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Open Water Swimming Secrets of the Pros

July 9, 2014 - 5:00

Open water swimming in triathlon races is something that can strike a bit of fear into triathlete’s hearts – particularly for beginners or weak swimmers – mainly due to fear of the unknown. But this need not be the case! Gaining confidence in this area by practicing good techniques will help you immensely come race day, and can turn this leg of the race into an enjoyable experience where, by following a few handy tips, you can even find yourself gaining useful advantages over your fellow competitors in the swim!

Our latest Orca Flash tip offers you secrets that pro’s like Olympian and 70.3 Champion Courtney Atkinson have picked up over the years that will help you to be faster in your open water swim with no extra effort required!! Like the sound of that?

Three key tips Courtney highlights are:

1. Open Water Entry and Exit Technique

2. Dolphin Diving to get a head start on your fellow competitors

3. Picking Landmarks to aim for before the start so that you swim straight

Check out this video as Courtney explains these more:

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Our new 2014 European Ironman Champion!

July 7, 2014 - 3:23 Photo from IronmanLive

As they say, a picture tells a thousand words and we think this photo of Sebastian Kienle running up the finish chute on his way to taking out the Ironman European Champion title for 2014 at Ironman Frankfurt on the weekend says it all.

In usual Sebi styles, the bike was where he began to show his dominance – some of the more eagle-eyed among you would’ve noticed the proto Orca cycle shoe covers Sebi wore as he continues to strive for higher aero-dynamics, and so speed, on the bike. He certainly found this speed – smashing the previous bike course record held by Andreas Raelert in 2010 by more than 8 minutes with a 4:12:14 bike split on a fairly difficult bike course!!

Followed by a stellar run in his Orca RS1 Dream Vegas Race Suit with a marathon time of 2:49:35 Sebastian crossed the finish line to not only take his first Ironman win, but more importantly the Ironman Europe Champion title in what was also a new course record of 7:55:14.

With the bike course smashed, race course smashed, and Ironman European Champion all accomplished on his first day of being 30, the year ahead is off to a great start!!

Photo from Ironmanlive.com

 

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Weekend Racing Re-Cap!

June 23, 2014 - 5:42

All around the Northern Hemisphere we had Orca athletes out racing and achieving great results this weekend!! Was great to see Chris McCormack (Macca) getting out there again at the Tri Rock Philadelphia Triathlon in the US – taking out the win and showing us all he’s still got what it takes!

macca_trirock

 

Meanwhile across the waters at the IM 70.3 Luxembourg it was great to see our latest Orca athlete Susie Hignett having a great day out coming 2nd place overall after a stellar run brought her up to finish just 23secs behind first place!!

TRIATHLON 70.3 LUXEMBOURG 2014

 

Also at IM 70.3 Luxembourg was Orca athlete Albert Moreno who continued his great season with a 6th place in a very competitive field with a time of 3:57:48.

albert_luxembourg

And last, but definitely not least we had Matt Sharp and Dani Molina competing at the ETU Kitzbuhel European Tri Champs. Dani Molina continued his stellar form with a 2nd place in what was a fast-paced race in the Paratriathlete category! While Matt Sharp had his best race of the season so far on the ITU circuit, showing he can pull it out of the bag when the results are needed! As usual the times were super fast and Matt performed superbly to finish 10th in a time of  1:55:48 – with the winning time being 1:54:08 it is obvious how closely matched all these guys are in these top 10 spots. Congratulations Matt!!

matt sharp_kitzbuhel_run
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Sebi is Germany’s Middle Distance Champ!

June 16, 2014 - 5:16

It was an exciting day yesterday in Germany for Orca athlete Sebastian Kienle who won Challenge Kraichgau in a comfortable 6min lead and in doing so became Germany’s Middle Distance Champion for 2014!

Sebi had a stellar swim – surprising quite a lot of people as this is not generally his greatest leg – but we think it was boosted by his Orca wetsuit! And then on to the bike he just continued to dominate – catching and passing all who’d exited the swim in front of him within the first couple of miles on the bike course. By the bike-run transition Sebi had 5.45 on his nearest chasers and while on the run he only increased this. He was looking in top form in his Orca RS1 Dream Vegas Race Suit and his lead was up to 7mins on the run course at one stage, but with a few miles to go Sebi started to take it abit easier and enjoy his finish. Rightly so we think!

Fellow German Orca athlete Jenny Schulz also had a good day out, finishing 9th female overall.

 

Kienle pushing it on the bike
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Kona slots within grasp!

June 10, 2014 - 4:01

As we get to the business end of the season, each race becomes more and more important for scoring valuable points – particularly for our Kona focused athletes like Asa Lundstrom and Andrew Starykowicz.

Asa in Ironman 70.3 Cairns

This past weekend was definitely a step in the right direction – with Asa’s 3rd placing at Ironman Cairns she secured her slot at Kona!! This will be her first time at Kona so really is a dream come true to qualify! The conditions were pretty treacherous and unfortunately in the 70.3 distance held on the same day, last year’s winner Courtney Atkinson was a casualty of the horrible weather with a puncture that put him out of contention. As ambassador of the event, Courtney was still on hand at the finish line to hand out finishers medals to those who made it to the end.

