Ireland’s Gavin Noble finished in an excellent 5th position in the 2012 Bridgetown ITU Pan American Cup in Barbados on Sunday evening.
Final placings are yet to be officially confirmed but according to sources in the Barbados capital, Noble had an excellent outing in a top class field that included some of the world’s top triathletes.
The event was won by Germany’s Daniel Unger from Manuel Huerta of the United States . In third place was Leonardo Chacon of Cost Rica with Igor Polyanskiy of Russia in fourth place ahead of Enniskillen’s Noble.
As we mentioned in our race preview, Gavin Noble under the guidance of Triathlon Ireland’s High Performance Director, Chris Jones had, with the rest of the squad spent a number of weeks training in Aguilas Spain followed by a gruelling 3 weeks at altitude in the Sierra Nevada.
“Gavin and the rest of the squad faced some of the most challenging training conditions I have ever witnessed” commented lead cycling coach and former RAS winner, Tommy Evans. “On numerous occasions over the 3 week camp they climbed the 32 kilometres up to the training centre in a 4 hour ride, having already done 5-6k in the pool that morning. Gavin would then finish the day off with a 50 minute uphill run to an altitude of 2550 meters.”
This weekend’s race had a small but very high quality field and consisted of a 750m swim in clear calm waters followed by a flat 20k bike and 5k run.
Before the start of the event in Barbados, Noble had appeared confident of a good finishing position in the elite field.
“Preparations have been good but it’s still only February and so my endurance is there but it’s still too early to be working on any speed” . “Having said that I’m confident I can come away with a top 10 placing and that’s the mission.”
Subject to confirmation of the early ‘results’ Noble has achieved his objective and he will then race the Cape Town ITU African Cup the following weekend before taking stock and putting in another block of training in the triathlon Mecca of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
All focus will then turn to the first World Triathlon Series race in Sydney in mid-March where some major Olympic Qualification points will be up for grabs.
Gavin Noble is currently ranked 42nd on the ITU Olympic Simulation Rankings with the top 55 Qualifying for the London Olympics.