidad Olímpica, distancia que se ha estrenado este año en Bilbao, los vencedores han sido el australiano Ryan Bailie y la chilena Barbara Riveros. Ambos triatletas, que tomarán parte en los Juegos Olímpicos de Río de Jaineiro del próximo verano, no han tenido problemas para imponer su dominio.

En categoría masculina el vencedor ha sido el australino Ryan Bailie, por delante de la promesa canadiense Alexis Lepage, y del bilbaíno Kristian Quintans, segundo y tercero tras la descalificación de los británicos Douglas Roberts y George Goodwin.

El ‘aussie’, que buscará una medalla en las Olimpiadas ante rivales como Gómez Noya, Mola o los hermanos Brownlee, ha salido del agua en cabeza, en compañía Douglas y Lepage, y poco a poco ha ido imponiendo su dominio hasta la línea de meta.

“La dureza de la prueba ha sido un buen test de cara a los Juegos y estoy contento por el resultado. El recorrido y al ambiente me ha gustado mucho y creo que he podido demostrar mi nivel. Los de Brasil van a ser mis primeras Olimpiadas y creo que puedo hacerlo bien”, ha señalado.

En categoría femenina la victoria ha sido para la chilena Barbara Riveros, por delante de la australiana Charlotte McShane y de la navarra Nuria Rodríguez. La olímpica chilena, que también estará presente en las Olimpiadas de Brasil, ha salido del agua en el grupo cabecero y ha aprovechado el segmento de bicicleta para coger un liderato que no abandonaría hasta cruzar la línea de meta.

“La semana que viene tengo Series Mundiales de la ITU y esta ha sido una buena prueba. He tenido mejores sensaciones de las esperadas porque venía un poco lesionada del tobillo. En bicicleta pude abrir hueco y llegar con ventaja para administrarla en el último sector, pese a que McShane estaba corriendo muy bien.”, ha indicado la chilena.



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