After a three kilometre swim and 120km on a bike, Guernsey triathlete Andrea Nightingale came home as the first Briton but missed out on a podium place by just 49 seconds in her first Aquabike race.
Racing as part of Team GB, Andrea was taking part in the ITU Multi - Sport Age-Group World Championships in Fyn, Denmark.
‘I was, of course, delighted and amazed that I was the first GB athlete home but was gutted to be so close to a place on the podium. Coming fourth is the pits. I had no idea where I was in the race as it was non-drafting so you are racing the clock and hoping your time is quicker than the other competitors,’ she said.
Nightingale, in the 55 -59 year old category, finished in 4’35.12 having completed the swim in 54.34 which put her in second place out of the water. She then completed the 120km bike section in three hours and 37 minutes.
‘The USA team dominated this age group and obviously trained together. They were so quick on the bike but I was really pleased to split them as they would have had the top six places,’ she said.
‘I have learnt so much. Staying in a TT position for more than three and a half hours is really hard on the shoulder and neck muscles so that’s something to work on. Could I have found those 49secs? Probably if I had known earlier in the race but I had nothing left when I crossed the line so I know deep down I had done the best I could against the opposition on the day.’
One consolation for Nightingale is that as she was first Briton home, she has pre-qualified for the Worlds in Pontevedra, Spain in May 2019.
The Ravenscroft-sponsored triathlete’s next race is the World Championship Road Race in the Italian Alps and then on to the Gold Coast for the Olympic Distance Triathlon before finishing her season in Jersey representing Ravenscroft in the corporate team event at the Super League Triathlon.