Aug 13, 2022
The weekend is the Leadville 100 MTB race. We have former pro cyclists and Team Novo Nordisk rider Justin Morris racing this weekend and talking about how he trains and races while managing his Type 1 diabetes.
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Feature Interview: Justin Morris
Australian Justin Morris is a former member of Team Novo Nordisk’s professional squad and now serves as one of the organization’s standout ambassadors. The talented public speaker raced for two seasons with the men’s professional team before splitting his time between sharing the team’s mission to inspire, educate and empower, completing his university studies and starting his own business coaching and mentoring athletes.
The 35-year-old first discovered his love of biking at an early age. In high school, the Sydney-native noticed his best days were always the days he rode his bike to school. When the Sydney Olympics came to town, the mountain biking event and a key T1 diabetes role model in Aussie Rugby player Steve Renouf inspired him to start competing. After winning his first bike race, he never looked back.
Morris was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 10. He raced mountain bikes as a junior and at 18, added road racing to his regimen for cross-training purposes. On the road, he excelled. In 2009, Morris signed his first road contract with the Australian domestic team MACE/Wilson Racing and joined the Team Novo Nordisk development team in 2010.
Morris has never let his diabetes slow him down. In 2011, he finished fifth overall at the legendary Crocodile Trophy, a grueling 10-day Australian mountain bike event covering almost 750 miles. In 2016, he won the equally grueling Simpson Desert Bike Challenge, a five-day race on fat tire bikes across one of the world’s largest sand deserts. Just prior to the pandemic Morris placed third overall at the Tour of East Timor, a stage race across the mountainous terrain in one of the world’s newest nations and represented Australia at the world MTB marathon championships in Switzerland.
As a Team Novo Nordisk ambassador, Justin has worked around the world spreading the team’s positive message. From 2017-2019, he took part in ‘Pedal for 7,’ a successful cycle event that stopped at various hospitals, schools, and community groups across the UK. He has spent significant time speaking throughout Asia where cycling is not so mainstream to help promote the team and to drive change in diabetes.
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Current USA Triathlon Chief of Staff Victoria Brumfield will fill the interim CEO position at USA Triathlon after former CEO Rocky Harris departed for a role at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.
Rocky Harris will join the USOPC in early September. Based in Colorado Springs he will take on a role of Chief of Sport and Athlete Services at USOPC. Current USA Triathlo Chief of Staff Victoria Brumfield will take on the interim CEO role on September 3rd.
“The USA Triathlon Board of Directors met extensively throughout the past week to ensure consistency and stability during the CEO transition,” said Joel Rosinbum, Chair of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors.
“We formed a search committee and are in the process of conducting a global search for a permanent CEO. The Board of Directors also appointed Victoria Brumfield as USA Triathlon’s interim CEO, effective September 3.
“Victoria has been an integral part of USA Triathlon since March 2018, most recently as Chief of Staff and Chief Business Development Officer, and she has distinguished herself both nationally and internationally as a dynamic leader, trailblazer and passionate member of our community, industry, and sport.
“The Board of Directors are completely confident in the experienced executive leadership team and the talented staff to deliver the 2022 priorities and position the organization and the sport for success in the future.”
THE WOODLANDS, Texas / TAMPA, Fla. (August 10, 2022)/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – IRONMAN today announced that the 2023 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN® Texas triathlon has been selected to host the IRONMAN Americas Championship for 2023. After hosting the IRONMAN North America Championship for multiple years, The Woodlands, Texas now expands their designation to the Americas, representing the regional championship for North and South America. The 2023 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Americas Championship Texas triathlon, part of the VinFast IRONMAN U.S. Series, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 22, 2023. Registration for the event is now available by visiting, www.ironman.com/im-texas-register.
As a regional championship event, the 2023 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Americas Championship Texas triathlon will have increased qualifying opportunities with 165 slots for the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i, the most ever offered at this event. In addition, with one of the largest professional prize purses to date expected, the 2023 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Americas Championship Texas expects to attract a large professional field.
“We are thrilled to bring the IRONMAN Americas Championship to this longstanding popular IRONMAN event here in Texas,” said Scott Langen, Regional Director for The IRONMAN Group. “The Woodlands has been a stellar host since the event was launched in 2011 and we could not be prouder to see this event host some of the best athletes from around the globe again next April with this prestigious designation.”
The new designation will showcase The Woodland’s community to some of the world’s top triathletes, illustrating why the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas triathlon has finished in the Top 10 of Global Athlete Satisfaction categories such as Best Host City and Best Run Course. In true Texas fashion, the event will be going bigger than ever by rewarding participating athletes with its unique Belt Buckle medals, gifts for select age categories, and an unforgettable athlete experience.
“It’s an incredible honor and amazing opportunity to be named the host location of the IRONMAN Americas Championship for 2023,” said Bruce Rieser, Chairman of Visit The Woodlands, and a major sponsor of the event. “Every year, we look forward to welcoming the IRONMAN athletes that participate in this great event. This year will be even more special as we welcome remarkable athletes who will be competing at the championship level.”
What's New in the 303:
The Leadville 100 touts itself as “the race of all races,” featuring 100 miles “across the high-altitude, extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies.”
The mountain bike race starts at 10,152 feet and climbs all the way up to 12,424 feet.
The following week on Aug. 20, the Leadville Trail 100 Run will take place.
Leadville’s 100-mile run started in 1983 and was one of the original ultramarathons in the United States. The Leadville 100 mountain bike race started a few years later in 1994 and has since become one of the best known marathon mountain biking events.
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Congratulations to Tim Hola finished Norseman this past Saturday. He says it was epic and unlike any race I've ever done. Placed 47th overall in a little over 13 hrs.
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