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Successful start to season for ewz power team!

6. April 2011

Many of the ewz power team started the 2011 competition season with good results: Ronnie Schildknecht in the Ironman 70.3 Oceanside (California), Sven Riederer in the World Cup in Mooloolaba (Australia), Florin Salvisberg in the European Cup in Alanya (Turkey) and Lukas Salvisberg in the 10-kilometer Swiss Road Running Championship.

Following a one-month training camp in Arizona, Schildknecht secured fourth place in Oceanside, California, in a strong field. Although Schildknecht missed out on the first large group over the swim leg and was trailing by almost 2 minutes, the Zurich athlete closed the gap on the leaders over the cycle leg. Schildknecht entered the final 21 kilometers neck and neck with the leaders. The high initial pace took its toll on a number of athletes over its first 10 kilometers and Schildknecht too was having difficulty keeping up with Andy Potts and Rasmus Henning after 8 kilometers. The man from Zurich finally came in fourth, 1.08 minutes behind the leader. Next weekend Schildknecht will be competing in his second Ironman 70.3 in the space of a week in Texas, before returning to Switzerland.

In the Olympic-distance World Cup in Mooloolaba, Australia, Sven Riederer finished a respectable 7th. With the World Championship Series opening race taking place in Sydney this weekend, the result is a confidence boost especially as a number of world-class athletes were competing in the World Cup.

The youngest of the three Salvisberg brothers opened his competitive season in the European Cup in Alanya, Turkey. After a very good training phase with camps on Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, the U23 athlete demonstrated he was in good form. Following a solid swim leg, Salvisberg attacked the bike split and was able to break free from the field along with the eventual winner. However, he began to tire in the final run and Salvisberg slipped back to 29th place.

In the Swiss Road Running Championship over 10 kilometers, the oldest Salvisberg brother performed well to finish 18th in a field featuring the top national runners, with a time of 32:04.

Many of the ewz power team will be taking part in the Sprint Triathlon in Wallisellen on April 17.