Hailing from Tauranga, New Zealand, Samb Durrant is a double, triple-threat. He’s a triathlete (running, cycling and swimming) and a multi-sporter—a rugged sport similar to triathlon, a combination of running, cycling and kayaking. In high school, Sam was a lifeguard and strong swimmer and biked a lot with his dad, so he decided to give triathlon a try. It was difficult, but he kept at it and is still at it.
His training involves lots of mountain bike sessions at Woodland Mountain Biking Park. He also prepares for runs by simulating the type of race—trail, road, etc.—he’s competing in.
Last year, Sam won the 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships. The event
was a combination of a 1.5k swim, a 30k mountain bike race and a 10k offroad run. Strong in all three events but an especially adept swimmer, Sam found
himself trailing a single German competitor by the time he hopped onto his bike. About a third of the way through the cycling course, Sam pushed into first place and held that lead all the way until the end. He won by 25 seconds.
“My strategy was simple,” Sam said. “Use my swim strength to my advantage and get as close to the front as I could before going into the mountain bike. The course was technical, so it was hard for people to pass each other. I just tried to stay on my bike and make it through in one piece then hold on for the run! It all went to plan and paid off!” “I used Red Rush for the race and training. It really helped my recovery from hard sessions and allowed me to get the most out of my practice.”
Sam will train and improve and expects to race at the pro level in the next couple of seasons and will defend his world title this year in Canada.