A full stable of teamTBB athletes will race the iconic Embrunman triathlon in France. It is the hardest irondistance event out there except perhaps Norseman and a handful of other epic events. The athletes bike and run in the French Alps on a course that is anything but flat. It is an amazing race with a storied tradition in triathlon. The crew testing themselves on this amazing course is James Cunnama, Todd Skippworth, Eimear Mullan, and Anne Basso.
James has raced Embrunman in the past and knows what to expect. He is coming off a great season where he has finished on the podium in his last three races. James has reported in to say,
I'll be traveling to the small town of Embrun in the French Alpes for the Embrunman Iron distance triathlon. The race is promoted as the hardest day in sport because it's an ironman but the bike has over 5000m of verticle climbing in it including the famous Col d'Izoard. It's going to be a long tough day but this race is an important training race for me in the lead up to Kona. After my crash in Alp d'Huez, I am eager to get back out there and race in hopes of a podium finish.
Todd, who finished 3rd at Alp d'Huez, is ready to continue his amazing first season as a pro triathlete. He reported in to say:
I'm heading to Embrun in france to race the 30th edition of the infamous Embrunman this Thursday. I've heard stories from just about everyone in the team about how brutal the race is, with a swim that starts in the dark and 5000m of climbing on the bike leg and a run leg that isn't really flat I'm expecting a long hard day. I feel like I've got some more good training k's done in the last few weeks and I'm sure that this race will help cement them in. If I manage to survive the race I'll attempt to piece together a race report.
Anne, who finished 3rd at Alp d'Huez, is equally excited if a bit apprehensive. Anne knows the area in France and is excited to race on home soil. Bella said:
It is a very long tough day out. Although my training has been going well, I will soon find out if I am fit enough for the Embrun test! There will be a strong field of girls racing including defending champ Jeanne Collogne.
Eimear, who finished 2nd at Alp d'Huez, is ready for a tough challenge. She looks forward to racing and in her last Ironman she finished 3rd in Austria. Eimear said:
I am looking forward to the race and hope to have another podium finish.
The pro field that teamTBB will face is small but stacked. This race attracts a tough group of men and women who are daring enough to test themselves on this course; the fields will include some of the toughest French and European athletes out there.