Ten local athletes will travel to Havana, Cuba this week to take part in the Habana Triathlon; 6 of them from Team IPA Endurance. “We are excited to see our athletes participate and experience Cuba and supporting the Cuban athletic scene” said IPA Endurance Co-Founder Bill Garrels. “Team members will participate in either a Sprint or 70.3 race. This is going to be as much a cultural experience as it is a ‘race’ in Cuba. IPA Endurance athletes will be great representatives for the US and the state of Colorado spreading the vibe of helping each other have a great race experience in Cuba.”
The team is also taking donations of wetsuits, goggles, water bottles, etc. to donate to local Cuban triathletes. “This act of International Sports Diplomacy is wonderful … and important.” says Barry Siff, President USAT.
This week brought an unexpected surprise in the form of a bike box embargo from Southwest. Luckily, Chuck Ankeny from local bike shop, Freedom Bikes, stepped in with a loan of Brompton folding bikes. In typical IPA fashion, the athletes are embracing this unexpected challenge. “This race is more about meeting new people and experiencing a different culture, than chasing PRs,” says Donna Shaw.