Zone3 has announced the wetsuit partnership for its 2017 athlete roster, consisting of many continuing athletes, plus some new faces. Continuing for 2017 will be a range of athletes across all triathlon disciplines from Sprint & Olympic to 70.3 and IRONMAN/full distance racers across the globe. With the Olympic hangover officially over and Kona aspirations in full swing, the company adds that 2017 is going to prove to be an exciting year for all Zone3 athletes.
Leading the way in the Olympic distance are Richard Murray (pictured) and Rachel Klamer, a ‘power couple’ of ITU racing, with both also dipping their toes into the 70.3 world towards the end of the season. Home grown talent Adam Bowden also continues to show his prowess in the UK field, having narrowly missed out on the Olympics. Gill Sanders will be ever present on the World Triathlon Series and will no doubt push for the win in all her battles in the leading pack.
Other noticeable signees are the ever strong Polyanskiy brothers, Dmitriy and Igor, along with training partners Yuliya Yelistratova and Vladimir Turbaevskiy, all of whom will have World Triathlon Series podium aspirations. Noticeable new faces include Jake Birtwhistle and Matt Roberts from Down Under as well as Canadian Xavier Greneir-Talevera.
‘Going long’ is clearly a key target for Zone3 athletes in 2017 with many new IRONMAN athletes sporting the company’s Victory or Vanquish wetsuits. Re-signing after an exciting 2016 was Joe Skipper, one of the UK’s fastest long distance triathletes, who broke the 8 hour mark at Challenge Roth, but failed to live up to his expectations at Kona. Joining Joe in the Vanquish will be some of Europe’s elite such as Diana Reisler and sponsored team, ITZU, alongside sporting talent such as Saleta Castro, Tim Brydenbach, Kenneth Vandendriessche, Alexandra Tondeur and Amber Rombaut all coached by legend Luc Van Lierde.
Zone3’s USA office is partnering with many new faces, most notably two time 2016 IRONMAN winner Sarah Piampiano, along with Sarah Cameto, a regular on the podium in the US.
Zone3’s Marketing Manager Gareth Evans said “it is a testament to our wetsuits and the quality of the performance that we have all these athletes a the top of their game racing in Zone3. The product has always come first and we have no doubts that our wetsuits will be knocking off all important seconds for these athletes.”
Zone3 2017 roster:
Adam Bowden, Gabor Faldum, Dmitiry Polyanskiy, Igor Polyanskiy, Vladimir Turbaevskiy, Andrey Bryukhanov, Miguel Arraiolos, Alexis Leppage, Russell White, Xavier Grenier-Talvera, Charles Pacquet, Matt Roberts, Jake Birtwhistle, Claire Michel, Yuliya Yelistratova, Elena Danilova, Gill Sanders, Charlotte Deldaelle, Inne Cockuyt.
Joe Skipper, Jens Peterson-Bach, Andrej Vistica, Alexander Polizzi, George Bjalkemo, Tim Brydenbach, Kenneth Vanderiessche, Stephen Bayliss, Dan Stein, Hannes Cool, Sarah Lester, Diana Riesler, Sarah Piampiano, Laura Siddall, Saleta Castro, Alexandra Tondeur, Amber Rombaut
UK ‘up and comers’
Fenella Langridge, Sam Wade, Billy Harriss, James Teagle