The season so far: Ruedi Wild
When Ruedi Wild competes for his native Switzerland this weekend at the Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, he’ll be gunning for his third ITU win and 11th podium.
Victory in Fyn would mark the biggest achievement of his career outside Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events, where Ruedi has amassed eight podiums and a pair of wins since 2016 while earning a reputation as a formidable opponent.
Formidable, but also friendly. “The most important thing is that you enjoy what you do,” says Ruedi, who was a pro-level skier before being drawn to the challenge and diversity of triathlon.
Fellow Cervélo athlete Jodie Cunnama puts it another way: “I’m not sure I know anybody who doesn’t like Ruedi Wild. Sporting success has the ability to excuse, even celebrate, a huge host of very abrasive character flaws: selfishness, arrogance, ignorance, ambition. When you come across someone whose reputation among his peers mirrors that of his public persona — of integral decency— it stands out. Ruedi Wild is that person.”
With Ruedi describing his last few weeks of training as “very successful,” and with two Ironman 70.3 podiums already under his belt this season — in Dubai and Austria — the P5 and P5X rider looks primed to perform.
“I'm looking forward to being back in the official Swiss colours,” he says. “And surely it is never a bad omen when the race venue, the island of Fyn, shares virtually the same name as our son, Finn.”
Now, who doesn’t like that?