Pattaya hotelier on the podium at Bangkok Triathlon

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Woodlands Hotel & Resort’s General Manager Stephane Bringer managed a first place in his age group and 4th overall among 200 athletes attending the recent Bangkok Triathlon.  The event was organized as a celebration for the 84th Royal Anniversary of his Majesty the King and competitors had to complete a 1,840 metre swim in the Chao Phraya River followed by a 55km bike course, ending with a spectacular 10km. run over the Rama 8 bridge.

Champion Michal Bucek from Slovakia but now residing in Hong Kong crossed the finish line with a time of 2:24:28.  Women’s winner Laura Walsh was 7thoverall with a time of 2:34:49.

Woodlands Hotel & Resort’s General Manager Stephane Bringer cycles during the Bangkok Triathlon, Sunday, July 10, 2011. Woodlands Hotel & Resort’s General Manager Stephane Bringer cycles during the Bangkok Triathlon, Sunday, July 10, 2011.

“I am impressed with organization and I will definitely be back next year” said Laura afterwards, a Canadian national but also living in Hong Kong.

Michal Bucek commented: “I had a fantastic time and I was amazed by the organization and how smooth everything goes.  Road, river, volunteers etc. I must admit I felt great during the whole race and congrats to all competitors”.

A very well organized urban triathlon by Active Management Asia this race is certainly bound to grow and take its place in the annual Asia triathlon calendar.  The next event organized by AMA is the ibis Koh Samui Trophy 2011 Adventure Race on September 17.