Michael Birchmore

Triathlete

Growing up by the coast I was lucky to have the opportunity to join a Surf Life Saving Club where I quickly found I not only loved but also excelled at swimming & running. I watched my first triathlon at 14 with my dad and instantly knew that one day I wanted to compete – I just never knew how much of a life changing experience racing in triathlons would be for me.

When I was 15 I started competing for Perranporth Surf Club locally and nationally. At 16 I got my first road bike and started training with two local triathletes who were my idols. I took part in my first triathlon in October 2006 at Wadebridge. Since then my love for the sport has grown and I’ve gone from strength to strength, becoming British Standard Distance Age Group Champion twice, British Middle Distance Champion and winning medals at European and World level.

2016 was a really good year for me and I have high hopes for 2017. 2016 was the first year I’ve focused on the middle/70.3 distance. I won my first British Age Group Middle Distance Title back in May and then in September competed in my first Ironman 70.3 World Championships – picking up third in the 25-29 age group and third age grouper overall in the most competitive field I’ve raced in to date. Over the years I have gone from racing locally, to racing Nationally and Worldwide. So far I have had the privilege to race in Australia, New Zealand, America, Switzerland, France, Austria, Spain, Mallorca, Turkey, and Canada.

 

 

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