31 January Frenchman wins EL Ironman 70.3 January 31, 2017 By Anga Mtongana Latest News 0 It was a spectacular day in East London when Romain Guilaume of France clinched his very first Ironman 70.3 men’s race victory. Guilaume took part in the 10th edition of the Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 South Africa held on Sunday, 29 January 2017. Gailaume described his race as a perfect race, saying that he fought hard to create a gap, finishing with a two minute lead ahead of South Africans James Cunnama finishing second and Kyle Buckingham, who took the third spot at the podium. “At the end of the bike ride I was leading by six minutes, I knew then that victory was certain but I had to keep fighting because I was up against the best,” said Gauilaume. He encouraged other triathletes to never give up even when the going gets tough. “Last year, I was tempted to stop competing in triathlons altogether because the past two years were very difficult, but my winning spirit would not let me quit. I trained harder and today my hard work has paid off,” said Gauilaume. Meanwhile, Britain’s Jodie Cunnama who confirmed her status as the most commanding female triathlete winning her seventh consecutive title expressed a mixture of relief and satisfaction with her win. “It was not an easy win, the race gets harder every year and having won six consecutive races there is a lot of pressure to retain the title, I am relieved and happy with the outcome,” said Cunnama. A delighted Susie Cheetham from Britain was the well-deserved runner up, with Poland’s Jerzyk Agnieszka in third place. Over 3000 competitors gathered at Orient Beach for the 1.9 kilometre ocean swim, followed by a 90.1 kilometre bike ride and a 21.1 kilometre run in temperatures hitting the lower 30’s. Ironman Communications Specialist, Michael Flanagan said that they are happy to host yet another successful Ironman 70.3 race which shines an international spotlight on the Metro and contributes to its economy. “The influx of athletes and travelling companions provides a substantial tourism injection into the Buffalo City Metro, bringing an estimated R40 million worth of direct spend into the City for the period of the event,” said Flanagan. He also added that reaching ten years is a big milestone. “Over the years this event has grown in size and stature and has become a major fixture on the international calendar.” Related 2018 Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 South Africa Trautman won with a record breaking time of 4:09:53, Seymour won with a record breaking of 4:32:23, and is the first South African woman to win in the history of the event. This event allows both men and women to compete for the ultimate prize of becoming ironman champions respectively, the race kicked off with swimming then move on to bikes from East London to Berlin and back for final showdown. With the race tightly contested coming into transition two – with just minutes separating the male pro’s – it was set to be a nail-biting finish. With the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa known for its tough run course, it was still anyone’s title to take. Trautman fought to maintain his lead after coming back from a fatal back injury that kept him out of contention last year. With the race being tightly contested for third between Vaquera and Cheetham, the rest of the podium seemed set early in the run. Seymour seemed to have secured her first ever Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa bragging rights. With Pallant coming in second despite her superb run. The PRO female race was certainly one to remember. Matt Trautman and Jeanni Seymour triumphed in both man and women race respectively to complete a SA affair, it was a dream win for Trautman as this was a bittersweet pill as he was injured last year and could not compete in 2017 race, as for Seymour she became the only woman in history for SA to win the race. In all the competition was graced with more than 2400 athletes who embarked on one of the world’s toughest sports championship. This was a successful event as the City enjoyed economic spinoffs from visitors in the fields of hospitality and retail industries as this was an international event. 2016 Standard Bank 70.3 Ironman race The annual race is in its ninth year and is set to be bigger and better this year with the presence of pro-athletes including defending champions Jodie Swallow from the UK and South African Matt Trautman other athletes to participate are Lucie Zelenkova, James Cunnama, Kent Horner, Kyle Buckingham and Claire Horner. According to the Ironman 70.3 website (www.ironman.com), Ironman 70.3 South Africa race has significantly contributed to the triathlon boom in South Africa having become the most sought after triathlon on the continent. “The number of first-time participants over the past three years have averaged around 50 percent meaning that every year at least half of the 3 000 strong athlete field are competing for the very first time, many of