Winter Triathlon World Champions to be crowned in Cheile Gradistei

by Chelsea White on 23 Jan, 2018 04:43 • Español
Winter Triathlon World Champions to be crowned in Cheile Gradistei

Triathlon meets the snow this weekend as cold-weather loving athletes from across the globe gather for the 2018 Cheile Gradistei ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships. For the first time since the World Championship event debuted in 2002, Winter Triathlon will be hosted in Romania with the course showcasing beautiful panoramic views of the Piatra Craiului and Bucegi mountains in the historic region of Transylvania.

Winter Triathlon consists of a run, mountain bike and cross-country skiing format and the two-day event is expected to host hundreds of athletes for the elite, junior, u23, paratriathlon and age-group programs. There will also be a mixed relay event for both the elites and juniors. An estimated 178 athletes, with the home nation of Romania taking up 41 percent of the participants, will be lining up this weekend.

The elites will begin the competitions on Saturday, January 27 kicking it off on the 7.5km run, 13.25km bike and 10km country ski course.

In the elite women’s race, Russia’s Yulia Surikova returns as the 2016 World Champion, when she collected her first world title in her career in Zeltweg. However, wearing the number one will be the Austrian National Champion Romana Slavinec who will be contending to win her first Winter Tri crown.

Helena Erbenova (CZE) enters as the 2017 European Champion and will be fighting to reclaim her world champ thrown after first winning the honour in 2012 and 2013.

Click here for the full women’s start list

On the men’s side, a 31-man roster is set to compete. Gunning for his sixth World Title, Pavel Andreev of Russia tops the list. As the most experienced and most decorated athlete to toe the line, he will be the one to beat on Saturday. However, possibly the man to do it is Russian compatriot Evgeny Kirillov, who almost stole the crown in Zeltweg in 2016 with a strong neck-for-neck battle right until the very end. If Kirillov can pull it off this weekend he will claim his first individual Winter Tri Championship, only after he earned gold in the mixed relay events in 2012 and 2013.

Another possible medal contender is Giuseppe Lamastra (ITA), who stepped onto his first elite World Champ podium in 2016 when he claimed bronze. Norway’s Oivind Bjerkseth is a top cyclist, who also could have a chance at a medal.

Click here for the full men’s start list

Races will be streamed live on

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Related Event: 2018 Cheile Gradistei ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships
26 - 28 Jan, 2018 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Pavel Andreev RUS 01:33:37
2. Pavel Yakimov RUS 01:35:15
3. Marek Rauchfuss CZE 01:35:31
4. Daniel Antonioli ITA 01:36:05
5. Giuseppe Lamastra ITA 01:36:06
Results: Elite Women
1. Yulia Surikova RUS 01:47:51
2. Helena Karásková CZE 01:49:21
3. Romana Slavinec AUT 01:53:32
4. Kristina Lapinova SVK 01:56:53
5. Nadezhda Belkina RUS 01:59:46
Results: U23 Men
1. Eirik Bruland NOR 01:37:55
2. Aleksandr Vasilev RUS 01:42:56
3. Kirill Tarakanov RUS 01:44:11
4. Anton Matrusov RUS 01:46:46
5. Florin Ungureanu ROU 01:47:40
Results: U23 Women
1. Nadezhda Belkina RUS 01:59:46
2. Daria Rogozina RUS 02:05:30
3. Edith Vakaria ROU 02:08:31
4. Anna Swoboda AUT 02:12:06
5. Maria Luisa Rasina ROU 02:30:46
Results: Junior Men
1. Kirill Drozdov RUS 00:41:44
2. Davide Ingrilli ITA 00:42:21
3. Aleksandr Vasilev RUS 00:42:41
4. Mario Kosut SVK 00:45:13
5. Leonord Stefan Hincu ROU 00:49:50
Results: Junior Women
1. Alexandra Levkovich RUS 00:49:45
2. Polina Tarakanova RUS 00:51:34
3. Rebeka Gabcikova SVK 00:51:48
4. Lydia Drahovska SVK 00:53:04
5. Anna Kemenes ROU 00:59:16
Results: Mixed Relay
1. Team I Russia RUS 01:21:48
2. Team I Czech Republic CZE 01:25:58
3. Team I Slovakia SVK 01:27:10
4. Team I Romania ROU 01:31:19
NC. Team II Russia RUS 01:25:52
Results: Mixed Junior Relay
1. Team I Russia RUS 01:31:16
2. Team I Romania ROU 01:48:04
Results: 18-19 Male AG
5. Ciobanu Andrei ROU 01:40:28
3. Balazs Boga ROU 01:21:42
1. Darius Hanganut ROU 01:14:10
2. Aron Incze ROU 01:20:31
4. Levente Kiss ROU 01:23:19
Results: 20-24 Male AG
1. Oliver Gerard-Pearse GBR 01:12:13
2. Daniel Madaras ROU 01:18:16
3. Angus Young GBR 01:18:36
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