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303Endurance Podcast

Aug 27, 2022

According to Iceland's Tourism website, there is no better way to experience the beauty of Iceland than from the saddle of your bicycle.

If you've ever wanted to know The good and bad of cycling Iceland, then you'll want to listen to our next guest. Sean Franklin joins us to us about his bike touring around Iceland. It sounds like an amazing experience with great views, challenging terrain and amazing food.


Sean is of course a cycling enthusiast and a profession outdoor event announcer at bike races around the state.


Let's get into our interview with Sean Franklin.

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Team Europe are once again Collins Cup winners. Normann Stadler and Natascha Badmann’s team won eight of the 12 matches in an astonishing show of dominance to defend the title they won in 2021, when they won six of the 12 matches. Team Europe finished on 53 points, with Team Internationals second on 38 and Team USA coming third, having collected 22.5 points.


Team Europe produced a dominant performance to defend the Collins Cup in Samorin, Bratislava.

Normann Stadler and Natascha Badmann’s team posted 53 points, as they won eight of the 12 matches. Team Internationals' four wins were enough for second on 38 points, while Team USA – who failed to win a match – finished third on 22.5 points.


Inspired by golf’s Ryder Cup, the Collins Cup sees three teams of 12 (six men and six women) racing for their team in a bid to win points. There were 12 match races which featured a 2km swim, 80km bike ride and 18km run.

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The three teams earned points depending on where their athlete finished in the race. Athletes could earn an extra half-point for their team for every two minutes they won by, up to a six-minute victory, which equates to 1.5 points.

Amd Daniela Ryf set the tone early for Team Europe, with the reigning Ironman world champion dominating on the bike for Stadler and Badmann’s team to begin the defence of their crown in emphatic fashion.


Wins for Ashleigh Gentle and Paula Findlay for Team Internationals would keep Team Europe on their toes in matches 2 and 3, but captain's pick Nicola Spirig – gold medal-winner at London 2012 – showed her prowess on the bike to win match 4.


Holly Lawrence and Anne Haug rounded off a consummate performance from Team Europe in the women’s races, winning four matches to Team Internationals' two. Team USA failed to register a win.


Kristian Blummenfelt continued European dominance in match seven. The reigning Olympic champion emerged from the swim third, but showed his mettle on the bike to beat Team Internationals' Hayden Wilde into second. The Team USA competitor Ben Kanute took third.


Sam Laidlow broke Europe’s run of finishing in either first or second spot in match eight, with Team Internationals' Lionel Sanders beating Sam Long to the line. Laidlow would finish alongside match 11 winner Gustav Iden.


However, Team Europe picked up wins in matches 9 (Magnus Ditlev), 11 (Gustav Iden) and 12 (Daniel Baekkegard) to ensure that Team Europe defended the crown they won last year.

Match 10 was won by Team Internationals' Aaron Royle, meaning Team USA finished the event with no wins.


What's New in the 303:


Familiar faces take home wins at Leadville Trail 100

Previous champions Clare Gallagher and Adrian Macdonald take home their second wins at The Race Across the Sky.

On Saturday morning, the most famous 100-mile trail race, The Leadville Trail 100 (The Race Across the Sky), kicked off in Leadville, Colo., as runners made their way through 4,800m of elevation gain in the Rocky Mountains. Previous champions Clare Gallagher (2016) and Adrian Macdonald (2021) both earned their second Leadville titles, taking the win by a margin of two hours.


Adrian Macdonald of Fort Collins, Colo., wins the back-to-back titles at the Leadville 100. Photo: Leadville Race Series

This race has been a staple of the ultrarunning community since its inception in 1983. The extreme elevation and high altitude are the biggest challenges athletes face as they make their way through the Rocky Mountains.


The women’s race

When Gallagher won in 2016, she flirted with the course record of 18:06:24 (1994) for the first 50 miles. This year, Gallagher went out more conservatively, racing with Addie Bracy until the 50-mile mark.


Bracy, a three-time USATF Trail National Champion, created a six-minute gap on a Gallagher, but she managed to gain back time on Bracy in the second half. By the 60-mile mark, Gallagher managed to fight her way back to the front, while Bracy dropped out of the race, leaving Gallagher with a considerable lead over the field, which she held until the end.


Gallagher, from Boulder, Colo., was the first woman to cross the finish line in 19:37:57, only 37 minutes slower than her winning time in 2016. Alisyn Hummelberg of Corona del Mar, Calif. and Lindsey Herman of Albuquerque, N.M., came across the line for second and third, two hours after Gallagher finished.


Macdonald remained composed early on, mixing things up with a pack of 10 runners until the mile 25 mark. A small gap at the front began to emerge over the next few miles as Macdonald set the pace. By the halfway mark, he established a 15-minute lead over the second-place runner.


Heading into this year’s race, Macdonald was destined to repeat as the men’s champion. Last year, he won dominantly in only his first 100-mile race.

The Fort Collins, Colo., native continued to extend his lead over the final 50 miles, coming to the finish line in 16:05:44, beating his 2021 winning time by 13 minutes. Macdonald crossed the finish line more than two hours before JP Giblin of Scotland and Ryan Kaiser of Bend, Ore., came across for second and third, respectively.


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