Brad Kahlefeldt has won his first WCS race in Hamburg. After multiple podium finishes at the event in previous years, Brad crossed the line in 1st place in front of an amazing crowd of 200,000 spectators! Read his race report below:
Well last Saturday I managed to win my first ITU World Championship Series race in Hamburg Germany. Hamburg has been one of my favourite races on the circuit. As i mentioned in the press conference after it was back in 2003 where I got onto the World Cup podium for the first time in a sprint finish, now many years later after a number of podiums here (3rd 2003, 3rd 2006, 3rd 2007, 2nd 2009) I finally won in front of an amazing 200 000 spectators lining the course.
I placed well out of the swim around the top 10, felt strong on the bike and come home well on the run. There was a few guys left with 1km to go and I surged around my english mate Will Clarke with 200m to go to take my first World Championship Series title and first Aussie to win an WCS event. David Hauss of France had a great race and placed 3rd.
It felt nice to be able to perform well after a solid 5th place in Kitzbuhel Austria 4 week prior. The aim for this year was to look at hitting my straps around Hamburg and London (two important races for 2012 Olympic selection). I am happy with where my overall form is at and my training in the lead up to these two important races.
Next World Championship Series race is in London over the Olympic course in 3 weeks time.
On another note and most followers would have seen in the media that Australia got the gold, silver and Bronze the following day. With my Moffy Winning and Emma Jackson 2nd and Emma Snowsil 3rd! So it was a great weekend for us both. Doesn’t really happen that often. It must have been an omen when we received a free up grade to the penthouse suite at the radisson hamburg days before the race..
Anyway I have attached some pics. There is many more online and race video on www.triathlon.org .
Aussies the race will be replayed on ONE HD.
I am back in Aix Les Bains again and back into the hard training.
Keep you all updated in the lead up to London.