Eneko Llanos He was a prophet in his land and won the first edition of the triathlon I saw half gasteiz while the Catalan Sara Loehr He did the same on his return to the middle distance.
The test started promptly at 12:30, at which time the triathletes jumped into the waters of the Landa reservoir. Fifteen minutes later the men's event was kicked off.
In women, Sara Loehr and Ruth Brito made good predictions, coming out of the water first together with Gemma Hernández and obtaining an advantage of almost 4 minutes over their pursuers.
After the swim, the Canarian and Catalan women had a beautiful battle during the 90 kilometers of the spectacular cycling circuit designed by the vi half gasteiz organization to the point of reaching the second transition together and starting, almost at the same time, the final half marathon.
It was in this sector where Sara Loehr put one more gear and sentenced the race by winning the first edition of vi half gasteiz and taking to Catalan lands the txapela that accredits her as champion with a final mark of 4 hours, 34 minutes and 50 seconds.
Just over 3 minutes away, Ruth Brito entered second position, certifying her comeback in style after three years without wearing a bib number.
The third place on the podium has been for the Valencian Cristina de la Torre.
In the men's event, the dance of positions put excitement well into the event. The Australian duo formed by Kurt Mc Donald's and Michel Boult met the forecasts of the swimming sector, leaving together in 24 minutes and 41 seconds, obtaining a lead of more than 1 minute over Eneko Llanos and the rest of the pursuers, among whom were other favorites such as the Catalan Roger Manyà or the Valencian Alberto Romero.
Kurt Mc Donald's led the cycling circuit while Eneko Llanos was closing the gap and climbing positions.
Behind, Roger Manyà followed in the footsteps of the man from Vitoria, maintaining the difference and moving up positions. Just before the entrance to the city, the exchange of positions and the excitement of the race began.
Eneko Llanos was the leader in Vitoria followed closely by the Australian while Roger Manyá came in third after climbing positions in the cycling sector.
Mc Donald's tried to press the first kilometers of the final half marathon in which he became the leader but Llanos, much more solid and constant, knew how to maintain his pace to take advantage of the fainting of the Australian and take again a leadership that he would not leave until he crossed the finish line and take home a new txapela, a very special one, such as the one from this first edition of vi half gasteiz with a final record of 3 hours and 51 minutes.
Behind, Manyà also surpassed the Australian in a good comeback by the Catalan who stopped the stopwatch in 3 hours and 54 minutes, leaving a Mc Donald in third place, who arrived literally exhausted at the finish line.
vi half gasteiz closes its first edition with an exciting race and, most importantly, a very positive assessment by the triathletes, institutions, sponsors and the organization that is already focusing on the 2023 edition.