Andrew Wins Eagleman Ironman

Andrew Starykowicz also had a great day out at the Eagleman 70.3, going home with a well-deserved win! After a great swim and a blistering bike, it was on the run that Andrew sealed the deal, fending off a challenge in the last 3 miles to win by 6 seconds!! Although this stellar win makes Kona look very likely for Andrew, we will have to wait and see for now!

Matt Sharp

In Olympic distance, ITU athlete Matt Sharp was very happy to claim the win at The Blenheim Palace Triathlon, which is part of the British Triathlon Super Series. This was a real confidence booster for Matt after a season so far that has not reflected all the training he built in over the winter, and he had the following to say after the race:

“To be honest I wasn’t having the best day. I gave it everything I had on the swim and tried to break away quite a few times on the bike but the group was pretty big. Then on the run, I just tried to go hard and maintain it all the way to the finish.

“I really needed that confidence boost today and I’m absolutely chuffed with my result. I’ve got Europeans in two weeks and it’s a really hard, hilly course so it should suit me and I’m looking for a really good result there then on to the London Triathlon.”

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Albert Moreno shares Orca Flash Tip on the eve of 70.3 Pays de Aix

May 14, 2014 - 8:59

Mid-distance up and comer Albert Moreno takes on the challenge of the 70.3 Pays de Aix this coming weekend. Albert will be hoping to one-up his performance from last year where he was a close 2nd place at this event! This year’s event looks set to be a competitive one with the likes of Frederick van Lierde competing so Albert will have his work cut out for him!

 

Known as a very fast runner in his field, Albert has shared a favourite workout with us in our latest Orca Flash Tip.

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Join our demo days in May!

April 30, 2014 - 2:00

If your season is about to start and you still need to upgrade your wetsuit come to one of our events to test an Orca wetsuit.

Orca demo days May

GERMANY

03rd
Essen
Südbad, 10.00 Uhr
Triathlon.de
www.triathlon.de
 
04th
Düsseldorf
Hallenbad Bilk, 10.00 Uhr
Triathlon.de
www.triathlon.de
 
09th
Hannover
AquaLaatzium, 13.00 Uhr
Triathlon.de
www.triathlon.de
 
10th
Hamburg
Finkenwerder Bad, 12.00 Uhr
Triathlon.de
www.triathlon.de

 
10th
Hannover
Fössebad, 12.30 Uhr
Magic Online Power
 
11.05. Bremen
Westbad, 11.00 Uhr
Triathlon.de
 
11th
Hamburg
Verein für aktive Freizeit 16.00 Uhr
Magic Online Power
 
15.05. Heidelberg
Bellamar, 15.00 Uhr
Magic Online Power
 
16th
Backnang
Wonnemar, 16.00 Uhr
Triathlon.de
 
16.05. Regensburg
Woehrdbad, 16.00 Uhr
Magic Online Power
 
17th
Nürnberg
Bismarckstr. 8, 13.30 Uhr
Triathlon.de
 
17th
Tübingen
Freibad, 10.00 Uhr
Magic Online Power
 
18.05. Heilbronn
Freibad Neckarhalde, 10.00 Uhr
Triathlon.de
 
18th
Neu Ulm
Donaufreibad, 10.00 Uhr
Magic Online Power
 
24th
Ingolstadt
Freibad Ingolstadt, 10.00 Uhr
Triathlon.de

SPAIN

1st Ciclos Getxo / Triatlon Bilbao

Bilbao

Ria de Bilbao (muelle de Bilboats)

6:30 pm

Booking: www.bilbaotriathlon.com

 

10th  Bicitecnia

Vélez-Málaga

Piscina cubierta Municipal 5pm

Booking: bicitecnia@bicitecnia.com telf. 952549791

 

16th Bravo Ciclismo

Málaga

Playa de la Misericordia

Calle Pacífico Esquina Avda. de los Guindos 6pm

Booking: info@bravotriatlon.com

 

18th Bike Station

Marbella

Playa del Cable en Marbella 10am

Booking: info@bikemarbella.com 952 86 18 07

 

22nd Ciclos Aragon

Zaragoza

Test en Piscina

Booking 976531860 / 976330123

 

25th Cilcos Aragon

Zaragoza

Pantano de la Sotonera (Alcala de Gurrea)

Booking 976531860 / 976330123

 

Jaia Bicicletas

San Sebastian

Playa de la Concha

30th 4-7pm

31st 10-1pm

1st June 10-1pm

Booking: jaia@jaiabicicletas.com943 47 44 42

 SWEDEN

1-5th

Kalmar

www.prestationsklader.se

7th-10th May

Malmö

www.simproffsen.se

24th

Dalabadet,Trelleborg

10.00-13.00

www.openwaterswimclub.se

25th

Malmö

Daniaparken, Västra hamnen, , 11.00-13.00. www.openwaterswimclub.se

25 May

Stockholm Swim/Run

www.wolff-wear.se

26th

Barsebäckshamn, Barsabäck

www.openwaterswimclub.se

UK 

16th  – Advance Performance

Cambridge

Venue: Histon 18:15 – 19:15

www.advanceperformance.co.uk

Contact: http://www.advanceperformance.co.uk/contact-cambridgeshop.php

See location on the Lake here

31st  – The Triathlon Shop (New Store Opening Day)

Harbourside  10am – 5pm

Unit 1, Building 11, Explore Lane, Harbourside, BS1 5SZ

http://www.thetriathlonshop.co.uk/ Booking required (endless pool):01179292711

 

US

2nd WildFlower Triathlon

2:00-4:00 Swim Demo at Harris Creek

 

 

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Busy weekend with Courtney Atkinson becoming Xterra AUS Champ and much more!!

