McNamee makes top four in his first European Middle Distance Championship
WALCHSEE (Austria) – In the first Middle Distance Triathlon European Championship of his career, David McNamee of Great Britain finished just off the podium in fourth place at the ETU Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl. The race was McNamee’s final test before October’s Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, and the cereneo triathlete covered the course including a 1.9-kilometer swim, 90-kilometer bike split and 21.1-kilometer run in the Austrian Tyrol with a time of 03:53:44. Giulio Molinari of Italy took top honors, with Florian Angert of Germany in second and Thomas Steger of Austria rounding out the podium in third.
McNamee is the first athlete to train with cereneo triathlon, the unique performance management program launched in partnership with the cereneo research institution, and after earning three consecutive race podiums this season – most recently back-to-back wins at Challenge Galway and Challenge Poznań – McNamee was on the radar of all the contenders at the hotly contested European Championship.
Following a guiding principle of “motivation matters,” the cereneo triathlon experts have been working with McNamee all season to address a critical objective – improving his bike split without negatively affecting his energy for the run. Going up against a powerful bike specialist like Molinari on Walchsee’s challenging cycling course and finishing less than a minute and a half off the podium is an important indication of both how far he’s come, and what, together, they’ll look to address in the final month before Kona, where in his Ironman World Championship debut last year McNamee finished 11th with the fastest run split.
The culmination of David McNamee’s standout season is less than five weeks away at triathlon’s most iconic event, the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on Saturday, October 8, 2016.
Pro Men’s Top Five, Middle Distance Triathlon European Championship:
1. Giulio Molinari (ITA), 2. Florian Angert (GER), 3. Thomas Anger (AUT), 4. David McNamee (GBR), 5. Jonathan Ciavatella (ITA)