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Throwback Thursday- Faris Al-Sultan Prepares for 2014 ITU Cross-Tri Worlds

In our perusing the web for any and all applicable information regarding dirtTRI we came across a piece in German Triathlon magazine that piqued our interest. That of yet another notable road triathlete testing the waters of dirtTRI.

As you will recall, the 2014 ITU Cross-Triathlon World Championship was held in Zittau, Germany. So, of course many German road triathletes (of which there are many) might be tempted to give off-road a shot. This was exactly the case for 2005 Ironman World Champion Faris Al-Sultan. However, as champions do, he wasn’t going to half-ass his foray into dirtTRI. Rather he solicited the help of former UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Champion Mike Kluge to give him some tips on mountain bike technique and planned to come into the event ready to compete. In the end Al-Sultan would finish 41st, not too bad for a first attempt.

However, the best part of this build up was the German Triathlon photo gallery highlighting Al-Sultan’s day out with Kluge. Its actually informative, a bit funny, and all in German, but that’s what Google Translate is for.

Find the full Gallery HERE. 





Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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