which are doing their first ever triathlon,” reads the website. “It’s incredibly encouraging to see how this race has been selling out faster and faster every year. It certainly shows a huge appetite for triathlon in South Africa and is now reaching the same popularity in South Africa as other Ironman 70.3 events around the world which sell out within minutes of opening,” said Keith Bowler Managing Director of World Endurance Africa Holdings. Speaking about the Metro’s readiness for he triathlon race Executive Mayor for Buffalo City Metro Alfred Mtsi said, “This is an international event and it means lots of work is done by different stakeholders – police, law enforcement, health services, traffic, roads, electricity, community services and the communities out there. All these are working together to make sure that this event is a success, as always.” He added that the event will also contribute in the job creation plight. “Over 1000 volunteers form part of this and jobs are created during this period. More than 80 percent of service providers come from the Metro which makes it clear that most of the revenue that is generated remains in the City.” The race kicks off at 7am and will head off with a 1.9 kilometre swim off Orient Beach in an anticlockwise direction, a 90 kilometre cycle on the N2 highway and a 21.1 kilometre run around the Esplanade. The swim’s first leg will be 300 metres long – the buoy must be rounded on the right hand side (buoy must be on your left). After turning left around this buoy the next leg is 700 metres, this buoy must also be rounded on the right hand side. The following leg is 200 metres long and again you must round the buoy on the right. The final leg before the exit to the beach is 500 metres long and you need to round this last buoy on the left. The exit to the beach is 200 metres away. The cut-off time for the swim is one hour and 10 minutes. Following the swim is a 90 kilometre cycle on the N2 Highway. The first portion is along the Esplanade (beach front) where after the route follows the R72 motorway towards the Nahoon River. The route then turns left and follows the N2 highway towards King William’s Town. It is a continuous climb with a few flat sections to the turnaround point at Berlin just outside East London at 45 kilometres. The return route is on the opposite side of the N2 highway back to transition. Aid Stations will be available at the 18 kilometre, 45 kilometre and 72 kilometre marks. The cut-off time for the cycle is four hours and five minutes. The last leg is the 21.1 kilometre run around the Esplanade. Triathletes run down the Esplanade, passing the Orient Theatre and along the eastern Esplanade up into John Bailie Road towards Schenker Road. The route turns back on the second loop of the race which also goes out on the pier before turning around to the finishing line. There will be three aid stations at least two kilometres apart. The cut-off time for the run is three hours and 30 minutes. 2017 Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 The East London’s superb location, nestled in the incredible coastal area makes it a perfect host for this testing exceptional race. This year, the race is expected to pull more pro-athletes from around the world including defending champions, Jodie Swallow and Matt Trautmann. The Metro’s Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said that he is delighted that the City hosts the prestigious event each year. “As hosts of such an important sporting event, Buffalo City receives international and local compliments. The event gives the city an opportunity to show the world the true South African hospitality as well as boosting tourism and adding to the economy of the City,” said Pakati. “Buffalo City is ready to host the 2017 edition of the Ironman 70.3 and we are looking forward to the spectacular race.” The race kicks off at 7am with a 1.9km swim at East London's Orient Beach, the swim’s first leg will be 300 metres long, the marker must be rounded on the right hand side (marker must be on your left). After turning left around this buoy the next leg is 700 metres, this buoy must also be rounded on the right hand side. The following leg is 200 metres long and again you must round the buoy on the right. The final leg before the exit to the beach is 500 metres long and you need to round this last buoy on the left. The exit to the beach is 200 metres away. The cut-off time for the swim is one hour and 10 minutes. Following the swim is a 90 kilometre cycle on the N2 Highway. The first portion is along the Esplanade (beach front) where after the route follows the R72 motorway towards the Nahoon River. The route then turns left and follows the N2 highway towards King William’s Town. It is a continuous climb with a few flat sections to the turnaround point at Berlin just outside East London at 45 kilometres. The return route is on the opposite side of the N2 highway back to transition. Aid Stations will be available at the 18 kilometre, 45 kilometre and 72 kilometre