Wight Tri’s newest and youngest member, 18 year old Aidan Pierce earned his place in the Island Games Triathlon team for the 2017 Gotland Island Games with a superb performance at the Eton Dorney standard distance Triathlon.
With a fantastic 1500m swim in Dorney Lake, he entered T1 in 21.21 in 2nd place overall to begin the 8 lap flat 40km cycle route. Unfortunately, cycling is Aidan’s weakest discipline and even with having one of his fastest bike rides of 1.12.42, he dropped out of the top ten overall.
Undeterred, however, he then ran the fastest run split of 35.11 of the day to finish in 3rd senior male overall and 1st junior male in a fantastic time of 2.11.13.
This was Aidan’s debut in the standard distance triathlon having only completed a few shorter distance triathlons since he did his first triathlon in 2015, including last weekend’s West Wight Triathlon, in which he finished in 9th position overall and 1st junior..
Coming from a swimming and running background, his strength in these disciplines bodes for well for future races, with his main aim to improve on his bike strength and endurance over the winter..
Liz Dunlop, Island Games Tri Team Manager posted:
” This is a fantastic result for Aidan, who only took up triathlon last year.. He has just recently been able to put in some bike training due to his A level and Duke of Edinburgh commitments…to post these swim and bike splits, show that he has huge potential in the sport of triathlon … With a good winters training behind him, he could be the one to watch in Gotland..”