After the disruption of the 2020 race season, the lack of formal training sessions over the winter and the stresses of online learning and GCSE’s thrown in, Antonia tackled the 2021 triathlon season head on.
Antonia’s swim-bike-run triathlon races are normally 400m swim, 10km bike, 2.5km run.
She finished the season as Under 17 British Champion, British Triathlon Super Series winner and Super League Jersey Champion. As one of the fastest swimmers in the field, she often finds herself on her own in a breakaway at the front of the bike leg, being chased by the peloton behind.
“I love my Forme Flash, its perfect for the courses we race on that often have long straights combined with tight technical sessions. Light, nimble, aero and responsive, it’s the perfect combination.”
In the British Championships race at Mallory Park, Antonia not only held off the chasing bunch, but actually extended her lead on the bike to over 20 seconds, an advantage that she built on in the run.
“Having confidence on the bike leg is crucial and the riding the right bike is so important for that. I love the styling that my Flash has. It looks fast even when its sat in transition.”
“Super League Jersey was a fantastic experience. It’s the first time that I’ve raced overseas, and I know that it sounds silly, but being able to take my bike apart simply for the flight over is an important factor, as is being able to put it back together again safely.”
Antonia will be taking a short break from racing now, before heading in to the winter season where she’ll be clocking some longer rides through to build up her endurance for the Under 20 races (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) that she will be facing next year. The 2022 season will be kicking off around Easter next year and she will be aiming for GB selection at the Europeans and World championships.
Pictures from the SuperLeague race Youth & Junior - SUPER LEAGUE (smugmug.com)