SATURDAY heralds the Ironman World Championships in Kona, where three long-time CurraNZ ambassadors will be starting as major medal contenders.
Lucy Charles (above) has been creating a big buzz at the high-profile event, and starts with a favourite's chance in her first time racing Kona as a professional, following a stratospheric rise in the sport this year.
Wins in Ironman Lanzarote (new bike record), the Challenge World Championships in Samorin and second places in the European IM Championships and IM 70.3 Lanzarote has seen Lucy become the hottest rising star in triathlon.
Lucy, who has used CurraNZ religiously throughout her triathlon career, is no stranger to Kona, having podiumed as an Under-25 age-grouper in 2015, before turning professional the following year.
Lucy says: "CurraNZ has played a major part in all of my training, racing and recovery. I've felt a massive difference in what I am able to achieve in every single training session and the results I've had speak for themselves."
After a brilliant race preparation in Lanzarote which has helped her acclimatize to the hot and humid conditions in Hawaii, she says she’s ‘feeling no pressure’ and focusing on producing her best performance on Saturday.
Lucy’s fiancée, coach and top-age grouper, Reece Barclay, (above) has had a similarly impressive season of podium results and holds a major chance in the 25-29 category.
Reece says: "CurraNZ has helped us get the most out of our hard sessions and races. We take a double dose before races which really helps us to get the most out of ourselves. Our recovery is not normal compared to other athletes."
Two years ago Reece podiumed in the 18-25 division and is hoping for another big performance on Saturday.
Reece says: “Kona has always been the target and I’ve had a good season with podium positions, so hopefully this puts me in good stead, but this is Kona and everyone brings their A game and there are a lot of hungry age-groupers here.”
Team Sponge Captain Jane Hansom (right) returns to Kona to defend her title as the reigning IronMan World Champion in her 45-49 age-group.
Jane, who 'wouldn't be without CurraNZ now', has had a blinding season with five age-group wins in the Challenge race series. Strikingly, Jane’s category win at Roth saw her sixth overall against the professionals, stopping the clock in a blistering 9:33:15.
Also, good luck to Sponge team-mate and fellow CurraNZ ambassador, Paul Lunn, a sub-nine-hour IronMan and the 2016 British Middle Distance Champion, who will be racing in the 45-49 category.
Paul is having his first year on CurraNZ and says: "I used CurraNZ leading into Ironman Frankfurt and was amazed how quickly I recovered, I even managed to set a massive 10mile TT PB just ten days after. I'm using these beauties for Kona - they really are magic berries."
All athletes have come to swear by CurraNZ for its remarkable recovery, performance and immunity-boosting actions.
We're delighted the Kiwi 'purple power' will be working their magic with these top-class triathletes on the 'Big Island' this weekend.