marks. The cut-off time for the cycle is four hours and five minutes. The last leg is the 21.1 kilometre run around the Esplanade. Triathletes run down the Esplanade, passing the Orient Theatre and along the eastern Esplanade up into John Bailie Road towards Schenker Road. The route turns back on the second loop of the race which also goes out on the pier before turning around to the finishing line. According to the race’s legend John Duke, who started competing in the Ironman events in 1982, the race is anybody’s game and anybody can claim the title and be the Ironman. "People who think that the title is unattainable, I tell them that it is possible. I can take a person that does not have an athletic bone in their body and make them into a triathlete if they’re willing to put in the time. I’m the perfect example. I am not a great athlete, just a hard worker." Residents should also note that there will be road closures: Entrance to the Orient Beach Complex will be closed to all public and vehicles from Friday 27 January to Tuesday 31 January 2017 The following road closures will apply on Sunday 29 January 2017 from 6am until 1pm. On the N2, it will be closed from Beacon Bay offramp (Exit 1051) to Blaney intersection. While on the NEX / R72, the road will be closed from Buffalo Park Drive to Wyse Avenue (Christian Centre intersection) from 6am until 5pm. At Currie Street / Esplanade Street it will be closed from Orient Road to John Bailie Road. Other road closures include the John Bailie Road, Turnberry Avenue, Glen Eagles Road, Galway Road and Epsom Road Intersection 2016 Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Road Closure Road Closures: 00h00 – 17h00 · Esplanade Road between George Walker Parade and Moore Street. · Buffalo Park Drive between John Bailie Road and Fitzpatrick Road. · John Bailie Road between Ainsdale Road and Moore Street including Mc Jannet Drive. Road Closures: 06h00 – 17h00 · The N2 will be closed to Traffic between Beacon Bay Off ramp and Blaney turn off and at all the on and off ramps to the N2 from 07h00 to 17h00 from East London to KWT direction. · The N2 will be closed to traffic between Blaney turn off and North East Expressway off ramp and at all the on and off ramps to the N2 from 07h30 to 17h00 from KWT to East London direction. · The North East Expressway will be closed to traffic between Wyse Avenue and Bowls Road intersection in both directions. Lane Closures: 09h30 – 16h30 The right hand lane going up in Turnberry Avenue, Gleneagles Road and Galway Road will be closed for vehicular traffic. Access to East London Golf Course and Kat Leisure Park will be via The Drive. The following intersections will be closed at 05h00 until 17h00: Currie Street at Brighton Street Orient Road at Hillview Road Brighton Street at Rhodes Street Esplanade Road at Rhodes Street Esplanade Road at Quanza Street Esplanade Road at Fitzpatrick Road Esplanade Road at Clifford Street Esplanade Road at Inverleith Terrace Esplanade Road at Long Fellow Street Moore Street at Court Crescent Buffalo Park Drive at Fitzpatrick Road Commercial Road at Fitzpatrick Road John Bailie Road at McJannet Drive John Bailie Road at Turnberry Road John Bailie Road at Ainsdale Road Road Closures During Ironman 70.3 TIME FOR ROAD CLOSURES: The N2 from Beacon Bay off ramp to Blaney intersection will be closed at 06h15 and re-opened when all the cyclists are off the N2 The N2 from Blaney intersection to the NEX off ramp will be closed at 06h30 and re-opened if all cyclist are off the N2 The 2 lanes on the North East Expressway direction Gonubie will be opened once all the cyclist are on the N2 START: CYCLE ROUTE · The race starts in the Orient Theatre parking. · The cyclists will come out at Orient Road, · Right into Currie Street, · Onto the Esplanade, · Left into Moore Street, · Right into John Baillie Road, · Left into Buffalo Park Drive, · Turn right onto the North East Expressway, · Left onto the N2 direction KWT, · Left onto Berlin off ramp, · Right at the Berlin off ramp direction Berlin Industrial Area, · Right onto the N2 on ramp direction East London, · Left at North East Expressway on ramp, · Return via the same route and finishing at the Orient Theatre car park. START: RUN ROUTE · From the transitional area the runners will run along the Esplanade, · Into Link Road, · Right into John Bailie Road, · Right into Turnberry Avenue, · along Gleneagles Road, · Right into Galway Road turning at the turning point in Galway Road and Return via the same route finishing at the Orient Pool. ROAD CLOSURES: N2 N2 direction King Williams Town at Beacon Bay off ramp on the N2 N2 at Blaney intersection direction East London on the N2 N2 on ramp at Bonza Bay Main Road direction East London N2 on ramp at North East Expressway direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Western Avenue interchange direction Gonubie N2 on ramp at Meadow Road direction King Williams Town Amalinda Main at N2 on ramp direction King Williams Town Amalinda Main at N2 on ramp