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The crazy month of Elisabetta



Let’s say that there are around 10 triathlon races in the world who can claim that they are the “hardest triathlon in the World”. And this list is growing every year. Some of these races became classics, some never will.



Most triathletes have at least one of these events on their bucket list. To do or to finish one day one of these events.


Elisabetta did 3 of those races. In one month. In her first year as a pro triathlete. Racing her first ever ironman distance triathlon in one of those races. Best result: 4th. Worst result: 6th. Impressive. And then she underwent a breast surgery.


At the beginning of the season it wasn’t planned that she would race the Triathlon XL de Gérardmer, but in June she discovered a fibroadenoma in her left breast. Nothing bad or dangerous, but it had to be removed. She asked the doctor if she could postpone it to the second half of August, immediately after the Embrunman. For the doctor it wasn’t a problem, so this was a huge relieve. But he was not planning on working in August at all so the surgery was planned for the 5th of september. So Bella Bayliss, Elisabetta’s coach, came up with the idea to race in Gérardmer the 1st of september. The fitness from Alpe d’Huez and Embrun would set her up for another good race, since there was no time for another training block anyway with the planned surgery. And at least she would have the opportunity to race one more time in 2018, in case she wouldn’t recover in time from the surgery for a late season race.


Luckily everything went smooth and 10 days after the surgery she was training like nothing ever happened. As if she didn’t do all those crazy races and if she never went through the surgery and recovery process. She keeps on surprising me day after day.


These are the races she did in the month before the surgery:

*2nd of august: Alpe d’Huez Long distance. 2200m swim, 118K bike (3300m of elevation), 20K run (at an altitude of 1850m). Result: 5th

*15th of august: Embrunman: 3800m swim, 188K bike (4800m of elevation), 42K run. Result: 4th

*1st of september: Triathlon XL de Gérardmer: 1900m swim, 94K bike (1900m of elevation), 21K run. Result: 6th



Below you have her race videos of all three races.


She raced all the events with a single 54T chainring and an 11 speed mtb 11-42 cassette. In a previous post I wrote about her bike set up. You can read it here. I mentioned that it was a work in progress. Well, right now she’s already a centimeter lower in the front and with the help of Shimano and 3T we could clean up the front end of her bike. All her cables and the Shimano Di2 junction box are now integrated in the 3T Aeronova handlebar. Her new carbon handlebar is lighter a lot more aerodynamic than her previous alloy handlebar. The extension poles are now from carbon fibre as well. 

Shimano also provided some other upgrades over the XT components she was using: an XTR Di2 rear derailleur and an XTR 11-40 cassette.

In total the bike is now half a kilo lighter as well.


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And she got even more carbon bling bling. Before summer she just had her first ever carbon frame, but no carbon components. Now almost everything is out of carbon, including her first ever aero wheelset. These are the Stan’s Notubes Avion R wheels.


They are not too deep (42mm) so the step from a more standard alloy wheelset to these aren’t a problem for her, even in the crazy winds we often face here in Sardinia.



Next race: Challenge ForteVillage, Sardinia. For once an easy trip since the race venue and the beautiful ForteVillage resort is only an hour drive away from where we live.

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Elisabetta Italian Champion Middle Distance Triathlon 2018

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Elisabetta is the new Italian Duathlon Champion

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XTERRA Italy 2015

One week after the European Championships Cross triathlon we had another race: XTERRA Italy. But since we had three days to recover before we could start pre-riding the XTERRA course, we decided to do some fun stuff first.


A five hour drive from Germany brought us at Lago di Garda. Not because we wanted to spend some time at the lake, but because we wanted to visit Gardaland. We had an amazing day!





After this nice experience we had another 5 hour drive to get to Chieti, near Pescara. Elisabetta her mother is not from Sardegna but from Chieti, so we used this opportunity to visit her family. Another wonderful day with amazing people.


Sadly we couldn’t stay more days with them because we had a plan: to perform very good at XTERRA Italy. I needed this to prove to myself, my sponsors and everybody who helps me that I’m a top level pro athlete. When you don’t do the results you think you can do for a while, you start having a lot of self doubt. And that’s one of the worse things that could happen if you’re a pro athlete.



Elisabetta had her own reasons. Last year she was too scared to do the downhills on the mountainbike during the race and she had to get of the bike a lot. She was passed by too many girls who stayed on the bike and she felt really bad because of this. She also had a lot a breathing problems, probably related to the stress of the downhills and the fear of losing too many positions.

Here you have last years Episode:

Scanno has probably the hardest XTERRA race course in the world, but it’s our favorite one because of the long uphills (for Elisabetta), the long downhills (for me), the amazing nature and atmosphere and just because it’s Italy. bikescanno

We checked the course with World Champion Ruzafa and he surprised us with his kind character and all his advise to improve Elisabetta her mountainbike skills. checkruben

By race day we were relaxed and convinced we could do a good result.



Elisabetta was the first woman out of the water. My swim was good as well, but with such a long bike and run, the swim at XTERRA Italy almost doesn’t matter.


After the first huge climb of around 45min I was in 5th position and Elisabetta was still leading. In the descent and the remaining part of the race I stayed in that 5th position, but Elisabetta lost three positions.

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We both felt tired during the run, but so does everybody at XTERRA Italy. I set the second fastest running time to move up to fourth place and Betta run herself towards her first podium finish at a World Tour XTERRA. In fact, she finished 4th like me, but the day after the race the organization disqualified the original third woman for an illegal bike change during the race.

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We left Scanno filled with positive thoughts and big smiles on our face. We train hard, everyday, and struggle sometimes in our life as pro athletes. But after our performances in Scanno we realize it’s all worth it. Definitely if you can share these moments with each other and the wonderful people in our lives. Confidence in your own capabilities is one of the most important things in the life of a pro athlete, and XTERRA Italy fed us with this.

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Outfit: Skinfit
Bike: Scott Spark 900SL
Fork: 88+ tuned Lefty
Wheel set: Notubes ZTR Valor
Seat: Cobb HC170
Shades: Oakley Radar Lock
Grips: ESI Grips Racer’s Edge
Helmet: Lazer Z1
Running shoes: WatermolenSport
Lube: Squirt dry lube
Wetsuit: Sailfish G-Range



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