Meet the Team :: Phil “The Power” Richards

Don’t mistake Phil’s diminutive size for a lack of full on racing grit. Meet Bike Science – Planet X team member Phil Richards. With an age group win at Lanzarote Ironman in 2010 and a finish at the Hawaii Ironman in Kona to her name, Phil’s gunning for a top finish at this year’s 70.3 Worlds in Las Vegas.

Sporting CV to date:
1992-2004 – played rugby up to county level – at 5′1 was regularly bounced, gave me a good grounding in pain and suffering
2005 – Comrades ultra-marathon South Africa – 10th female novice in 8hr 21, painful, like properly painful
2006 – learnt to swim so I could do IMUK, wasn’t last out of the water and didn’t drown, was chuffed
2007 – Challenge Roth – awful, no further detail necessary
2009 – IM Austria – 10.55, terrible run, realised proper training was necessary as was owning a decent bike
- Helvellyn tri – 5th overall
2010 – IM Lanzarote – 1st in AG, one of favourite races to date
- IM Hawaii – had lost my mojo and couldn’t really be bothered. Was beaten out of the water by a man with one arm (I’m not even sure he had legs), and blown off the road twice on the bike, but was first Brit in AG
2011 – Mallorca 70.3 – missed out on win by 1min 47 but got a slot for Vegas anyway…will keep you posted…

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