Electric motors, supporting technologies and the people that create them
Last year Integral Powertrain’s Jonathan Peters represente the GBR team at the ITU World Duathlon Championships. This was part of the ITU World Multisport Festival in Penticton, Canada. As a Principal Engineer, he works on electric motors and supporting technologies that are genuinely class leading and is now striving to achieve a similar position within international Duathlon.
Last year was his first ‘Age Group’ international competition and as such there was definitely a learning curve and lots of pre-race nerves. The atmosphere was brilliant throughout, there were other races happening as part of the festival so the small town really did fill up with the colours of flags and tracksuits from all over the world. This video summarises the event fairly well!
So what was Jonathan’s first experience at this level actually like?
For Jonathan the race was tough, he’d worked a little too hard on the first 10k run, lost a few positions on the bike and started to really feel the heat on the final 5k run. Philosophically, Jonathan believes every day is a school day and it was a great introduction to racing in that environment.
He finished a very credible 4th in the 30-34 age category in the Standard Distance race and ensured himself pre-qualification for this year’s 2018 championships in Fyn, Denmark.
Much like last year, this will be an ITU Multisport Festival, with a number of other races happening, so Jonathan is really looking forward to being part of it again. He will compete over standard distance (10k run, 40k cycle, 5k run) in the 30-34 age category. His race is scheduled to start 9:45AM on Friday the 6th July. There has been a lot of a build-up on social media for what will be largest sporting event to ever be held on the island of Fyn. Those interested in seeing more can search for the hashtags #Fyn2018 and #HighFiveFyn on social media.
Preparing for a World Championship
Jonathan has been building up to the World Championships with a number of local Duathlons, running races and cycling time trials, along with the British Duathlon Championships which took place at Bedford Autodrome in March, where he managed to get 3rd in the 30-34 category, his first British Triathlon Federation medal!
“I have been enjoying training and racing as much as ever so I am looking forward to racing in the GBR kit (with Integral e-Drive logo of course!) once again,” says Jonathan. “There will no doubt be live timings on the day, thanks as ever to IP for their support and to everyone who encourages/tolerates my hobby!” he adds.
His colleagues know that he works hard to reach his potential both on projects and on the road and bike. They all wish him every success at the World Championships and look forward to celebrating his hard work when he returns.