Q&A with Technical Delegate Eugene Kraus on Gijón, host city of 2011 Duathlon Worlds

15 Aug, 2011 11:49 • Español

ITU Technical Delegate Eugene Kraus (LUX) recently visited Gijón, the host city of this year’s 2011 Duathlon World Championships which will be held on September 24 and 25. In a Q&A, he tells us what he thinks of the preparations in this Spanish city.

With the experience in lot of international events, tell us, what was your impression when you saw the city and the venue?
I was impressed by the beauty of Gijón, great beach in the middle of the city, beautiful surroundings that is green and hilly. The stadium with its interesting cycle track offers a lot of facilities like many offices, internet, a public address system, changing and shower rooms etc.. Strong and enthusiastic Local Organising Team, well-structured team all parties like National and Regional Federation, and the City of Gijón involved.

During the day, you have checked the venue and the courses; which do you think that are the key aspects, that makes attractive these event for the athletes?
Especially for the Age Group athletes the difficult bike course with a long uphill each lap, this avoids drafting situations (pelotons), passing in front of the beach and the city centre is also very attractive for the athletes.
The LOC offers a beautiful rain jacket to all athletes and the planed final party is in a traditional place in the region, to enjoy a party called “Espicha” that will be very interesting for the participants.

Tell us something about the AG Courses
All courses and the layout of the race venue is well chosen, congratulations to the race organisers and many thanks to Jorge Garcia with his long and great organising experience.

What would you say to the athletes not registered yet, on why they should come?
It is a well prepared venue with good courses, easy to reach by plane from different directions like Madrid, Barcelona, London, Paris and more. An interesting city, nice beaches and good shopping offers.

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24 - 25 Sep, 2011 • event page
Results - U23 Women
1. Alexandra Cassan Ferrier FRA 02:05:43
2. Sofie Hooghe BEL 02:09:24
3. Arina Shulgina RUS 02:13:32
4. María Ortega De Miguel ESP 02:14:17
5. Ami Haishima JPN 02:14:53
6. Tomomi Kurihara JPN 02:24:01
DNF. Alice Capone ITA 00:00:00
DNF. Elena Danilova RUS 00:00:00
DNF. Nelmare Loubser RSA 00:00:00
DNF. Thays Dos Santos BRA 00:00:00
Results - U23 Men
1. Etienne Diemunsch FRA 01:50:36
2. Matthew Gunby GBR 01:51:40
3. Miguel Arraiolos POR 01:51:51
4. Fernando Alarza ESP 01:51:54
5. Miguel Angel Fidalgo ESP 01:52:28
6. Jesus Gomar ESP 01:52:32
7. Maciej Kubiak POL 01:52:50
8. Tim Van Hemel BEL 01:53:01
9. Uxio Abuin Ares ESP 01:56:06
10. José Estrangeiro POR 01:56:56
Results - Junior Women
1. Joselyn Brea VEN 01:03:12
2. Elena Maria Petrini ITA 01:03:37
3. Melina Alonso ESP 01:03:51
4. Georgina Schwiening GBR 01:04:07
5. Aleksandra Antkiewicz POL 01:04:31
6. Rita Lopes POR 01:04:32
7. Laura Gomez Ramon ESP 01:04:37
8. Xisca Tous ESP 01:04:45
9. Ana Paula Huerta MEX 01:04:45
10. Liis-Grete Arro EST 01:05:00
Results - Junior Men
1. Matthias Steinwandter ITA 00:56:31
2. David Mendoza MEX 00:56:36
3. David Castro Fajardo ESP 00:56:36
4. Nan Oliveras ESP 00:56:38
5. Delian Stateff ITA 00:56:42
6. Rodolphe Von Berg USA 00:56:49
7. Michael Pienaar RSA 00:56:55
8. Rhys Park GBR 00:56:59
9. Anton Melnikov RUS 00:57:06
10. Antonio Benito ESP 00:57:09
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