A total of 4.000 triathletes have been the true protagonists of the season in the 9 events with 15 triathlons that have made up the TriStar world series during 2011.
Next year the number of TriStar city-destinations increases to 12, representing continuous growth based this season on the successful TriStar111 format (1 km of swimming, 100 km of cycling and 10 km of running), that like the other TriStar distances (11.1, 33.3, 55.5 and 222) have been officially recognized by the ITU. Nevis, Mallorca, Worms, Madrid, Lyon, Estonia-Otepää, Minnesota, Monaco and Split hosted up to 15 different triathlons during 2011. Deauville, Berlin and Sardinia are the new races already announced that will be added to the list next year.
These exclusive and attractive tourist destinations offer triathletes unique and demanding cycling tours and guaranteed fun. The TriStar111 format is ideal for achieving a fast recovery of the athlete after physical exertion. All races have been followed on the web www.TriStarLive.com.
The great protagonist of the Star Events season has been the Swiss triathlete Olivier Marceau with two victories (TriStar111 Mallorca and StarMile2.5 Nevis), with a second place in the TriStar111 Nevis and a fourth place in the TriStar111 Estonia. Marceau has been the professional who has been to the TriStar podiums the most times and is today the best world specialist in this distance.
The first victory with 3h34: 18 in one of the first triathlons held in 2011 worldwide was for Australian Chris 'Macca' McCormack, reigning world champion. Marceau and Canadian Wolfgang Guembel were second and third, respectively, over the 111 km disputed on the Caribbean island. The British Emma-Kate Lidbury was the winner, followed by Fernanda Keller and Guylyne Louis. The winners of the TriStar33.3, held in parallel, were the Dutch Gilles Janssen and the British Laura Briggs. A spectacular StarMile2.5 (open water swimming test in the Caribbean) was also held, which was won by Olivier Marceu.
Also held in April, the historic Portocolom Olympic Triathlon gave way to the first TriStar55.5 and TriStar111 Mallorca. The 111 men's start list may have been the highest-level long-distance triathlon of the year: Chris McCormack,Marcel Zamora, Norman Stadler, Lothar Leder, Ain-Alar Juhanson, Olivier Marceau, Esben Hovgaard, Joel Jameson, Francesc Godoy, Potrebitsch...The double climb to Sant Salvador made TriStar Mallorca a very tough test. Olivier Marceau was the just winner, accompanied on the podium by the Spanish Marcel Zamora and the German Normann Stadler, second and third respectively, who stood up to the end in a very interesting competition.The Irish Eimear Mullan was the winner, and that debuted as a professional, ahead of England's Tamsin Lewis and Germany's Heidi Jesberger. Barcelona's Richard Calle and Catalina Villalonga from Mallorca won the TriStar55.5 Mallorca, held the same day.
This is one of the fastest tests in the TriStar World Series. Among the 1.000 triathletes of 21 nationalities present at the start of the second edition of the TriStar111 Worms-Germany, it was the German Markus Fachbach (3:16:59) and the New Zealand Britta Martin (3:44:45) the winners with two spectacular brands. Johann Moldan was second at 1:30 Fachbach, and Stefan Schmid was third. In the female category, Beate Goertz and the Belgian Debbie Verstraeten were second and third, respectively. The TriStar33.3 Worms Germany was won by Maik Fluck and Anna-Lena Pohl. In 2012, the event starts in June and the cycling segment has been varied precisely so that the event continues to offer the same organizational quality as in 2010 to even more triathletes.
The capital of Spain hosted the second TriStar111 of the season in Spain. As a novelty and due to the peculiarities of the cycling route (10 laps of 10 km in the Casa de Campo), drafting - riding a wheel - was allowed. The local triathletes José Almagro, a former professional cyclist, and Esther Leal, were the winners on a hot and very fun day, on a circuit perfect for spectators to experience the entire development of the race from the beginning to the end. Almagro won in a tougher test than seemed a priori with 3h52: 34, followed by the also Spanish Jaime Menéndez de Luarca and Álvaro Velázquez. In the women's category, Leal, runner-up in Spain for long distance, made a final time of 4:50:35, beating Fátima Blázquez, a two-time Olympic rider in 5 minutes. Third was the Dutch triathlete Marlies Galesloot (5:08:26).
