When asked about her race, Pip's comment was "don't travel from sea level to 6000 feet of altitude and try and race 24 hours later!"
Pip led the swim out and was 10 seconds up on Emma heading out of the first transition with Emma then forging a gap into the bike. Pip rode as strong as she could in the thin mountain air to enter the second transition in second place with Lauren back in third. On what turned out to be about the hardest run course of any Triathlon in the world - following the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games Biathlon Course on trails up and down the mountain - Snowsill ran away for a strong win and Lauren overtook Pip in the final mile for second. Again Pip was happy to finish on the podium, but it was a definite disadvantage racing the girls who had been already based at altitude in Boulder Colorado! A fun race in a great venue and recommended to anyone looking for a tough day out.
Pip's diary report from the race will be on the website in the next 24 hours after she travels back down the mountain for some oxygen….
photos Janos Schmidt