Park sponsored duathlete, Michael Buchallet, competes in Spain

There was no need for suncream at the European Sprint Duathlon Championships in Alcobendas near Madrid last Sunday!  Heavy rain made the course particularly treacherous, especially on the bike with hills and over 50 roundabouts to negotiate over the 20km.

Michael ran strongly over the first 5km before coming in to collect his bike for two laps of the difficult course. He was extremely cautious on the bike, because of the wet surface and unfortunately lost precious seconds. However, many competitors fell victim to the conditions and on the second 2.5km run, he pushed hard to make up the time lost on the bike and crossed the line in 1.03.30 placing him 15th in his age group.

Michael's focus is now on the Olympic distance (x2 sprint distance) over the next 5-6 months to get ready for the World Championships in Australia - with the aim of achieving a top 10 finish.

After a short 'rest' break Michael will be back at the Nucleus to resume training!