Stimpson targets tough Colombian World Cup triathlon
Created On: 07 September 2012
Jodie Stimpson is the sole British competitor at the Guatape ITU
Triathlon World Cup in Colombia this weekend. The 23 year old from
Birmingham achieved one of the best results of her career last
weekend, and is targeting more success on one of the toughest
courses on the ITU World Cup schedule.
The bike course features four assents of a hill that is nearly
two kilometres long and reaches an altitude of 6300 feet. This
should favour Simpson, who is typically a strong cyclist.
Last weekend Simpson finished third at the Hy-Vee 5150 U.S.
Championship Elite Cup in Des Moines, Iowa. Known for its generous
prize purse, the event attracted a strong field of Olympic
medallists, current and former world champions. Stimpson finished
third, her best result of the season.
She said: "This weekend I am really hoping to pull out another
race like last weekend. I haven't raced a lot in the middle of the
season and I feel like my season has just been kick started.
"The Hy-Vee Triathlon was my Olympics. I don't think I have ever
had the rush of emotion when I crossed the line like I did. I
cried, mainly because I had put a race together the way I have
wanted to for so long. I gave myself the lift that I needed, a
starting point to improve from now."
Stimpson has recently joined an international group coached by
Australian, Darren Smith. Lisa Norden, Olympic silver medallist and
the winner at Hy-Vee, is part of the group.
The women's race has the early start time of 7am (local time) on
Sunday. Stimpson starts in Guatape as the number two ranked athlete
behind Olympian, Maria Czesnik, who serves on the Polish Army.
Following the race in Guatape, Stimpson will return home in
preparation for the Virgin Active London Triathlon (23 September)
and the ITU Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Series Grand
Final in Auckland, New Zealand (20-22 October).