Grice bags ninth in Challenge

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YVETTE GRICE believes her season is back on track after returning from Challenge Roth in Germany on the back of securing an excellent ninth place at the ETU European Long Distance Triathlon Championships.

Challenge Roth presented Yvette with the gruelling task of a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run but that did not phase her as she recorded a personal best of 9hours and 31minutes.

The iconic race involved 4,000 competitors battling it out in front of a reported 200,000 spectators, making it one of the biggest and toughest races in long distance triathlon.

Despite results not going to plan earlier in the season, Grice took more positives from this race and believes her training and season are back heading in the right direction.

She said, “I think earlier in the season I was putting a lot of pressure on myself and not really enjoying the races, whereas here you could not help but enjoy yourself with the crowds, it was just amazing.”

The Eastbourne triathlete started strongly in the swim and following a steady first lap of the cycle, raised her pace to move back through the field to leave her in contention for a high finish in her strongest discipline of the run.

Unfortunately the heat and nutritional problems struck as they have done in previous races and slowed Grice down during the second half of the run.

“I was hoping for a bit more from myself and need to address the nutritional problems, but I have taken a lot of positives with a new PB, which has renewed my enthusiasm and I can’t wait to get back to training and racing again as I think I can still improve a lot.”

Team Bodyworks XTC athletes, Matt Garman and Rob Impey also competed at Challenge Roth in their first ever full long distance event.

With the organisers saying it was the hardest conditions they have had for the race with strong wind and hot temperatures, both completed the event in very respectable 13 hours.