AIDAN McGlynn’s hopes of breaking into the top 10 at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam on Friday were left in tatters when the flying mount and titanium rails under the saddle of his bike snapped when exiting the first transition.
Sadly for the Strabane man that left him with a difficult decision to make – abandon or fight on! Never one to quit, the 37-year-old decided to attempt to make the best of a bad job, attempting to balance the saddle the whole way around the 20K cycle course, which involved numerous tight turns and cobbled streets.
Having exited the swim section in seventh place in a time of 12:45 minutes, McGlynn was well placed and in a prime position to achieve his goal. However, the damage to his bike meant there was no way he could keep pace during the cycle section of the race, which he finished in 37:06 minutes, which left him trailing the field in 12th position.
Sapped of energy after battling with his bike during that section, Aidan managed to finish the run in 18:17 minutes to finish in 11th place overall.
However, despite the disappointment of the result, the Tyrone athlete remains philosophical and is now focussed on the future and qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
“Well that didn’t go to plan!,” he admitted.
“It was not the race I was excited for. I was a little down on a bumpy swim, then on exiting transition one the flying mount on the bike and the titanium rails under the seat completely snapped.
“Trying to find a balance point to not allow the seat to tip forwards or backwards on a wet and very technical bike course was not easy. I had to make the decision to abandon or push on.
“It’s the World Grand Finals, so abandoning was not an option! I crashed out at this race last year and ended up in hospital so I wanted to exorcise those demons!
“From the first kilometre on the bike I was on the back foot but I wanted to finish regardless of the result.”
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Posted: 3:06 pm September 21, 2017