Press Release: 2011 Trakkers-Rev3 Racing Team

(Boulder, CO) January 25, 2011 – The 2011 Trakkers-REV3 Racing Team returns with new athletes, new sponsors, and a new mission.

After a successful first season, Team Trakkers begins the New Year by revitalizing its relationship with the Revolution3 Triathlon Series, which now supports the team as its co-Title sponsor. Presenting sponsors include both Kestrel Bicycles and First Endurance, who return this year to support the 11-person professional team and 39-member amateur squad.

New partners for 2011 are industry-leading companies, AVIA (footwear), TYR (wetsuits, speedsuits), and Canari (apparel).

“The Revolution3 Team is overjoyed at the opportunity to be a sponsor of such high-class professional athletes. Their determination and drive to succeed motivate each and every one of us at Rev3. Our goal is to push the sport of Triathlon forward and we hope our commitment to this group of athletes shows that we take this growth seriously. We cannot wait to see them at the Rev3 races this year,” said Charlie Patten, Head Honcho of the Revolution3 Triathlon Series.

“Kestrel is excited to be part of the Trakkers-REV3 Triathlon Team,” said Steven Harad, Kestrel Brand Manager. “This is our second year with the Trakkers team and with the addition of many top level athletes, we are looking forward to a successful season.”

“First Endurance is pleased and honored to be associated with this high caliber team of athletes and sponsors,” stated Robert Kunz, the VP of Science and Technology at FE. “All of the athletes will be using the entire system of First Endurance products, and more importantly they will have influence and input on our new product development, allowing us to keep producing and upgrading our line so it remain the best on the market.”

In addition to the changes in sponsorship, the team roster has grown and evolved. Returning members-Richie Cunningham, Brian Fleischmann, Jacqui Gordon, Amanda Lovato, and Michael Lovato-welcome new athletes, Hillary Biscay, Courtenay Brown, Kathleen Calkins, Chris McDonald, Jessica Meyers, and Matt Sheeks.

With a refreshed athlete roster and its committed sponsors, Team Trakkers-REV3 begins the 2011 race season with an evolved mission: to promote and help grow the Revolution3 Triathlon brand; to gain exposure for the world’s first real-time GPS tracking devices; to represent triathlon’s strongest brands; and to compete at a world-class level over varied distances, at multiple triathlon series worldwide.

“We had a great year in 2010, but our aim is to improve across the board, as we go forward,” stated Michael Lovato. “To evolve in a positive direction, we have partnered with key sponsors who are committed to the sport of triathlon, to its growth, and to its athletes. We could not be happier with our group of sponsors, or with our recharged roster of athletes.”

The full professional team includes:

Hillary Biscay: 2008 Ironman Wisconsin Champion; 15-time top-three Ironman finisher

Courtenay Brown: Danskin Tri & Silverman Half winner; Inside Tri columnist

Kathleen Calkins: 2010 REV3 Cedar Point 3rd place; Top Amateur Kona 2009

Richie Cunningham: 2x 70.3 Champion; 4x Top-Five 70.3 World Championships

Brian Fleischmann: 1st World Team Champs; 2x 2nd place USAT National Champs

Jacqui Gordon: Multiple Ironman and 70.3 Top-Ten finisher

Amanda Lovato: 2010 Pucon 70.3 Champion; Multiple Half Ironman Champion; Multiple Top-Five Ironman finisher

Michael Lovato: 2x Ironman Champion; 3x Top-Ten Kona; 3x National Champion

Chris McDonald: 3x Ironman Champion

Jessica Meyers: 2010 Augusta 70.3 Champ; US National Team; Armed Services Champion

Matt Sheeks: 2010 Duathlon Pro National Champion; 2009 Duathlon AG World Champion

Ironman 70.3 South Africa

I usually go home to Australia in December, but this year, since I was getting married on New Year’s it made sense to stick around. This worked out pretty well, because I was able to get some training in December and January so that I could do an early race. South Africa is probably the earliest I’ve ever started my season, but I figured it was worth the trip. The location was awesome.

The day before the race, the waves were cranking on my warm-up swim. I thought I was going to get lucky and do some surfing for the race, but the next morning, the wind changed direction and the water was quite calm. Going into the swim, the water was freezing. It was probably the coldest water I have ever raced in and I’ve done 70.3 Oceanside for years. Despite that, I had a good swim and came out of the water in 3rd.

I was a little nervous going into the bike. Because of the wedding and a couple of bad weeks of weather in Austin I didn’t get in as many solid rides as I would have liked. I knew I was going to have to push hard on the bike to stay in contention. I ended up having a realy soild ride. My new Kestrel 4000 is just awesome. It really pulled me through. I also had a new nutrition plan for this year: Instead of having one water with all my nutrition in the one bottle, I split my nutrition between two bottles, because last year, I lost my nutrition bottles in 3 different races either from dropping it or having it bounce out off the bike. In each bottle, I put water, half a flask of vanilla First Endurance EFS Gel, and a heaping scoop of orange EFS powder. I think I’ll stick to this plan as seemed to work well and because of my history for losing bottles. Also, despite the fact that it started raining from 5K into the bike until the end of the run, the ride was pretty fast. There was an insane headwind heading out on the bike. After the turn around at about 50km we were going so fast I timed the next 20km. The first 10K we went through in 10:24 and for the full 20km we did 24:14.

My run was ok. I never quite got into a fast running groove though. After 10K, I really started to feel the pain of pushing the bike so hard and my legs started to bonk. I expected this to happen since it was such an early season race. I ended up 4th, which I am pretty happy with. It was my fist race in Avia racing flats and I’m really happy with the way they feel. I’m certainly not in any hurry to peak at this time of year. It’s going to be a long year with my major goal being the Rev3 series and the Rev3 Full in September. I think there will be a lot of bonked athletes later in latter part of the year with so many of athletes chasing points. I’d like to be strong when that happens.

Also, my bright green Rudy Project helmet was a big hit. I got a lot of good comments on my green-goblin-style race kit. I can’t wait to sport my new green Trakkers-Rev3 uniform. It’s going to look awesome. Also, I just wanted to commend South Africa for putting on an amazing race. Any race that can close down a 4 lane highway for a triathlon is pretty awesome.