At the European 70.3 Championships, Ritchie stuck gold as he took the title over 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Jan Frodeno. Ritchie let it rip on the run to take the win by almost a minute of Jan Frodeno. Ritchie started the day with a solid swim exiting in the strong 2nd group and biked hard to reach the lead group. Exiting the bike the lead group of about 12 men started the run. Ritchie stole the show from the start with his usual breakneck pace. He took complete control and ran away with the win finishing over a minute ahead of Jan who ran into some trouble during T2. This bodes very well for Ritchie as he prepares for the 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas in four weeks.
Richie reported in to say:
I was really happy with my race today! I had a solid swim at the back of the main group. The bike was frustrating as the group was so big but I just waited for the run and pulled away after a couple of Kms and managed to hold of jan frodano who had problems in T2!
Joining Ritchie, Karlijn, Rahel, and Coach Ferdinand all had superb races in Wiesbaden showing great fitness and strong results. Rahel finished 11th in the women's pro race with the fastest swim, a solid bike leg, and showed off her quickly improving running in the final discipline. Karlijn had a great race on the challenging course taking 3rd in her age category.