Iván Raña and the new E-118
The Canadian bike manufacturer has high hopes for former 70.3 World Champion Terenzo Bozzone (New Zealand), ITU World Champion Iván Raña (Spain), World Duathlon title holder Leon Griffin (Australia), and Canadian women’s champion Magali Tisseyre. All four triathletes will be riding the E-118, the benchmark bike in triathlon and time-trial events. “We’re feeling quite proud on the eve of this year’s 70.3 Worlds,” explains company founder and president Gervais Rioux. “We’re lucky enough to be backing some world-class triathletes, each of whom has every chance of turning in a great result in this event. With the E-118 as their weapons of choice, they’ve been able to fully express themselves since the start of the season, and I’m convinced that these world championships will bring confirmation of what we’ve seen so far.”
Bozzone dreams of a repeat; Griffin wants to make his mark
The 70.3 World Champion in 2008, New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone is headed to Vegas with supreme confidence acquired after a successful season (two wins on the 70.3 circuit, in Florida and at Mont-Tremblant, plus a second-place showing at the ITU Long-Distance Triathlon World Championships in Belfort). “I am looking forward to the fight to gain back my title from 2008,” says the Kiwi powerhouse. “It is sure to be one of the toughest races of my career, but knowing that I have the best team in my corner gives me great confidence. Standing on the start line physiologically ready is just part of it; you need to know you have the best equipment that you can rely on fully, and thanks to my great partnership with Argon 18 I know I will be riding a bike that is more aerodynamic, more responsive and more comfortable than my competitors’.” Another man in top form will be competing alongside Bozzone: Australian Leon Griffin. Bouncing back from injuries that hampered him in the spring, the former World Duathlon Champion hit his stride during August, following up a second-place finish in the 70.3 Timberman with a win one week later at Rev3 Maine. “After a mid-season lull, I feel like my form is on the rise as each day passes and the 70.3 World Champs close in, hoping I've timed it perfectly for a top result in Vegas. My new 2014 E118 is ready and I’m excited to be able to reveal the new colors to the Argon enthusiasts and everyone else come Vegas!” he enthuses. Spain’s Iván Raña, qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Kona (October 12), will be in Arizona looking to prepare for that legendary race. “I want to show up in the best shape possible,” he comments, “and Vegas will be the perfect springboard. It’ll also be a chance to confirm the full potential of the E-118.”
Sweet revenge for Tisseyre?
Canadian triathlete Magali Tisseyre will definitely be a competitor to watch in the women’s race. The native of the Laurentians region of Quebec has been on the podium twice at the 70.3 Worlds, in 2009 and 2010, and will be looking to go one step higher—as she did when she won the Ironman 70.3 Muncie in July. “I’ve had some tough times this year with injuries, but I know I have it in me,” she remarks. “I’m confident in myself and in my ride. I’ve never had support like this; it’s helped me so much.”