The French gastronomic capital witnessed the first TriStar111 held in this country, with almost 400 registered and high-level professionals. Despite the rain, the day was very intense and attractive in sports. The men's podium was entirely French, with victory by Sylvain Sudrie (4h16: 33) followed by Romain Guillaume and Nicolas Fernandez. The gala Juliette Benedicto with 4h59: 20 was the champion with 15 minutes of advantage over the Swiss Lisa Stucki, second, and the Australian Christine Hemphill, third. The girls had a nice fight to the end for the podium. The TriStar55.5 Lyon went to Antony Landreau and Agnes Laratta, both French.
During the 5, 6 and 7 August Pühajärve lived the most fun festival of triathlon in Estonia with three tests: TriStar11.1, TriStar33.3 and TriStar111 Estonia, as well as a 5 km StarRun race. The German Thomas Hellriegel achieved the fastest and tightest victory on the circuit so far with an impressive record of 3h12: 53, ahead of the Irish Bryan McCrystal less than 20 seconds. Third was local triathlete Kirill Kotsegarov. In the women's category, the English Rachel Joyce won with 3h30: 44, followed by the Finns Merja Kiviranta and Tiina Boman. The very young Russian triathlete Vasily Krestyaninov won the TriStar11.1 Estonia and was third in the TriStar33.3. Laura Kallas took the win in the distance 11.1. Allar Soo and Sille Puhu were the winners of the TriStar33.3 Estonia.
In late August TriStar held its first test in the United States. The idyllic Maple Grove Nature Park in Minnesota was the perfect setting where the TriStar111 Minnesota shared weekend with the Maple Grove Triahtlon, and where the German Maik Twelsiek broke the TriStar111 record for 8 seconds: 3:12:45. Americans Karl Bordine and Devon Palmer were second and third, respectively. Jenny Wilcox was the first winner of the TriStar Minnesota, just ahead of Julie Hull and Leah Prudhomme. Macca, the top favorite to win, had to leave the competition due to mechanical problems in the cycling segment.
Triathlon Formula 1 returned to Monaco to offer one of the most exclusive and desirable destinations for the almost 1.000 triathletes who participated between the individual and relay team categories. His demanding cycling route and a light rain at the beginning of the test hardened the competition. The German JohannesMoldan achieved a great victory on the legendary Formula 1 stage through the streets of Monte Carlo thanks to a large cycling segment and his power to face the tough race on foot. The youngest triathlete in the competition, Rodolphe Von Berg, was second and Karl Shaw, third. Olivier Marceau was unable to fight to repeat his 2010 victory on this same stage due to several falls on the bike. The French Johanna Daumas (4:17:28) achieved a wide 5-minute advantage over the Irish Eimear Mullan (winner in Mallorca) with a very high pace, which was somewhat reduced at the finish line near the Casino and the legendary Café Paris from Monte Carlo. Third in goal was the Swiss Barbara Bracher
This intense 2011 season ended with the inaugural edition of the TriStar111 Split. Croatia has been the chosen destination to close the season of Star Events competitions. Austrian Andi Fusch took the victory in this demanding triathlon with 3h49: 51. Second was Philipp Podsieldik less than 3 minutes away, and third was Croatian Dejan Patrcevic. The finish line was located a few meters from the famous palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The victory in the women's category went to the German Barbara Alber, who led the race from the start. Lauren Simenc (Slovenia) was second and Karla Oblac third.
The mark TriStar Is property of Star Production SARL, Monaco company specialized in the organization of high quality sports events, focused on the fun of its participants, social responsibility and protection of the environment. The TriStar series has introduced new distances in the sport of triathlon (with its formats 11.1, 33.3, 55.5, 111 and 222 kilometers), officially recognized by the ITU. More information: star-events.cc. In 2012 a total of 21 races in 12 destinations make up the TriStar world circuit: Split (Croatia), Nevis (SKN), Mallorca (ESP), Madrid (ESP), Worms-Germany (GER), Deauville (FRA), Berlin ( GER), Lyon (FRA), Estonia-Otepää (EST), Minnesota (USA), Monaco (MON) and Sardinia (ITA).