Gómez Noya starts the season on Saturday in Australia

The best triathlete on the planet starts his machine. Javier Gómez Noya returns to international competition 206 days after celebrating his second world champion title in Budapest. As in recent seasons, the Ferrol athlete begins his journey in the Antipodes. On Friday he traveled to Australia to ride at Noosa, on the east coast, his center of operations. On Saturday he faces his first test and two weeks later he begins the defense of his crown.

Gómez Noya travels with his personal trainer, Omar González, and is part of a training group in Noosa that also includes teammates such as the Australian Greg Bennet, former world number one. After a stopover in Dubai and landing in Brisbane, he settled in last Saturday night. It has just enough time to acclimatize to jet lag and the meteorological conditions of Oceania at this time, when the southern autumn begins.

The Ferrol triathlete disconnected from high competition with a long rest period in the autumn and began to crush in winter. The times of greatest load came in different training cycles developed in Fuerteventura, Punta Umbría and Pontevedra, where he has lived for almost ten years.


Fine to start

Omar González celebrates that the preseason passed as planned, free from the great problem of any athlete, injuries. So Gómez Noya faces his first competitions in the proper way. It is not at the maximum peak, but it is in a position to dispute the first places to the best. In the planning of 2011, two events are especially marked, the European Championship in Pontevedra on June 26 and the World Cup final in Beijing on September 11.

It debuts on Saturday (9.00 Spanish time) in Mooloolaba. He faces a test of the World Cup, now converted into the second-level international calendar, but with a great tradition.

In principle, it is a first contact. The real battle will begin on April 9 in Sydney. The race opens the calendar of six tests plus a grand final in Beijing that crowns the World Champion. The peculiar scoring system, which computes the four best results of each triathlete -with at least one of them outside Europe- plus the grand final, fosters enormous competitiveness already at the opening of the circuit.

All his big rivals for the title are registered for the Sydney event: Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, Jan Frodeno, Brad Kahlefeldt, Courney Atkinson… The Australian race will offer a first impression of what the season may bring. Next, Gómez Noya will return to Galicia to alternate rest and competitions for a few weeks.

Japan, in the air

Gómez Noya is also registered for the World Championship event to be held on May 15 in Yokohama (Japan). Despite the nuclear catastrophe that the country is experiencing after the incidents at the Fukushima power plant, the international federation keeps the event on schedule for the time being. In any case, as he thought from the beginning, the Ferrol will not come if he achieves a good result in Sydney, as confirmed by his surroundings.


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Travel and compete without stopping

2011 will once again take Gómez Noya around the world, on a journey in which he will have to travel and compete tirelessly. His commitments with North American sponsors allow him to compete in some test of the American circuit, in Los Angeles or Dallas. He has an invitation to defend his title at the World Cup in Huatulco (Mexico). He will participate in the World Cup events in the Old Continent and will complete his calendar with the Pontevedra European Championship and the appointments in which he represents his Spanish clubs, the Cidade de Lugo Fluvial, and French, Sartrouville.

In total, he faces about 16 tests of maximum demand, among which he must make some discards. Gómez Noya has practically guaranteed the Olympic place. Not so other great rivals, so a vibrant 2011 is expected.


Excellent swimmer, Galician record holder. It combines technique, power and experience in open water. It usually comes out of the water among the first.


Great specialist among triathletes. It has no problem in this sector to shoot at high intensities. Beat the 90 pedaled per minute.


One of the fastest in the world triathlon, he works to improve his sprint. Depending on the circuit, you can complete the 10.000 final in 29 minutes.

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