This weekend Banyoles hosts the Triathlon Premium European Cup, a total of 33 Spanish triathletes will take part in this test. In the elite men's category the favorites are two Spaniards: Javier Gómez Noya, current Triathlon world champion and Mario Mola, 2009 Junior Triathlon World Champion.
The test will start on Sunday the 31st at 9.45 for the Women's Elite category and at 12.45 for the Men's Elite.
In the week prior to the competition, we were able to confirm the presence of Javier Gómez Noya, triathlon world champion, “Knowing Banyoles, which is an ideal place to hold a triathlon and also thinking about my training sessions, I was definitely encouraged to participate. This time I will not compete 100% of my performance, since next weekend I will have to be in London, but it will help me to try some things and enjoy the test ”
Two days before the test, practically the entire circuit is already assembled and all the triathletes staying in the town that hosts the event, today we were able to interview Mario Mola, a Spanish triathlete who has managed to establish himself among the elite of the sport after his first podiums in European Cup tests and which is fully focused on triathlon with a view to some Olympics that have appeared before him almost by surprise, he trains hard and hard to try to reach the top in a sport that counts day by day with more followers.
Mario, how did you start in the world of triathlon?
At 15 years old, I started to combine swimming with some running training, first, and cycling, later. Triathlon allowed me to be competitive again in a fun, healthy and fun sport; that completely hooked me.
What are your expectations for the test?
I hope that people who come to see us can enjoy an entertaining race and that both those who practice triathlon and those who do not, are more curious if possible about this sport and can see that we are not any kind of "super-men". The race will be in charge of putting everyone in their place.
You've been competing in the World Series for a little while, with the change to Madrid, have you changed your training a lot, life, compared to last year?
My habits are still very similar, although the needs have increased due to the demands of the calendar and the races I play: training load, rest care, race planning, etc.
What are your goals for the rest of the season?
I would like to be able to assure my participation in the Olympics before the end of the year, through the World Cup tests and some World Cup until the end of the year, in order to face the Olympic year with more tranquility. Taking into account that this will not be easy, given the high level there is, I must work to continue improving and obtain all the experience possible in each competition.
Parties among favorites. Do you see yourself as a chance to win?
The presence of Javier Gómez Noya as a clear favorite, I think that makes us the rest of the podium contenders. If I am able to be close to him at key moments in the race, I will have options to do a good result. I think Javier will be a benchmark for everyone on Sunday.
From the organization we encourage all spectators to come and enjoy this magnificent competition that Banyoles will host this weekend.
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