2nd Place in his Category for Galea in Garmin Cernobbio Triathlon
Malta Triathlon Champion, Keith Galea produced a wonderful performance in the Garmin TriO Triathlon held in Cernobbio , Province of Como. The race was part of the Italian ranking, so the best Italian triathletes were expected to be on the starting line. The weather was not ideal as the race started at 1pm and the triathletes had to compete in 40 degrees Temperature.
Fighting against the currents of Lake Como, The Saint managed to cover the 1.5km swim in 23minutes 22 seconds. The 40km bike course was very hilly and the triathletes had to go from Cernobbio through the village of Mennaggio and back twice. Galea covered the 40km in 1 hour 2 minutes. At the point when Galea started the run, the weather was hot. Galea started the hilly 10km at a good pace but the heat was taking its tole on Galea’s pace. He covered the 10km in 40minutes 20 sec to finish the race in 2 hours 8mins and a respectable 22nd place from 800 participants including Italian professional Triathletes, and 2nd in his Category.
Contacted after the race Galea said “ I am very happy with my performance. I wanted to test myself with the Italian guys. Unfortunately since I was a foreigner, I was in the non- Italian wave and happened to be the strongest. In fact I came 1st in my wave. However I spent too much time alone on the bike while the Italians were drafting and this was a major drawback. The heat in the run was very demanding and I could not run at my usual pace. I would like to thanks my sponsor Garmin Malta for assisting me during this trip.”
Back in Malta, Galea took part in the last race of the Birkirkara St Joseph Open water Swimming Championships. Thanks to his good performance in the 4km swim, the Saint finished 3rd overall in the General Classification. Galea who is part of the 20/20 Elite KMS Scheme is sponsored by Garmin Malta, Starbene Shop of Mosta and BBB Bike Parts.