April 29, 2014 - 6:44 Courtney_Atkinson_X_Terra

 

Another busy weekend has come and gone for some of our key Orca athletes with events happening all over the world!! The most exciting result of course would have to be Courtney Atkinson becoming the Australian Xterra Champ!  Courts had a great start with a convincing lead out of the non-wetsuit swim and never really looked back, ending up the first Aussie male home! Courtney has had some great results so far since he’s stepped it up from a successful ITU career to Xterra/70.3 distances!

Meanwhile on the ITU circuit, Matt Sharp and Melina Alonso were at it again at the WTS in Cape Town, South Africa! Managing 34th and 44th place respectively they’ll be looking forward to seeing what they’re really capable of at the next ITU race coming up in three weeks at Yokohama.

Across the continent Asa Lundstrom and young up and comer Albert Moreno had another great hit out at the popular Challenge Fuerteventura! With Asa recovering from a great result at Melbourne in a tough field she still managed to pull a 7th place out of the bag. Albert also got off to a great start and was riding in the top 10 when he unfortunately got a puncture, which meant his race was over for the day!

Meanwhile over in the US young Orca athlete Michael Poole had a great swim/bike effort at St Anthony’s Triathlon in St Petersburg, finishing up 2nd equal off the bike with an eventual 15th placing in the end. This is a promising result from Michael who’s been working on his swim to make sure he’s up there for his strongest leg, the bike.

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Team Orca off to a charging start at the US Season opener with 3rd, 10th and first off the bike!!

April 9, 2014 - 10:18

Kicking off the North American season for 2014, Oceanside 70.3 in California is a key race in the 70.3 calendar and this was acknowledged with three of Orca’s top athletes Sebastian Kienle (GER), Andrew Starykowicz (USA) and Albert Moreno (ESP) making it a priority to be there.

the three Orca amigos

Starykowicz, who wasn’t even sure if he could start after a debilitating stomach flu, still managed an 8th out of the water and then in typical Starky fashion powered his way to the front of the pack to arrive at T2 first off the bike with the fastest bike split of the day. Albert and Sebi chased hard after being 13th and 15th out of the water respectively, and this paid off with Sebi clocking the 2nd fastest bike split of the day, while also riding himself back into podium contention! In typical Sebi style he pulled out a speedy run which resulted in him achieving 3rd place and that coveted spot on the podium! Albert was not far behind, running himself up to 10th place, a great achievement in his first hit out for the year on American soil.

Sebastian Kienle in finish line in Oceanside

Meanwhile over in Auckland, New Zealand the ITU Triathlon World Championship Series also began for the season – with Orca’s own Matt Sharp from Great Britain racing his way to 15th place in a talented field. We look forward to seeing what he can do in Capetown, South Africa in a few week’s time! Stay tuned to Orca Community to find out more!

Matt Sharp

 

 

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Orca demo days announced for April

April 7, 2014 - 10:48

Are you about to start your season and still wondering about which Orca wetsuit is the best one for you? If this is the case check out our handy wetsuit finder at orca.com or sign up for any of our demo days to be held in April in France, Germany, Spain and United Kingdom and try out the real thing for yourself!

Åsa Lundström fits on her orca Alpha

France

9-11th  Toulousse, Running Toulousse

16th Montpelier, Endurance shop St jean de Védas

                           Germany                               

10th  München Magic

11th Ulm  Magic

12th Borne / NL Step One

12th Stuttgart Magic

12th Wien  Triathlon.de

13th Arnheim / NL Step One

13th Freiburg Magic

13th  Graz / AT Triathlon.de

18th Saarbrücken , Magic

19th Bonn  Magic

20th  Oberhausen Magic

21st Dortmund  Magic

24th Köln Magic

25th  Augsburg Triathlon.de

25th Darmstadt  Magic

26th München triathlon.de

26th Frankfurt  Magic

27th Karlsruhe Magic

27th Freiburg  Triathlon.de

Spain

11th  Madrid with Dani Molina Trimad

18th/19th/20th Cáceres Pelín

26/27th Mataró SBR

28th  Tenerife with Albert Moreno Supermercado Motorista

Sweden

12th Sala, 08.00-10.00

13th, Falun, 19h, information

13 /14April, Norrtälje, Surfspot

UK

3rd Sigma Sport

10th  Hargraves Cycles

26th  My Sporting Times

US

13th at 8am at De Anza Cove, San Diego, California

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