Triathlete Ryan Sissons is feeling confident after winning his first ever Triathlon World Cup stage in Madrid.
The 28 year old was in the leading group for most of the race which consisted of a 1500m swim, followed by 40km on the bike before an undulating 10km run. Sissons timed his run perfectly, taking the lead with just 500-metres to go.
“It was tough but I really enjoyed it. Thankfully I had great legs on the day, I pushed hard on the bike and managed a breakaway in the last 15km giving us a bit of a buffer heading onto the run. The crowd support was amazing!”.
Sissons is now in New Zealand where he’s training before heading back to Europe at the end of the month. Once there he’ll be racing for his French team in their triathlon league on the before heading to Germany for the 5th round of the World Triathlon Series on July 15th.
“It was great to win.
I've been racing internationally for 10 years and so it's fair to say that perseverance has been key.
There’s been a lot of ups and downs, but winning makes it all worthwhile. Now I want to carry this momentum on and build on the confidence the race has given me.”
Sissons represented New Zealand at both the London Olympics and Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He's now looking to gain selection to the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team, with triathlon to be contested on the Gold Coast at the 2018 Games.
“If I perform how I want to perform this season then I will be selected into the team. Obviously if I get selected I would love to medal”.
The Triathlon will be contested at Southport Broadwater Parklands on April 5th 2017. New Zealand was represented by six triathletes in Glasgow. Bevan Docherty won our last medal in triathlon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Ryan Sissons Triathlon