Isle of Wight triathlete Stuart Dyer travelled to Transilvania to compete for Team GB in the European Middle Distance Triathlon Championships last weekend.
The 2km swim was in a freshwater reservoir and due to a scorching forecast of 32 degrees, the event was deemed a non-wetsuit race. Exiting the water in 36 minutes this placed Stuart high up the field in 6th place.
The 80km bike course was 4 laps of a very hilly and technical course with over 1000m of ascent to complete. All was going well for the first 30km until a mechanical issue with Stuart’s electronic gears meant he could not select and change gear properly.
“It was a stunning location and course, one of the best I have raced on!
“It was extremely frustrating not being able to get into the right gear at the right time. I was losing momentum and places quickly so just kept my head down and worked as hard as I could without going into the red and blowing up before the run”.
Even so, Stuart’s bike split was 2 hours 28 minutes.
By midday the temperatures where building and the run required Stuart to dig in and slowly work his way back through the field. He completed the 20kms in a respectable 1 hour 44 minutes to finish in a total time of 4 hours 56 minutes – a personal best which placed him in 15th in the 50-54 Age Group.
Stuart’s focus will now return to Olympic distance racing as he prepares to represent Team GB for the third time this year at the World Age Group Championships in Lausanne Switzerland in September.