direction Gonubie N2 on ramp at Nahoon Dam interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Nahoon Dam interchange direction East London N2 on ramp at Fort Jackson interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Fort Jackson interchange direction East London N2 on ramp at Berlin interchange direction King Williams Town N2 on ramp at Berlin interchange direction East London ROAD CLOSURES: NORTH EAST EXPRESSWAY: Commercial Road direction Buffalo Park Drive at Fitzpatrick North East Expressway at Bowls Road / Buffalo Park Drive Buffalo Park Drive and North East Expressway St Peters Road at Nahoon View Road North East Expressway on ramp at Pearce Street interchange direction North North East Expressway on ramp at Pearce Street interchange direction South Old Transkei Main Road and NEX on ramp direction City N2 on ramp at North East Expressway direction Gonubie (Sasol Garage) North East Expressway at Wyse Ave ROAD CLOSURES: ESPLANADE: Orient Road closed at Hillview Road Currie Street closed at Brighton Street Rhodes Street at Brighton Street Esplanade closed at Rhodes Street Esplanade closed at Quanza Street Esplanade closed at Fitzpatrick Road Esplanade closed at Clifford Street Esplanade closed at Inverleith Terrace Esplanade closed at Long Fellow Street Moore Street closed at the Holiday Inn entrance John Bailie Road closed at Mc Jannet Drive John Bailie Road closed at Turnburry Road John Bailie Road closed at Ainsdale Road LANE CLOSURE: TURNBERRY AVENUE AND GALWAY ROAD The right hand lane up Turnberry Avenue, left into Gleneagles Road and turning right into Galway Road will be closed for traffic. The left hand lane in Galway Road will be divided into two lanes. The right hand lane up Turnberry Avenue, left into Gleneagles Road and turning right into Galway Road will be closed for traffic. The left hand lane in Galway Road will be divided into two lanes. ALTERNATIVE ROUTES AS PER N2 INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: FROM GONUBIE TO KWT From N2 left into Beacon Bay off ramp, left into Bonza Bay Main Road, right into Batting Road, left into Old Transkei Road, right into Pearce Street, into Lukin Road, right into Oxford Street, left onto Amalinda Main Road to Voortrekker Road, left onto Voortrekker Road into R102, right at Ndevana/Ilitha Street and continue with the N2. OR From N2 left into Beacon Bay off ramp, right into Bonza Bay Main Road, right into Wyse Ave, left into Old Transkei Road, right into Pearce Street, into Lukin Road, right into Oxford Street, left into Amalinda Main Road to Voortrekker Road, left into Voortrekker Road, into R102, right at Ndevana/Ilitha Street and continue with the N2. FROM KWT TO GONUBIE From N2 right into Ilitha/Ndevana Road, left onto the R102 into Voortrekker Road, right into Amalinda Main Road, right into Oxford Street, left into Lukin Road, into Pearce Street, left into Old Transkei Road, into Batting Road, left into Bonza Bay Road, right onto the M10 and continue with the N2. Buffalo City Metro wishes all an enjoyable and safe traveling. Ironman champs successfully defend the titles Swallow won with a record breaking time of 4:30:53 breaking her previous time by seven minutes and 25 seconds. The second runner up in the women’s race was Astrid Stienen from Germany and coming in at number three was South African Annah Watkinson. Watkinson was the first South African woman to finish grabbing the final spot on the podium. Over 2 500 individual athletes participated in the triathlon which is made up of a 1.9km sea swim, 90km bicycle ride and a 21km run. Athletes began their day with a 1.2-mile ocean swim at the Orient Beach, protected by the breakwaters of East London's harbor then followed by a 90km cycle ride along the N2 between East London and King William’s Town. In the men’s division Matt Trautman cruised to victory and successfully defended his title followed by Kyle Buckingham in the second place and James Cunnama who came in at number three. Trautman broke Ryan Tissink’s record which was set by in 2009 Speaking after the race the tired athlete said, “I had a fantastic day. I felt strong throughout and I couldn’t have done better.” Swallow however said about her race, “It is always hard to get out here at the start of the season but I trained really hard and the race went well so I am happy.” BCMM Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “Today is a big day as we are here to witness strong men and women from different countries all over the world and local athletes compete in this tough competition.” “It has been a great pleasure to accommodate all our visitors and it has increased our City’s economy. Such an event is always a pleasure to have in our Metro,” he said. Mtsi also congratulated all the athletes who took part in the triathlon especially those who made it to the podium. “It has been a success and I would like to congratulate all the winners. The total number of athletes that have participated this here are about 3000 which is a huge number. Comments are closed.